If you’re someone who eats suhoor, then here are some helpful tips for you.
- DON’T SNACK ALL NIGHT – Unless your goal is to gain weight, there’s no reason to snack all night.
- At least 15-30 minutes before your suhoor meal, drink a glass of water with a little lemon to start your digestion. (When I wake up for Suhoor, I find it helpful to keep this glass of water by the bed so as I get up, I can drink it.)
- Stick to complex carbohydrates, protein and generally LOW GI foods. These foods are digested slowly, so you will be fuller for longer
- Avoid excessive salty/sugary/baked foods. These push your body to extremes, and your body wants water to balance it out. When you’re not fasting, try eating something very salty to see what happens. Your body will crave water and something sweet. After you give your body something very sweet, you will crave salt and water. This cycle is endless!
- Avoid white sugar and refined carbohydrates (pasta, breakfast cereals, white rice etc). Most breakfast cereals are filled with sugar.
- Avoid fresh fruit (includes tomatoes) with or after your main meal. Fresh fruits digest quickly compared to complex carbohydrates and proteins, and it can lead to stomach discomfort.
- Never eat melons for suhoor. As tasty as melons may be, these take about 30-45 minutes to be digested. Melons should be eaten alone, outside of any main meals, for it to not interfere with the digestion of your other food.
- Pray Fajr and then take a short walk in or around your house. Walking after your meals improves your digestion.
- If you are going to sleep after suhoor, ensure you eat at least an hour before you return to bed.
16 Vegan Suhoor Ideas
1) Quinoa Porridge with nuts and seeds
2) Freekah (فريكة) (Green roasted wheat) porridge with homemade (salt free) zaa’tar, pumpkin seeds and steamed pumpkin/sweet potato
3) Brown rice, red lentil and arugula salad
4) Brown rice and red lentil porridge topped with arugula
5) Amaranth porridge with chia seeds and acai powder
6) Barley porridge topped with almonds and dried figs
7) Sweet vegetable millet porridge with onions, carrots, cabbage and pumpkin
8) Hummus with whole wheat (yeast free) griddle bread, carrot sticks and red radishes
9) Ful with whole wheat/spelt or quinoa bread
10) Ful with Arabic sourdough flatbread
11) Toasted Sourdough bread with nut or seed butter and miso soup
12) Chia seed, almond milk and vanilla pudding with sweet potato or pumpkin
13) Quinoa flour pancakes topped with nut butter and dried apricot sauce
14) Homemade Muesli with homemade almond milk
15) Steel-cut or whole oat porridge with almond milk, cinnamon, flax seeds and chia seeds
16) Polenta with toasted sunflower seeds and miso soup with white bean sauce.
EXAMPLES OF LOW GI FOODS
- Organic Corn
- Brown Rice
- Wholegrain breads
- Split Peas
- Navy beans
- Butter beans
- Black-eyed peas
- Organic Eggs (If you eat eggs, eat radishes alongside eggs to dissolve some of the animal fat
- Dried Apricots
- Root vegetables (carrots, turnips, white daikon)
- Sweet potato