Sahur, the pre-dawn meal, is the first meal of the day during the month of Ramadan. Eating right during sahur will go miles in keeping you energised through the day of fasting. You do not have to overeat. Eating in moderation is the key.
So, what should you eat? Here are some tips for healthy eating during this holy month.
Stay hydrated and drink sufficient amount of water. It is important to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day of fasting. There is a risk of dehydration if you do not drink enough water during fasting, and that can cause dizziness, headaches, lethargy and fatigue.
Complex carbohydrates are loaded with fibre to supply energy for a longer period of time. Try these whole-grain carbohydrate options: whole grain bread, barley, oats and quinoa. This type of food takes a longer time to digest and makes you feel full longer.
Fruits and vegetables
Fill your plate with a variety of fruits and vegetables. Rich in fibre, they increase the feeling of fullness and help prevent constipation. They are also loaded with health-promoting vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Adding water-rich fruits like watermelon in your sahur can keep you hydrated throughout the day.
It is always a good idea to include protein in your pre-dawn meal. Protein is excellent to fuel your body, keeping you energised and delaying hunger pangs. Great sources of protein include chicken, fish, eggs, lentils and beans.
Do not forget to include healthy fats to keep you full longer into the day. Choose foods that are loaded in healthy fats such as olives, olive oil, nuts and avocados.