It’s that time of the year again when Muslims from around the world celebrate Ramadan and fast from sunrise to sunset daily for an entire month. While it’s a very special month for those celebrating, it can be confusing to know what exactly to eat to give you enough energy for the rest of the day.
Eating the right foods will help you fuel your body the right way to have more energy throughout the day while fasting. It is important to make healthier food choices during this Suhoor to help you feel fuller for a longer period and provide you with the nutrients required for your body to get you through to Iftar.
Try these 5 ways to make your suhoor healthier this Ramadan:
1. Choose foods high in protein
Include these protein-packed foods at suhoor:
• Greek Yogurt
2. Choose whole grain carbohydrates:
Carbohydrates are an important part of your diet, but it is also important to choose the right type and amount of carbs to help you create a healthy well-balanced meal. Whole grains have fiber and provide you with slow releasing energy making you feel fuller and more energetic for longer. Avoid products made with white flour, such as white bread and biscuits, as well as your regular breakfast cereals as they are primarily made up of carbs that digest quickly and leave you feeling hungry very quickly afterward.
Try these whole grain carbs options at suhoor instead:
• Whole grain bread
• Whole grain bagels
• Whole grain naan
3. Fill up on healthy fats:
Fat is often associated with making us fat, but it is in fact, an important part of your diet to help your body function optimally. Adding healthy fats to your suhoor will help you feel fuller and more satisfied.
Select healthy fats such as:
• Peanut or almond butter
• Sunflower seeds
• Ground flaxseed
• Hemp seeds
4. Add a fruit or vegetables to your suhoor:
Fruits and vegetables are high in fibre and contain a wide variety of vitamins and minerals, making it ideal to consume during Suhoor. Choose fruits and vegetables that have high water content such as watermelon, strawberries, cucumbers, and lettuce to help keep you hydrated throughout the day.
5. Make drinking water a priority
Aim to have at least 6-8 cups of water at suhoor! Avoid tea or coffee as they dehydrate the body and release toxins which in turn need to be flushed with water.
These tips should help you eat and enjoy a variety of foods at suhoor while providing you with optimal nutrition for a successful day of fasting!
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