So you had your first suhoor eh? Did you
a) Stay up late and take your time eating like a boss or
I’ll admit I did catch some shuteye and ended up waking minutes before the Athan (call to prayer) this morning so was forced to reenact the chase scene from one of my favorite action movies. Unfortunately I’m not blessed with silky hair donned by Tom Cruise, and my beard does cause for poor aerodynamics. All this including the groggy look, I give myself a B-action flick at most. With no minutes to spare I mixed up the following concoction.
Vital Laban + Whey Protein + Berries
I also downed 0% Fat Greek Yogurt, Banana and some Water just before the call to prayer sounded.
You have about 16 hours of daily fasting this time round so you really need to start on the right track. Many have the misconception that you need to fill yourself up to the brim before the fasting starts but that is extremely counterproductive! Your hunger mechanism kicks in every 3 hours regardless of how much you’ve eaten. This is one of the main reasons why athletes eat often to keep their metabolism revved up.
For Suhoor don’t go for foods covered in salt like Fish(Ghabga people I’m looking at you). The sodium is going to end up making you even MORE thirsty during the day.
The Greek Yogurt/and Laban I had last night are excellent sources of protein and both are low in fat. If you add the berries into the mix (great source of fiber) I still feel satisfied and its an hour before we get to break the fast right now.
- Yogurt (Greek Yogurt is my favorite)
- Laban (Go for Vital as it has added benefits)
- Fool (Fava beans)
Stay away from:
- Fried foods
- Salted Fish
- Ilgaimat (I saw you sneak some out of the ghabga to take home for your ‘mom/kids/puppy/self’. Who the HELL EATS ILGAIMAT AT 3 OCLOCK IN THE MORNING?!
If you want something light and soothing go for more of the yogurt based options I’ve outlined, but If you wanna shut that grumbly belly up then make sure you hit the oatmeal and fool/chickpea combo up
Remember you are gearing up for the day ahead. Make sure your tummy is well equipped to suppress the ‘grumpy-at-work-itus’
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