During Ramadan, the body is put through some big changes whilst fasting takes place. The foods that ought to be eaten during Suhoor and Iftar to help one through the month should therefore be full of slow-release carbohydrates, water, and healthy fats.
As well as drinking water, it’s good to eat foods rich in water that will release into the body and gradually replenish the cells throughout the fasting period. Water is essential for the body and a “superfood” in its own right; it helps with brain function, skin complexion, digestion, detoxification, and so much more.
Here are Savoir Flair’s top eight hydrating foods to help you feel energetic, full, and happy throughout the holy month.
Watermelon is the perfect fruit to boost energy and hydrate the body. It contains around 90 percent water, while the remainder is mostly natural sugars – perfect for fuel! Plus, it tastes delicious and can be eaten as a snack or incorporated into salads.
Cucumbers are very nutritious and boast the highest water content of any other solid food. Pair them with hummus or use them to flavor water for a fresh and hydrating taste!
If your Iftar comprises of delicious pasta and rice dishes, opt for a tomato sauce instead of a heavy, cream-based one. Tomatoes are full of water and therefore their sauces are too. They’re light, but also delicious and satisfying.
Fruits such as mango, pineapple, papaya, and lychee are the perfect go-to for a sweet, water-rich snack. They also tend to be richer in terms of calories, which is perfect during Ramadan to give you extended periods of energy.
Like cucumber, celery is a great vegetable to have as a gentle starter with some mezze. Its water content is greater than 95 percent, while it provides nutritional minerals and salts that help with the absorption of water into the body.
These spicy-sweet root vegetables are the ideal addition to side salads during Iftar. The water content of radishes matches that of celery, so they will keep you feeling fresh.
As well as being nutritious, vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, and spinach compete with water-rich fruits to provide a very healthy and well-rounded break to the fast. They contain plenty of potassium, vitamins A and K, and an array of other minerals to keep your health in check.
It might be praised for its levels of calcium, but milk is also an excellent source of hydration as cow’s milk is made up of roughly 85 percent water. It’s one of the best options to use to line the stomach at Suhoor before you begin your fast.
Carly Rothman is the blogger behind LeanLivingGirl, a health and fitness website based in Dubai.