After fasting all day, the last thing you want to feel is lethargic, bloated and tired after eating your Iftar.
So how do we prevent this from happening?
Here are some tips to help you plan better Iftars so you can spend the rest of the night engaging in Ibadah and in remembrance of Allah.
DATES SHOULD BE YOUR BEST FRIEND
Obvious choice of course. But do you know why it is recommended?
Dates actually have an endless list of health benefits. It’s a strong source of protein, full of vitamins, and very good for bone health. It even prevents constipation; which can be a bit of a problem in Ramadan!
These amazing fruits release energy slowly and keep you fuller for longer. So, break your fast with a date, pray Salah and then you won’t feel the need to overindulge when you finally sit down to eat.
‘When one of you breaks his fast, let him break it with dates for they are blessed. If they are not found, let him break it with water for it is pure.’
VEGETABLES ARE A MUST
They contain vitamins, minerals and fibres with some of them having next to no calories. Cucumbers, lettuce and other vegetables are excellent choices and are ideal for hydration purposes.
Aim to have two servings of vegetables with your meal and remember; the more colourful your salad is, the more healthier it is.
LIMIT FRIED FOOD
Everyone loves a good samosa but everyday? Not such a good idea. Avoid overindulging on greasy and fried food, such as dumplings, pakoras, pastries and oily curries as they are often loaded with fat and can cause acidity and indigestion.
HAVE EVERYTHING IN MODERATION
Try to keep your meals simple and eat everything in moderation. Complex carbs such as wheat, potatoes and brown rice are a sustainable boost of energy that keeps your body feeling fulfilled for much longer and paired with the above items would make a great Iftar.
So remember to have a range of items that allow you to really benefit and keep you sustained for longer periods allowing your evenings to be less lethargic.
Implementing a few of these ideas into your Iftar will provide you with the surge of energy you need to ensure that you are making the most out of your Ramadan. Remember Ramadan is more than abstaining from food and drink. It is a way of drawing closer to Allah and becoming the best versions of ourselves.