It’s that time of the year when exhausted is the look everyone is rocking thanks to low level of caffeine, nicotine, carbs, proteins et al. With long fasting hours and the sun blazing like it’s a good day in hell, and while your eimaan is in check, it is very important to keep a check on your food and drink consumption. Fasting for more than 15 hours a day puts a lot of stress on our body and could plunge it into a state of dehydration. As important as H2O is in normal life, it is even more crucial to keep yourself hydrated in Ramadan since your body is 70 – 80% water. Here are 5 tips that can help you feel less dehydrated in Ramadan.
- Consume fruits/vegetables with high amounts of water: Consume fruits and vegetables that contain high amounts of water like green leafy vegetables, celery, tomatoes, bananas, zucchini, cucumber, watermelon, sweet melon, oranges and citrus fruits. Soups, yogurt, and oatmeal also naturally contain water so incorporate them in your Iftar/Suhoor meals.
- Avoid caffeinated drinks: As difficult and almost impossible (for some people) this may sound, cutting down caffeine intake to just one cup after Iftar can help you feel less thirsty during fasting hours.
- Plan your platter wisely: Salty food increases body’s requirement for water making it feel dehydrated quicker whereas liquids with a high concentration of sugar encourage your bladder to perform better, making you feel dehydrated and needing a quick hit of hydration faster than usual.
- Try to keep cool: Avoid the sun like your life depends on it (literally), take cold showers, stay in cool areas, wear loose clothing to avoid excessive sweating and water loss.
- Gym after Iftar: It’s no brainer that when your nutrition is limited, you need to put the brakes on strenuous physical activity. Gym once you have replenished your body with food and water and keep gymming to a minimum to avoid intense energy drain.
Digest O’ clock: Green-Ginger-Mint Tea recipe
Having trouble digesting all the Ramadan goodies? Can’t help but over eat every time you decide to just have one pakora? We might have something that can help you wash away all that guilt and digest your Iftars better. Presenting the unbelievably delicious tea that is surprisingly good for digestion.
What you need:
1 sliver of ginger (washed and peeled)
Mint leaves (according to taste, washed and separated from stem)
Bring one cup water to boiling point. Tear Lipton Green Tea bag and empty the contents into the pot, add ginger and mint leaves. Boil the mixture on low flame until you can smell ginger and mint mix well together. Turn off the flame and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Enjoy hot with honey or cold with extra lemon!
Weight watchers: Low-calorie Iftar ideas
Feeling like your body with implode with all them fried goodies you’ve been binging on? Or are you someone who takes the month of Ramadan as an opportunity to lose a few pounds? Whichever side of the spectrum you fall on we have a few recipes that won’t add up to the numbers on the scale so that you can indulge all you want without compromising on taste.
Zucchini, Onion and Tomato Bake with Low Fat Mozzarella
What you need:
3 -4 zucchini (Tori)
1 -2 large white onion
2 large ripe tomatoes
Low fat Mozarella cheese
Salt and black pepper
Slice onions and sauté in olive oil until they are soft. Then slice zucchini and tomato into thin slices. Take a dish and start layering the vegetables (you should have a minimum of 3 layers). One layer of zucchini, then sautéed onions in olive oil then tomatoes. Sprinkle with low fat mozarella cheese and salt and pepper according to taste.
Keep layering until you run out of the sliced vegetables then top it with a layer of low fat mozzarella cheese (you can go as thick or thin as you want). Bake in 350 oven for about 45 minutes or until brown around the sides and on the top.
Papaya Salad (Som Yam)
What you need:
Small green raw papaya, shredded
2 small tomatoes cut into quarters
4 garlic cloves (you can make it 6 if you want the taste of garlic to pop)
6 red or green chilly
2 Tbsp sugar
3 Tbsp lime juice
2 Tbsp soy sauce
3 Tbsp ground roasted peanuts
Fresh lettuce and chilly for garnish
Put garlic and tomatoes in a bowl and pound a few times to release their juices. Add chilies and crush lightly to release the heat. Remember to crush lightly and make sure the tomatoes and garlic don’t turn into a paste. In a separate cup, dissolve the sugar in a mixture of lime juice and soy sauce. Mix the tomato-garlic mixture with the sweet and sour dressing. Add shredded papaya, peanuts, lettuce to the sweet and sour juice and mix all the ingredients together well. Serve in a shallow bowl and top with garnish.