It's that time of the year again and we cannot wait to begin this Holy month. Nowadays, 'healthy' is the new trend and we are on board!
During a fast, the body enters a state of detox and the gut absorbs almost all the nutrients from the food you've eaten. As the fast in Ramadan only extends from dawn to dusk, there are plenty of opportunities to replenish your energy. One just has to learn the gentle transition from glucose to fat as a source of energy, so that there is no breakdown of muscle for protein.
It's a common fact that balanced diet and good water intake is the holy grail in order to remain healthy during this Holy Month. The body needs sodium and potassium but these can be lost via sweating. Hence your iftars must include food rich in energy such as carbohydrates, fats, etc. And, of course, drinking adequate amount of water is equally vital.
Here are 15 healthy food items to eat this Ramadan.
Including lean meat, fish or chicken in your Ramadan diet is great if it is grilled, boiled or baked. Fried items are a strict no-no. Meat is highly rich in protein which is used to build and repair tissues in our body. Salmon is considered a great option as it is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids.
Oatmeal is rich in fiber and perfect during suhoor. Soluble fiber helps in digestion and lowering cholesterol making it a healthy option for Ramadan.
Chickpeas are rich in fiber and protein. They are great as energy sources, especially during Ramadan.
One of the oldest cultivated fruits in the world, it is brimming with vitamins, minerals, and healthy fiber. It is also filled with sugar, hence it is a source of instant energy.
Eggs are not only rich in protein, but they also help you stay fuller. A plus point is that it can be made in several ways to suit your taste buds.
It is said that almonds are the healthiest nut out of all. They are rich in protein calcium and vitamin E. It also improves the health, in general.
Avoid white bread as it is very high in carbohydrates.
Chia seeds are known for their cooling factor. They help in calming heartburn and indigestion which is common while keeping a fast.
Dairy products are a great source of nutrition. A yogurt smoothie or a honey milkshake will help stay hydrated throughout the day and assist during heart burns.
Consisting of 95 percent water, it's the best vegetable to eat during Ramadan. Add them to your salad or make a soup out of them.
Naturally dense with nutrients, it contains nearly 20 vitamins and minerals.
They may not be ideally healthy but compared to the oily and fried items, they are the best alternative when it comes to nutrition. They taste amazing with greek yogurt. It also helps in reducing cholesterol.
Replace carb-filled rice with quinoa. It's healthier and better for the cholesterol.
Kale is low in calorie, high in iron and has zero fats. It also aids in digestion.
What could be more refreshing than coconut water?!