You know it’s Ramadan when your energy is at an all-time low and you feel like an autumn tree almost all the time. If your office hours have turned into unbearable centuries and the rumbling in your stomach has started to sound like someone is throwing heavy furniture off a staircase, maybe it’s time to reassess your post Iftar meals. While we all dart towards the one thing we had been craving the entire day, here are a few super foods that will not only be good to your taste buds but to your body as well.
Dark Chocolate: Did I hear Muslim Ummah saying “awwwyes” because I sure did. Dark chocolate is a natural energy booster. Make sure you pick up the least processed one with teeny tiny bit of sugar (75% or more if you’re not weak at heart!). The more processed and more sugary the chocolate, the more unhealthy it is. Dark chocolate will give you an instant hit of energy, not to mention an instant uplift to your otherwise exhausted and tired senses.
Chia Seeds: Did you know “Chia” is an ancient Mayan word for ‘strength’? Need we say more? This superfood is packed with the goodness of Fiber, Protein, Fat, Calcium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2 and so many more nutritional goodies. Trust this bubbly little superfood to give you an instant hit of energy when added to your fruit chaat or Rooh Afza.
Peanut butter: Not the first thing you think of when we say Ramadan but trust us it is one delicious nutrition-packed superfood that can keep you full and healthy during the month of fasting. Loaded with Peanut Butter heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, Magnesium, Vitamin B-6 and iron, this earthy, nutty spread is good for your taste buds and your health. Mix it with milk or spread it on a toast to treat your body that is already working overtime in Ramadan.
Bananas: These bad boys are a powerhouse of nutrition with carbs, potassium, magnesium and a plethora of vitamins – all of which your body is screaming for during Ramadan. Have it with honey at Suhoor or chug a glass of banana milkshake at Iftar, bananas are really nutrition on serious steroids and your body, skin, hair and basically every pore on your body will thank you.
Lazy girl’s guide to eating healthier
When it comes to eating healthy, many of us are plain lazy. There are no words to describe it. It’s like you want to improve your health but you don’t necessarily want to put in the hard work that’s required. The good news is, eating healthy doesn’t have to be complicated. Just swap your everyday junk food for these delicious, guilt-free superfoods, and get a step closer to living a healthier lifestyle.
Dark chocolate is a natural energy booster packed with antioxidants and rich, authentic taste. Make sure you pick up the least processed one with a teeny tiny bit of sugar (75% or more if you’re not weak at heart!). The more processed and sugary the chocolate, the unhealthier it is.
Did you know “Chia” is an ancient Mayan word for ‘strength’? Need we say more? This superfood is packed with the goodness of Fiber, Protein, Fat, Calcium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine), and Vitamin B2. Trust this bubbly little superfood to give you an instant hit of energy when added to your fruit bowl or cereal.
Bananas are a great pick-me-up superfood to snack on after a long exhausting day. Chug a glass of banana milkshake in the evening, or mix it with some cereal and milk, for an instant energy boost. It’s quick, easy to make, and full of rich nutrients that help you refresh! Got more super food ideas? Share them with us in the comments below!
Matcha Tea – New Fad or Superfood?
Dubbed the elixir of longevity, Matcha tea is what makes the Okinawans live to be 100 (yes, Okinawa, Japan has the most number of living centenarians). Although it has been around for more than eight centuries, this grassy green tea has become a staple on every fitness enthusiast’s Instagram visual feed much recently.
Before you decide on whether you should jump the Matcha Tea bandwagon (or not), let’s give you a lowdown of all the incredible health benefits this antioxidant powerhouse has to offer.
If you’re weight watching, Matcha Tea can help you burn those calories four times faster than your basic brew. It improves the metabolism and helps burn fat – sans the terrible side effects of synthetic health supplements and detox drinks.
Matcha Tea gets its brilliant green color due to the high chlorophyll content that is great for detoxing. Just one cup of Matcha Tea every day helps you get rid of harmful chemical toxins and free radicals (but don’t overdo it).
Rich in Antioxidants
Matcha Tea is also rich in skin-loving and cancer-fighting antioxidants called polyphenols and catechins that boost immunity and give skin a youthful appearance.
If Monday blues really get to you, start your day with a cup of warm Matcha Tea. Certain antioxidants present in this tea help boost concentration and improve memory.
Strengthens the Immune System
In addition to all the amazing health benefits Matcha Tea has to offer, it is packed with the goodness of vitamins A & C, protein, calcium, iron, and potassium that promote overall health.
Fancy a cuppa?