Hi my beautiful friends, Ramadan Kareem!
The most blessed time of the year is finally here and I am going to be bringing lots of posts throughout the month on food, fashion, Eid party planning, and more! I was so excited about Ramadan this year for so many reasons but one of them being that I am so motivated to eat healthy and stay energized throughout the day and I did research on how to do just that! So for some background, the past years when I fasted I got the most horrible migraine every. single. day. I honestly didn’t realize it was caffeine withdrawals til I started my wedding diet a few weeks ago and had to ween off of my regular coffee and got the same exact headache. So I did a lot of research on how to prevent these headaches, what foods to eat and how many grams of protein to get in during suhoor to stay good throughout the day, AND this should help in weight loss too! I’ll link all the food I mention at the bottom of the post!
*it’s suggested to have at least 20g of protein in suhoor since it digests slowly to help you full fuller longer, and stabilizes blood sugar levels*
- Oatmeal WITH protein – I like the Better Oats Steel Cut Maple & Brown Sugar oats, this has low sugar, 10g of protein in each pack, and low calories too.
- Egg Whites – I get the Egg Beater’s original with no fat, no cholesterol, and low calories! Easy to prepare in the mornings and has protein too
- Black Tea – I like to drink black tea during suhoor because 1. I need the caffeine, and 2. 0 calories
- Water – Drink at least 2 glasses during suhoor to stay hydrated esp. if you’re drinking any kind of tea or coffee
- Vegan Bacon Strips – I buy the LightLife Smart Bacon and it’s plant-based, only 20 calories per strip, and has 2g of protein too & low fat too
- Kodiak Protein Pancakes w/Sugar-Free Maple Syrup – these have got to be the best pancakes ever. These have 14g per serving & if you use milk & eggs in the mix you can bring it up to 21g of protein so all you need to have is these in suhoor, and the sugar free maple syrup is so good
- Dates – nutrient powerhouses, have 1 in suhoor
- Salt – anything with too much salt will make you thirsty
- Fruit juice – too much sugar
- Fried foods
- White bread
- Cereals with sugar
- Refined food
Note: All of these are JUST suggestions! If something works for you, stick to it 🙂
- Dates – I always break fast with a date
- Water – drink 2 glasses with a date right when you break your fast
- Grilled chicken fillet
- Tilapia fillets
- Steamed mixed vegetables
- Grilled chicken salad
- Oats & Lentil Haleem
- Quinoa as a sub for rice
- Green tea (a hour or two after iftar)
- Fruits (an hour or two after iftar)
So many more ideas that I’ve got from the Ramadan Meal plan guide I’m linking below that I’m following too! Comes with recipes too 🙂
I also wanted to share an amazing app I found called, “ShareTheMeal by the UN” where you can share your iftar with those in need around the world, just .50 cents a day can give a child anywhere in the world 1 mea and just $5 gets 10 meals for someone in need. You can even sign up to join “The Table” where you get matched with a family and you donate monthly – but the donations are totally up to you if you choose to donate per day, per month, however and you get information about who gets the meal and a little bit about them too! Linking the app below
I hope these meal ideas help y’all! I have tried and tested these and I feel fuller, healthier, and so much more energetic throughout the day. I would like to stress that fasting isn’t about the meals but mainly about the prayers, getting closer to God, and about practicing self control so don’t focus your entire attention on meal prep and weight loss. With that being said I hope all of your good deeds and prayers get accepted in this beautiful month 🙂
Stay tuned for the next post – Ramadan/Eid Outfit Lookbook!