Ramadan is the month of blessings for Muslims across the world. We fast from sunrise to sunset for 30 days. During this holy month, we must make better choices for food as we are fasting during the daytime.
We must be cautious of the food we pick to eat as our last meal at sehri before fasting again. Consuming a balanced meal will help you stay fuller during the day. You may feel dehydrated throughout the day after consuming certain foods, or some foods may even disturb your sleep cycle.
Below we have listed down 5 kinds of foods you must avoid at sehri time:
1 – Fried Food
Steer clear of foods high in fat or drenched in oil. Even though parathas and fried eggs sound great at sehri time but eating foods high in fat and salt can trigger thirst during fasting hours. Healthy alternatives are to use an air fry or an oven to prepare various items, so your oil intake is minimised.
2 – Ready-made meats available in the form of nuggets, sausages, kebabs etc
Frozen items bought from the store are generally unhealthy to consume. This is because of the high sodium levels and preservatives used to increase the ‘sheld-life’ of ready-made items. Regardless, we consume them quite often, even during Ramadan, especially sehri time, because it is convenient and quick to prepare. Experts suggest preparing items at home and freezing them.
3 – Sugary Foods
Foods high in sugar, such as meethi lassi, desserts, and milk vermicelli, are calorie-dense and provide little to no nutrition value. You have to function for the next 14-16 hours, and your last meal must be nutritious to get you going. If you wish to have something sweet, try having milkshakes made out with Chiku, mango dates whatever’s available.
4 – Caffeine
Caffeine tends to dehydrate your body if consumed in bigger quantities, so it is best to either consume, let’s say, a cup of coffee or chai at sehri if it helps you stay sane during the day as a lot of people find it difficult to skip their morning coffee and chai but in case you’re not addicted to coffee or chai then it is best to skip it. Consuming coffee/chai at sehri may disturb your sleeping pattern unless you don’t sleep after sehri; a cup won’t hurt.
5 – Carbs
Try consuming simple carbs instead of refined carbs such as bread, parathas, and white rice in Ramadan as the latter lacks fibre which causes these foods to get absorbed in our bodies fast, making us feel hungry quicker. Switching to healthy alternatives is key – try switching to whole wheat parathas, brown rice, and brown bread.
Pakistani Women Rejoice at Playing Night Cricket this Ramadan. Read the full story here:
Ramadan night cricket tournament ‘Khelo Khavateen’ promotes sports among Pakistani women. The final match of the night cricket tournament for women was held in Karachi’s Kokon Park this week. The tournament aims to bust the taboo of only men playing cricket in the nighttime during Ramadan. During Ramadan, women, who are already barred from stepping out at night, are completely cut off from any sports and recreational activities.
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