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“In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.” Daniel 10:2, 3


One of the great things about the Daniel Fast is that you are not limited to any specific amount of food, but rather to the kinds of food you can eat. The Daniel Fast is limited to vegetables (includes fruits) and water.


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The Daniel Fast – available at all local and online bookstores.

Special Note: if you have health issues, please be sure to contact your health professional for advice before committing to any fast including the Daniel Fast. If you would like a list of the foods included and excluded in the Daniel Fast to show your doctor, just copy the contents of this page. Also, if you are interested in a collection of recipes that will take you through an entire 21-day Daniel fast, click here.

After answering hundreds of questions about the Daniel Fast, I am updating the food guidelines. My hope is that it will serve as a more complete list. The original list used by many people was issued in a book about fasting. I know the author tried to do the best he could, but that isn’t the same as getting hundreds of questions seeking clarification. So here is the new list that I hope helps.

Please make sure to READ THE LABEL when purchasing packaged, canned or bottled foods. They should be sugar-free and chemical-free. Keep this in mind as you review this list of acceptable foods.

Foods to include in your diet during the Daniel Fast

All fruits. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Fruits include but are not limited to apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon

All vegetables. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Vegetables include but are not limited to artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, ginger root, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, yams, zucchini, veggie burgers are an option if you are not allergic to soy.

All whole grains, including but not limited to whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes and popcorn.

All nuts and seeds, including but not limited to sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame. Also nut butters including peanut butter.

All legumes. These can be canned or dried. Legumes include but are not limited to dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, white beans.

All quality oils including but not limited to olive, canola, grape seed, peanut, and sesame.

Beverages: spring water, distilled water or other pure waters.

Other: tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices.

Foods to avoid on the Daniel Fast

All meat and animal products including but not limited to beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and fish.

All dairy products including but not limited to milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs.

All sweetenersincluding but not limited to sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, and cane juice.

All leavened bread including Ezekiel Bread (it contains yeast and honey) and baked goods.

All refined and processed food products including but not limited to artificial flavorings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives.

All deep fried foods including but not limited to potato chips, French fries, corn chips.

All solid fats including shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat.

Beverages including but not limited to coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.


If you want recipes for 21 days with three meals and snack for each day, plus meal plans and great ideas for the Daniel Fast, consider The Daniel Fast Cookbook! Just $8.95, plus your purchase helps support this lay ministry and makes it possible for this blog to continue!

You can also see all the books by Susan Gregory at this link: Daniel Fast books

The Daniel Fast at

The work in Zimbabwe has been fulfilled. Thank you to all who participated!


10809 Comments Post a comment
  1. Daniel Fast Team #

    All Whole Grain flours are allowed.

    February 2, 2011
  2. martin #

    If the ingredients of the peanut butter it says sugar is it allowed? And do we need regular salt or sea salt? And when doing fries if we do it with natural potatoes slice and fry them with canola oil is it ok?

    February 2, 2011
  3. Sharmaine #

    hi, I was wondering with the Daniel can you “juice”. I know the only thing you can have to DRINK is water but could juicing be an alternative for a person who’s not really to fond of eating “whole”, raw, or cooked veggies?!?!

    February 2, 2011
  4. Deneese Lane #


    February 2, 2011
  5. Jag #

    The information from the Daniel team has been very enlightening. I had no idea what went into the Daniel Fast before reading this website. Thank you. I noticed that Daniel 1:12 mentions only vegetables and water yet the Daniel Fast listed on your website allows a lot more. Please advise.

    February 2, 2011
  6. Marian #

    Silk has no additives – it is a soy milk.

    I started my Daniel Fast on Sunday and I am feeling real nice spiritually and naturally.

    February 2, 2011
  7. ERIC #


    February 2, 2011
  8. anisa #

    What should the ingredients be on a permissible whole wheat torilla? Do you reccommend any brands in particular?

    February 2, 2011
  9. b taylor #

    can i drink V8 juices? Can apple cider vingar be used?

    February 2, 2011
  10. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Sharmaine,
    You are correct, the only drinking beverage on the Daniel Fast is water. However yes, you can blend fruits and vegetables to use in a ‘smoothie” that has been made as a meal replacement.

    February 2, 2011
  11. Daniel Fast Team #

    The only drinking beverage on the Daniel Fast is water. However, you can use 100% unsweetened juice and plant-based milks in recipes, (milk in cereals)…And, when added to blended fruit and vegetables in a ‘smoothie” when made as as a meal replacement. Yes, apple cider vinegar is allowed on the fast.

    February 2, 2011
  12. Daniel Fast Team #

    Ezekial brand whole grain tortillas are a Daniel Fast friendly product, and are usually found in Health Food stores.

    February 2, 2011
  13. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Eric,
    You’ll need to look for a Natural, Organic, Sea or Kosher salt that has no additives in it.

    February 2, 2011
  14. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Jag,
    The Daniel Fast is totally plant-based. The Bible says, “Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.” Daniel 1:12 Pulse is food grown from seed . . . corn, potatoes, rice and the like are all considered grown from seed. I encourage you to study the information on this blog and my site at as there is a wealth of information about the Daniel Fast. I hope this helps!

    February 2, 2011
  15. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Martin,
    No, if sugar is listed in the peanut butter ingredients, then you need to keep looking for one that has only peanuts and maybe salt listed in the ingredients. Regular table salt has additives, so you will want to look for a Natural, Organic, Sea or Kosher salt with no additives in it. French fries can be tossed with a little oil, seasoned and baked in the oven, but there is no deep fried foods allowed on the fast.
    Be Blessed on your Fast!

    February 2, 2011
  16. brie walker #

    i am doing track in school right now is this an okay thing to do while running?

    February 2, 2011
  17. Tanika #

    11.Tanika said,
    February 1, 2011 at 6:56 pm


    I would like to eat fish as well ( I know this is not allowed int he fast) but will this affect my diet or weight loss?

    Please answer…

    February 2, 2011
  18. Ray #

    I enjoy reading your post..It is encouraging, this is now, my first day…I started yesterday….I think , alot of times, when we start fasting, God says, huh.? I know he knows all, I just put a little humor in to it…Praise God

    February 3, 2011
  19. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Brie,
    Exercise – You can get plenty of protein in nuts and peanut butter, Whole grains, legumes and leafy green vegetables, many people add in unsweetened soy protein powder for a ‘smoothie’ meal (make sure the ingredients comply with the Daniel Fast and watch out for milk products (whey) and sweeteners along with chemical additives). Depending on how rigorous your exercise is, you may need to consider modifying the fast to match your routine by adding some fish and chicken. I hope this helps!

    February 3, 2011
  20. Bonnie Burns #

    Well i just finished up the Daniel Fast on January 30, 2011. This is my third year for the fast and i find each time it is different. The challenges of doing without seem to differ from year to year. This year the third week seem to be the toughest. I was very proud to say my detox process wasn’t nearly as intense because i have modified my diet so much over the last few years. But it is very important you read every label, what the package says and what the ingredients say don’t match. The emphasis is not focusing on the food but devoting all your attention to God. Fasting is a way of getting rid of the garbage physically and spirtiually! You have to be creative in your cooking. I made a meatless chili that i actually ate the whole pot over a weak. 100% tomato sauce diluted down, lots of onions, kidney beans, pinto beans and black beans with some natural seasonings and i added 100% wheat spaghetti. For crackers i used these 100% white corn chips that were toasted not fried. I do this fast to eliminate any hidden sin so that i can draw closer to God. I have never been disappointed!

    February 3, 2011
  21. CHANTE #


    February 3, 2011
  22. Daniel Fast Team #

    You are correct on all counts.

    February 3, 2011
  23. Sabpark #

    So I am planning to start the Daniel Fast soon. Would Naked juice be allowed in this fast because according to the ingredients, there is no added sugar or preservatives? I know that water is the only beverage that is allowed but since Naked juice is 100% juice, would it be an exception? Thank you.

    February 3, 2011
  24. Nikki Lawing #

    Hi, are you allowed to eat oatmeal on this fast?

    February 4, 2011
  25. Tammika Waddy #

    I just wanted to say that this website is confirmation for me that I am doing what God wants me to do. Without me knowing, God was preparing me to fast up to 2 weeks ago. I was wondering why i bought that soy milk. lol I just want to thank you for your time and effort to keep this website going. I cant tell you how many message boards I have looked at whose last entry was over a year ago!

    My question is about smoking. I think I already know the answer but should quitting smoking be included in the fast? It seems pretty weird to fast from certain pleasurable food yet still getting pleasure from other things such as smoking and sex. I apologize to anybody who may be offended by my question but I am trying to change but everytime I get caught up in the details of everything about me I need to change it becomes too much and I end up failing. Please tell me your thoughts. Thanks.

    February 4, 2011
  26. Sarah #

    I went shopping today at whole foods preparing for my fast and was struggling to find lavash or pita or even nan without yeast as an ingredient. Is this an issue or is there a particular brand without yeast.

    February 4, 2011
  27. Ranell #


    Is it unclean for women to fast whislt on there monthly period,? This always bothered me.?

    February 5, 2011
  28. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Nikki,
    Yes, Old Fashioned Oatmeal is a whole grain, and is a Daniel Fast favorite.

    February 5, 2011
  29. Patsy #

    I am starting the fase on Feb 7 and looking forward to cleaning my body and soul..pray for me for this will be hard..I enjoy reading the comments it helps a lot

    February 5, 2011
  30. Patsy #

    I am starting the fast on Feb 7 and looking forward to cleaning my body and soul..pray for me for this will be hard..I enjoy reading the comments it helps a lot

    February 5, 2011
  31. Are Meatless/ Soy Free Veggie burgers allowed on the Daniel fast? 🙂

    February 5, 2011
  32. Morgan #

    I have been trying to eat more healthy and wanted to throw out some basic thoughts that have helped me. These are some of the things that are regular stand-by’s for me:

    Make big batches of brown rice cooked w/ olive oil and kosher or sea salt, serve w/ veggies, Bragg’s amino acids (a much healthier and tastier version of soy sauce)
    Puffed Brown Rice cereal with unsweetened soy or rice milk
    Cooked Millet
    Cooked quinoa with olive oil, your choice of veggies (frozen peas, carrots, onion, french green beans) and cilantro
    Old-fashioned Oatmeal cooked with unsweetened rice milk, cinnamon and raisins or other fruits
    Brown Rice Pasta with homemade marinara sauce: saute a couple cloves of sliced garlic just until browned on medium heat in olive oil. Add one or two big cans crushed tomatoes, a half a can of tomato paste, you can add basil and kosher salt to taste. You can also throw in a cut up tomato.

    If you bake sliced potatoes for french fries, you can toss them w/ some cumin and/or dill, plus Bragg’s aminos (healthy soy sauce) before you cook them.

    One thing I have recently learned is, you don’t necessarily need a recipe to eat healthily. Just make sure and throw a pot of rice, millet or quinoa or one of the approved grains, on the stove and try to keep the veggies, fruits, dried fruits and nuts stocked. (herbs help too) just experiment.

    February 5, 2011
  33. Started the Daniel fast on Feb 1 after the Lord told me to do this fast. As it would be, my nutritionist that I’m seeing now 4 months tells me that it is a good time. My body needs the nurishment of this style of eating. I’m a little overwhelmed as I am a meat eater in a moderate way and love eggs and such. So, God willing, and I’m obedient we will see what God will do for my health and sprit throuth this time. Thanks for thist site, it has been beneficial to me.

    Blessings to all.

    February 5, 2011
  34. jerushagreg #

    Can I used vinegar during the Daniel fast??

    February 5, 2011
  35. Reggie Spence #

    Can you eat peanut butter & jelly sandwich? What Can fill you up to take away from the hunger erges?

    February 5, 2011
  36. amanda #

    hi there. I just gave my life to the Lord today and am starting a 21 day fast…as are many others at my new church. This informationis invaluable as I want to do this right so I may build a strong faith and relationship with God. Thankyou so much for all you have done here to help people like me. Bless you. x

    February 5, 2011
  37. Dearest Amanda!

    Praise God for your new life in Christ. I am delighted to call you my new sister in the Lord.

    God bless you and thank you so much for sharing this great news with us!

    February 6, 2011
  38. Quinn #

    Can I eat eggs on the Daniel fast?

    February 6, 2011
  39. Hi Reggie,

    Oh, there are so many healthy foods you can eat on the Daniel Fast. I encourage you to spend time on this blog and at where you will find all the resources you need to prepare for a successful Daniel Fast.

    You can have 100% peanut butter, but jelly is not allowed as no sweeteners are allowed on the Daniel Fast. Also, no leavened breads are allowed. So check out the information here or to be fully prepared, get a copy of The Daniel Fast book, which includes all about the fast, a complete cookbook and a daily devotional for the fast.

    February 6, 2011
  40. No eggs on the Daniel Fast since it is completely plant-based eating. Spend time on this blog, go to my website at and prepare yourself for the fast. You will find all the resources you need between the blog and the website. Also, consider the Daniel Fast book which has all the information and resources you need including a complete cookbook and a daily devotional for your fast.

    Be blessed!

    February 6, 2011

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