Your campus:

About

Watch

Grow

Connect

Give

Miscellaneous

View service times »

Story

Fasting Sugar and Processed Foods?
By Vittoria Allen

Preparedness is the key to success! Fasting for 21 days requires spiritual, physical, and emotional discipline and as we get ready to fast together as a church family, it's important to prepare our hearts, minds, bodies, and refrigerators for the next three weeks! There are many ways you can fast. Some of you may be choosing to do a fruits and veggies only fast, a juice fast, or maybe you are fasting from entertainment. Taking the time to prepare for your meals will help take less focus on the food and move that focus towards Jesus. Although you may choose to do whatever fast you feel like the Lord is leading you to, for this week we will be sharing Daniel Fast friendly recipes to help along the journey.

So here's the gist. The Daniel Fast is basically a gluten free, dairy free, sugar-free, and vegan diet. There are a few more rules too: no deep fried foods, no additives or preservatives, and only water to drink! Think clean, think natural. Sounds tough, right? Well, fasting wasn't meant to be easy! But we want to help you succeed! For detailed information about the Daniel Fast, click here and follow us on Instagram and here on the blog for recipe ideas and encouragement along the way!

First thing's first. Breakfast. During the week with a busy schedule, I like to keep it simple for breakfast on and off the fast. Overnight Oats are one of my favorite breakfasts because you can make a few servings ahead of time and be prepared for the whole week! 

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup almond milk (I love this Califia Farms brand, which can be found at Sprouts or Whole Foods. It's just almonds, water, and vanilla, so it's perfect for the fast!)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbsp almond or peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Mash everything together in a mason jar or sealed container and let it sit overnight. Double or triple the recipe to have breakfasts (or snacks) for the whole week. You can add different fruits or nuts as toppings when you make your serving each morning.

For week 1, let's keep it simple with easy to make breakfasts and lots of leftovers for lunches!

Monday - Day 1

Breakfast - Smoothie or Overnight Oats

Lunch - Cilantro and Lime Cauliflower Rice

Dinner - Baked Vegan Alfredo (Omit breadcrumbs.)

Tuesday - Day 2

Breakfast - Smoothie or Overnight Oats

Lunch - Leftover Alfredo

Dinner - Taco Tuesday! Soyrizo Tacos (Replace refried beans with regular black beans and make sure your corn tortillas have no additives or preservatives!)

Wednesday - Day 3

Breakfast - Smoothie or Overnight Oats

Lunch - The Buddha Bowl (Double the recipe so you can eat it tomorrow too!)

Dinner - Spaghetti Squash with Chickpeas and Kale (Omit cheese topping.)

Thursday - Day 4

Breakfast - Smoothie or Overnight Oats

Lunch - The Buddha Bowl (Leftovers from yesterday)

Dinner - Sautéed Zucchini with Mint, Basil, and Pine Nuts (Omit ricotta and bread for serving and replace with whole wheat or rice pasta or try this unleavened bread.)

Friday - Day 5

Breakfast - Smoothie or Overnight Oats

Lunch - Salad in a Jar (Use any of these recipes from this website as ideas. Just omit any cheese and make sure the dressing is free of preservatives, additives, and sugar!)

Dinner - Southwestern Baked Sweet Potatoes

Saturday - Day 6

Breakfast - Potato and Pepper Breakfast Scramble (Omit eggs and make enough to save for tomorrow!)

Lunch - Leftover Sweet Potatoes

Dinner - Lentil Soup (Omit cheese topping and baguette for serving. Try replacing with unleavened bread.)

Sunday - Day 7

Breakfast - Potato and Pepper Breakfast Scramble

Lunch - Leftover Lentil Soup

Dinner - Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpea Soup (Omit heavy cream and replace with coconut cream if desired.)

Snacks

Black bean hummus

Fruits and Veggies

-------------------------------

We hope these recipes give you some inspiration in the kitchen and we pray that you experience God in ways you never have before! 

To sign up for daily devotionals during the fast, text "FAST" to 52525 or visit sdrock.com/fast