Monday marks the beginning of this year’s Daniel Fast at our church. Are you familiar with it? As long as we’ve served as pastor, we encouraged our church to do this fast together at the start of a new year.
It’s intended to simulate a fast that Daniel did, as mentioned in Daniel, chapter 10: “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.”
What Can You Eat On The Daniel Fast?
As we described in our Daniel Fast Food List, we’ll be abstaining from all meats and animal products, as well as from sweeteners, baked goods, and leavened breads. Last year, my husband and I personally permitted a nominal amount of honey and pure maple syrup in our fast, but this year we will completely go without. There will be no artificial preservatives, processed foods, deep fried foods, etc. Our diet will consist mostly of fruits, vegetables, beans, grains, and nuts. Our only beverage will be water.
Using a Meal Planning Service
Planning out your meals for the Daniel Fast can be overwhelming, especially if this is your first time doing a Daniel Fast. If you feel overwhelmed, consider signing up for the “vegan” meal plan through emeals. It’s a great meal planning service to use, and while they don’t have a meal planning option for the Daniel Fast specifically, the vegan meal plan is quite similar. Plus, you can get two weeks free when you sign up here. That’s almost gets you through the entire Daniel Fast!
Daniel Fast Meal Plan
Here’s our menu for one week.
Daniel Fast Breakfasts
- Fresh fruits, natural peanut butter
- Daniel Fast granola bars, with an orange
- Homemade Cherry Oatmeal
- Creamy toasted rice porridge with coconut oil, raisins, and almonds
- Oats groats with raisins, nuts, and almond paste
Daniel Fast Lunches
Daniel Fast Dinners
- Southwestern black bean tacos on toasted Ezekiel wraps
- Lentil soup (without the bacon or wine), whole wheat chapatis
- Greens and beans curry (served over brown rice or quinoa)
- White bean soup with greens, whole wheat chapatis
Curried vegetables over long grain brown rice
- Bean tostadas (minus the cheese)
Daniel Fast Snacks
- Fresh fruits
- Veggies and hummus
- Roasted sweet potato “fries”
- Popcorn (this microwave popcorn is suitable if you don’t want to make your own)
I’ve written whole post about Daniel Fast snacks, if you need more ideas.
The Daniel Fast closely resembles a whole foods cellular cleanse we do each year for health purposes, and we’ve really needed to cleanse after all the holiday treats we’ve enjoyed the last six weeks or so. As difficult as it is, I’m looking forward to this fast! We need it, both physically and spiritually!
It’s a big year, there’s much to do, and grand plans are ahead of us. Through it all, I’ll be praying for you. Some of you really struggled through the past year, and I’m believing this new year will be a year of breakthroughs in your homes, marriages, and families. I want this site to be an oasis of hope, healing, and truth for you, a place where you can find inspiration and encouragement and feel Him stir your soul and tug at your heart.
My heart’s desire is to be in tune and connected with Him throughout this year and every year He graciously gives to me.
I’m so glad you join me here, and desire to be connected with Him, too.
Related: 21 Prayers For The Daniel Fast
Daniel Fast Meal Plan PDF Download
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More Daniel Fast Recipes
- 18 Daniel Fast Recipes For Dinner
- Daniel Fast Breakfasts
- Daniel Fast Desserts
- Daniel Fast Granola Bars