It’s that time of the year when you introduce your body to high protein to keep your energy levels steady. It’s Ramadan time. The month lasts 29–30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon. The common practice during Ramadan is fasting from dawn to sunset. The pre-dawn meal before the fast is called the suhur, while the meal at sunset that breaks the fast is the iftar. As Ramadan dawns in, all Muslims get ready to fast the long days in the intense heat of this summer. Fasting can increase stress levels and disrupt sleep. Dehydration, hunger or lack of sleep during a fasting period can also lead to headaches.
But as you fast, keep in mind that this month is not just about leaving your food and drinks and getting closer to God but also about taking in a healthy, rich protein diet to survive the day without losing out on the essential nutrients. So, here we have a variety of food items to keep your Ramadan very light and full of fiber, proteins and complex carbs which will make fasting no longer stressful and tiring but as a cleansing experience.
Not the calorie laden unhealthy version we see in the Mithai (sweet) shops today, instead this is a nutritious and delicious version of the popular Indian festive delight made with milk, coconut and sugar and enriched with chia seeds and almonds – coconut ladoos; one of the healthiest food items. Being rich in dietary fiber, coconut contains no cholesterol or Trans fats making it helpful in lowering levels of cholesterol and preventing the risk of various heart diseases. The chia seeds present along with almonds contain a large amount of fiber and proteins thus increasing metabolism and boosting your daily energy levels. Hence, a perfect pick for the month of Ramadan.
It is the quintessential spice mix from Cochin’s spice market and contains a number of aromatic Indian spices, which are ground in specific quantities and stored in air-tight containers to be used while cooking. They are dry roasted, ground and gluten free, thus imparting a perfect and flavorful experience to the biryani. This aromatic and delicious blend of spices is perfect to relish a delicious and hearty meal after a long day of fasting. These ingredients are also rich in minerals, which help in improving the function of various body organs.
Also known as fox nuts, these small little balls are a powerhouse of nutrition and can prevent several diseases. They are low in cholesterol, fat and sodium which make them an ideal snack to satiate those in-between meal hunger pangs. They are beneficial to those suffering from high blood pressure, heart diseases and obesity due to their high magnesium and low sodium content. That, in essence, is the beauty of makhanas – The fact that they are delicious, economical, easy to prepare and yet wholesome and healthy. It is indeed snacks like makhanas that make fasting no longer unhealthy.
These bars are not only good for the stomach but are interestingly super filling, satisfying and versatile with a perfect blend of oats, bananas, dates and buckwheat-naturally sweetened with honey. Oats contain a wide range of nutrientslike fiber, vitamin E, essential fatty acids, etc. which make them top the healthy food charts. These Easy Banana Oat Bars are gluten-free, dairy-free, kid-friendly and make the perfect snack for the pre-dawn meal (suhur). The bananasenhance the taste and even gives this already fiber-rich snack an extra boost of fiber. Stacked with good-for-your protein and the amazing plant fiber and nourishing antioxidants- it is nutrition and energy to get you going all through the day.
The easier way to satisfy your sugar cravings with nutrient-rich dates and almonds that help boost energy, while managing blood sugar levels. Dates with almonds are an easy, nutritious snack in the evening when your blood glucose levels tend to flatten. They are a perfect blend of goodness with taste. The high protein, fat and fiber content of almonds can help you feel more satiated as this slows the release of glucose into your blood. They are high in proteins and fiber thus keeping one full for a longer period. Hence, if you’re looking forward to fast this Ramadan, then don’t forget to stack your diet with these boxes.
Made with 100% whole grain, popcorns are delicious and not only contains fiber but is also the only snack that is 100% whole grain. And whole grains are really good for you because they contain those antioxidants comparable to a day’s worth of fruits and vegetables. A perfectly delicious ready to go snack, our caramel popcorn uses real butter and brown sugar to create that sweet buttery taste that caramel corn is known for. Popcorns are such that it improves digestive health, helps in metabolism and provides energy, and reduces craving for food. The caramel present also adds extra calories to it.What else to go for when you already have a day to go without food?!
With the surge in popularity of health trends like the ketogenic diet, healthy fats have garnered a lot of attention lately.If you are looking forward to improving your stamina and raising your energy levels with various other health benefits, these Pure Ghee Cookies – whole wheat flour kneaded in pure desi ghee – are all you need .They are sweet, nutty, tasty and completely full of nutrition. The power of almond’s dietary fibers and pure ghee’s vitamins help maintain cholesterol levels and build stronger bones.
The mix nut chaat is a great food to snack on and can easily be included in a variety of diets. This diverse mix of nuts will make you feel fuller and can help curb hunger for hours with a wide range of protective nutrients and health benefits. Nuts are good to have at all times because they are easy to eat and they contain high levels of fiber which aid in weight loss despite its high calorie count. Hence, they are the perfect blend of taste and health and the right way to kickstart those long fasting days.
HAVE A BLESSED RAMADAN!