It’s almost time, guys! Let the hunger games begin! Everywhere over the World Wide Web, you might be coming across posts that go ‘what to do this Ramadan’ and ‘tips and tricks to feel less thirsty this Ramadan’, nobody is really focusing on what to be consumed as the perfect Ramadan meal that does not tire you and drain you out as well as lets the real purpose behind fasting stay alive. So here we are with Team Nutright’s best picks for foods that you should be taking and what should be completely away from your table at suhoor time.
You might watch your nana naani or dada daadi binge on yogurt for sehri but have you ever wondered why? This practice of including yogurt as an integral part of the meal can be traced back to the olden times and hence it certainly has its benefits. Do note that we are talking about fresh yogurt here and not the processed kinds. Not only is it a healthy component of your diet, it really helps to keep the thirst at bay throughout the day.
Fruit Salad (fruit chaat)
Please stop considering fruit chaat as a staple for iftaar time only, for heaven’s sake! Why are we never interested in making it a part of our suhoor meal plan as well? Fruits that can store water, like watermelons and citrus fruits, are a double yes for sehri because not only do they help you store nutrition, they keep you energized and keep you hydrated.
Once again, this is usually just found during iftar. Do you know what a great reserve of energy lies inside dates? There’s a reason behind why the sahabas would at times survive the entire day on them. What would be best is when you would add these dates to a blender and mix in some chilled milk with ice. A real treat for your body to have as fuel for the entire day. Which eventually leads us to our next option…
Please don’t make that face and please come out of that dabbay wala doodh because yes, we understand that milawat does exist but there would still be some nutrition in the milk that your gawala brings to your doorstep as compared to the trash that is sold in milk cartons having zero nutritional value that can actually fuel your body for a day’s fasting. Doesn’t matter if you prefer it warm or chilled, a glass of milk is a necessity for sehri.
Apart from keeping your energy levels intact, you also need to look after your digestive track and make sure it’s performing well because Ramadan brings a change to your eating habits and for a while your body doesn’t understand what’s going on. A lot of people therefore have gastric issues and constipation. Thus, oatmeal is great for sehri as it contains fibers that facilitate active digestion and are naturally a gluten-free source too.