As a Christian it is good to question the ways of the world and use the bible to teach us about everything including food. Nowadays we see how veganism is growing rapidly and it has been said to grow during end times as bible predicted: “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in latter times some shall depart from faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils. Speaking lies in hypocrisy having their conscience seared with hot iron. Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. ” 1 Timothy 4:3. This doesn’t mean we are to judge our fellow Christians if they don’t eat meats. The issue is though when others command others to abstain from meats. This will happen and is already happening in lower scale so I think it is great to set some things straight and study what kind of meal plan God has actually created for us! This post is obviously for those interested in the topic, Christians and people who are ok with eating meat.
Bible speaks a lot about food and I’m so glad there are many verses I can give you today. Even though they eat honey and milk and bread in the bible it is good to note that when you get those products from the store they are processed. Get natural products that haven’t been processed like raw honey and raw milk. Making your own bread is a whole another thing that would require a lot of time when you do it the old fashioned way.
Genesis 1:29. And God said , behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
Genesis 9:3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.
So we know we can eat meats and we can eat fruits but what does the green herb mean exactly? What foods have been mentioned in the bible as edible and good? Lets get more deep into this topic and start off with some spices.
Anise (Matthew 23:23 KJV)
Coriander (Exodus 16:31, Numbers 11:17)
Cinnamon (Exodus 30:23, Revelation 18:13)
Cumin (Isaiah 28:25, Matthew 23:23)
Dill (Matthew 23:23)
Garlic (Numbers 11:5)
Mint (Matthew 23:23, Luke 11:42)
Mustard (Matthew 13:31)
Rue (Luke 11:42)
Salt (Ezra 6:9, Job 6:6)
What about fruits? What fruits have been mentioned separately? Bible mentions “summer fruits” and according to Genesis 1:29 every fruit that has a seed in them that grows a tree is good to eat. At the same time bible specifically mentions melons and grapes that both grow from vines and not trees. According to this it’s safe to eat all the tasty fruits. However these following fruits bible mentions separately:
Apples (Song of Solomon 2:5)
Dates (2 Samuel 6:19, 1 Chronicles 16:3)
Figs (Nehemiah 13:15, Jeremiah 24:1-3)
Grapes (Leviticus 19:10, Deuteronomy 23:24)
Melons (Numbers 11:5, Isaiah 1:8)
Olives (Isaiah 17:6, Micah 6:15)
Pomegranates (Numbers 20:5, Deuteronomy 8:8)
Raisins (Numbers 6:3, 2 Samuel 6:19)
Sycamore Fruit (Psalm 78:47, Amos 7:14)
Next lets look at some vegetables mentioned in the bible.
Beans (2 Samuel 17:28, Ezekiel 4:9)
Cucumbers (Numbers 11:5)
Gourds (2 kings 4:39)
Leeks (Numbers 11:5)
Lentils (Genesis 25:34, 2 Samuel 17:28, Ezekiel 4:9)
Onions (Numbers 11:5)
Now when lentils were mentioned we shouldn’t forget the verse that talks about pulses: Dan 1:12– “Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink. Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the king’s meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants.—– And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat. Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse.”
Pulses include peas, lentils, chickpeas, kidney beans and navy beans. They have said to be full of protein, fiber, iron, zinc and B-vitamins. They can also lower blood cholesterol and pressure and heart disease risk.
What about grains? Eating bread is very usual in the bible and it has even been said to be strengthening for the heart but nowadays all the bread we eat is processed at least in some ways to make it last longer. (Psalm 104:15) You can still eat healthy bread if you make it yourself.
Barley (Deuteronomy 8:8, Ezekiel 4:9)
Bread (Genesis 25:34, 2 Samuel 6:19, 16:1, Mark 8:14)
Flour (2 Samuel 17:28, 1 Kings 17:12)
Millet (Ezekiel 4:9)
Spelt (Ezekiel 4:9)
Unleavened bread (Genesis 19:3, Exodus 12:20)
Wheat (Ezra 6:9, Deuteronomy 8:8)
Bible also mentions nuts!
Almonds (Genesis 43:11, Numbers 17:8)
Animal products that are grass-fed and raw.
Cheese (2 Samuel 17:29, Job 10:10)
Curds (Isaiah 7:15)
Milk (Exodus 33:3, Job 10:10, Judges 5:25)
Eggs (Job 6:6, Luke 11:12)
Raw honey (Exodus 33:3, Deuteronomy 8:8, Judges 14:8-9)
What about meat? God says in Genesis that every moving and living thing is food for us but does this mean we should eat everything? Bible mentions clean animals that are in many ways better than the so called un-clean animals. The clean animals include for example sheep, deer, goat, cattle, moose, reindeer and gazelle. Some of the clean water animals include salmon, cod, bass, flounder, halibut, perch, tuna, trout, snapper, herring, mackerel and haddock. Also chicken, duck, turkey, quail, locusts and grasshoppers are considered clean. You can check the whole list yourself if you are interested. Fish like Salmon, Red snapper and Tuna are full of healthy omega fats that can help reduce inflammation and lower blood pressure.
Fish (Matthew 15:36, John 21:11-13)
Partridge (1 Samuel 26:20,Jeremiah 17:11)
Pigeon (Genesis 15:9, Leviticus 12:8)
Quail (Psalm 105:40)
Dove (Leviticus 12:8)
Calf (Proverbs 15:17, Luke15:23)
Goat (Genesis 27:9)
Lamb (2 Samuel 12:4)
Oxen (1 Kings 19:21)
Sheep (Deuteronomy 14:4)
Venison (Genesis 27:7 KJV)
And here are the last verses of different foods.
Grape juice (Numbers 6:3)
Olive oil (Ezra 6:9, Deuteronomy 8:8)
Vinegar (Ruth 2:14, John 19:29)
Wine (Ezra 6:9, John 2:1-10)
2 large cucumbers
3 large tomatoes
1 cup milk
1 cup yogurt
1 cup pineapple chunks
1 cup mango sliced
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup chickpeas
1 cup green peas
3 Tbsp walnuts chopped
Lettuce 4 cup chopped
Grass-fed steak 85g
Spinach 2 cups chopped
For breakfast make a smoothie from 1 cup milk, 1 cup yogurt and the pineapple and mango chunks. Then enjoy 3 eggs.
For lunch make a big salad with steak. You can eat rest of the salad at dinner. Enjoy one kiwi fruit that will help you to digest the meat.
For dinner enjoy salmon with green peas and chick peas and salad. Enjoy the second kiwi after this meal.
For snack have the watermelon and nuts.
Now let’s see the nutritional value of this very simple meal plan.
44-78g fat a day is a normal target for the day. The meal also has lots of protein.
225-325g of carbs a day is normal on a 2000 calorie diet.
This diet contains 1972 calories which is what a woman of my size needs. You can notice the vitamin-D is a bit low so you can have a supplement.
I hope you enjoyed this post! This is not anything to be stressed over since we are allowed to eat everything but not everything is beneficial for us. I created this post for fellow Christians who are simply interested in the topic.
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