FYI’s Top Sehri & Iftar Hacks!

If you're looking for ways to stay healthy this Ramzan, read on!

5 Ways to Stay Hydrated at Sehri

Sehri is the most important meal of the day as it keeps us going till Iftar. How to stay hydrated all day in this scorching heat, is always a struggle, right? Well we have five perfect ways at Sehri for you to stay hydrated all day while fasting.

High intake of fluids

It is so important to drink a lot of liquids, particularly water, in light of the extensive stretch of fasting and high temperatures. Having fresh juices of your favorite fruits will also keep you thirst free and full till dusk. But remember, don’t bloat yourself either. Instead, keep a steady pace and drink water and liquids at regular intervals an hour before you keep your niyat.

More dairy products

Plain yogurt, skim milk and cottage cheese are some of the dairy products you can add in your sehri as they mostly consist of water, protein and some significant nutrients and minerals. Mix it up to keep it from getting too boring but yoghurt should definitely be a priority.

Caffeine

It’s highly misconceived that coffee is dehydrating. In order for that to happen, you need a high dosage of coffee per day which is very unlikely in Ramzan. So it’s good news for all the coffee lovers out there – have that cup of coffee in the morning, guilt free!

Fruit salad

Every sehri meal ought to include vitamin filled fruits like watermelon, melons, strawberries, oranges, and apples. 

Water rich vegetables.

Vegetables like cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes and spinach help you with remaining hydrated as they contain a great deal of water. Why not try smoothies for sehri as a tasty option to combat dehydration through the day!

 5 Ways to Avoid Bloating at Iftar

Of course, at iftari everything seems alluring, and obviously, you want to eat it ALL. But what we forget is that our stomach contracts while fasting, so with regards to eating, there’s really not space for much. Despite this, we inevitably end up stuffing our faces anyway. That is perhaps why so many of us tend to put on weight during Ramzan. Here’s some tips on what to avoid so you don’t feel like a total blimp at Iftar!

Fizzy Drinks / Soda: Avoid drinking carbonated beverages, which are typically high in sugar, increasing your chances of getting overweight, and causing bloating and gas, prompting acid reflux. Stick to normal water or fresh fruits juices to extinguish your thirst.

Fried Snacks: We all know Ramzan is incomplete without pakoras and samosas all but they’re the main reason for gastric problems and bloating as having them right after extended period of fasting causes heartburn. We’re not advocating giving them up altogether! Just try to create a balance and not have them too much or every day.

High Sugar Foods: High-sugar food items such as chocolates, ice cream and other desserts ought to be avoided at Iftar. They’re full of calories and will fill you up unnecessarily, leaving no room for actual food. Try and wait a while after Iftar and satisfy that sweet craving instead. And better yet, try and avoid giving in to that craving on a daily basis.

Junk Food: We’re talking chips, noodles, pasta, burgers – yes, all the good stuff. With your body getting food after 15-16 hours, the first meal should not be that heavy on carbs and starch as it will drain all your energy and bloat you up in no time. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t indulge. Again, it’s all about balance. Set yourself days where you treat yourself to your favourite junk food but alternate it with healthier, ghar ka khaana.

Caffeinated Drinks: Unlike sehri, having coffee or tea right after iftari or during iftari will increase your appetite and also results potentially – long term, in increased headaches. Try and give it a break instead. Let some time elapse after you have eaten, and then go for that cuppa. Or, if you are really brave, swap out caffeine altogether for perhaps a fresh lemonade or some such.