Fasting

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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A Place at the Table

With the start of Lent last week, I was going to fast from meat and desserts. But the first day of Lent, I was on Twitter and saw Compassion International ask “could you eat like your sponsored child for 40 days?” That really made me stop and think. I’ve mentioned on here before that I sponsor a girl in Kenya through Compassion and I was intrigued by this challenge. There was a link to Pastor Chris Seay’s website about how new book called A Place at the Table, which outlines this challenge of eating like a child in poverty for 40 days. I felt like this was something I was really interested in and decided to participate. So the second day of Lent I started eating like a child in poverty eats.

What do you eat?

I am eating rice, bananas, peas, and apples. Seem like an odd food choice? Let me explain. Many children living in poverty in the world live mainly off of rice, beans, and whatever fresh fruits/veggies are available to them. When I was in Haiti, some of the kids I came in contact with ate bananas for pretty much every meal. I don’t like beans, so I substituted them for peas and added apples because I didn’t know what other fruit/veggie to add. I don’t feel like the point of this fast is to get hung up on exactly what foods you choose. Rather it is a time to eat a few simple, basic food in order to start to try understand what children in poverty eat and how they live.

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Why am I doing this?

I went on a mission trip to Haiti last summer and for the first time saw what true poverty is. The kids I spent time with were often hungry and malnourished. I have never been in a situation where food was not available to me and, not only that, but I have so much food available to me, so many options, that I often focus large portions of my day on it. I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing (obviously I love cooking/baking or I wouldn’t have this site), but I think it is also valuable to gain some perspective about how people in other countries often live. Since I have been on this fast, I have thought about the girl I sponsor every single day. I have thought about the children in third world countries every single day. And that is something that is so important because these starving people are often so easy to put out of our minds.

I bought the book A Place at the Table and am doing the daily readings. I would encourage any of you who are interested in this fast to pray about it. It’s not too late to start up now and you don’t have to do it for Lent you can do it any time you feel called to :) I will be posting more details about my experience later :)
Have a wonderful week!

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