Here are my Top Tips On How To Eat Healthy In Ramadan when food and drink are meant to be consumed. Ramadan is the holy month for Muslims and Muslims around the world observe fasting during the whole month of Ramadan.
Here Are The Top 5 Tips On How To Eat Healthy In Ramadan
1. Eat Real Food, Not Processed and Junk Foods
No doubt that processed foods can seem convenient, but they’re usually filled with unhealthy things like high-fructose corn syrup, MSG, lots of sodium and typically all the wrong heart-clogging oils. If you’re in a hurry, there are healthy and halal-convenient options that are particularly good for breaking the fast.
Junk foods like chips, candies, and more are basically void of nutrients and should not be used as a side dish especially during Ramadan. How will you have any energy to get you through a long day of fasting and long night of prayer if your food gives you nothing in return for eating it? Instead, shop for locally produced fruits and veggies from farmers markets and grocery stores, which are now following the trend of sourcing ingredients from local vendors.
By consuming the food that is wholesome and packed with nutrition, you’ll feel more satisfied. In fact, you may even find yourself needing to eat less of it than filler foods that hardly satisfy the stomach and make you crave more and more of them.
2. Avoid “White” Foods
White foods includes white bread, white rice, white sugar, etc. White breads are made from white flour, which is processed and stripped of the nutrition that should be in bread and the same goes for rice and even the type of sugar you use. Instead, choose breads from whole grains and organic brown rice or basmati rice.
3. Know the Foods That Hydrate Your Body
If you are fasting during summers then you are being dehydrated over the course of the day, so once we break our fast and during the non-fasting period you need to have foods that put water into our body, not deplete it further. It can be difficult to eat a lot of watermelon or squash, even though they’re super-hydrating foods, but you can make juices out of the fruits and soups out of the vegetables to give your body the additional water it needs.
Avoid salty spice mixes and condiments that sneak their way into our rice and meat dishes only to leave us wondering why we’re so thirsty afterwards.
A great way to break the fast is to enjoy your favorite dates, of course, but also consider having coconut water, or making smoothies, coolers and fruity drinks which are super-hydrating. They can be consumed at the Suhoor or at the Iftar followed by soup to preface your main meal.
Also limit your coffee and tea which are very dehydrating to the body, to about half of what you normally drink.
4. Avoid Deep Fried & Sugary Foods
In an effort not to spoil any cultural traditions in Ramadan foods, I’m not advocating that everyone forgo their favorite samosas or empanadas at Iftaar. Everybody loves them at iftaar table. But now there are other options available which are healthier. Now it’s possible to bake or air fry them instead of deep fry in oil, so consider that an option.
Deep fried foods are heavy in oil and that makes them harder to digest, especially when they’re the first foods to be eaten after a long fast.
Save the Ramadan sweets for ‘Eid ul Fitr and try to hold off on as many desserts as possible to avoid any sugar crashes later in the day. If you must have something sweet, make it natural — use real honey or natural raw cane sugar in your recipes, or eat fruits that are a bit more on the sweet side to satisfy the craving in a natural way.
5. Go Easy on the Carbs
Carbohydrates are converted into sugars and can eventually take their toll on your body way after you’ve finished eating. When you do have your carbohydrates, be sure to pair them with protein-rich foods like beans, meat or eggs to balance the meal.
So by following our above mentioned 5 Tips On How To Eat Healthy In Ramadan, you can stay healthy and hydrated during the whole Ramadan.