This blessed time has, this year, arrived in the summer season along with its sweet fruit variety. All this heat though, will tire us out quicker during our fast. So, here are ten fruits that can keep us hydrated and focused.
The recommended amount of water to drink is 8-10 glasses per day. In Ramadan it will be a digestive challenge to drink vast amounts in short periods, particularly after breaking the fast. Top up your water shortage by eating 2-4 juicy fruits per meal for bursts of energy. Stay hydrated.
Hydration rating 92%. As this fruit is mostly water and sugar, it’s packed with essential rehydration salts magnesium, calcium, sodium and potassium, so it can actually hydrate you more effectively than water.
YOU CAN: Blend watermelon chunks with ice and coconutpalm sugar for a light Iftaar dessert.
YOU CAN: Squeeze fresh orange juice into chocolate drinks and cut up segments into fruit salads.
Strawberries rank as the 4th strongest antioxidant fruit and are made up of 92% water. Raspberries and blueberries are also at their peak during the summer. Full of vitamin C, berries are known to clear the arteries, regulate blood sugar and taste awesome. Go for organic, eat a handful each day.
These summer beauties are indulgent fudgy fruits with a high-output on the health scale. They’re known to lower blood pressure, improve digestion, help with weight loss; even the leaves of the fig tree lower the insulin required by diabetics. As one of the world’s healthiest foods, figs provide the fire energy to keep moving in Ramadan.
YOU CAN: Slice fruits with coconut milk ice cream, blend into a fig smoothie or make a fig chutney with some dates for breaking the fast each day.
These hydration gems are known for their extremely high content of Resveratrol, a substance that acts as an antioxidant and is heart-friendly. Bursting water with each bite, take your pick from purple, red, black or green. One of summer’s most delicious fruits.
YOU CAN: Slice into fruit salads or just eat whole. One good mix-up is eating a single grape with a morsel of cheese and sprinkling of coffee granules. It sounds weird but tastes good!
Hydration rating 90% water. Sweet but zingy, grapefruits contain only 30 calories and the detoxifying limonoids, which, according to research, may inhibit cancer tumors. Either way, eating natural is always healthier, and happier
YOU CAN: Pan fry segments to caramelize grapefruit and eat with waffles. Cut a fruit in half, sprinkle with fair trade sugar and scoop to eat with a spoon.
Hydration rating 95%. Coconut water (not milk) is the liquid found in young green coconuts that gets absorbed as the coconut fruit matures. It has a relatively low sodium and carbohydrate content and tastes dry but refreshing.
YOU CAN: Buy fresh and buy from local greengrocers. Avoid the packed cartons which tend to include preservatives for a long shelf-life and dilute the drink.
Hydration rating of 89%. Cantaloupe is an exceptionally good fruit for supporting energy production and the ability to keep the blood sugar stable. With all that goodness and flavor, this is a top munchable fruit.
YOU CAN: Blend the flesh into pulp and freeze for instant sorbet, or skin and cut into chunks for a mixed watermelon/sweet melon salad.
YOU CAN: Pan fry pineapple rings (without the skin) to caramelize and eat with yoghurt/ ice cream or create fruit kebabs by piercing bite size chunks onto wooden skewers with strawberries, grapes and melon.
YOU CAN’T: Mess with this fruit. Slice to eat or cut in a cross-cross fashion to turn out a ‘hedgehog’ design. Open mouth and consume.