Eating healthily during Ramadan can sometimes be difficult. Between the fantastic dinner buffets, Ramadan bazaar treats and breaking fast with family and friends, it’s easy to fall off the healthy eating wagon.
Eating well and staying fit during this time is important so you remain energised, hydrated and able to handle the day. What you eat during suhoor and iftar must contain all the nutrients needed including 7 servings of fruit and vegetables.
A well-balanced meal should contain protein (meat, eggs, yoghurt) for energy, complex carbohydrates (beans, lentils, brown rice, whole grains) to keep you full and maintaining blood sugar levels and fibre (dates, fruits, grains, seeds, vegetables) for hydration.
We’ve rounded up our favourite Ramadan recipes can be prepared for both meals of the day using wholesome ingredients that will fulfil all your dietary needs, and they taste absolutely delicious!
The best thing about this simple recipe is that you can prepare it in advance and it’s full of fresh fruit. It’s the ideal combination of coconut milk, chia seeds, honey and fresh mango puree; and you can add toppings like granola, fresh strawberries and blueberries. This also makes a great dessert.
This vegan twist on a classic treat requires no deep-frying and is made from cauliflower, celery, corn and tomato instead of the usual potato filling. This healthy alternative is flavoured with ginger, garlic, coriander, miso paste and curry powder; and is a tasty addition to any meal.
This is the time of the year when the Ramadan bazaar offers so many tantalising dishes; it’s easy to succumb! There are certain dishes that are particularly popular including Roti Jon and Apam Balik, but bazaar versions are full of sugar, salt and oil. Make these at home using better ingredients without sacrificing on taste.
Packed with flavour from the many hours of labour that go into its preparation—Rendag is arguably the nation’s most beloved dish. Traditionally made with beef or chicken, this vegan spin takes less time to cook, uses less oil and is equally as delicious!
Dates are one of the most versatile ingredients to use and add natural sweetness to everything from smoothies and salads to dessert and snacks. They’re an excellent source of fibre, minerals (calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron) and vitamins (folate, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin A). Learn how to make a nourishing quinoa salad, chocolate truffle balls and a simple snack with nut butter that the kids will love.
Loved by many and for good reason! A great source of plant-based protein, hummus is a versatile dip that can be eaten in a sandwich or added to salads for that extra boost of nutrition. Give this recipe a go to see just how easy it is to whip up your own version at home.