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What I Eat at Suhoor for Energy During Ramadan

Updated on May 8, 2020
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Every year, I travel back to my beautiful home country of Malaysia to be with my family. I wish to share my experience with readers!

What Is Ramadan?

Commonly, people understood that Ramadan means no food, and no drinks conceded from before dawn to sunset. Actually, it's more than that. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, meditation, kindness, devotion, and alms towards the unfortunate.

A New Challenge

This year is my first time observing Ramadan outside Malaysia. I must admit it's quite a challenge to practice fasting in the United States because of the timing and the season. As we are approaching the hot summer, the day is longer and the night is shorter. I have made a quick study between fasting in the United States and Malaysia. The first week was the hardest because I have to adjust my schedule to wake up early for a pre-dawn meal or Suhoor. Average I have to fast 16 hours a day.

Personal Experience

Not all people have the same diet. We take a different approach when it comes to staying fit and healthy. A few years ago, after I moved to the United States, I have changed my daily routine; that's include exercising and eating healthy food.

During this fasting month, I chose to skip the exercise but focusing on eating healthy food to help me feel energetic during the day. Some believe consuming large quantity food such as carbs might boost the energy during the day but, this is not completely true. Based on my experience eating large quantity food during suhoor makes me feel tired and sleepy throughout the day.

Where Do I Get The Energy

Before fasting month comes, I have taken a few healthy foods and supplements throughout the day. Some of them are very common such as oatmeal, oatmeal biscuits, fruit bars, hydration multiplier, vitamin C, and honey. These foods are very essentials in my pantry. Based on my experience, these foods have helped me to stay hydrated and energized throughout the day. So I thought of continue taking them for Suhoor throughout the fasting month. Oh, by the way, as much as I love coffee I decided to omit and replace it by water and caffeine-free tea.

Let's see the full list.


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One of my favorites instant oatmeal flavor is maple and brown sugar. I also like Quaker Oats!
One of my favorites instant oatmeal flavor is maple and brown sugar.
One of my favorites instant oatmeal flavor is maple and brown sugar.
I also like Quaker Oats!
I also like Quaker Oats!

1. Oatmeal

Oatmeal is one of the best foods to take during suhoor. It gives me longer energy throughout the day. We all know that oatmeal is a comforting and nutritious breakfast that somehow feels indulgent. If it was plain oatmeal, I like to add fresh fruits such as blueberries and strawberries in it. This will make the oatmeal very filling, and you know what it may help you to lose weight. Sounds good to me.

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These fruit bars are delicious. Before fasting month, I have taken them as my pre-workout snack. Oatmeal biscuits.
These fruit bars are delicious. Before fasting month, I have taken them as my pre-workout snack.
These fruit bars are delicious. Before fasting month, I have taken them as my pre-workout snack.
Oatmeal biscuits.
Oatmeal biscuits.

2. Fruit Bar and Oatmeal Biscuit

If I feel a little lazy to get up early for suhoor, I choose something easy such as fruit bar and oatmeal biscuit. Did you know this fruit bar is made from real fruit and whole grains? It's 100% plant-based, dairy-free, nut-free, vegan, and kosher. Fruit bar is one of the best foods for my suhoor because it 's rich with energy, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber.

Liquid I.V or hydration multiplier is a great addition to my suhoor.
Liquid I.V or hydration multiplier is a great addition to my suhoor.

3. Hydration Multiplier

I take hydration multiplier after my daily work out. It is known as liquid I.V. it does contain B vitamins that known to give the body boost of energy. However, for the past few days, I have decided to continue taking one sachet during suhoor, and it works great! During the day, I feel more focused, less fatigue, and it enhances my energy level.

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Energy booster help me to feel energy throughout the day. The ginger rescue is one of my favorites.
Energy booster help me to feel energy throughout the day.
Energy booster help me to feel energy throughout the day.
The ginger rescue is one of my favorites.
The ginger rescue is one of my favorites.

4. Energy Booster

Did you know ginger and lemon shots are a great way to start your day? Energy booster and immunity is a popular wellness beverage that also may provide health benefits. I decided to try this immunity boost by taken one bottle if I wanted to do more physical works during the day. I definitely feel great and less fatigue throughout the day. By the way, taken the immunity shots may help fight free radicals and toxins in your body, as well as cleans out your lymphatic system.

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Caffeine-free tea is surprisingly good. I like honey in my tea.
Caffeine-free tea is surprisingly good.
Caffeine-free tea is surprisingly good.
I like honey in my tea.
I like honey in my tea.

5. Caffeine-Free Tea and Honey

I am an avid coffee drinker. Surprisingly, I have no problem to omit the coffee during the fasting month. I decided to turn to caffeine-free tea and pair it with honey. It's the best combination. Actually, all tea has less caffeine than coffee, however the best thing about tea it provides prudence and calmness inside you.

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Dates are popular fruit to be taken before breaking the fast. Medjool dates are my favorite.
Dates are popular fruit to be taken before breaking the fast.
Dates are popular fruit to be taken before breaking the fast.
Medjool dates are my favorite.
Medjool dates are my favorite.

6. Dates

When I was young, during the fasting month, I remember that my mother would encourage me to consume a few dates during the pre-dawn meal so that I wouldn't feel tired throughout the day. It is true that dates are high in fiber and can be a good source of quick energy. Did you know years of studies suggest that these sweet fruits may help relieve constipation, control cholesterol levels, support a healthy pregnancy, and much more?

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Water is very essential in our daily lives. I make sure to drink a lot of water during suhoor. Fresh fruits.
Water is very essential in our daily lives. I make sure to drink a lot of water during suhoor.
Water is very essential in our daily lives. I make sure to drink a lot of water during suhoor.
Fresh fruits.
Fresh fruits.

7. Water and Fruits

Water is an essential element in our lives. During suhoor, I make sure to drink at least 3-4 glasses of water. Scientifically, your body uses water in all its cells, organs, and tissues to help regulate its temperature and maintain other bodily functions. Also, it's important to rehydrate by drinking fluids and eating foods that contain water such as pineapple, oranges, and watermelon.

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    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      4 weeks ago from USA

      Yea, observing the Ramadan here is definitely harder than I thought. However, I'm doing good so far. I'm sorry to hear you can't find the items I mentioned at your place. I hope some of them will be showing up at your nearest store.

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      Liza 

      4 weeks ago from USA

      For sure, Rachel. I hope they will make you feel better :)

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      4 weeks ago from USA

      You're welcome, Linda :)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      4 weeks ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      I had some idea about Ramadan and fasting but its great to know how you cope with it. Thanks for sharing. By the way, none of the things you take are available at my place.

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      Rachel Alba 

      4 weeks ago

      Hi Liza Thanks for the tips on energy foods. I could certainly use them.

      Blessings to you.

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an interesting article. I've known about Ramadan for some time, but I've never heard of suhoor before. Thank you for sharing the information, Liza.

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      4 weeks ago from USA

      @Char Will do!

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      Char Milbrett 

      4 weeks ago from Minnesota

      Just Google oatmeal cookies for an exact list of ingredients.

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      4 weeks ago from USA

      Thank you, Char. Your recipe for the oatmeal is something new for me. However, I don't mind giving it a try. I always welcome good diet tips! Thank you for the recipe.

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      Liza 

      4 weeks ago from USA

      You're so right, Liz. Eggs also good for breakfast. Actually, I had eggs for my pre-dawn meal today. I heard about porridge before but, I never really tried to make my own. Maybe I should put that on the list. Thank you for sharing your tips as well.

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      Char Milbrett 

      4 weeks ago from Minnesota

      Good luck on all of that. I love dates. I like my oatmeal mixed with raw egg,sugar, flour and chocolate [and dates as well], and baked at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.

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      Liz Westwood 

      4 weeks ago from UK

      I also would have put oatmeal at the top of the list. In the UK porridge is know as a filling dish that also gives a slow release of energy to keep you feeling full for longer. I mix mine with a banana each day for a filling breakfast. I have also heard it said that eggs at breakfast work well. After a big hotel breakfast I usually find we don't need to eat much until the evening. Thanks for sharing your dietary tips.

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