Daniel Fast

Healthy Recipe Ideas

If you’ve spent any time at all on this blog, you may have noticed that most of the recipes I post are of the…unhealthy variety ;) I love baking somewhat crazy and delicious desserts. But I have seen a HUGE spike of people searching the blog for my healthier recipes (I’m assuming with the new year’s resolutions coming in) so I thought I would list some of my healthier recipes in one post so it would be more convenient for you guys!

Disclaimer: I’m a fan of eating healthy, but I also believe that fad diets and restrictive diets are pointless. Eating healthy is a day-to-day challenge and some days I do well and some days I don’t. But if you try telling yourself that you’re never going to eat a dessert again, it generally won’t work out well. I hope we can all do better at striving for balance, which means checking out these healthier recipes but also indulging a few times a week :)

*Anything labeled “Daniel Fast” is Vegetarian, Vegan, and Daniel-Fast approved* 

Also, for those of you interested in the Daniel Fast, I answered a lot of questions about it in THIS post :)

Healthy Breakfast and Snacks:

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I love smoothies! They are so easy to make and very customizable. Depending on what you put in them, they can provide you with fruit, dairy, and protein to kick-start your day! I usually try to add some sort of fruit, yogurt or milk, and peanut butter :)

Daniel Fast Smoothies

Peanut Butter, Banana, and Chocolate Smoothie

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I also love breads and muffins! Here are two recipes that I have adjusted to make them much lighter than the usual muffin/quick-bread, but you really cannot tell the difference between these and their less-healthy counterparts.

Pumpkin Banana Muffins

Healthier Banana Bread

Zucchini Bread

Healthy Lunch and Dinner:

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These recipes are all ones that I love and think taste really good. I recently made Hot Spinach Dip again and was reminded of how good it is! And the Daniel-Fast approved Potato Wedges and Veggies is one of my all-time favorite meals!

How to Make White Rice

Salad with Maple Mustard Chicken Tenders

Hot Spinach Dip

Daniel Fast Chile

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Potato Wedges and Veggies

Daniel Fast Lettuce Wraps

Daniel Fast Taco Salad <- another really great one!

Daniel Fast Vegetable Soup

Desserts:

Cookie Dough Balls

Gigantic Peanut Butter Candy Cookie <- I included this one because it makes one cookie which lets you have dessert without too many leftovers!

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Daniel Fast Foods

So I’ve written here before about my experience with the Daniel Fast and have posted Daniel Fast recipes. A lot of people find me on Google by searching “Can I eat ____ on the Daniel Fast,” so I thought I’d put together a post specifically answering those questions.

First of all, what is the purpose of any spiritual fast? It is to set aside a period of time to draw closer to God by giving up a lot of the foods you generally eat. The Daniel Fast is based on when Daniel ate only vegetables and water (Daniel 10:3), and can last for however long you want it to (traditionally it lasts for 21 days). I have done it for 2 weeks, a month, and 3 weeks.

So what do you eat on the Daniel Fast? Essentially just plant-based foods and you only drink water. This includes fresh fruits and veggies, canned fruits and veggies (as long as there is no added sugar, etc), nuts, seeds, and non-processed whole grains, like those found in triscuts. It is important to read ingredient labels while on the fast. Added sugar, corn syrup, etc. are all no-nos. Here is a good site that further explores what you can eat on the fast.

So here are some foods people have been wondering about:

Can I have tortilla chips on the Daniel Fast?

This is up to you. I have done the fast both including and excluding tortilla chips. There are tortilla chips that are just made of yellow corn and salt, both of which are ingredients that are ok on the fast. However, you’re technically not supposed to have fried foods. So this one is up to you.

Can I eat Nutella on the Daniel Fast?

Ummm no. Nutella is definitely a no. You can eat peanut butter (as long as the only ingredients in the peanut butter are peanuts and salt).

Daniel Fast Dessert Recipes/Daniel Fast Cookie Recipes:

The Daniel Fast is supposed to be more of a cleanse when you eat really simple foods. I don’t know of any desserts that you can make from fruits and veggies (besides just eating fruit).

Smoothies that are good for the Daniel Fast:

Here’s my recipe for a Daniel Fast Smoothie :)

Can I eat pretzels on the Daniel Fast?

Nope, sorry! You can’t have any yeast, shortening, butter, or most of the other ingredients.

Daniel Fast Peach Cobbler

You can each slices of peaches and umm..triscuts?

Are tomatoes on the Daniel Fast?

Yep! Any fruits or veggies :)

Can I eat Taco Bell on the Daniel Fast?

Afraid not! No meat, fried stuff, cheese, sour cream. So I suppose you could ask for some lettuce…

Is almond milk ok on the Daniel Fast?

Yep! As long as it’s the plain, unsweetened kind, not the vanilla or dark chocolate kind.

Muffins and the Daniel Fast:

Muffins tend to have butter, flour, sugar, and a lot of other things not on the fast. I’d be seriously impressed if you came up with muffins that were on the fast.

Can you have rotel on the Daniel Fast?

I believe so, just check to make sure that there’s no added sugar.

Daniel Fast brownies:

I’m afraid such a thing does not exist!

My Daniel Fast Recipes:

Daniel Fast Chile

Daniel Fast Lettuce Wraps

Daniel Fast Smoothies

Daniel Fast Taco Salad

Daniel Fast Vegetable Soup

Potato Wedges and Veggies <-My favorite

If you are interested in doing the Daniel Fast, feel free to contact me and ask me about my experiences (I’ve done the fast 3 times now).

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Daniel Fast Vegetable Soup

I hope you guys are all doing well! I have had an absolutely crazy, hectic week and this weekend is going to be even busier! I have a photo shoot set for tomorrow (SOSO excited!) and Celina has a singing showcase. Sunday we’re playing worship at church and then I’m going to do do several of my photo concentration pictures done! My concentration for my photography class is “self portraits.” So obviously I’m going to be in every picture but I am also using them as a commentary on social issues.

I’ve been working on my college application. I have one more month before it needs to be done. It’s stressful and I’m just ready for it to be over. I am so exausted right now…

So here’s a Daniel fast recipe for you, lovely reader! One of my favorite things I made while on the Daniel Fast was soup. I made several different kinds and they were all delicious! It was a great comfort food for when I wasn’t feeling very good. I don’t actually have any pictures of the soup I made…I always forgot to take one and I doubt it would have looked very delicious anyway. But here’s how I made it:

1 carton of Vegetable Stock

2 chopped potatoes or sweet potatoes

2-3 chopped carrots

1 can of rotel (tomatoes with green chiles)

1/2 cup frozen corn

That’s it! Just dump it all in a pot, add any spices you want (salt, pepper, cajun spices ;) And cook it until the potatoes and carrots are soft, 10-15 minutes.

Another kind of soup I made was sweet potato and quinoa. For this one, I put 1/2 cup of already cooked quinoa along with 1 chopped sweet potato in a smallish pot. I then added 1/2 cup of veggie crumble and some chopped bell peppers. I then added enough vegetable stock to cover all the ingredients, plus a little extra (like how precise this is?). And then I just cooked it until the potatoes were soft. This was so easy to make but beware that the quinoa, even though it’s already cooked, will expand more and take away all the liquids. My soup ended up not being soup as a…thick stew? I don’t know how to word that…there wasn’t much broth anyways. But it was really good!

Sorry these directions are vague but I would encourage you to try different soups if you’re on the fast- it’s easy and a nice break from grapes and carrots and triscuits.

Have a fantabulous weekend!

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Daniel Fast Taco Salad

Now this post is a little controversial as to whether or not it is actually Daniel Fast approved. Here’s the thing, the veggie crumble has a tiny bit of sugar in it and also yeast extract, both of which are not on the Daniel Fast. That means that it’s technically not Daniel Fast approved. However, I decided before I did my fast that I was going to still eat veggie crumble because it would add some variety to my food choices. I’m sure some brands probably don’t have sugar but I couldn’t find one in our grocery store. Secondly, it’s questionable whether or not you’re allowed to have tortilla chips. The ingredients in the chips I had are whole yellow corn, sunflower seed oil, and salt. All of those things are Daniel Fast approved items. However, some people say that you can’t have anything deep fried on the fast because Daniel gave up any “luxury” foods. This makes sense, you don’t need to be deep frying your veggies on the fast. I also don’t think the point of the fast is to find items like potato chips that have Daniel Fast approved ingredients and live off of those for 21 days. However, I decided that I would eat these tortilla chips on the fast and I didn’t feel that there was anything wrong with that. But that’s just me! I’ve done the fast before without eating veggie crumble and tortilla chips and it was fine too.

All that to say, here’s Daniel Fast Taco Salad! This taco salad is really delicious and super quick and easy to make. It can be modified however you want. I used peppers, salsa, cucumbers, and veggie crumble as topping but you could add chopped tomatoes, lettuce, etc.

Daniel Fast Taco Salad

Ingredients:

1/2 cup veggie crumble

1/2 bell pepper

11-15 Tortilla chips

1/4 cup chopped cucumber

1 tsp. olive oil

Salsa

Directions:

Chop up the bell pepper into small matchstick pieces. Put the olive oil in a skillet on high heat. Add the peppers, maybe sprinkling on some cajun spices, or homemade taco spices. After the peppers are cooked (they should be softened and look blackened), add the crumble to the pan. Saute until the crumble is cooked, about a minute, and remove peppers and crumble from the pan. Place the them on a plate that has the tortilla chips spread out on it. Then add the chopped cucumbers and salsa. Enjoy!

Makes 1 serving

Note:

*Many salsas have sugar added to them. Make sure that you find one without. I used Tostitos brand medium heat salsa. Delicious!

I shared this on Tasty Tuesdays!

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Daniel Fast Chile

Here was my thought process: it doesn’t really matter if you use real beef or not in chile because it should taste pretty much the same, right? WRONG. My mom’s chile is one of my all-time favorite foods…it’s so delicious and actually very simple to make. It has beef, spicy v8 juice, pumpkin*, and spices.

*I don’t know why everyone freaks out about the pumpkin. Gah! Pumpkin in chile??? The horror! So now we just don’t tell people that there’s pumpkin in the chile. And everybody eats it. And loves it. And never suspects.

I made this Daniel Fast approved by using veggie crumble instead of beef. Now this chile certainly didn’t taste horrible but it just didn’t live up to my mom’s. It could have been because she doesn’t have a written recipe for her chile so I could have estimated different ratios that affected the flavor. Or the fact that I used fake meat. Or both. Also, when I usually eat chile, I put in tons of cheese and eat it with corn bread. Mmm corn bread…Neither of which I could have with this. I ate it with corn chips and it was pretty good…just had an interesting flavor to it.

Now that I’ve given this glowing reviews, I’m sure you’re dying to make it! Mainly I’m just posting this to give ideas for people who are going to go on the fast.

Looks life beef right? Oh how deceiving…

Yes I realize that this picture is very unattractive. I forgot to take the picture until I was like halfway done with eating it and then I didn’t really put any effort into making it look nice. But chile isn’t supposed to be pretty, right?

Ingredients:

2/3 bottle of spicy V8 juce

2/3ish can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling!)

1 package (12 oz) veggie crumble

Spices such as oregano, cumin, chile powder. (Use however much you want of each…experiment!)

Directions:

Brown the crumble in a pan. Add all the ingredients to a big pot and let it cook for a while..I started mine in the morning and ate it for dinner. That’s just so the spices and everything can meld together.

Eat with tortilla chips.

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