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Healthy iftar options
During the month of Ramadan, we tend to lose out on our required intake of calories by fasting throughout the day. And while that has to be compensated for, a common misconception for making up for the lost calories is by overloading the body with various fried foods, as they are a rich source of calories.
According to Nutritionist Shahida Karim, BIRDEM, the food options that are also rich in calories and a healthier alternative to fried foods are sweets and fruit juices. These are also rich in saccharides and are easy to digest. Foods that are deep fried tend to take a toll on the digestive organs, especially when taken on an empty stomach, which is why most people complain of various problems during Ramadan, such as gastric and heart burn, which often occurs due to indigestion.
We tend to take various kinds of fried foods, such as piyaju, beguni, pakora, which are favourites this time of the year, all in one meal. However, a healthier option would be to plan an iftar menu with only one of the above each day. Another Ramadan favourite is the halim, which contains everything from pulses and grains to meat. Simply having a bowl of halim along with a fruit and juice is in itself, a very healthy iftar.
Goals for this Ramadan
Eat, drink and be moderate
Give a taka a day
Call/email your relatives
Forgive and forget
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