5 healthy Iftar ideas to stay hydrated, light, and active

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Ramadan day is tight and we only have 2 meals and barely 1 snack a day. That’s why we want to make the best of what we eat and choose foods that will give us the nutrients we need to withstand fasting. For fasting, your body mainly needs 5 things to survive; hydration, healthy fullness, feeling light, energy, and no muscle contractions during exercise.

Here are 5 healthy recipes combinations for Iftar that will give you those benefits:

 

Grilled chicken with yogurt dipping

 

Grilled-Chicken

This healthy combination has much to do with repairing & building tissues and promoting immunity.

For preparing the yogurt dipping, stir in 2 cups of low fat yogurt, 2 teaspoons of chopped dill and 1 teaspoon  of lemon juice. Add add salt and pepper to taste and DIP!

 

Couscous Salad

 

couscous-salad

 

This salad contains complex carbohydrates, fibers, and vitamins, so it will give you most of the nutrients you need if your Ramadan day is busy.

After soaking 1 ½ cup of couscous in boiling water mix it with chopped green onions, chopped pepper, grated carrot, shredded red cabbage, and chopped parsley. Season it with salt, lemon juice, vinegar, and olive oil.

Cauliflower & Carrots Soup

 

Carrot Soup

 

If you started your Iftar with this soup, it will make you eat less! That’s because cauliflower and carrots are low Glycemic Index foods that make you avoid overeating!

Over medium heat stir 6 peeled and chopped carrots, ½ chopped cauliflower head, and 2 chopped garlic cloves until tender. Add 3 cups broth. Stir in 1 tablespoon curry. Leave them to boil and cool. Then blend the soup. Bring it on heat again and add 1 cup low fat yogurt and lemon juice. Leave them from 5-10 minutes.

 

Dried prunes & carrots salad

 

dried prunes & carrots salad

 

The Ramadan compote “khoshaf” has a lot of healthy benefits, but the problem is that all ingredients together are high in calories. Why not have one of its ingredients, dried prunes, in a healthy salad. Dried prunes help the body to feel full and avoid constipation. Moreover, it prevents muscle contractions which makes it an important nutrient if you will work out after Iftar.

Mix carrots slices, chopped cilantro, sesame seeds with dried prunes. Season with lemon juice, olive oil, paprika, cumin, and salt.

 

Orange juice for a high carb meal!

 

orange juice

 

Asking about the relation? Orange juice helps counteract the inflammatory effects on the body of an unhealthy meal.

 

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