Eat nutritious suhoor in Ramadan

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Ramadan is the month of sacrifice. Our almighty Allah has given every month of the year in which we overindulge, thus he asks us for a single month of sacrifice and abstinence. This is actually for our benefit.

Our beloved Prophet(PBUH) sermoned that,

“(Allah said), ‘Every good deed of Adam’s son is for him except fasting; it is for Me. and I shall reward (the fasting person) for it.’ Verily, the smell of the mouth of a fasting person is better to Allah than the smell of musk.”[Al-Bukhari, Muslim]

Ramadan is a month in which we increase our Ibadah to be near to Allah. But, do we really follow the way he instructed us to break the fast? Or the way we must eat Suhoor? The whole day our digestive system gets time to heal and work more efficiently, but in the evening, we eat deep-fried and sugary foods. This practice definitely harms our health.

We must eat healthy and nutritious food to make Ramadan not only spiritually but also physically rewarding.

Tips for healthy eating in Ramadan

Do not avoid Suhoor in Ramadan

Very often, we avoid Suhoor. Or it ends up being the leftovers from Iftaar. We should stop this malpractice. The prophet(PBUH) always suggested that we must eat Suhoor at it is the initiation of the day-long fasting.

It was narrated from Jaabir that beloved Prophet (PBUH) said, “Whoever wants to fast, let him eat something for suhoor.” A healthy Suhoor gives us energy all day long. So eat Suhoor, as there are blessings in it.

What should be avoided as Suhoor?

1. Avoid traditional breakfast cereals. These cereals contain refined sugars which will increase unhealthy sugar consumption in your body.

2. Don’t eat leftovers from Yester evening’s Iftaar. Usually, we eat spicy food in Iftaar. So, the leftovers will be unhealthy for Suhoor. Thus your body will be yearning for food all day.

3. Avoid packaged fruit juices and carbonated drinks. This causes a high amount of insulin to be secreted into the bloodstream trying to shuttle the sugar to the cells.

4. Avoid cakes, muffins, white bread, or pastries. These consist of large amounts of sugar and carbohydrates. These will make you feel full fast but will increase your sugar level.

What should be eaten as Suhoor?

1. Eat eggs. Be it boiled or scrambled. They are packed with a lot of nutrients. Add vegetables like mushrooms, tomatoes, and other herbs with eggs.

2. Prepare your suhoor with meat. As meats are a rich source of nutrients and protein. Protein keeps you full throughout the day. Use meat in Sandwich, bun or simply with chapatis.

3. Include fresh fruits like berries, watermelon, avocados, and pears along with nuts in your Suhoor. You may also eat greek yogurt, full cream yogurt, and coconut milk.

4. If you want something warm for Suhoor, try rolled oats cooked in coconut milk. Sprinkle a little cinnamon and dig in the warm delicious porridge.

Amidst this world pandemic, stay safe and healthy in Ramadan. Make it physically and spiritually beneficial.