I work part-time as a project manager with a construction firm. For a couple of weeks now, my director has not really been with the company physically as he has been on several business trips that take him from Lagos to Dubai.
Whenever he’s not around, work does not go the way it does when he is. Not because we take advantage of his absence but that he does not like to engage his workers in certain assignments when he’s away.
Because our work requires a lot of physical exertion, we have a fixed lunch break which we don’t compromise for anything. However, over the past weeks of Ramadan, on days when our director is around, he doesn’t eat while most other persons in the firm take lunch. Because, he is fasting.
Once, I had a chat with him and discussed his trips, how he got the cheapest flight from Lagos to Dubai on his last trip as well as his eating pattern this Ramadan as he is away from his family.
Our chat went from a brief evening chat to a lengthy one as he revealed what he’s been eating through the season and gave me a gist of how he met a Dubai based chef who shared with him, the best foods to eat during Ramadan, while on a flight from Lagos to Dubai. And, the food blogger in me knew right during the conversation, that I definitely will share this food ideas with my audience. And, that is the essence of my story.
What are the best food to eat during Ramadan?
1. Fruit desserts:
During Ramadan, two main meals are served: suhoor, which is served before dawn, and iftar, which is served after sunset. It is a great and healthy idea to be best friend with fruits during a fast. Serving a recipe with fruit such as fruit salad, fruit cake or fruit pie at iftar is a perfect way to break a fast. Eating fruits at suhoor also keeps the body refreshed for long hours of the day.
2. Leafy and non-leafy vegetables:
Cabbage, cucumbers, lettuce, amaranths and other vegetables are high in fibre and rich in hydrating properties that helps the body feel cool, keep the skin healthy and enable proper digestion during Ramadan.
3. Whole grains:
Although rice is a common staple food, eating brown rice, whole wheat, millet and oats is a better option to white processed rice. These whole grains supply the body with soluble fibre which slows digestion, helps lower cholesterol and blood glucose while supplying energy throughout the fast. Thus, it is best to go for whole wheat bread instead of white bread.
Pulses are rich in iron which help transport oxygen throughout the body and prevent fatigue, shortness of breath and dizziness which could occur during Ramadan because of low food intake. Pulses are also low in calories.
5. Animal products:
Eggs, meats and fishes are high in proteins and most nutritious. They not only help you to stay fuller, but can be made in several ways to suit your taste buds. Yoghurt smoothie or milk shakes serve also, as great source of nutrient which keeps you full and hydrated throughout the day.
Filling the stomach with meals that combine these 5 group of food is highly recommended to stay healthy and strong during Ramadan. Drinking enough water also keeps you hydrated.
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