In preparation for Easter, our church has undergone a 21 day fast. You may be thinking 21 days without food….I’m not sure that’s even possible. Nothing is mandatory, but we are encouraged to sacrifice in response to the sacrifice made for us. And it doesn’t even have to be food. Some are fasting tv time, internet time, social media, or other habits they know are a distraction in life. In the food arena though, many are following a Daniel fast. Have you heard of it?
There are several versions I’ve seen online, but mainly the Daniel fast is eating vegan….no animal products, meat, dairy, eggs or seafood. It’s stricter than a regular vegan diet though because there’s also no sugar or sweeteners of any kind, white flour, processed foods, yeast, deep fried foods, caffeine, alchohol or other beverages. Basically you eat fruit, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds and olive oil. It’s a very strict way of eating.
My hubby and I have been doing the Daniel fast since our return from Disney (March 19th was our first day). I wasn’t sure whether or not I’d be sharing about it here since a fast is between you and God. But I’m kind of in a tough spot being a food blogger….eating this way has forced my creativity, and I’ve come up with many new recipes. And that’s what this site is all about….creativity in the kitchen. How can I not share these recipes with you guys? Since it’s church-wide, I guess our fasting is technically not much of a secret anyway. I had visions of starting a facebook group for those in our church doing the fast, so we could exchange meal ideas, but then I kept getting stuck on how many people may not be talking about it. 😉 I think I think “too much!”
I have to tell you it’s been an amazing experience! Not only spiritually, but also physically. It’s been an awesome detox! I thought I was going to modify (as some do) and keep at least 1 cup of hot tea a day….you know what a tea drinker I am. But when my hubby gave up his beloved diet soda, I knew I had to really feel the sacrifice in that area. It has been incredible to see my hubby drink only water, and eat so many fruits and veggies. Remember he is NOT a veggie eater. He’s a meat eater through and through. We break the fast this Friday……Good Friday, and as much as I’m looking forward to eating certain foods again….I’m kind of sad for it to end. We’re definitely going to keep up with all the fruit, veggies and water drinking….after all fresh produce should be the bulk of what we eat anyway.
I’d love to hear from you guys ~ Did you give anything up during the Lent season this year?
- 1 cup oats, organic if possible
- Juice of 1 large orange
- 2 Tbsp coconut, unsweetened
- 2 Tbsp flax, ground
- 2 Tbsp almonds, ground
- 2 Tbsp walnuts, ground
- pinch of sea salt
- ¼ cup raisins, organic if possible
- In a large nonstick skillet, add oats and coconut.
- Slice orange in half and squeeze juice over the oats trying to cover the oats with juice.
- Stir oats to coat with juice.
- Sprinkle with desired amount of sea salt.
- Over low heat (3-4) stir oats and toast them. Continue toasting them over low heat stirring as needed for about 10 - 20 minutes until toasted. You can also turn down the heat to 1 or 2 and stir occasionally if you don't have a lot of time to man the burner.
- While oats are toasting, use a coffee grinder to grind flax, almonds and walnuts (each separately). If you don't have a coffee grinder use flax meal or omit flax, and grind your nuts in a food processor.
- Add flax and nuts to last couple minutes of cooking time otherwise the flax will burn.
- Remove from heat and stir in raisins.
- Eat plain or with almond milk. Also good with a sliced apple, or as a grab and go snack mixed in with other nuts and seeds.