Every year the excitement of Ramadan increases, and it gets really hard to contain the sentiments for probably every Muslim around the world. The thought of getting up for Sehri and worshipping our Creator is perhaps the best thing about this Holy month!
Suhoor is the pre-dawn meal that every Muslim has before they observe their fast. They need to ingest high fiber and protein foods in this meal. Once again the Ramadan comes in Summers this year, and we’re going to have to eat some really healthy and hydrating food items so that we remain active throughout the day and don’t get dehydrated.
It is also a Sunnah and Hadith to have your Suhoor before you start fasting. Traditionally, Pakistanis love eating Parathas in their Sehri. However, as times are changing, it looks like fast food has taken over our Sehri eating habits as well.
Following is a list of food items that you should eat, and the foods you should avoid for Sehri this Ramadan!
1. WHAT TO EAT: CHAPATIS/PARATHAS
Parathas in desi ghee, ah! The alluring odor of it, no one can ever resist it. You can have a heavy and energetic meal for Sehri, with a Paratha, and an omelet and maybe even pair up some lassi with this. You’ll remain active throughout the day, and won’t feel hungry even once!
2. WHAT NOT TO EAT: FAST FOOD!
These fast food chains will tempt you with several different cheap deals for your Suhoor. You will definitely want to have these delicious, but very unhealthy, foods. Try to avoid them as much as you can, these foods are not at all fulfilling and are only high in calories but provide you with no strength or energy.
3. WHAT TO EAT: YOGURT
Yogurt is really healthy for you to eat and even helps you with your thirst throughout the day. It is recommended that you have yogurt before you fast, you can even add fruits to it to make it taste even better! It is a combination of calcium and vitamin D and can prove to be great for our health.
4. WHAT NOT TO EAT: FRIED FOOD!
Do not have fried foods at any cost! Firstly, they are not healthy at all and will only add up to the carbs in your body. Most people sleep after their Sehri, and fried foods can mess with your stomach if you sleep right after eating them. They’re oily, and they’ll make you thirsty while you fast as well.
5. WHAT TO EAT: FRUIT SALAD
Eat fruits, or better yet, a fruit salad to prepare your body for a whole day of fasting ahead. Since we have Ramadan in summer now, Watermelons can prove to be great for you. You’ll stay hydrated all day long, and you’ll have a burst of rich nutrients and vitamins in your body!
6. WHAT NOT TO EAT: CURRY AKA “SALAN“
It’s impossible for us Pakistanis not to have too much oil in our foods, whether it’s our curry or our sweets like Gulab Jamun. But it’s best you avoid eating these Chicken Salans and other curries for your Sehri, they’ll make you feel thirsty all day long.
7. WHAT TO EAT: DATES
You should prefer avoiding any candies and such sweets during your Sehri. It is better you eat dates as a replacement for these sweets!
8. WHAT NOT TO EAT: SPICY MIRCH MASALA FOOD
Do not even think of having spicy food like Kebabs before you fast! Such spicy foods are not healthy for you, you’ll have chances of getting an upset stomach, AND you’ll be craving for water while you’re fasting!
9. WHAT TO DRINK: MILKSHAKES
Milkshakes are a great source of energy. Fruit milkshakes are free of carbs, a rich source of vitamins, and very healthy. We have Ramadan in summers this year; hence we have a plus point of making delicious mango and milkshakes. So why not have them for our Sehri?
10. REMEMBER TO HAVE LOTS OF WATER:
A summer Ramadan makes us more thirsty than we can imagine. Getting hungry is not much of a problem if you eat the right things in your Sehri; similarly, you need to drink lots of water to avoid being thirsty while fasting.