Healthy foods for sehri & Iftar is something that you should always wait long for a year to enjoy the Holy Month of Ramadan at its best.
The ninth month of the Islamic calendar is supposed to bring a joyous wave into our lives. Fasting, praying and repenting are the major activities we are supposed to practice in Ramazan but instead this beautiful month is now represented with pakoras, mirchay and parathas. What you choose to eat and drink shows a big difference on our health and energy levels. The reason our digestive systems aren’t strong enough during Ramadan is because of our bad choices made during the Iftar and Sehri meals.
The countless Roza Kushai, Iftar parties and Sehri deals can’t be stopped but on regular days you can control the bad eating habits.
Our souls cleanse with the remembrance of Allah during Ramazan so should our bodies. It is a perfect time to strengthen our immune system with healthy foods.
Sehri is the pre-dawn meal consumed by Muslims ir al sitio. It is crucial that the meal is wholesome to provide enough energy to last during the long hours of fasting. Fasting hours can go up to 14 hours in Pakistan, therefore you need foods that won’t dehydrate your body and give you heart burns. Healthy foods for sehri & iftar can be consist of:
- Nuts_ The easiest super food that will keep you full for a long time not only that, it is also high in potassium that helps the body regulate fluid, send nerve signals and regulate muscle contractions during the hours of fasting.
- Psyllium Husk and Flax seeds_ Your body needs a lot of fiber for a proper bowel movement during Ramadan, taking fiber at pre-dawn meal will maintain your digestive health during the day and safe you from heartburns. The most amazing benefit has to be the weight loss that comes with taking these fiber enriched foods.
- Yogurt_ One of the most famous totka for Sehri is eating some yogurt. It is said to be a part of “healthy diet”.
- Oats__ since it is made with water or milk; it provides the hydration to your system along with nutrients that are amazing for your body.
- Bread_ whole grain bread is a better option than paratha and chappatis, its aids your digestion and keeps you full.
- Milk and cheese_ since both of these foods are high in fats; it stays in your stomach for longer and provides the energy you need for hours of fasting.
Iftari and Dinner:
Iftari and dinner is the main course that most of us enjoy, the entire family gets together to break the fast. It’s quite normal to indulge into delicious Roza Kushai meals, Ramadan buffets and scrumptious all you can eat iftar deals. They can be acceptable for weekends or special occasions but everyday iftar and dinner meals should be a lot lighter on your stomach, so hold your samosas and pakoras.
Liquids and Dates__ break your fast with dates and 3 glasses of water, as simple as that. Instead of drinking gallons of Roh Afza, go for plain old water that will hydrate your body without the calories. If you want some flavor, you can make lemon cucumber water before iftar and refrigerate it,
Fruits__ Nature’s best sugars can be obtained from a bowl of fruit, bananas, watermelon, oranges, apples and grapes for obtaining needed sugars. Do not add artificial sugar to your bowl of fruit.
Soups__ they are so good to your digestive system that I think more Pakistanis should go for it. Once you are done with your bowl of fruit. You can have a bowl of lentil soup that acts as an appetizer rather than spring rolls that are dripping with unhealthy oils.
Hummus__ chickpeas made into a paste with tahini oil are that perfect combination of healthy fats and complex carbohydrates
Hydrating Vegetables__ it is important to have vegetables that hydrate your body while giving you energy. Some of the hydrating vegetables you should definitely have in abundance are cucumbers, lettuce, zucchini, radish, green cabbage, tomato, cauliflower, broccoli, eggplant, red cabbage, peppers, and spinach
Meats and Eggs__ pair your vegetables with some protein. The
main course of your Ramadan dinner should be high in protein and healthy fats,
the muscles need to repair from the stress they took the entire day of fasting.
Go for slow cooking recipes rather than deep fried chicken.
What should you avoid
- High sugar foods like donuts candy chocolates that will give absolutely no energy
- Carbonated drinks that will cause unwanted dehydration and gastric issues
- Deep fried foods that are the cause of heartburns
- Energy drinks that are so damaging to your bone health
- Salty foods that will create imbalance of sodium levels in your body makes you very thirsty while fasting
- Caffeinated drinks which leads to insomnia and restlessness
- Trans fat that present in processed foods
“In the end, the focus shouldn’t be entirely on body weight, but rather on being mindful of how you fast and how you break your fast,” cuz this Ramadan try to put your emphasis over Healthy foods for sehri & Iftar.
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