While very little is unfortunately known about Muslims and the holy month of Ramadan, more and more Americans are finally going beyond the biased headlines and learning more about the traditions their Muslim brothers and sisters.
The holy month of Ramadan is a time of self-reflection, prayer, fasting, and sacrifice for Muslims and it will begin on August 21, 2009.
Fasting can be tough during Ramadan and it’s important to get the right nutrition at night and in the morning. This article will focus on the best ways to break the fast at night.
Best Foods to Break a Ramadan Fast at Night
After fasting during a long summer day, the first thing a body needs during Ramadan at night is water. Consuming too much salt and not enough water can leave a person in danger of kidney stones.
The traditional Muslim way to break a fast during Ramadan is with a few dates and those are fine, but dates should be the only dried fruit eaten if possible.
Fresh whole fruits contain lots of water and can add to the feeling of being full so as not to overeat and raise the blood sugar too much during Ramadan.
Read about the best foods to stay and keep full, such as fresh, delicious fruits and why they help in this article.
Protein should also begin working its way into the “breaking the fast diet” at this point after some fruits and also a glass of water are consumed.
The Greek yogurt offered by Fage and/or Oikos as described in this article can be a fantastic way to add much-needed protein to a Ramadan/Iftar (fast-breaking dinner) appetizer. The Greek yogurt also has a fairly high water content as well and fits many Mediterranean cooking palettes as a useful ingredient for many recipes.
Other foods to break a fast at Ramadan with include soups and vegetables. Nuts and seeds and other sources of non-meat protein like beans are also good choices to work into a fast-breaking meal.
Some whey protein, preferably all-natural and free of artificial sweetners, might also be a great idea for fast-breaking because it delivers much-needed protein straight to muscles to prevent them from being consumed by the body for fuel. Find out more about fast-absorbing protein sources at this link.
Once the fast is broken for Ramadan the stomach can be given a little extra time to heal itself and then the main meal can be consumed.
Ideally, the meats and carbs will be kept to a reasonable amount and more vegetables and fruits will be consumed along with the main course.
With that in mind, Muslims should enjoy the holiday and non-Muslims should take the time out to read up on Ramadan traditions and to get to know their neighbors.
Don’t let the media or the government become a divisive in your life. Their goal is often to divide us and to pit people against each other who oftentimes know very little about each other’s way of life.