Ramadan has here, and we find ourselves once again in the most remarkable and blessed month, a month complete with reward, blessing, almsgiving, and fasting.
Many people develop an aversion to the iftar portion of the fast. Often, during Ramadan, we are tempted to eat more extensive and richer foods than usual, which might leave us feeling sluggish and exhausted.
This bloated, lethargic sensation is frequently associated with eating greasy food on an empty stomach – which might make you feel even worse if you wash it down with a fizzy drink.
To assist us to achieve some balance in our eating habits throughout Ramadan, here are some healthy eating recommendations to consider:
Consuming nutritious meals is critical during Ramadan. For iftar, ensure that you consume various delectable salad greens and vegetables to accompany your main course. By filling at least half of your plate with nutritious foods, you’ll acquire the energy and vitamins you require. Bear in mind to consume your vegetables first!
If Ramadan happens during the summer months or is very hot where you live, one of our best Ramadan suggestions is to stock up on fresh watermelon — it is excellent for rehydration, and it fills you up! It is at its best when served chilled.
Avoid carbonated and fizzy drinks, as they quickly dry and contain no nutritional value.
Making roast chicken and baked potatoes is far more healthful than eating fried samosas and chips — just imagine how you’ll feel afterward!
If you’re a dessert connoisseur, fresh fruit and ice cream are a healthier substitute for chocolate or pastry sweets.
Here are some extra Ramadan nutrition ideas to consider, particularly if you’re wondering what to eat throughout Ramadan to avoid feeling hungry:
It is customary to begin the fast with dates and a glass of water or milk; this is not only religiously recommended, but also makes a lot of sense. Dates are high in nutrients and provide a variety of health advantages, including lowering blood pressure, lowering risk of heart disease and colon cancer, and alleviating constipation. Additionally, dates are a quick source of energy and a terrific source of slow-release energy, which keeps you running for longer. Consider beginning your fast with a handful of dates and a glass of milk before pausing to recite salaah; you’ll notice that you’re not as hungry thereafter.
Due to dates’ delayed energy release, it’s a good idea to incorporate them into your suhoor meal as well. Suhoor’s perfect meal would include oats or porridge and dates.
We have a few additional Ramadan recommendations that should assist you in staying on track this Ramadan:
Caffeine should be avoided during suhoor. Caffeine causes frequent urination, which results in rapid dehydration. Rather than that, choose a milkier beverage if you require something warm, or water if you require something more refreshing and hydrating.
Numerous people prepare in advance for Ramadan by preparing and freezing meals that can be prepared later. Avoid this! While it may be convenient, Ramadan is all about spending time with your loved ones, and cooking with them is an excellent opportunity to spend additional time with your family during meal times.
Reduce your salt intake throughout Ramadan; too much sodium can cause bloating, leaving you feeling uneasy as you walk to the Mosque for congregational prayers.
If you prefer lighter meals but do not want to sacrifice flavour, consider adding a halal chicken stock cube to plain boiled rice and serving with lightly buttered broccoli and chopped potatoes seasoned with salt and pepper. It’s straightforward, light, and simple to prepare, plus it’s packed with vitamins and long-lasting energy.
Keep some plain, natural yoghurt on the table for iftar; it is excellent for digestion.
Naturally, there are hundreds of additional strategies to stay healthy during Ramadan, and we’re confident you’ll share them with us.
While you are breaking and breaking your fast this Ramadan, we urge you to remember those in need; those who do not have the option of eating healthy or otherwise. You can support Muslim Aid’s Feed the Fasting campaign by making a donation here.
P.S. There is nothing wrong with indulging a little on Eid in reward for your Ramadan fasting achievements!
To all of our supporters, we say Ramadan Kareem and wish you a wonderful Eid.