In just over a week, millions of Muslims all over the world will observe the month of Ramadan. A holy month that lasts up thirty days and asks devotees of the Islamic faith to observe a fast from sunrise to sunset.
What goes down after a fast breaks is a feast. Big fat juicy Medjool dates sit on platters next to ice cream flavoured milk, beside that you will find a spicy fruit salad, stewed meats, steaming hot rice and a dozen other savoury varieties not to mention the desserts.
There are many health benefits to intermittent fasting, one study reports that in just three days you can regenerate your entire immune system. But lets face it, in most cases, Ramadan is just an all out food fest with tons of deep fried food that pretty much eliminates any chance of that.
For most people, the month of Ramadan means a day of starvation and a night of gluttony. I’ve been there, who doesn’t love the evocative scent of pakoras and aloo samosas frying away while clock watching those last few agonizing minutes until the sun goes down and one can finally eat all that delicious smelling food?
So here is the thing, I’m all for willpower and eating well but there is no way I’m telling people who have been starving all day to skip their favourite foods. Just maybe don’t go too crazy, because as much as we wish it was, eating deep fried food everyday isn’t great for your body. Or why not skip the oil and try this amazing baked pakora recipe from Melissa Baker at UpBeet? Or how about these fully loaded samosas from My New Roots?
I do think it is important to compliment the necessary indulgences with some healthy food too. It is after all an entire month, if you balance it out by including more plant based food that is also nutrient dense you will not only be able to enjoy your favourite treats but feel awesome instead of bloated and sluggish.
Here are some healthy tips and delicious recipes from some amazing food bloggers and nutritionists who always inspire me to eat well with their beautiful food and approach to health.
Davida Kugelmass creator and writer of The Healthy Maven says her main tip is to focus on getting in at least one colourful meal a day.
“The more colours, the better! Eat the rainbow and you’ll be surprised how awesome you feel.”
Her food is like finding a pot of gold at the end of that rainbow. Check out her raw key-lime pistachio bites made with yummy dates.
One way you could discover healthier recipes during Ramzaan this year is with Google. Lynsey Walker, girl boss at Lynsey Loves Food says that with so much access to recipes, being able to cook amazing food has never been easier.
For people fasting, Sarah Berneche founder of Sarah Bellum recommends some healthy fats and protein most definitely, as well as a complex carbohydrate like sweet potato.
The combination will help to balance blood sugar and endure much longer than a high-carb meal because these macronutrients take longer to digest. They’re also required for a host of bodily processes.
Most of the meals and recipes she posts on Sarah Bellum fit the bill, but I’m just a little bit obsessed with her stuffed sweet potatoes, perfect any time of the day so Sehri and Iftar made yummy and easy!
If there is one thing Michelle Tirmandi, founder of Michelle Nutrition has learnt in her career as a nutritionist, it’s the small steps that seem to work best.
Starting with small simple dietary changes leads to bigger change which then leads to an even bigger change. Eventually, over time, all of those small changes add up to one big lifestyle change!
So how about kicking off your Iftar with something green and nutritious, like a refreshing detox smoothie?
Have we whet your appetite? Good, because I’ll be sharing more awesome posts like this to help you glow inside out throughout Ramadan.