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Daniel Fast

Daniel Fast Food List

On the Daniel Fast, you eat plant-based meals that are nutritious and delicious, while setting aside other foods as an act of worship and sacrifice to the Lord. The following list explains the categories of foods to eat and foods to avoid on the Daniel Fast. However, keep in mind that not every item may be listed here.


Whole grains Amaranth, barley, brown rice, buckwheat, bulgur, freekeh, millet, oats, purple rice, quinoa, rye, sorghum, spelt, teff, whole grain pasta, whole wheat, and wild rice.

Beans and legumes Black beans, black-eyed peas, cannellini beans, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), great northern beans, kidney beans, lentils, peanuts, pinto beans, and split peas.

Nuts and seeds Almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, nut butters, peanuts (actually legumes but people think of them as nuts), pecans, pepitas (pumpkin seeds), pine nuts, pistachios, poppy seeds, walnuts, sesame seeds, soy nuts, sunflower seeds.

Vegetables All vegetables are allowed (fresh, frozen, dried, juiced, and canned).

 Fruit All fruit is allowed (fresh, frozen, dried, juiced, and canned). However, any dried fruit shouldn't contain added sugar (check ingredients to be sure).

 Oils Oils (such as coconut, olive, and sesame, for example) are allowed but should be used minimally. For example, you can sauté foods in olive oil but avoid deep-frying them.

Other Unleavened bread (whole grain bread made without yeast, sugars, or preservatives. All herbs, spices, and seasonings are allowed, including salt and pepper.

Beverages Water should be the main beverage on your Daniel Fast. Distilled, filtered, sparkling, spring, and mineral water are allowed as well. However, you may have 100% fruit juice on occasion (just don't overdo it).



FOODS TO AVOID Animal products

Meat (bacon, beef, bison, chicken, lamb, pork, and turkey), fish/seafood, eggs.

Dairy (butter, cheese, cream, milk, and yogurt)

Added sugar Agave nectar, artificial sweeteners, brown rice syrup, brown sugar, cane juice, corn syrup, honey, malt syrup, molasses, and raw sugar.

Yeast Yeast (and, therefore, leavened bread) isn't part of the Daniel Fast. (For an explanation on why it's excluded, see #1 under "Food" on my FAQs page.)

Refined grains White flour and white rice. Only whole grains are allowed on the Daniel Fast. A whole grain product contains the entire grain kernel ― the bran, germ, and endosperm.

Processed food Foods that contain artificial flavorings, chemicals, food additives, and preservatives.

Deep-fried food Examples are corn chips, French fries, and potato chips. (Baked chips are acceptable if they don't contain restricted ingredients. Check the label for "baked" to be sure.)

Solid fats Butter, lard, margarine, and shortening.

Chocolate Milk chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, dark chocolate, chocolate syrup, and cacao.

Caffeinated and alcoholic beverages Alcohol, coffee, caffeinated tea, and energy drinks.





Frequently Asked Questions



The Daniel Fast is an extremely healthy way of eating, and many people with diabetes have done the fast with success. I would recommend staying away from foods that are problematic and spike your blood sugar levels. if you have concerns about specific foods, consult a nutritionist or doctor.



Some people do experience side effects, such as bloating, headaches, fatigue, and muscle soreness as your body adjusts to the changes in your eating habits. Typically, these unpleasant symptoms will subside after the first few days. By the second week, many people feel a surge of energy once they’ve settled into the fast. Note: Drinking water can help flush out your system and bring relief more quickly. Read my blog post, “Side Effects on the Daniel Fast,” for more information.



First of all, congratulations on your pregnancy! You must be excited to welcome a little one into your family. Yes, you can certainly participate in the Daniel Fast, but how strictly you adhere to the guidelines is up to you. Some pregnant women have completed the fast without any modifications. Others have chosen to add protein sources (eggs, yogurt, etc.). I would encourage you to pray about what your fast should look like. If you’re married, you and your husband should be in agreement as well.



The Daniel Fast provides a wide range of nutrients for you and your baby. You can follow the plan without fear that you’re depriving your baby of important vitamins and minerals. Most moms are concerned about a lack of protein, which is understandable. But, if you’re intentional about it, you can actually consume a good amount of protein on the fast (15-20%) without taking in restricted foods (such as eggs, meat, yogurt, and cheese). However, some moms may choose to modify the fast to boost the protein (such as having yogurt as an exception). It really becomes a matter between you and the Lord. Here are some things to keep in mind:


1) Drink plenty of water. Adequate water intake is very important when you’re nursing.


2) It may take a few days for your body to adjust as it goes through a detoxification. If you feel weak, have a headache, or just plain lethargic, you will feel better! Usually after 3-4 days, people get a surge of energy and the side effects are minimal. Some fortunate people don’t even have side effects at all!


3) Examples of Daniel Fast friendly protein-rich foods: Beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, peas, kale, and tofu. Beans and rice together form a complete protein, so that gives you an extra boost.


4) Be sure to get your husband’s thoughts on this issue as well. You both should be in agreement as to how you should approach the fasting guidelines. It’s important that you’re unified in the decision.



Yes, I do. I’ll share a little about how we handle that situation. My husband and I have two daughters (ages 12 and 10). Every year is different when it comes to their level of participation. For the January 2015 Online Daniel Fast, my oldest decided to do a sugar fast for one week instead of the full Daniel Fast (nothing with added sugar). My youngest chose to do a three-week Daniel Fast along with Justin and me. It was her decision.I recommend trying to include children as much as possible. They don’t have to follow the fast 100% for it to learn about the discipline of prayer and fasting. Also, seeds of faith will be planted that will grow over the years.



Yes, you can, but you may experience some weakness on the first few days of the fast. After that, your body should settle in, giving you more energy. You might want to supplement with plant-based protein power for smoothies. For more direction on this topic, read my blog post, “Protein Powder on the Daniel Fast.






Yes. Vitamins, minerals, and supplements are fine.






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1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 cup diced onion

4 cups Vegetable Broth or water see Recipe Notes

1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes

1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 15-ounce can pinto beans, rinsed, drained, and mashed

1 15-ounce can corn, drained

½ cup dry polenta

1 tablespoon Taco Seasoning

1 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper



Heat olive oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Cook onions until soft and translucent. Add broth, tomatoes, black beans, mashed pinto beans, corn, polenta, Taco Seasoning, salt, and pepper. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat, and cook 30 minutes.

Yield: 8 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)


Substitute 1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice for polenta.

Place corn in a food processor and pulse a few times for a cream-style texture.

Use kidney beans instead of black or pinto beans.

If you don’t have time to make your own vegetable broth, you can use a store-brought brand that’s Daniel Fast friendly. I recommend Kitchen Basics Unsalted Vegetable Stock.





1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

½ cup chopped onion

1 cup chopped carrots

2 stalks celery, sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

4 cups Vegetable Broth or water see Recipe Notes

1 15-oz can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 cup fresh or frozen green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 cup chopped tomatoes, unpeeled, unseeded

1 cup chopped fresh spinach or ½ cup frozen spinach

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or 1 ½ teaspoons dried basil

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or 1 ½ teaspoons dried parsley

½ teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper



Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook onions, carrots, and celery until vegetables are softened. Stir in garlic, and cook for another minute, stirring constantly so garlic doesn’t burn.

Add water or broth, black beans, green beans, tomatoes, spinach, basil, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Simmer, uncovered, over low heat about 20 minutes to allow the flavors to blend. Stir in parsley before serving.

Yield: 6 servings (serving size: about 1 ¼ cups)







½ tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

½ cup chopped green pepper

½ cup chopped red onion

½ cup sliced celery

¼ cup water

2 teaspoons Creole Seasoning

1 15.5-ounce can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

2 cups cooked brown rice



Heat olive oil in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Add green peppers, onions, and celery. Cook until vegetables are softened, about 3-5 minutes. Add water and Creole Seasoning. Stir well. Mix in kidney beans and rice. Lower heat and cook another 5 minutes or until heated through.

Yield: 8 servings (serving size: ½ cup)


Serve with sliced avocado and/or sliced green onions.

Add 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes.

Stovetop directions using dry rice: Sauté vegetables as directed. While vegetables are cooking, bring 2 cups water to a boil. Lower heat, and add vegetables, 1 cup uncooked brown rice, and beans. Cover, and simmer about 45 minutes, or until rice is light and fluffy.





1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 cup chopped onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup chopped white button mushrooms

1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

4 cups chopped green cabbage

1 cup cooked brown or wild rice



Put diced tomatoes in a food processor or blender, and process until smooth. Set aside. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add onions, and cook until soft and translucent. Stir in garlic, mushrooms, tomatoes, parsley, oregano, salt, and pepper. Reduce heat to low, and cook 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Steam cabbage 8-10 minutes or until tender crisp (or add cabbage to boiling water, and cook 5-7 minutes). Lightly spray or rub an 9”x13” baking dish with olive oil, and cover bottom of dish with cooked cabbage. Place rice and beans on top of cabbage. Pour tomato sauce over all. Bake 20 minutes.


Yield: 8 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)



Daily Prayer Points


Day 1: Your relationship with God

  • Help me to set aside time every single day to pray and read your Word. Enable me to resist everything that would try to distract me from this time.

  • I am hungry and thirsty for a deeper and more intimate relationship with you. I want to know You in every way You can be known.

  • As I’m doing this fast and seeking you, reveal Yourself to me in a new way.

  • Reveal to me anything that is in my life that is a hindrance to our relationship.

  • Pour out Your Holy Spirit on us today, so that we have a fresh fire for the things of God.

  • Take me into a deeper, more meaningful relationship with You, where I will grow in faith and hear the still small voice within my soul.

  • Take me to new levels where I can experience an outpouring of Your love and mercy.

Day 2: Our Country

  • Let a mighty movement of prayer arise in Your church, and help your people to discern the plans of the enemy.

  • Let bold and uncompromising voices rise up that are willing to stand for the things that You stand for.

  • Let the remnant church arise and shake the gates of Hell in the name of Jesus Christ.

  • Let any deception and fraud be exposed in the dark places. Let justice and righteousness reign in each state and in our nation.

  • I bind the Spirit of Fear in the name of Jesus Christ. Let the church arise and shine the light of Your Peace in the dark places.

  • Put guardian angels around the borders of our country to protect us from all attacks of the enemy.

Day 3: Our President

  • Put a hedge of protection around him and his family.

  • Strengthen him to do the job You have put him in the position to do.

  • Give him wisdom, boldness, discernment, strength, and courage.

  • Make him a praying man full of the Spirit, and let him be sensitive to Your voice.

  • May he always fear You and not men. Make him humble, and let him remember that all he has is from You.

  • Let Holy Spirit filled advisors surround him and speak into his life and presidency. And give him the ears to hear what they are saying.

  • Let him be a tool in Your hands to lead America in repentance and back to God and together.

  • I pray that the president will be delivered from every plot against him and instead those intent to harm him, will fall into what was intended for him.


Day 4: Unsaved / Backslidden Loved Ones

  • In the name of Jesus, pour out revelation of who You are on my lost loved ones.

  • Let every stronghold of the enemy stopping them from receiving the Lord be pulled down, in the name of Jesus.

  • Let all hindrances coming between them and the gospel be melted away by the Fire of the Holy Spirit.

  • In the name of Jesus, I bind the strongman attached their lives that is keeping them from receiving the truth.

  • Shake their lives in a way that they can’t continue going on the path they have been on, but something has to change.

  • In the name of Jesus, I declare that every plan of the enemy against their lives be broken!

  • Let there not be peace in their life until they surrender to the Lord.

  • Open their eyes to their own spiritual condition.

  • I tear down and smash every stronghold of deception keeping them in the enemy’s camp.

  • Pour out Your love on them in an overwhelming way so they cannot help but change for you.


Day 5: Financial Breakthrough

  • I commit my finances to You; take charge of them and use them for Your purposes.

  •  Teach me to be a good steward of all that You have given me.

  • Where I have not been wise, bring restoration and give me guidance as to how to change my spending habits.

  • Help me find it easy to give to You and to others as You have instructed in Your Word.

  • Help me not to be anxious about finances, but help me seek Your Kingdom first, knowing that as I do, You will supply all of my needs.

  • Break every curse of poverty and lack in my life.

  • I declare that I am financially free and I am no longer a slave to the lender.

  • As I learn to tend my finances the way you desire, break open the gates of heaven and pour out an abundance of blessings onto me. Send divine connections, resources, and opportunities my way that merit me financially.

  • Let the blessings of the Lord chase me down and overtake me.

  • Bless me so I can give generously. So that people may know who God is through my giving in Jesus’s name.


Day 6: Healing

  • I declare that sickness and infirmity will have no place or power in my life.

  • Protect me against any disease that attempts to enter my body.

  • I declare that every part of my body will function the way You intended it to. Wherever there is anything out of balance, set it in perfect working order.

  • I destroy the power of sickness and diseases over my life, in the name of Jesus.

  • I command you sickness, bow to the name of Jesus, and be gone out of my body forever, in the name of Jesus.

  • Every spirit hindering my perfect healing, fall down and die now, in the name of Jesus.

  • Let my blood be transfused with the blood of Jesus to make me perfect and whole.


Day 7: Missionaries around the world

  • Grant them strength and endurance to run the race- remind them that You are working deep in hearts even when it seems like nothing in happening.

  • Keep your hand of protection on them and their families.

  • I bind all fear, discouragement, disappointment, and doubt in the mighty name of Jesus.

  • Pour out financial favor on them to meet every one of their needs.

  • Protect them from all illness, injury, and danger.

  • May the joy of the Lord sustain them in every trial and setback.

  • Let every step they take into darkness bring the light of God. Let there be a physical peace when the presence of God enters these evil places

  • Set up divine appointments and open doors for ministry that only You can make possible.

  • Open the hearts and minds of the people they speak to so that they can hear what You need them to hear.


Day 8: Our Pastors

  • Crush every weapon formed against them and do not allow it to prosper.

  • Grant them the Spirit of Solomon so that they may have wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.

  • Give them discernment in every aspect of their lives.

  • Pour out Your healing power on their bodies and let it flow to every organ and function of their bodies.

  • In the midst of challenges, help them to push through, even though their spirits feel weak, and their bodies tell them to quit.

  • Help them each to preach the gospel with boldness and clarity, without the fear of criticism.

  • Give them the strength to finish what they have started and endure to the end, just as Christ endured on the cross.

  • Just as Jesus rebuked the wind and the sea, I intercede on behalf of our pastors and declare that they have the power and authority to demolish every plan of the enemy against their lives, and the lives of the ones they minister to.

  • Open up the heavenly storehouses and pour out Your blessings on their lives. I declare that this will be a year of only increase in their lives, not decrease. In the name of Jesus, give them increase in their finances, increase in their ministries, increase in spiritual walk, and increase in the fruit they bear.




Day 9: Our Youth Group

  • Give every person that enters our youth group, supernatural boldness in their lives. Let them see themselves through the eyes of God, and not as man sees them.

  • Make them strong, so that they are not swayed by the majority, but let them stand in boldness for the things of God.

  • Speak to each one in an intimate way, flood them with Your love for them, and remind them that they have a purpose on this earth and that you need them to do great things.

  • Give them an urgency to find out what it is You need them to do, and then give them a driving fire to chase after that purpose with everything they have.

  • I bind the spirit of anxiety, depression, fear, suicide, gossip, shame, and judgement in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. I declare by the authority I have in Jesus Christ, that depression and suicide will have no place in our youth!

  • Make them strong in the face of temptation. And when they feel like they cannot resist, remind them that You are always with them.

  • Help our girls to see beyond themselves and to know that You are so much bigger than what they can see with their physical eyes. Give them a fire to not just survive their teenage years, but to thrive during them. 

  • Help our boys to realize that we need strong, God-fearing men to lead our community and our world. Give them a sense of purpose when it comes to pursing a relationship with You.

  • Make our youth group a light that shines in the darkness, let there be a visible difference in the kids that attend our church.

  • Bring in youth leaders who are dedicated to helping these kids and who will be loyal to that cause. Search their hearts and reveal any intentions that are not aligned with Yours.

  • Pour out Your Spirit on these kids, they cannot do this without You. Teach them that this battle is not in the physical, but in the spiritual. Holy Spirit, teach them effective spiritual warfare and equip them for the battle ahead.

  • Use these kids to change the world!


Day 10: Our Children’s Church

  • Let each and every child in our church be filled with the Holy Spirit at the earliest possible time.

  • May the things they learn about You, take a deep root in their hearts, that cannot be taken by the enemy.

  • Raise up this next generation to be warriors and power houses for Your kingdom.

  • May these tiny disciples never feel unworthy of their calling. May they never be belittled by anyone in our church.

  • Give them a passion for time spent in Your Word, and let them learn the value and significance of prayer early in their lives.

  • Teach them to have a fear and reverence for Your name, while still seeing You as their loving Father.

  • Guard their eyes, ears, and hearts from things that are not of You.

  • Give them wisdom and discernment with the friends they make and the people who are in their lives.

  • May there always be a Holy Spirit fire in their hearts and an unwavering desire for the things of God.

  • Teach them to view success, not as the world does, but as You do

  • Put a hedge of protection around them wherever they go.

  • I cancel any plans the enemy has mounted against our children in the mighty name of Jesus.


Day 11: Our Congregation

  • Pour out Your Holy Spirit on our church today. We aren’t satisfied with yesterdays bread, we need fresh manna from heaven to fall on us today.

  • We hunger and thirst for a deep encounter with Your Presence. We don’t just want to sit on the surface where things are comfortable, we want to dive in and be submerged in a new revelation of You.

  • Put warring angels around our church that are ready to fight and defend us against every plan of the enemy.

  • I bind every spirit of religion, disunity, confusion, and offense operating in our church in the name of Jesus. I declare that every plan of the enemy against our church will be demolished by the power of the blood of Jesus.

  • Father, sweep out our church, cleanse it of every evil thing. Reveal to us anything that needs removed. Show us anything that may be hindering Your Presence in our church.

  • Don’t ever let us be satisfied with where we are or what we are currently doing. But give us a longing to always go deeper and do more for the Kingdom of God.

  • Give us an urgency to reach the lost. Not just our leaders, but every single person in our congregation. Give us boldness to preach the gospel, and wisdom while preaching.

  • Give us an understanding of Your holiness and a deep reverence for Your name.



Day 12: Church Growth

  • Let 2021 be marked as a year of supernatural growth at River of Life.

  • I declare that we will have growth in our members, growth in our visitors, growth in our finances, and growth in our spiritual walk.

  • Pour out every blessing that You have stored up for our church.

  • Give us a new found boldness when it comes to inviting people to church. And make those who are invited feel a tugging in their soul that they have to satisfy.

  • Even though everyone around us sees decrease, I declare that we will be a place marked by our exponential increase.

  • Help us to fulfill our mission to reach others, teach them Your Word, and duplicate disciples.

  • As we begin to grow, we give You all the glory. We know that only You can give the increase and we will recognize that You deserve all the thanksgiving.


Day 13: Give our church the eyes and heart of God

  • I pray that when others look at us, they will see Jesus.

  • Give us Your heart for the lost and hurting. Teach us how to love like You love. Take away every selfish thing in us that would prevent us from seeing them the way You do.

  • Don’t ever let our church be just a place that You attend Sunday morning. Keep our vision in line with Your heart and give us an urgency to prioritize that vision above our own plans.

  • Teach us to be sensitive to Your voice when You show us someone who needs an encounter with You. And help us to be obedient and do whatever You need us to do without hesitation.

  • Convict us when we look on others from a seat of pride, instead of with a heart of compassion. Teach us to be like You, the world needs You.

  • Teach us how to pray for those around us that need You.


Day 14: Our church’s finances

  • Your Word says that what You bind on earth will be bound in Heaven and what You loose on earth will be loosed in Heaven. So, I bind any curse or stronghold that has come against our church’s finances in the name of Jesus. And I loose every financial blessing that You have stored up for River of Life in the name of Jesus.

  • Pour out financial favor on our church in the name of Jesus.

  • Give our leaders wisdom as to how to spend our money. Guide them in how to be good stewards of the funds You have given us.

  • Use us to bless those around us. As You pour into us, we will pour into our community according to Your will.         

  • Help us to never be anxious about finances, but to seek Your Kingdom first, knowing that as we do, You will supply all of our needs.         

  • I declare in the name of Jesus, that this will be a year that we will give more than we ever have before as a church. We will give more to our community and more to missions than we ever have in the past, for the glory of Your name.

  • I dismantle any plans the enemy has against our church’s finances in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.        


Day 15: Our church’s discernment

  • Open the spiritual eyes of our church so that we can see what’s going on in the spiritual realm.

  • Give us wisdom during these uncertain times.

  • Reveal to us the things in our lives that are hindering our relationship with You. Take the scales off of our eyes so that we can see everything the way You see it.

  • Convict us when we are watching something we should not be watching, or listening to something we should not be listening to. May it make us so uncomfortable that we cannot continue in it.

  • Holy Spirit, reside within us and give us peace beyond understanding to know precisely when something is You, and when something is not.

  • Don’t let us ever be careless with the things we allow into our lives, but give us a burning desire to live lives that are sanctified and set apart for You.      


Day 16: Our Worship

  • Bless every person on our worship team. Give them a renewed strength to continue leading our congregation in the worship of Your Holy name. Let them understand the splendor of Your holiness and praise You out of that understanding.

  • Pride is the enemy of worship. I bind the spirit of pride from having any place in our worship time. Let them glory only in You, Jesus, so that they put no confidence in their own flesh.

  • I bind all distractions that try to come against our time of worship.

  • Let our time of worship be a time that we meditate on who You are. While we are in worship, give us glimpses of Your greatness. If we were to see the extent of who You are, we would surely die. Give us just a glimpse, so we can understand who we serve.

  • I pray over our altars. Let Your freedom reign in our altars. I bind all shame and judgement that would try to stop someone from laying down their burdens at Your feet.        

  • Teach us to worship You the way You deserve, and convict us when we make it about us.         


Day 17: Personal




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Day 21: Personal                                                                  


Personal options: spouse (future or present), children (each one can have a specific day), deliverance from a personal ongoing sin, your job, a large upcoming decision, a specific health problem, freedom from temptation, your prayer life, freedom from your past, to increase your faith, etc.

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