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Take Suhour and Be Blessed

Suhour is a morning meal matched by the evening meal of Iftar.

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8 September 2013

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Suhour is a morning meal matched by the evening meal of Iftar. These two meals replace the traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner during the month of fasting. Suhour is an important meal as it sets a person up for the remainder of their day, thus it is of the utmost importance that people who are fasting carefully choose what to eat in the morning.


Nutritionists recommend that the Suhour meal is high in fiber, protein and low in GI (glycemic index)and fat. Eating a good and balanced Suhour meal will increase your energy levels for the day. There are foods that should be included and some foods that should be avoided. We have a list of some of the best foods for Suhour.

It is also important to drink plenty of water during Suhour in order to hydrate the body and prepare it for the fast. This can also be done by drinking tea, such as peppermint tea, without sugar. Hydration is important as it is estimated that this Ramadan the fasting time can be as long as 15hours.


EW has prepared a list of foods that are recommended for Suhour:

  • Low GI High fiber rich carbohydrates such as pumpernickel bread and steel cut rolled oats. When buying bread ensure that the first word in the ingredients is “whole” as this indicates a bread high in fibre. These foods digest slowly and keep you fuller for longer.
  • High fiber fruit and vegetables such as dates, bananas, berries, celery and soy beans. These foods digest slowly and are rich in fibre, anti-oxidants and water.
  • Protein rich foods such as eggs, meat and yoghurt keep you going for longer. Ensure that you poach, boil or bake the food as unnecessary fat and oils will leave you feeling lethargic and bloated.
  • Skimmed or low fat milk is low in GI and can ensure hydration and fullness.
  • Healthy fats is very low amounts can ensure that you are fuller for longer, these are foods like the protein rich salmon or the avocado.

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Avoid the following foods and drinks during Ramadan:

  • Avoid anything that is fried or deep fried or fast food items such as hash browns, burgers, hot dogs ect. These foods will make you bloat and will leave you feeling heavy and lethargic. Opt for home made fresh food instead.
  • Stay away from caffeine, while it may make you feel better and give you the energy to begin your day, caffeine is also a diuretic and will cause you to lose water and feel dehydrated later in the day. Instead of that morning coffee have an apple, as strange as it may sound apples can do wonders to wake you up.
  • Avoid sweets and processed sugar. Sweets will give you a burst of energy and then cause you to crash leaving you tired and unable to concentrate.

EW wishes all their readers a peaceful Ramadan this year.