Lenten Food and Fasting

Mindful of the seasons

developed by Church Health Center Wellness

In the Christian tradition, the season of Lent brings two traditions related to food: eating meatless meals and fasting. Lent is a time when we practice sacrifice as a way of remembering Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. In eating simply, we honor Christ and the fundamental connection between bodies and spirits. Refraining from eating meat—or other favorite foods—reminds us to be mindful of the food we consume and the reasons why. Fasting from particular foods or entire meals intertwines intentional prayer into the discipline of how we eat.

Lenten Fasting

  • The purpose of fasting is not to become weak or ill but to create a hunger for God.
  • Fasting removes dependence or excuses that the comforts of food may give us, instead pointing us to the sufficiency of God.
  • Traditions that encourage adherents to fast suggest two small meals during the day that together do not equal a regular meal, no snacks, and a modest regular meal at the end of the day.
  • Drink water throughout your fast, letting the simplicity of this choice remind you of the simplicity of your purpose in fasting.
  • As your hunger increases, allow your prayers to also increase.

Honey Glazed Fruit Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Makes 12 servings
Servings size: 1/2 cup
Nutrition Facts (per serving): Calories: 155; Total Fat: 5 g; Sodium: 5 mg; Protein: 2 g; Fiber: 4 g
1 (11 ounce) can Mandarin oranges
2 cups strawberries, sliced
1 cup banana, sliced
1 apple, sliced
1 ounce, roughly 2 tablespoons, chopped walnuts
1/4 cup raisins
1 avocado, chopped
Juice and zest from 1 lemon
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon poppy seeds
In a large bowl, combine fruit.
In a small bowl, stir lemon juice, zest, honey, and poppy seeds.
Pour liquid mixture over fruit and stir well.

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