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May 18, 2018

Ramadhan has just begun and while we start getting into the habit of preparing our breakfasts before sunrise, here are some helpful tips that will help you through the fasting month.

Already, many emphasize how breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So during Ramadhan, do your best not to skip it as Sahur is also considered the holiest meal of the month.

Having a healthy and balanced Sahur will help sustain you throughout a long day.

Make sure that you include these food types in your diet:

  • Protein
  • Fruit & vegetables
  • Water
  • Healthy carbs

You’d be surprised to see carbs at the last point on our list. Why? Unlike having your regular breakfast of bread and high carb content, you need to switch the balance of your meals to be more protein dominant.

While yes, it’s true you need carbs to help with your energy levels, protein is a better alternative as it takes the body a little longer to digest in comparison to carbohydrates.

Remember, carbohydrates break down in the body in glucose - a sugar and you know what happens when your body has too much sugar. You get a sugar rush and a terrible crash after. We recommend you avoid that sugar crash entirely especially if it were to hit some time around mid-day.

Moving on, fruit and vegetables are great sources of fiber which help keep you feeling full longer. I get it, not all of us would choose to eat a bowl of salad in the morning but we have left some breakfast ideas for you this Sahur!

We touched on carbs a little bit earlier, but some healthy carbs are great sources of fiber such as quinoa or brown rice which should definitely be incorporated where possible during your meal.

Last but most certainly not least, fill up and stayhydrated. Probably the most challenging part of fasting the lack of water which if you live in tough conditions can become a serious issue if you do not stay hydrated.

Here are some amazing recipes we recommend you try out for Sahur. *Hint: You can always swap out the fruits with your favourite instead!*

credit: Beauty Bites

  • If your love for Nasi is too strong

credit: Running With Spoons

credit: Kayla Itsines

credit: Holley Grainger

  • To keep with the banana theme, here's a smoothie

credit: A Virtual Vegan

credit: Rock Recipes

credit:Somewhat Simple

credit: Dishing Out Health

What are some the recipes which you hope to make for Sahur this Ramadhan? Do let us know what is your favourite food that you know keep you full during fasting. Share your tips with all of us Zahara Warriors in the comments below.

Wishing you a safe and healthy Ramadhan!

Love from,
Zahara

(Written by Luxmee Sabapathy)


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