AWAKENING SCHEDULE

21 Day Fast

January 15 – February 4
Fasting Resources

Prayer Week

Monday, January 23 – Friday, January 27 at 7:30am
Saturday, January 28 at 9am
At the Midtown, Julington Creek, and Orange Park locations

RIOT NIGHT

Middle/High School & College Event

with Pastor Stovall Weems

Wednesday, February 1 – 7pm
(all locations come to the Celebration Arena)

THE AWAKENING REVIVAL

The Revival begins at 7pm Thursday and Friday
and begins at 6pm on Saturday at the Celebration Arena
(Children’s ministry will be open during each Revival night)

Thursday, February 2

Speaker: Steven Furtick
Lead Pastor, Elevation Church

Friday, February 3

Speaker: Josh Turner
Pastor, Celebration Orlando

Saturday, February 4

Speaker: Stovall Weems
Lead Pastor, Celebration Church

FASTING RESOURCES

HOW TO GET STARTED ON YOUR FAST

Having a successful fast starts with the right preparation. It is important to choose ahead of time what type of fast, or what combination you will pursue. Not only will this help with making the necessary preparations to implement your plan, but as you commit to a specific fast ahead of time and know how you’re going to do it, you will position yourself to finish strong.

Here are a few Easy Steps to Get Started:

1) Set Your Objective

Begin by deciding why you are fasting. Is it for spiritual renewal, for healing, for wisdom in a particular area, or the resolution of a specific issue? Pick the top 1-3 prayer requests or things you would like to seek God on. Don’t overwhelm yourself and make a laundry list of items. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead in deciding and clarifying your goals for fasting.

2) Choose Your Plan

We are all at different places in our walk with God. Likewise our jobs, daily schedules, and health conditions are all different and place various levels of demand on our energy. So most importantly, whether you’ve fasted before, or this will be your first time, prayerfully consider what your fast will look like. Your personal fast should have a high level of challenge to it, but it’s very important to know your own body, know your options, and most importantly, seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do. Remember, the goal of fasting is not just to do without food. The goal is draw nearer to God.

3) Choose Your Fasting Schedule

You may choose to fast all or several days of the 21 days, such as, 3 or 4 days a week or specifically on Sundays and Wednesdays. Maybe you will do that, and end with 3 to 7 consecutive days at the end. This is your personal decision, and again should be prayerfully considered as it applies to your circumstances. Just plan ahead.

4) Begin and Break the Fast Well

Depending on the type of fast you choose, it is very important to prepare your body ahead of time before beginning the fast. Take a week or so to transition into your fast; otherwise, you could get sick. For example, if you would like to go on fruits and vegetables or juice fast, start eliminating meat, white grains, and refined sugars from your diet the week before. Also start to cut back quite a bit on dairy products and some of your caffeine intake.

This same principle applies to breaking your fast. When your fast is over, add foods back very gradually. Your body will be so cleansed and detoxified. You will most likely get sick if you add too much rich foods, etc. all at once.

There are also several websites and books that offer additional resources for spiritual growth, recipes and nutritional information to help you along the way. Here are a few that we recommend.

Websites for Fasting Info

DanielPlan.com
RebootwithJoe.com
Juicerecipes.com
All-about-juicing.com
JuicingwithG.com

Books for Spiritual Growth:
If you would like to grow in your understanding of how spiritual disciplines like fasting and prayer can help you grow spiritually, check out the following resources:

Beginner
The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People
by John Ortberg (Purchase here)

Intermediate
Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth
by Richard Foster (Purchase here)

Advanced
The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives
by Dallas Willard (Purchase here)

Most Practical
Fasting: Opening the Door to a Deeper, More intimate, More Powerful Relationship with God
by Jentezen Franklin (Purchase here)

Important Note: Fasting requires reasonable precautions. If you have any health concerns, please consult your physician prior to beginning your fast, especially if you are taking medications, have a chronic condition or are pregnant or nursing a baby.

TYPES OF FASTS

While preparing for your fast, it is important to choose ahead of time what type of fast you will participate in. Not only will this help with making the necessary preparations to implement your plan, but as you commit to a specific fast ahead of time, and know how you’re going to do it, you will position yourself to finish strong. Choosing your fasting plan is a very personal decision. We are all at different places in our walk with God and our spirituality should never be a cause for comparison or competition. There is nothing more “inherently spiritual” about one type of fast as opposed to another.Your personal fast should present a level of challenge to it, but know your body, know your options, and most importantly, seek God in prayer about this and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do. It’s also important to not let what you eat or do not eat become the focus of your fast. This is a time to disconnect enough with your regular patterns and habits in order to connect closer to God. Listed below, are some options and variations of different types of fasts you can choose to engage in. As you read over the information provided here, please consider how it applies to your circumstances and convictions. Fasting does require reasonable precautions. If you have any health concerns, please consult your physician prior to beginning your fast – especially if you are taking medication, have a chronic condition, or if you are pregnant or nursing.

Specific Food or Activity Fast

This type of fast refers to omitting a specific item(s), activity or habit from your time of prayer and fasting. For example, you may choose to eliminate red meat, processed or fast food, or sweets. It could also involve fasting from an activity or habit, such as television watching, or social media.

Daniel Fast (http://danielplan.com/)

The Daniel fast is a great model to follow that proves to be extremely effective for spiritual focus, bodily discipline and purification in the body and soul. It is probably one of the most commonly referred to types of fasts, however within the term “Daniel Fast”, there is room for broad interpretation. In the book of Daniel, we find two different times where Daniel fasted, once in Daniel 1 and again in Daniel 10. Daniel 1 states that he ate vegetables and water, and in Daniel 10, while the passage does not give a specific list of foods that Daniel ate, it does state that Daniel ate no rich (or choice) foods as well as no meat or wine. So based on these two verses, we can see that either of these, or any variations in between constitutes a fast. Again, there is nothing “inherently spiritual” about one type of fast as opposed to another. It is important to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do. Here are some links that provide some suggestions of what a Daniel fast can look like as well as some recipe options.

Juice Fast

A juice fast is when no solid food is consumed and instead involves the intake of vegetable juices, fruit juices and water. Some juicing resources that we recommend include:

RebootWithJoe.com
JuiceRecipes.com
All-About-Juicing.com

Water Fast

A water fast is eating no foods and drinking no liquids except water for a period of time. Extreme precautions should be taken with a water fast and should be done under the direction supervision and monitoring of your physician.

Duration and Extent of Your Fast

Awakening is intentionally designed to be flexible. As with choosing what type of fast you will be undertaking, it is important to also decide ahead of time how long you will be fasting and to what extent you will be fasting. Some people may choose to fast at one level all 21 days and then culminate with a special 3 day fast at the end. Others may choose to fast one week out of the 21 days, or even fast once or twice a week throughout the 21 day period. This is a personal decision and one that should be prayerfully considered.

Important Note: Fasting requires reasonable precautions. If you have any health concerns, please consult your physician prior to beginning your fast, especially if you are taking medications, have a chronic condition, or are pregnant or nursing a baby.

AWAKENING FASTING RECIPES

Appetizers/Snacks

Garlic Kale Chips

  • 1 bunch fresh kale
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oilPreheat oven to 350 degrees.

Chop kale up into 1-inch size pieces. Spread evenly across cookie sheet. Spray lightly with olive oil. Sprinkle garlic powder, salt and pepper. Bake for 10-15 minutes until edges are lightly browned. Let cool and enjoy!

Coconut Date Bars

  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 10 pitted dates, or to taste
  • 1/4 cup cashews, or to taste
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil

Blend almonds and coconut in a food processor; add dates and pulse until combined. Add cashews and coconut oil; pulse until mixture is thick and sticks together. Transfer to a sheet of waxed paper; form into a square, folding sides of waxed paper over the top. Refrigerate until solid, at least 30 minutes.

Healthy White Bean Dip

  • 1 can (15-oz) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1⁄8-1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth, about 1 minute. Transfer to a small bowl and serve alongside crackers, veggie chips or vegetable sticks. Enjoy!

Black Bean Hummus

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 (16 oz.) can black beans, drained (reserve liquid)
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1-2 Tbsp. tahini
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

Crush garlic clove and place in food processor. Add black beans, lemon juice, tahini, cumin, salt and cayenne pepper; process until smooth.
Add enough of the reserved liquid (1 tablespoon at a time) from the beans to reach desired consistency, pulsing after each addition.
Serve with tortillas, crackers or sliced vegetables.

Soups/Chili

3-Bean Vegetarian Chili

  • 4 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 2 (16 oz.) cans dark red kidney beans
  • 1 (16 oz.) can navy beans
  • 1 (16 oz.) can black beans
  • 2 (16 oz.) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 package of chili seasoning

In a large pot, sauté chopped garlic and onions in olive oil until tender. Drain cans of beans and add into pot. Add in both cans of diced tomatoes (do not drain.) Add in package of chili seasoning, stir and let simmer on low for 1-3 hours, stirring occasionally.

Once chili has reached desired consistency, remove from heat and enjoy.

Roasted Cauliflower Soup

  • 2 heads cauliflower, broken into florets
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 6 cups water
  • Salt and ground pepper, to taste

Place the cauliflower florets into a large bowl of lightly salted water; allow to stand for 20 minutes. Drain well, and arrange on a sheet of heavy aluminum foil on a baking sheet. Spray the olive oil cooking spray evenly on the cauliflower.
Preheat the oven’s broiler and set the oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source.
Broil the cauliflower until browned, 20 to 30 minutes.Meanwhile,heat olive oil in a large soup pot,and cook the onion until translucent, about 5 minutes; stir in the garlic and roasted cauliflower. Pour in the water, season with salt and black pepper, and simmer until all the vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes. Blend the soup in the pot with an immersion hand blender until creamy and smooth.

Winter Vegetable Soup

  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 leeks, white parts only, chopped
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 carrots, peeled and sliced into rounds
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled and chopped into half-inch dice
  • 8 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 (14 oz.) cans whole tomatoes
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1⁄2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 cups fresh spinach leaves, packed
  • Juice from half a lemon

In a large stockpot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add leeks, garlic and onion and cook until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add carrots and butternut squash and cook an additional 5 minutes, stirring to keep vegetables from sticking to bottom of pot.
Pour in broth and bring soup to a boil. Add tomatoes, thyme, rosemary, oregano, pepper and salt.
Turn heat down to low and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes. Stir in fresh spinach and lemon juice. Serve hot.

Vegan Black Bean Soup

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 4 (15 oz.) cans black beans
  • 1 (15 oz.) can whole kernel corn
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can crushed tomatoes

Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Sauté onion, celery, carrots and garlic for 5 minutes. Season with chili powder, cumin, and black pepper; cook for 1 minute. Stir in vegetable broth, 2 cans of beans, and corn. Bring to a boil.
Meanwhile, in a food processor or blender, process remaining 2 cans beans and tomatoes until smooth. Stir into boiling soup mixture, reduce heat to medium, and simmer for 15 minutes.

Salads/Dressings

Avocado and Grilled Corn Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette

  • 5 ears corn, husk removed, brush with olive oil and grilled, remove corn with sharp knife
  • 
2 avocados, diced and sprinkled with lemon juice to prevent browning
  • 2 cups Tomatoes, red and yellow cherry variety or equivalent
  • 1 small red onion, finely diced
  • 3⁄4 cup feta, crumbled
  • 1 1⁄2 cup English cucumber, skin on and chopped small dice

Add all ingredients to a large bowl and refrigerate until ready to use.

Quinoa Salad
For the quinoa:

  • 2 cups uncooked quinoa
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cans (15 oz.) black beans, drained
  • 1 bag (12 to 16 oz.) frozen white corn
  • 2 whole orange bell peppers
  • 2 whole red bell peppers
  • 1 bunch chopped cilantro

For the dressing:

  • 1 1⁄2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1⁄3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1⁄3 cup olive oil

Cook quinoa and water in a covered saucepan over medium for about 12-15 minutes. (Cook just as you would rice and follow the directions on whichever quinoa box or bag you choose to use.) Allow quinoa to cool.
While quinoa is cooking, drain black beans in a strainer and give them a quick rinse under the faucet. Shake dry and put into a large bowl. Pat them with a paper towel to dry them out further if they are still really wet.
Add thawed corn,finely chopped bell peppers, and chopped cilantro (about a handful or desired amount) to bowl. Again, pat dry with a paper towel if everything is too damp.
In a second bowl whisk together dressing ingredients. Pour onto quinoa and toss. I always like to taste and add more salt/pepper and lime juice. Enjoy!
Note: You can choose whichever color peppers you prefer.

Cilantro Vinaigrette

  • 6 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. Sherry vinegar
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, minced
  • 1⁄2 tsp. salt
  • 10 grinds of fresh ground pepper

Add all ingredients in a small glass jar with a lid. Shake really well. Taste and adjust seasoning and ratios of oil and vinegar as desired. When ready to serve salad, add dressing and gently toss.

Mango and Black Bean Salad

  • 1 can (15 oz.) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups fresh mango, diced
  • 1 cup sweet red bell pepper, diced
  • 6 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 seeded Jalapeno pepper, minced (or hot sauce, to taste)
  • Salt, to taste

Combine ingredients in a bowl. Toss and serve.

Grilled Veggie Salad

  • Chopped leaf lettuce
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 sweet onion
  • 1 Tbsp. grape seed oil
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 
1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • Fresh salsa of your choice

Mix lime juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, cumin, chili powder, jalapeno and cilantro together. Chop bell peppers and onions into thin strips and place into marinade. Marinade for 30 minutes or more.
In a cast iron skillet, heat grape seed oil on high heat for one to two minutes. Place veggies into pan evenly and cook undisturbed for about 2 minutes. This will brown the veggies. Flip veggies to other side and repeat until desired darkness.
Place veggies onto a bed of chopped leaf lettuce and top with fresh salsa of your choice. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Main Dishes

Veggie Spaghetti

  • 2 large (32 oz.) cans crushed tomatoes (no sugar added)
  • 4 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic (chopped)
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1 package mushrooms
  • 1 green pepper
  • 2-3 zucchini
  • 2-3 yellow squash
  • 1 spaghetti squash

Cut spaghetti squash in half length-wise. Place flat side up on a cookie sheet, sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast at 350 degrees for about 30-45 minutes (depending on the size of the squash.)
In a large pan, sauté the chopped garlic and onions in the olive oil until tender. Add the cans of crushed tomatoes. Next, chop the green pepper, zucchini and squash to desired size and add, along with the mushrooms, into the sauce.
Let sauce simmer until all of the veggies are cooked thoroughly. Remove spaghetti squash from the oven. To ensure it is fully cooked make sure you can shred the squash with a fork. Scoop out the seeds and finish shredding the squash with a fork (which looks like spaghetti.) Pour the sauce over the spaghetti squash and enjoy.

Healthy Black Bean Burgers

  • 1 (26.5 oz.) can of black beans, rinsed well and drained
  • 1/4 red onion, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped small
  • Large handful of fresh cilantro, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper (add more or less, as desired)
  • 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
  • Vegan mayonnaise (for binding, if needed)
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil

Rinse and drain black beans and then mash with a fork. You’ll want the majority of the beans broken up completely. Add all other ingredients except Coconut Oil and mix well. If the mixture isn’t moldable, add a large teaspoon of vegan mayo just so it binds all the ingredients together.
Form the mix into individual patties. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or wax paper and refrigerate for 15 minutes (or up to an hour.) On medium heat, place 2 tablespoons coconut oil in pan. Add the patties (they can touch, but not overlay.) Sauté for about 3-5 minutes per side until crisp and browned. Work in batches. Serve immediately.

Vegan Black Bean Quesadillas

  • 1 (15 oz.) can great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  • 
Salt to taste
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1/2 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil, or as needed
  • 8 whole grain tortillas
  • Cooking spray

Blend great Northern beans, 3/4 cup tomatoes, and garlic in a food processor until smooth; add nutritional yeast, cumin, chili powder, salt, and cayenne pepper and blend again.
Transfer bean mixture to a bowl. Stir black beans and 1/4 cup tomatoes into bean mixture.
Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Place a tortilla in the hot oil. Spread about 1/4 cup filling onto the tortilla.
Place another tortilla on top of the filling; cook until filling is warmed, about 10 minutes.
Spray the top tortilla with cooking spray and flip quesadilla to cook the second side until lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling.

Ginger Veggie Stir-Fry

  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh ginger root, divided
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 small head broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1/2 cup snow peas
  • 3/4 cup julienned carrots
  • 1/2 cup halved green beans
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. water
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 Tbsp. salt

In a large bowl, blend cornstarch, garlic, 1 teaspoon ginger, and 2 tablespoons vegetable oil until cornstarch is dissolved. Mix in broccoli, snow peas, carrots, and green beans, tossing to lightly coat.
Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet or wok over medium heat. Cook vegetables in oil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent burning. Stir in soy sauce and water. Mix in onion, salt, and remaining 1 teaspoon ginger. Cook until vegetables are tender but still crisp.

Recipe Notes: Place stir-fry atop brown rice to complete this delicious meal.

Smoothies

Berry Green Smoothie

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 handfuls fresh spinach (or about 1 cup frozen)
  • 1⁄2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1⁄2 bananaAdd ice or more almond milk as desired.

Place all items in a blender and blend until smooth.

Coffee Banana Smoothie

  • 1 cup regular brewed coffee
  • 1 large banana
  • 1 Tbsp. almond butter
  • 1 cup almond or regular milk
  • 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp. honey (optional)

Pour coffee into ice cube tray. Freeze for two hours or overnight. Place frozen coffee ice cubes andthe rest of the ingredients into a blender. Pulse until smooth and frothy. Pour into cup and Enjoy!
Yield: 2 servings

5 Ingredient Fruit Smoothie

  • 1 scoop gluten free whey vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup frozen mixed fruit of choice
  • 1 cup all natural apple juice (no sugar added)

Combine all ingredients into blender. Blend until desired consistency. Enjoy!

Almond Date Shake

  • 4 frozen bananas
  • 8 pitted Medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup all natural creamy peanut or almond butter
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 7 cubes of ice (more or less, as desired)

Blend bananas, dates, nut butter, vanilla and milk. When thoroughly combined, add ice a few cubes at a time until you reach a shake-like consistency. Enjoy!
Yield: 4 servings

Desserts


Apples with Date Honey

  • Apples, sliced
  • Date Honey (recipe in this section)

Toppings: Finely chopped pecans or walnuts and unsweetened shredded coconutSpread Date Honey on one side of each apple slice. Serve as is, or press into chopped pecans or shredded coconut or both.Recipe Notes: You may also use sliced bananas or pears.

Puffed Quinoa Peanut Butter Balls

  • 1 cup puffed quinoa
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1-4 Tbsp. agave nectar
  • 1 Tbsp. crushed peanuts (optional, for extra crunch if using smooth peanut butter)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Vegan dark chocolate (optional)

In a mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter, agave and vanilla. If the mixture is too firm, heat it up on the stove a little bit. Add the puffed quinoa (and peanuts, if using), and stir to combine. Place mixture in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to firm up. Remove from fridge, roll into 12 balls, and return to fridge for 15 minutes before serving. Optional: dip some or all of the balls in dark chocolate.
Yield: 12 servings

Date Honey

  • 1 cup pitted dates (about 6-8 Medjool or 18-20 Deglet Noor)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1⁄2 tsp. cinnamon

Pour dates and water into a small saucepan, making sure dates are completely covered (add additional water if necessary.) Bring to a boil over high heat.
Reduce heat to low and simmer 45- 60 minutes or until dates are very soft and broken down. Remove from heat, and allow to cool slightly for about 15 minutes.
Pour mixture (including liquid) into a blender or food processor and puree until completely smooth. Sprinkle in cinnamon and stir well. Store in a sealed container in refrigerator.

Yield: 12 servings (serving size: about 1 tablespoon)

Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bars

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1/3 cup nuts, chopped
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1/2 cup date syrup
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (no sugar), slightly melted

Mix the applesauce, mashed banana, date syrup, and peanut butter in one bowl. Mix the dry ingredients in another bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Press into 8×8 and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Apple Raisin Nut Cookies

  • 2 cups chopped apples, unpeeled (about 2 apples)
  • 1 cup brown rice flour (or any whole grain flour)
  • 1 cup cashew halves and pieces
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1 cup raisinsPreheat oven to 350 degrees.

Add apples, brown rice flour, cashews, pecans, and raisins to a food processor. Process about 30 seconds for a smooth texture or 15 seconds for a nuttier cookie. Drop by spoonfuls, two inches apart, on an ungreased 11 by 17-inch baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.
Yield: 16 servings

DANIEL FAST SAMPLE MENUS

Breakfast
Fruits, Vegetables, Juices and Water Fruit smoothie with whey protein

Mid-morning Snack
Fresh fruit or fresh vegetables

Lunch
Raw vegetable salad with light, organic dressing and vegetable broth soup

Mid-afternoon Snack
Fresh fruit or fresh vegetables

Dinner
Fresh salad with light, organic dressing and steamed or grilled vegetables

Water
Drink plenty of water – at least 100 ounces

Modified Daniel Fast

Breakfast
1-2 servings of whole grains with fresh fruit juice

Mid-morning Snack
Fresh fruit or fresh chopped vegetables

Lunch
1-2 servings of whole grains: fresh salad with legumes and light organic dressing

Mid-afternoon Snack
Fresh fruit juice or fruit smoothie with whey protein

Dinner
1-2 whole grains: fresh salad with legumes & light, organic dressing

Water
Drink plenty of water – at least 100 ounces

KIDS FASTING RESOURCES

How to Explain Fasting to Kids

An easy way to explain the benefits of prayer and fasting to kids is to compare it to cleaning out old toys that might no longer work, or that they might have outgrown, to make room for new ones. As we clean out our bodies and make time to connect closer to God and His Word, we make room to receive new gifts from Him.

Kids Fasting How-To’s

We do not recommend that children skip meals or drastically reduce their food intake, but a modification of their diet might prove to be an easy place to start. For example, fasting from specific items such as sweets, red meats, fried foods or even introducing a form of the Daniel fast which includes legumes, nuts and whole grains is a great way for children to participate in a safe and healthy way.*

Another great way to fast is by reducing some of the time and energy spent watching TV, playing video games, using the computer or phone, and instead choosing to spend time praying, reading their Bible or serving others.

Refer to our “Sample Fasting Calendar for Kids” as an additional resource for you and your kids during the fasting season.

The main thing is for kids to recognize the value behind setting aside special times to disconnect from some of the extra-curricular activities and treats they enjoy on a regular basis and learn how to connect to God in a closer way. Write down a few prayer requests and pray together for those things throughout the fast.

*Please note, you should always check with your child’s pediatrician before your child(ren) begin any type of fasting.

Sample Fasting Calendar For Kids

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