Ramadan Iftars means marks the end of day long fasting. When the sun goes down, family and friends gather up to break their fast. While, Iftars can be an enjoyable experience for many, they can be daunting for some people who are trying to maintain good eating habits during the Holy month.
During the fast, your body does not take in sufficient energy, hence breaks down skeletal muscles and convert it into energy. The first food you consume upon breaking a fast are critical to nourish the body, and should not expend much energy to digest and assimilate in the body.
Here are a few tips put together to help you find a cleaner way to break your fast and make the rest of your Ramadan a healthy one.
During a fast, your body does not take in sufficient energy and must break down skeletal muscle and convert it into energy. Raw fruit juices and fruits contain high levels of water content and are easily digested.
Dates are high in sugar, protein and Vitamin C. They also contain potassium, magnesium, iron, fiber, fat and carbohydrates. Dates are easily digested, making them a quick source of energy and nutrients. Eating dates after a long day of fasting can help bring the body’s blood glucose levels back to normal.
Most people feel tired, have difficulty concentrating and may even get a headache or start to feel dizzy. While this is partly due to the fact that they haven’t eaten anything for a number of hours, and low blood sugar levels, it is also due to the fact that they are dehydrated! So, drink a glass (or two) upon breaking your fast.
Yogurt is a great choice while breaking of the fast. It will help repopulate your digestive tract with good bacteria and enzymes that the fasting has stripped from it. These probiotics will in turn make it easier for you to digest your food.
After indulging in a few slices of fresh fruit, it can be a good idea to have some fresh vegetable soup. Soups are easy on the stomach, and simpler to digest. The vegetables will also load your body up with Vitamins as well as many essential minerals to jump start your digestive system.
Sprouts are germinating seeds that contain simple sugars, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are easily digested and assimilated. Sprouts also are a source of chlorophyll, a substance touted for its cleansing properties.
Apart from being easy to digest, eggs are one of the easiest ways to restock your body with protein as one egg supplies six grams of high-quality protein and 9 essential amino acids.
Raw vegetables and vegetable juices are ideal after a fast as they are good sources of vitamins and minerals. They are also easy on the stomach.