Ramazan is the Holy month of fasting and blessings. In this month, muslims are required to abstain entirely from food and drink between sunrise and sunset. During this time, it can be challenging to obtain the proper nutrients, and to avoid health risks. It is however possible to take healthy diet during Ramazan and have enough energy to last you throughout the day.
Here are some tips for a healthy and balanced iftar:
Start Iftar by eating 2 dates, especially if you suffer from a headache or dizziness due to low blood sugar levels during the fasting period
Drink sufficient water
Make sure you drink sufficient water, healthy juices or yogurt before you start eating. This will prevent dehydration and provide your body with necessary fluids
Use Salad besides meal
Eat a salad, because it is rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber. The more colorful your salad, the more health benefits it holds.
Moderate quantity of the main dish
Consume a moderate quantity of the main dish to maintain good health. The main dish should contain a source of carbohydrates like rice, pasta or potatoes, as well as some form of protein like beef, chicken or fish, in addition to cooked vegetables.
Don’t Rush to eat
Moderation should be consider, when it comes to eat food like fried foods, pastries and sweets because these foods are rich in fats, salt and sugars. Enjoy these Ramazan treats, but try to control the size of your portion in order to stay healthy and prevent weight gain.
Remember, iftar is a time to enjoy the presence of those around you, while nourishing yourself with healthy food. Keeping a limit on what and how much you eat will ensure that your joy is complete.
Source: Nestle Family