6 simple steps to a healthy Iftar

May 30, 2017

Ramadan is a time of giving, sharing and caring. As you prepare to welcome the holy month and everything it brings, it’s time to pay attention to the small steps you can take to maintain good health. People observing the daily fast often consume meals during Iftar that have poor nutritional value. The tendency to overeat is yet another worry during this time. Let’s take a look at some of the measures you can take to make a healthy difference.

1. Do not skip Suhoor

Since you have to prepare for a whole day of fasting, it is essential to have the right meal during Suhoor. Choose to have a portion of fresh fruits and vegetables along with a glass of low fat milk for this meal. It will recharge your body and will infuse the energy you need until you break your fast later in the day.

2. Breaking your fast 

Always choose to break your fast with 3 dates and a glass of Laban. Apart from choosing this combination going by tradition, it is a great choice to replenish the body’s energy lost during hours of fasting. While dates promote digestive health, laban is high in nutrients, proteins, calcium, and also helps the body cool down. The right start to Iftar will pave way for a healthier you.

3. Healthy appetizers

Popular and much loved appetizers like kibbeh and sambousas are usually served before the main meal. It’s alright to enjoy traditionally prepared favorites, but with a healthy twist. You can make a difference by choosing a healthier cooking oil option, use minimal oil for preparation or choose to bake instead of frying. 

4. Hearty desserts

It’s hard to resist the craving for desserts after a day of fasting. But if you must give into your craving, do it the healthy way. Choose fruity delights over sugar heavy treats and your body will enjoy the benefits of your choice. When it comes to traditional treats, you can choose to have it the healthier way; baked not fried. 

5. The main meal

Once you break your fast, it is advised to take a small break before moving to the main meal, a wait of 10 minutes should suffice. Your main meal must have a mix of recipes that have lean protein and are low in carbohydrates. This can easily be found in chicken or seafood preparations which are grilled. It is important that you avoid fried food as a part of your Iftar meals. A serving of leafy vegetables to go with your meal would make it complete with nourishment.

6. Stay hydrated

Ensure that both during Suhoor and after your Iftar meal, you treat your body to some much needed fluids. Apart from water, you can even pick refreshing natural fruit juices or laban drink. While the vitamins in fruit juices will revitalize your body, laban is a great choice during Ramadan, considering that it is the peak month of summer in the region, cause these types of drink will restore needed levels of potassium in your body.

Now that we’ve introduced you to smart ways of staying healthy and fit during Ramadan, we hope you take charge and make the right choices for you and your body’s nutritional needs.