With this year’s Ramadan coming up fast (pun not intended!) people are freeeeaking out about how they’ll manage to keep their fasts in this hot weather… and how they’ll be able to do it while they’re on vacations – the time where you’re supposed to pig out and eat everything in sight – which will super difficult.
But as there are foods that pack on the pounds, there are foods which are great for digestion, quenching your thirst and filling up your tummy; all stuff which will help you throughout the month! So don’t worry, we’ve compiled a list of foods you must have when you’re fasting, and food you should absolutely avoid!
You should most definitely stuff yourself with these delicious dishes:
High on fiber and high on the water, this amazing fruit has a dual action in keeping you hydrated throughout the day, as well as filling your tummy! No wonder it’s a staple in fruit chaat!
Adding fruits to yogurt helps keep healthy amounts of water in your body, and cleanse out all the heavy food people eat to fill up their stomachs when fasting!
Also high on complex carbs and fiber, which will keep you feeling full for a while after, oatmeal is a great and easy meal to make if one is tired after a long day of fasting, and is guaranteed to give you more energy and durability through your day-to-day work!
Filled with potassium, this fruit helps reduce thirst, and is another staple in fruit chaat, packing in nutrients alongside other refreshing fruits, which help you stay hydrated.
Lean meats in proteins are fantastic for keeping your hunger at bay, and they taste great too! Go for variations of smoked turkey sandwiches with brown bread, and you’re good to go for a day’s fast!
6. Daal (lentils)
With the dynamic combination of both protein and carbs, lentil soup or just plain daal can be very nutritious and filling, making you feel full for hours into your fast.
7. Chickpeas (and hummus)
Used in chaat and accompanied by yogurt – another must-have food when fasting – chickpeas, or cholay, are another staple in iftar food because of their versatility and abundance in fiber, which curbs people’s appetites.
8. Dates and Figs
These dry fruits will be your best friends throughout the month of Ramadhan! While everyone around you is dying from their sluggish-ness and exhaustion, you can power ahead with the added energy you have from eating dates and figs!
Low on calories, high on protein, there’s a reason your mum tries to feed you anda paratha early in the morning!
Great sources of protein and nutrients, walnuts and almonds are also high on calories and fat, so keeping your consumption of nuts to a minimum is best for a healthy diet!
At 96% of water, cucumbers are at the top of the list in terms of vegetables with high water content. The refreshing and hydrating vegetable can be consumed in many different forms; raita, sandwiches, water infused with fruits and vegetables. The many forms and tasty, tasty recipes are endless!
12. Brown rice and pasta
As brown rice and whole wheat pasta are unbleached grains, they’re likely to do less damage to your stomach lining in terms of heaviness, and are a solid carb addition to your diet!
You should most definitely stay away from this tummy-aching treats:
While coffee or tea might be your first instinct to chug down after a lethargic day, they’re both diuretic – they cause the production of urine to increase – and so, increase chances of dehydration.
2. Kids’ cereals
While most cereals targeted towards adults are healthy and contain a lot of bran, children’s cereals are filled with sugar and preservatives, all which lower your energy and burn out fast, leaving you hungrier than before.
With next to no fiber, and mostly sugar and fat, croissants, patties, puff pastries and more, all prove to increase hunger pangs and make those weird echoing cave noises in your stomach.
4. Deep fried foods
Yes! All those samosas, pakoray and jalebis should be eaten in STRICTLY minimal quantities because all that deep fried deliciousness leaves you bloated and feeling heavy, not full.
5. Overly salty or spicy food – chips
Goodbye chips, salty olives, slims, super spicy masalas, you will be missed! If you value your digestive system more than your taste buds, you’ll skimp on overly spicy or salty food for at least a month, or the feelings of thirst you experience might overpower your will to keep your fasts!