Suhoor meal during the holy month is very important as it provides the body with the fuel needed during fasting. It affects your energy levels, thirst and hunger during fasting, blood sugar level, and your digestive system performance.
It is recommended to eat suhoor meal as late as possible and have it right before Fajr or Dawn prayer. It must also be wholesome and include all the food groups, including protein, carbohydrates, vegetables and fruits, and some healthy fats.
In order to get the most out of the suhoor meal, we recommend the following foods:
- Boiled eggs (not fried): eggs is a great source of protein and is absorbed slowly by the body.
- Bananas: they provide the body with energy and minerals and decreases thirst.
- Beans and grains: they provide the body with energy, protein, and fibre and can suppress the feeling of hunger for up to 6 hours.
- Dates: they are a great source of energy, fibres, and high in mineral content including potassium, magnesium, and selenium.
- Fruits and vegetables: they are ideal during suhoor meal as they are rich in water, minerals and vitamins, and fibres.
- Oats: oats are rich in slow absorbing proteins and fibres.
- Dried fruits: they are a good source of fibres.
- Cheese and dairy products (low salt): dairy products that are low in sodium content hydrate the body and help with digestion while providing the body with protein.
There are also certain foods that are bad for suhoor, as they dehydrate the body, increase hunger, and have no nutritious value. We recommend that you avoid those foods during suhoor, and they include:
- Avoid fast food meals as they are high in sodium and saturated fats, and low in nutritious value.
- Salty cheeses.
- Fizzy drinks and boxed juices as they are high in sugar content.
- Coffee and tea as they are diuretic.
- Processed foods, such as white bread and sweets.
- Pickled and canned foods.
- Spicy and sour foods.
The Palestine Hospital family wishes you health and a Ramadan mubarak.