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Top Ten Nutritional Tips for Ramadan

  1. A healthy Iftar goes hand in hand with the traditions: starting with 2 dates, then a glass of water or laban, then start the meal with a warm bowl of soup, a salad and the main course. Of course moderation is key to health!
  2. Starting your Iftar meal with a soup comforts the stomach after a long day of fasting, replenishes your body with fluids and help prepare the digestive system for the blessed meal.
  3. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water during the Holy month of Ramadan. At least 8 glasses distributed in small quantities so not to feel bloated.
  4. A balanced main dish at Iftar should contain a source of carbohydrates like rice, pasta, potatoes or burghul, as well as some form of protein like beef, chicken or fish, in addition to cooked vegetables.
  5. To prevent getting thirsty during Ramadan, drink plenty of water, avoid foods that are too spicy or salty, and consume more fruits and vegetables that are refreshing.
  6. Some people tend to eat more during Ramadan and this can lead to weight gain. Eating a healthy Iftar, eating starters and sweets in moderation, choosing more fruits and vegetables, avoiding sweetened beverages, and being active everyday will help you maintain your weight.
  7. Suhour is a vital meal in Ramadan. It gives you strength and vitality for the day and can make fasting easier and tolerable.
  8. Make sure that this meal is rich in slowly absorbed Carbohydrates such as whole grain breads, rice and whole grain cereals that can help maintain your blood sugar levels.
  9. For plenty of vitamins and minerals vital to good health, make sure to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetable during Ramadan and to include a variety of vegetable in your soups.
  10. People who suffer from headache or dizziness due to low blood sugar levels during the fasting period should break the fast at Iftar by starting with 2-3 dates which will replenish blood sugar levels/
  11. For better health, be moderate in adding salt to cooked dishes especially during Ramadan. Instead use vegetables, herbs and spices to add flavour and colour to your meals.

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