The Prophet (PBUH) said: “Eat suhoor, for in suhoor there is blessing.”
Suhoor is often overlooked in Ramadan as the focus tends to fall on Iftar, the first meal, the breaking of the fast and the abundance of delicious food. But come Suhoor time and some choose to not eat Suhoor in an effort to cut-back on calories, others are still full from over-eating at Iftar, and for some reason many people have made a habit to skip Suhoor. If you want to stay hydrated and energized throughout your mornings, then you need to make sure that you consume a proper Suhoor to power you through the next day. Skipping Suhoor will leave you drained and not properly nourished the next day, making your concentration less; energy levels lower and affect your physical performance.
Just like you need to focus on the nutrients you give your body during Iftar, it’s just as important to focus on the nutrients you give your body during Suhoor to make sure you stay full and energized all through the morning. When you skip on Suhoor you will most likely not get in the daily nutrients that your body needs for optimal health.
Here are the nutrients you need to include in your meal for a healthy Suhoor:
Protein gives you the energy your body needs to fuel your day, and also keeps you full longer.
Foods that are rich in protein are: eggs, beans, yogurt, lentil, falafel, fish and chicken.
Fiber helps keep you full throughout the morning, delaying hunger and helping keep your gut health in check.
Foods that are rich in fiber are: whole grain bread, whole grain pasta, oat, beans, brown rice, nuts, vegetables and fruits.
Healthy fats keep you full longer into the day.
Foods that are rich in healthy fats are: olives and olive oil, nuts and nut butters, avocados.
Fruits And Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables need to be included in your Suhoor to up your fiber intake and keep your gut healthy. It’s better to focus on fruits and vegetables that are rich in water-content to help keep you hydrated throughout the day.
Fruits and vegetables that are rich in water-content are … watermelon, oranges, tomatoes, cucumber.