What I Eat at Suhoor for Energy During Ramadan
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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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