Healthy Iftar for a Healthy Ramadan
Here comes Ramadan, the month of wonderful gatherings of family and loved ones. In between all the large family meals, falling off the health wagon is far too easy. That’s why it’s essential to prepare an organized plan of healthy meals for iftar. What you eat for iftar could save you from weight changes and discomfort or lack of energy during the day. That’s why we’ve gathered some of our favorite healthy iftar recipes that will guarantee a balanced Ramadan.
After you’ve broken your fast with dates and water, start your iftar with a warm dish of protein-packed lentil soup with chickpeas to warm-up your stomach for what’s next on your menu. Another fulfilling soup to start with is the Miso soup with mukimame and mushrooms. It’s especially great if you’re having a Japanese or Chinese dish as a main course. You can take a look at more of our iftar soup suggestions here.
The most important thing during Ramadan is to stay hydrated. Failing to supply your body with the necessary amount of water and fluid can mean headaches, dizziness, and tiredness during the day. Aside from fluids, the best way to replenish yourself is with a refreshing salad full of leafy vegetables such as spinach and lettuce. Tabouli and fattoush are undoubtedly every family’s favorites. Not only are they refreshing, they’re also full of nutrition and are a staple of Middle Eastern mezze.
If you want to impress your invitees with your gourmet knowledge and skills, serve a quinoa falafel salad with avocado and be sure those who try it will ask for your recipe.
Gather your family and loved ones around the iftar table with a spectacular lemon thyme roasted chicken with grilled bell peppers dish, an easy recipe for a busy Ramadan day. This protein-rich dish is big on flavor that will satisfy your day-long craving.
For a typical Ramadan iftar, there’s nothing better than a classic sayadieh as the main course for the fish and Mediterranean cuisine lovers. This satisfying rice and nutritious fish meal will be the center of attention in your celebration. Other classic choices include molokhia, moghrabieh, and kousa mehshi.
But if you want to step outside the box, your meat loving guests will adore a twist on the famous lamb chops. By adding pulp of grilled eggplant and a Mediterranean salad, you can offer a deliciously unique Middle Eastern meal.
It’s relatively easy to prepare a healthy main course. The tricky part is making a dessert that will satisfy you without adding too many calories and harming your body, such as mouhalabieh or ashtaliyeh.
Admittedly, it may be difficult to come up with so many healthy dessert options, so what you can do is control your portions. Don’t have more than 3 or 4 pieces of maamoul or slices of sfouf bi dibs. Serving kellaj Ramadan? Don’t have more than a slice. Aside from increasing your caloric intake, having too much sugar will eventually decrease your energy and increase your hunger by the middle of the day. You can check out more creative dessert recipes here.
With a little creativity, you can always make your iftars more rewarding. What are some of your favorite iftar recipes?