Best Foods For SUHOOR
The holy month of Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and a time when many Muslims across the world fast from sunrise to sunset.
Muslims taking part in Ramadan do not eat or drink anything during daylight hours, eating one meal (the ‘suhoor’) just before dawn and another (the ‘iftar’) after sunset. The end of Ramadan is marked by ‘Eid-ul-Fitr’, the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast.
It is highly encouraged to wake up before sunrise and eat a small meal, called “Suhoor” in order to prepare your body for the fast ahead. When selecting a Suhoor meal, be weary of foods that will cause you to become sluggish and weak during the day. We have compiled a list of foods that are recommended in order to help you take full advantage of your fast and give you the energy to complete your worship marathon.
Why Eat Suhoor?
- Gives the body vitality: Suhoor is the body’s primary source of energy during a long day of fasting. Suhoor makes fasting easier and gives you energy so you do not become sluggish.
- Eating Suhoor helps prevent nausea and headaches caused by detox during the fasting hours, by regulating blood sugar.
- Eating Suhoor helps reduce thirst throughout the Ramadan day.
- Eating Suhoor improves digestion.
What To Eat At Suhoor
Complex Carbohydrates + Protein + Fiber + Water
1) Oatmeal + Dates: add some dates into your oatmeal and top with other fruits like bananas and berries. Top with Chia seeds to add in some essential Omega fatty acids. Dates will keep you from getting hungry or thirsty.
2) CURE Bars are an easy and quick way to eat Suhoor. They are packed with essential ingredients like, Almonds, Black Seed, Honey, Gluten Free Oats, Chia Seeds and Sesame Seeds. You get your complex carbs, protein, omega fatty acids and fiber.
3) Water: While drinking water is important to keep digestion regular, there are other ways to stay hydrated by consuming different foods in order to avoid getting thirsty. Try eating foods that contain water such as, watermelon, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots.
4) Protein: Equivalent to 4 cheese slices, 60 grams of meat, two eggs, one small plate of labneh or 1 cup of legumes (such as fava beans)
5) Assorted vegetables
6) A fresh fruit
7) One glass of milk or yoghurt
8) Dried fruits and dairy or dates and milk would be a great idea to have at Suhoor along a serving of complex carbohydrates as mentioned above and sliced vegetables!