What to Eat For Suhoor?
Meaning of Suhoor
Suhoor, also called sehur, sehri, suhur and sahari and sahur in other languages, is an Islamic term. It refers to the mean consumed by Muslims before the break of dawn in the third half of the night during the Holy Month of Ramadan. After this, Muslims make the intention to fast throughout the day by reciting a special dua. Fasting during Ramadan does not only mean abstaining from food and drink. It holds a special significance in Islam, as it cleanses the body and mind. If a Muslim repents, all his past sins are forgiven and he is rewarded with countless blessings by Allah (SWT).
Dua for Suhur
بِصَوْمِ غَدٍ نَوَيْتُ مِنْ شَهْرِ رَمَضَانَ
Translation: “I intend to keep the fast for tomorrow in the month of Ramadan.”
Importance of Suhoor in Islam
Suhoor is an important aspect of fasting. It helps us recharge ourselves, to stay active till the sunsets. The Prophet (PBUH) told us about the blessings and virtue of Suhoor in these words: “Have Suhoor for verily there is a blessing in it.” (Abu Dawood). Having suhoor is sunnah and one should have it even if it includes some dates and a sip of water.
What to eat for Suhoor | Recipes, and Ideas
For many cultures and traditions, food is part of that special Ramadan experience, even though you might not be in the mood for a heavy meal first thing after you get up. When it comes to Suhoor, what’s more, important than the quantity is the quality of the meal you have. As the Suhoor meal sets the tone for the rest of the day. Dates are extremely effective in rapidly increasing blood sugars because they are absorbed easily and quickly. This is an approach that is much safer than shifting to fatty foods to normalize blood sugar. Try incorporating foods rich in vitamins and nutrients. Protein-rich foods, such as oatmeal and eggs will make you feel full, fruits and vegetables are also full of minerals that help one feel energized. When you mix nuts with hot milk then that would be a good option because dairy products are very relaxing too. You could also add nuts to yogurt.
“The Prophet (Peace be upon him) used to break his fast with fresh dates before he prayed. If he did not find fresh dates then he would use dried dates. If he did not find that also he drank a few sips of water”. [Ahmad and Abu Dawood].
- Toasts with whole wheat bread, fruit, a choice of nut butter and chia seeds. The perfect healthy mix
- Try these hassle-free oatmeal packets, you could try variations for every week and feed the whole family!
- Smoothies are a great way to get the kids to enjoy their suhoor meal. Also, you always have several options to choose from. Fruits, Nuts absolutely anything that you enjoy!
- Scrambled/Boiled eggs with combinations of vegetables and whole-grain wrap.
What not to eat for Suhoor?
Ramadan Mubarak lasts for 30 days, as much as it is important to know what to eat for suhoor, it is also essential that we avoid certain things. Avoid caffeinated drinks as they only dehydrate you. In addition to this, they also cause insomnia and restlessness.
Plain nuts are safe but do not consume salty nuts, pickles or chips, they create a sodium imbalance in your system. Further, avoid bad or refined carbohydrates such as pastries, donuts, croissants. These foods only last 3 to 4 hours in your system and are very low in important nutrients that the body needs throughout the day.
Abu Huraira related that Rasulullah said: If anyone forgets that he is fasting and eats or drinks he should complete his Siyam, for it is Allah who has fed him and given him drink (Bukhari, Muslim).
Suhoor meals around the world
- Egg Brik (Tunisia) – whole egg in a triangular pastry pocket with chopped onion, tuna, harissa, and parsley.
- Ful Ramadan (Egypt) – a variation on Egypt’s national dish fūl or ful medames, a traditional bean stew made from cooked fava beans with olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic
- Aloo ki Bhujia (Pakistan) – made with spiced potatoes and eaten for suhoor during
Can you skip the Suhoor meal?
Contrary to popular belief, having suhoor does not make one hungrier. Eating Suhoor is Sunnah, so if you miss it, you are not just missing out on rewards but also through yourself through internal issues. Tons of studies show that eating a healthy breakfast equates to better physical and mental benefits, which can help you, function throughout the day.
Also, you are less likely to get the required portion of vitamins and minerals that are critical to helping survive this month. Therefore, look for fiber-rich foods and those that give you a good energy source. You may want to try to prepare suhoor before going to bed so the morning doesn’t need much effort.
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Take Suhoor as there is a blessing in it.” [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]
How to stay healthy and energetic during Ramadan?
Fasting for hours without food or drink makes the body use its storage of carbohydrates and fat to provide energy once all the calories consumed have been used up. While it mostly depends on the weather and length of the fast, people who fast often find themselves feeling mildly dehydrated, tired and have difficulty concentrating. However, if the proper fluid is consumed to replace the ones lost during the day, these effects do not cause any harm.
Those habitual of consuming caffeinated drinks might feel dizzy or tired at first but as Ramadan progresses, the body adjusts’ to going without caffeine the entire day consequently freeing your body from that built up caffeine dependency.
The steps are quite simple, eat moderate suhoor, stick to a health plan, and avoid caffeinated drinks and get a sufficient amount of rest.
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Read About dua for fasting (Here)