By Mishayl Naek
They say you are what you eat and that has never been truer in Ramzan. With summer time rozas averaging between 15-20 hours, make sure your sehri and iftaar have the most nutritionally beneficial meals to make your fasts as peaceful as possible. Women’s Own spoke to Salina Taqi, the yogi and co-owner of The Ultimate Detox, for her advice and recipes for this month.
Read on for her first food tip for the month and keep checking the site for the rest!
Food Tip 1 – Eat nutritionally smart foods
It’s important to add complex carbohydrates to your sehri as these help release energy slowly during the long hours of fasting. Your body also digests them slowly so you feel full for longer! They are found in foods such as wheat, rolled oats, beans (black & kidney, lentils), wholegrain flour, brown rice, sweet potato and whole wheat pasta. Add in these items to your sehri to help you manage hunger through out the day. Check out my recipe for oatmeal using rolled oats (found in most major super markets or health stores) for sehri and feel the difference.
Super Oats Porridge
½ Cup Rolled Oats
½ Cup Skimmed Milk
1 Banana sliced
Pinch of Cinnamon
3 Chopped up Walnuts
Heat a cup of water until it starts to simmer, add the oatmeal and pinch of cinnamon. Stir until thickened (2-4 minutes). Take the pan off the heat, stir in the bananas and nuts. Place from saucepan to bowl and add the milk and drizzle honey as desired. Viola! A healthy, easy sehri!
Food Tip 2 – Add a super green juice
A super green juice is loaded with the nutrients your body needs to function at its maximum level. Adding one to your iftaar will provide you with essential nutrients to curb your hunger and stop you from over indulging and stuffing yourself with pakoras and samosas.
1 Green Apple
½ a Lemon Juice
5 Spinach Leaves
1 Inch Piece of Ginger (this super food revs up your metabolic rate)
Directions: Place into a juicer and NOT a blender and whizz till smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!