With Ramadan fast approaching, it is important to keep in mind some simples rules leading toward a healthy month. Every fitness and nutrition expert stresses on the importance of hydration, but along with that there are a few other things to always keep in mind.
Fitness First’s nutritional specialist Banin Shahine, recommends the simple ways to keep fit and healthy this Ramadan.
- Increase your intake of high water content vegetables and fruits. These include, Tomato, cucumber, lettuce, watermelon, broccoli and grapefruit. Even dairy is said to have a good a good content of water.
- Decrease your intake of salt and caffeine, as it tends to drain water off the body, leaving you dehydrated.
- Always make sure to break your fast with water. At any given point in time, your body will always require water over food!
- Make sure you divide your intake of water throughout the night and do not consume a whole lot of water at once.
- Keep in hand a personal bottle of water, allowing you to measure your intake.
If you’re not too fond of water, here’s a healthy smoothie recipe by Banin Shahine to break your fast. This is also a great breakfast or a pre-workout meal.
1 Medium ripe banana
1/4th Cup pitted dates
1 1/4th Cup of almond milk
A dash of cinnamon and sea salt
2 Tbsp of chia seeds (pre-soaked in water for an hour)
Place all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth
Nutrition Facts: 325 calories, 50 g of carbs, 9 g of healthy fats, and 7 grams of protein.
Note: Flax seeds and chia seeds are high in omega 3, in fact, even more as compared to salmon. It is a very beneficial ingredient for your concentration, memory, skin, vision, and heart health.
Cinnamon is a wonder spice that can treat muscles spasms, vomiting, diarrhoea, infections, common cold, loss of appetite, and can also help maintain blood sugar in the body.