In one of my posts where I answered the question bothering on Boiled plantain and White fasting, I highlighted some of the many benefits of eating boiled plantain even when you engage in white fasting.
Knowing the right list of food to eat during white fasting could be cumbersome for someone who wants to get involved in this type of fast.
White fasting entails sticking only to plant-based foods or diet while digging deeper in your relationship with God through fasting as seen in the life of prophet Daniel.
White fasting also known as Daniel’s fasting originated from Daniel’s spiritual experience as recorded in the book of prophet Daniel chapters 1 and 10. But in a bid to get this white fasting right by people, a lot of questions has come up like what can I eat during white fasting? Can I eat bread during white fasting? Can I take tea during white fasting? What foods should I avoid?
If these questions are what has been racing through your mind since someone recommended white fasting to you, relax and read to the end because you will surely get the answers to your questions.
Does this sound interesting? Let’s get started.
List of food to eat during white fasting.
White fasting basically is a partial fast in which wine, processed foods and animal- based products are bypassed in favor of plant-based foods. Daniel ate more than just vegetables and water. Some other Bible translations mentioned pulses in place of vegetables which means food grown from seeds. So in other words, Daniel’s diet plan comprises mainly of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds and water. So if you are looking to start white fasting in no distance time, below is a comprehensive list of foods to eat during white fasting:.
Fruits are high in essential minerals, vitamins, fiber and also rich in health-boosting antioxidants. Eating fruits improves your overall health and reduces the risk of developing diseases like diabetes, inflammation, cancer and heart diseases. During white fasting, fruits may be consumed fresh or frozen but not canned . There is so much manipulation with canned fruits. You can consume dried fruits that does not contains sulfites, added oils or sweeteners. Examples are:
- African Cherries
Vegetable is that part of plant that is edible which is either the leaves, fruits , seeds and roots. Vegetables are excellent source of minerals, vitamins, folate, dietary fiber and antioxidants. They improve your overall health and reduce the risk of diseases. Vegetables may be eaten fresh, cooked, frozen, or dried but not canned. Vegetables should constitute at least 70% of your diet during white fasting. Examples are:
- African Spinach
- Biter leaf
- Egg plant leaf
- Fluted pumpkin leaf
- Green beans
- Scent leaf
- Sweet potatoes
- Water yam
Legume also known as pulse is a type of vegetable that is low in fat but rich in minerals, vitamins and dietary fiber. They contain phytochemicals that fight diseases and aging. They are plants that produce pods with seeds inside. They are rich in protein, which makes them a perfect cheap replacement for meat. They can be ground into flour but canned ones are not allowed because of possible additives. Examples are:
- Kidney beans
- Lima bean
- Black Beans.
- Black-eyed beans
- Green peas.
Nuts and seeds
Nuts and seeds are low in water and carbohydrates but rich in fibers, proteins, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. According to wikipedia, the fats in nuts and seeds are largely unsaturated and nuts are a source of essential omega-3 fatty acids. Regular intake of diverse nutrients in nuts may reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and high blood cholesterol. They are a good source of energy because of their high oil content. Most of the nuts are eaten raw, roasted as snack food, used as nut butters and cooking oils when pressed. Organic and unsalted nuts are allowed during white fasting. Examples are :
- almond nuts
- cashew nuts.
- sesame seeds
- sunflower seeds
- Pine nuts
Whole grains are grains that contain all the parts of the seed namely the bran, germ and endosperm and are also seeds of grasses planted for food. Whole grains are excellent source of fiber, vitamins and minerals. There are several health benefits associated with eating whole grains. It lowers he risk of having heart diseases, inflammation, cancer and other diseases associated with refined grains. Rice, corn and wheat are the most common varieties. All whole grains are allowed during white fasting. Examples include:
- Brown rice
- whole wheat.
Vegetable oils are oils gotten from the seed or other parts of fruits . They are trans-fat free. Trans- fats majorly found in animal products exposes people to a greater risk of coronary heart diseases. Natural oils contain essential vitamins and fatty acids (omega 3 and omega 6), improve heart health and overall wellbeing. Only natural cooking oils are allowed during white fasting and should be consumed in moderate quantities. Examples are:
- Avocado oil
- Soybean oil
- Sunflower oil
- coconut oil
- Olive oil
- Peanut or groundnut oil
- Grape seed oil and any other natural oil.
Nut butters are packed with nutrients and fibers which keeps you full through the day. They help a lot in weight management and also keep cholesterol in check. Nut butters are also allowed during white fasting but it must not contain added sugars or any additive that is not white fast-friendly. I personally enjoy nut butter with garden eggs. Examples are:
- Almond nut butter
- Cashew nut butter
- Peanut butter
Natural Spices and herbs
Natural spices are loaded with antioxidants which prevents cells damage. They are also used for medicinal purposes. Spices can be infused into your water to add flavor and also used to spice up your food during white fasting. Examples are :
- Peppers etc.
The only beverage allowed during white fasting is water. Water is crucial for good health as it flushes out unwanted substances from the body and regulates body temperature among other several benefits. Make sure you take in the right quantity of water each day to stay hydrated especially during fasting.
Unsweetened non-diary milk
If you must use milk during your white fasting, then it has to be a plant-based homemade milk that does not contain any sweetener, or preservative. You can also add homemade juices that are devoid of artificial sweeteners. Examples are:
- almond milk
- coconut milk
- tiger nuts milk
- soybean milk.
- carrot juice
- beetroot juice, etc.
Also read: Can I Drink Garri During White Fasting?
White fasting is basically following Daniel’s spiritual experience and diet plan in the book of prophet Daniel chapters 1 and 10. One interesting thing about white fasting is that you are physically going through a detoxification exercise while deepening your spiritual walk with God. White fasting is the kind of fasting I would recommend to anybody but for people with under lying health conditions, make sure you seek the advice of your health care professional before embarking on this spiritual exercise.
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