It’s the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, the holy month of Ramadan when all Muslims all over the globe fast during the daylight hours for 30days.
Though not being a Muslim, I indeed love Ramadan especially the Sallah meat part. Quite like a guy who has this thing I would call “Longer Throat” but really, I do love Ramadan.
Basically, Muslims do not eat during daylight hours while taking part in the fast but they do eat something at a particular given time.
Seriously, what were you thinking?
They just can’t stay without food or water for a whole month. It’s very impossible cause they do need energy to work and do other daily activities especially staying alive.
That energy needed can only be gotten from food and nowhere else except that person is an alien from another planet if really alien do exist.
Before dawn they do eat just one meal (the ‘suhoor’ or ‘sehri’) and another after sunset (the ‘iftar’). Also, meals served during this period are usually the types that are easily digested while providing the necessary energy during the fasting hours e.g. food rich in carbohydrate for energy, healthy fats and oils for energy also and protein for body building as well as energy too (a good substitute when carbohydrate and fats and oils aren’t available).
Food Eaten At Sunset (The Iftar)
This goes with fruits first followed with a nice heavy main course meal more like the combination of lunch and dinner.
Though eating the fruits, there is a break for prayer and after that comes the Starter, then main course meal and if the belly permits, Dessert.
The fast is broken with some dates and a strict diet of raw vegetables, fruits, fruit juices and water. This allows time for the digestive system to prepare itself for the iftar.
Foods eaten at the iftar are mainly foods which contains some natural sugars, low fats, and fluid-rich food with drinks (especially energy drinks with little sugar) to step down everything.
Below are examples of the foods eaten;
- Dates – traditionally eaten by Muslims to break the fast due to their rich content in natural sugars for energy and minerals like potassium, copper and manganese, also they are a great source of fibre.
- Masa – a popular snack in the northern part of Nigeria generally eaten by the Hausa. It’s more like the usual puff-puff though the batter is made slightly watery unlike puff-puff batter and not as sweet as puff-puff.
- Boiled plantain eaten with vegetable sauce
- Fried Chicken
- Fruit Salad
- Plantain Mosa
- Yam peppersoup
- Cous Cous
- Grilled fish
- Rice dishes
- Kunun Zaki and lots more.
Foods Eaten Before Dawn (The Suhoor)
It is well advised that you do take more of fluid food and drinks to enable you stay hydrated for the day ahead and again go for starchy foods for energy.
Food high in fibre or wholegrain varieties are much needed as possible cause these help you feeling fuller and can aid digestion quicker, helping in preventing constipation.
Examples of these particular foods are;
- Oats – these are wholegrain and are best prepared as porridge due to its liquid content. As I earlier mentioned, you need to be well hydrated.
- Danwake – is a meal made from cooked balls of dough made from bean flour and kuka powder (ground baobab leaves). Best source for protein and vitamin C as well as other nutrients.
- Tapioca + milk (Kpokpo garri)
- Agidi jollof
- Pap (koko or akamu)
- Corn bread
- Kose (akara)
- Egg and bread
- Moi moi e.t.c.
Most of the above mentioned foods are basically what we do eat as breakfast on a normal day. Very simple to prepare and it makes your day more like a normal day.
I know Ramadan started 6th of May and now we are the 20th of May. 2 weeks gone and I’m really sorry for not coming up with this article sooner but we still got another 2 weeks on our side before the fast is finally broken and the celebration of ‘Eid-ul-Fitr’.
Also, don’t forget to stay healthy and hydrated during this fasting and please do add me in your prayers. I will so grateful if you do.
Again, Happy Ramadan to you all!!