Nila is a freelance journalist and Clinical Psychology Doctoral student…
Fasting for Ramadan can be quite draining. With the long hours, it is no surprise we tend to overeat during iftaar when we break our fasts and the nightly meal of suhoor. However, it’s not how much we eat, but what we eat that is most useful while fasting.
Instead of overeating, the smart decision is to eat foods that will keep you full and hydrated during the day. These healthy choices will help you keep your energy up during the day and prevent that food coma feeling that has you feeling exhausted after breaking your fast.
Check these 6 fruits and vegetables you should add to your Ramadan diet.
Potatoes are one of the most satiating vegetables around. Now, this doesn’t mean you should munch down on potato chips and french fries all night. Opt for a healthier version of potatoes like a baked potato for your meal times.
2. Beans and Legumes
Beans and legumes are low-calorie carbs that can help you keep weight gain low during Ramadan and provide energy. Chickpeas, black beans, peas, and lentils are great additions to your meal.
With all the traditional fried food for meals during Ramadan, we definitely need some healthier choices. Berries are a good source of vitamins that have immune-boosting powers. Adding a strawberry smoothie or a fruit salad with raspberries and blueberries is a sweet addition to any meal.
4. Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, and Cauliflowers
Since your eating habits are irregular during Ramadan, it can cause digestion issues like gas pain, constipation, and other indigestion issues. Fiber also makes you feel full longer. Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, and cauliflowers are fiber-filled vegetables which are a perfect addition to your iftaar and suhoor to keep your digestion regular. Throw some of these vegetables into your kichdi or saute them as a side dish.
The monounsaturated fat in avocados keeps you feeling satiated longer which makes it the perfect addition to your suhoor meals. Avocados are high in calorie but it’s definitely worth it. They will make sure you don’t overeat at iftaar.
6. Cucumbers and Watermelons
Cucumbers and watermelons retain a lot of water, thus these foods keep you hydrated during the day. Munching on cucumbers and watermelon during suhoor could help you stay hydrated during the day.
Nila is a freelance journalist and Clinical Psychology Doctoral student who was born and raised in New York City. There is very little she loves more than Harry Potter marathons, pizza, 90s Bollywood, bagels, falooda, and her family. She hopes to use her powers for good by spreading mental health awareness and positivity in the South Asian community through her love of writing.