Healthy Ways to Break your Fast During Ramadan

It’s Iftar time! You run to the table and fill your plates with heaps of food so that you can finally break your fast after a long day. Yes, we all tend to do this, especially during the first few days of Ramadan, but this is actually awfully unhealthy!

Water

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Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! This should be your top priority when you’re breaking your fast. Though fasting has several benefits, in order to truly indulge in the Islamic experience, you cannot consume any for and liquids during the time of your daily fast. Dehydration can take a toll on many aspects of your physical health from getting lightheaded, to having unhealthy skin. Drinking a glass of water is by far the healthiest and most important way to break your fast.

 Dates

This method of breaking fast dates all the way back to the time of the prophet Muhammad and is commonly practiced in the religion of Islam in order to follow his teachings. Other than that, Dates are easily digested, making them a quick source of energy and nutrients. Eating dates after a long day of fasting can help the body’s blood glucose levels quickly return to normal. It is recommended to have a few dates to break your fast, go for prayer, and come back to enjoy the rest of your meal. By this time, the dates will have digested and you won’t be as hungry!

Soup

Soups that contain protein and easily digestible carbs, such as lentils, tofu, or pasta, that can gently break a fast. Avoid soups made with heavy cream or a large amount of high fiber. Although cooked, soft, starchy vegetables like potatoes can be good food options when breaking a fast.

Carbohydrates

Normally when we hear the word ‘carbs’ we automatically associate it with being unhealthy and gaining weight. Well, when you haven’t eaten all day, carbs are actually really important. We tend to get most of our energy from carbohydrates – which you will be lacking if you have been fasting. Now, this can easily escalate and cross the line of being unhealthy when you don’t pay attention to your portions but having a small bowl of brown rice or pasta is actually necessary for your diet!

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