Abstaining from eating and drinking during the Holy month of Ramadan has its challenges and rewards. It has been proven that fasting can help rejuvenate your digestive system and help maintain a healthy weight cycle.
Here are a few tips on eating the right food during Ramadan.
Pile up on the protein: Make sure you eat plenty of protein rich foods just as chickpeas, eggs, breakfast meats and what not. These are a healthier option and will keep you feeling fuller for a long time.
Say no to processed foods: You might think that greasy and oily foods are convenient and filling. But they also have oodles of calories and are guaranteed to initiate unhealthy weight gain. Replace processed foods and refined sugar with natural sweeteners such as dates and honey.
Add Fibre rich foods to your meal plan: One of the best sources of fibre rich foods you could add in your Suhoor meals is oatmeal. They are rich in fibre, lowers cholesterol and keeps you energised throughout the day.
Avoid Caffeine: You might be tempted to include a cup of coffee for your Suhoor. But coffee has caffeine which leads to insomnia and keeps you restless, moreover, it doesn’t hydrate you and makes you long for water.
Intake more calcium and vitamin rich food: Dairy products are a great source of nutrition. Opt for a yogurt smoothie or a vanilla and honey milkshake to keep you full and hydrated throughout the day.
Include Potassium Rich Fruits: Dates are nutrient powerhouses and an excellent food to break your fast. Not only does it help you hydrate quickly, it also gives you instant energy.
Avoid carbonated drinks: Keep away from processed beverages and carbonated drinks. They are high in processed sugar and contribute to unhealthy weight gain. Stick to regular water or coconut water to soothe your thirst.
Include raw nuts in your diet: Almonds contain good fats which are essential for your body, especially if you have been craving for fats after a long-day of fasting.
Munch on hydrating vegetables: Cucumbers, lettuce and other vegetables are high in fibre and have hydrating properties. It not only helps keep your body feel cool but are a great choice to keep your skin healthy and avoid constipation.
Avoid fried foods: Greasy and fried foods like fried dumplings and samosas should be avoided at all costs. Moreover avoid oily curries and greasy pastries to reap healthy benefits during Ramadan.