Ramadan is a month of spiritual enlightenment. It is also a month to manage healthy eating habits and detoxify the waste from your body. To maintain a healthy lifestyle during the blessed month of Ramadan it is important to keep you meals simple and more importantly, do not over stuff yourself.
Since Suhoor the pre-dawn meal is the most important meal during Ramadan, it should be a healthy, moderate meal that is substantial and offers enough energy for many hours. Here’s a handy guide on the do’s and don’ts of eating during Suhoor.
Foods to Eat During Suhoor
Fiber Efficient: Foods like apples, apricots, oats; dates are high in fiber and keep your energy levels up during the day. In addition it instills a feeling of satisfaction and avoids constipation.
Protein Rich: Sneak your protein intake from almonds, milk, eggs and yoghurt. Such food items not only strengthen your immunity, but also keep you energetic throughout the day.
Fluid Energizers: It’s important to have fluids with vitamins, such as fruit juice or fruit. Coconut water is a great source of electrolytes with simple sugars and minerals that replenish water loss.
Foods to Avoid During Suhoor
Sugar Monsters: Sugar is the mother of all evils. Sweets, chocolates and cakes not only imbalance your metabolism, but also leads to over eating stacking up empty calories.
Oily Brutes: Fats are essential when consumed in moderation. Deep-fried foods as fried dumplings and samosas only cover your hips and arteries.
Caffeine Villains: Caffeine-based drinks such as tea, cola or coffee have a negative effect on the body during Ramadan. It stimulates faster water loss through urination, resulting in dehydration.
While it’s good to indulge in your favourite foods during Suhoor, it is important to limit unhealthy food to bite-size portions that you savor rather than platefuls that you gulp down.