Healthy Eating In Ramadan: The Dos and Don’ts

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Along with spiritual enlightenment, family time and lots of charity, Ramadan brings with it all the fried delights that we look forward to devour all year-round. Everyone is looking forward to Ramadan; all for their own reasons, however, while the excitement runs high don’t let it get to your waistline!

Here is quick guide to what you should be consuming to keep healthy and hydrated this Ramadan!

‘Sehri’

  • Eat food that is rich in protein such as eggs that will keep you full and satisfied through the day.
  • Another option is oatmeal that is rich in fibre. Its soluble fibres digest slow and keeps your cholesterol and blood glucose levels low. Which keeps you energised through your fast.
  • Dairy products also hold great nutritional value. Go for a yogurt smoothie or a milkshake to keep yourself hydrated and full during the day.
  • Avoid foods with sugar and white flour. These include pastries, donuts and croissants. They are low in essential nutrients and only lasts about three to four hours.
  • Caffeinated drinks such as coffee lead to insomnia and restlessness. They are also dehydrating and keep you longing for water.

‘Iftaar’

  • Dates are ideal as they are rich in nutrients and a perfect choice to break your fast with. The burst of energy help hydrate you quickly and provide instant energy after long fasting hours.
  • Drink a lot of juices and water.
  • Hydrating vegetables such as lettuce and cucumbers will help keep your body cool and refreshed
  • Avoid carbonated drinks and processed beverages to quench your thirst and keep away from high-sugar food items such as chocolates and sweets.
  • Fried food should be avoided or consumed in limited quantity

Happy fasting and feasting!

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