Every Ramadan, I start off making these big breakfasts and imagine that I’m going to keep this going throughout the entire month. Zeit and za’atar, lebneh, hummus, eggs, olives, baba ghanouj, and maybe some nabulsi cheese — basically, everything. It’s the most, right?! Although my kid finds this exciting, a few days into it and I’m exhausted. By week two, I’m reminded that keeping it simple is the way to go. Ramadan is really about worship, patience, and gratitude…not elaborate meals, which may or may not go to waste. Eliminate the fuss, while still taking care of your body, by adding these simple super foods to your suhoor menu.
This Berry-Banana-Oat Smoothie is chock full of nutrients and will keep you feeling fuller longer. With only six ingredients, it’s super simple to put together either the night before or early in the morning. If you’re looking to experiment with smoothies this Ramadan, then keep these quick tips in mind:
- Use a cup of fresh or frozen fruit
- Adding green veggies will add more antioxidants
- Include a protein source such as Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, legumes, chickpeas, soy protein, egg whites, or peanut protein, just to name a few
- Add a small amount of plant-based fats to help keep you feeling fuller longer. Some examples are avocados and seeds (such as chia or hemp)
- A liquid such as milk, coconut water, non-dairy milk, or a limited amount of juice
- Enhance the flavor with cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, or cocoa powder
Remember to keep it simple and healthy.
During Ramadan, eggs are my go-to protein source for suhoor. They’re fast and simple to make and can be cooked in a variety of ways. In addition to being a good source of protein, eggs are vitamin and nutrient rich. They will also keep you feeling full for a while. Want to save time in the morning? Boil eggs for the week and you’ll always have something on hand for suhoor.
We know that Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) broke his fasts with dates, but it’s also good practice to add a few to your morning meal. Dates have a high concentration of nutrients and vitamins, and are high in disease fighting antioxidants. Their fiber content is good for digestive health and for blood sugar control. Dates can also be added to your smoothies to sweeten them and pack a nutrient punch if you want to further simplify your suhoor routine.
hydrating fruits and vegetables
I’m all about a simplified suhoor without the fancy recipes and frozen meals made in advance. Adding these hydrating fruits and vegetables as a side dish will refresh you from the day before and keep you feeling hydrated longer:
- Oranges and other citrus fruits
- Bell peppers
- Leftover broth or vegetable stew
Whether you’re cooking with olive oil or eating olives, adding this to your diet will help you remain satiated. It will also help you absorb other nutrients, improve blood sugar, boost brain health, and improve circulation.
These foods, alongside an adequate amount of water, will energize you throughout the day and will allow you to focus on deepening your spiritual connection this Ramadan.
What are your suhoor staples?