What Foods Are Eaten In A Daniel Fast?
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If you want to try a healing therapy for a complete overhaul of your spiritual, physical, and emotional health, then you should try the Daniel Fast. In this fast, you’ll be eating Biblical foods to achieve a breakthrough in various aspects of your life. 

Fasting is a natural method of abstaining from food and was regularly practiced by various people in the Bible, like Moses, Elijah, Esther, Daniel, Peter, and even Jesus. The Bible is filled with over 70 references to fasting, but the practice has been out of fashion and is now beginning to rise again. Chris Pratt, who plays Star-Lord in The Guardians of the Galaxy, recently shared that he was on the Daniel fast for emotional and physical well-being.

What is fasting?

To fast is to abstain from food, drink, or entertainment for a period of time to attain a benefit in the body, mind, or spirit. There are many types of fasting, including: a water-only diet; an absolute fast (no water and no food); a partial fast (can have certain foods and drinks); and an intermittent fast (only eat during a small daily window). 

What exactly is the Daniel Fast?

The Daniel Fast or diet is based on what the great leader from the Bible, Daniel, had when he went on a fast, as recorded in the Book of Daniel. During the fast, he only ate a plant-based diet and clean food as per the book in the Old Testament of the Bible in Leviticus chapter 11. Unclean foods include pork, shellfish, etc. 

Menu of Daniel Fast

Here is the complete list of foods that you can eat during a Daniel fast. 


    Distilled water.  

    Coconut water,  

    Vegetable juice 

    Homemade almond milk 

Vegetables should be the main dish 

    All vegetables, whether fresh or cooked 

    Not canned vegetables 


    Fresh and cooked 

    Not canned or preserved fruits 

Whole grains  

    Brown rice,  





Beans and Legumes  

    Dried and cooked, 

    Not canned 

Nuts and Seeds  



    Roasted without the addition of salt

Foods to avoid: 

    Iodized salt 


    Meat, including shellfish 

    Dairy products 





Fasting and praying

When Daniel fasted, he would pray three times to God, and so, it is believed, fasting and praying have to go hand-in-hand for the Daniel fast to be a success. It is more of a spiritual discipline when you deny yourself the food that your stomach and brain crave or are habituated to.  

How does a Daniel Fast benefit your physical health?

During the Daniel fast, your body's organs are given a break from the complex task of digesting foods, and the extra energy gives them a chance for restoration. The burning of stored calories also helps get rid of toxic substances in the body. For example, during a fast, the liver and immune system are freed up to detoxify and bring healing to other organs of the body.

Spiritual Benefits 

    It brings you closer to God 

    It breaks bad habits and addictions 

    Fasting makes us depend more on God than on food 

Mental/Emotional Benefits 

    It relieves anxiety and brings peace 

    Fasting helps clear the mind from feelings of negativity 

    It helps heal relationships 

Physical Benefits 

    It aids in the cessation of our sugar addiction.

    It helps in the detoxification of the body 

    It helps in weight loss 

    It promotes healthy hormonal balance 

Recipes to make during Daniel fast

Minestrone Soup


    7 cups vegetable stock 

    1½ cups of dried red kidney beans (rajma)

    2 cups of white beans 

    ½ cup carrots, diced 

    3 tomatoes, diced 

    ¼ teaspoon oregano powder 

    ¾ tsp chopped coriander leaves 

    ¼ tsp dried thyme powder 

    ½ cup onion leeks, cut in small pieces 

    ½ cup onion, diced 

    1 clove of garlic, minced 

    1 cup of cooked noodles,  

    Sea salt 


1.    Wash the kidney beans and white beans, cook them till tender, and keep them aside.  

2.    Boil the veggies in vegetable stock over medium heat for 10 minutes. 

3.    Add the boiled white beans, kidney beans, minced herbs, and sea salt. 

4.    Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes on low heat.

5.    Serve with cooked noodles. 

Stir-Fry Vegetables


    1 onion, diced 

    2 tablespoons of olive oil 

    2 tablespoons of onion leeks thinly sliced 

    ½ cup chopped broccoli,  

    1 sliced capsicum, 

    2 diced large carrots,  

    ½ cup chopped cauliflower, 

    Sea salt 

    1 tablespoon mix of garlic powder, ginger powder, and black pepper 


Stir-fry the veggies in 2 tablespoons of olive oil till tender. 

Add salt and seasoning.  

Serve with brown rice and dal.