Have you ever felt lazy and lethargic right after an iftar, to an extent that you feel you cannot even move for your prayer? Let us tell you that you are not alone. This feeling of laziness is common among Muslims who observe fasting in the month of Ramadan. This usually occurs because of us eating lots of unhealthy foods like fried fritters and snacks like samosas and pakoras at the iftar meal. But there is nothing to worry about, the number one ranking food and cooking network of Pakistan: sooperchef.pk is here to tell you about the top seven foods that you can incorporate in your iftar meal to ensure physical activeness and eradication of lethargy.

Dates

Breaking the fast with a date has spiritual benefits and it’s a Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) but little is generally known about the physical benefits of eating raw dates. Dates are a great source of fruit sugar and provide you with an instant surge of energy that will help you fend off the lazy feeling. Furthermore, it is loaded with essentials like potassium, magnesium, and potassium that are essential for the proper functioning of the body.

Lentils

One of the easiest and tastiest ways of keeping yourself light is to have some delicious lentils (daal) in your iftar meal. Not only you can make them with any way you like as there are thousands of variants that can be easily prepared, but lentils also help in the reduction of cholesterol and loaded with high levels of soluble fiber. Furthermore, they are packed with protein and improve digestive health and are proven to be great for people who are on a diet and watching their weight.

Raw Fruits

Instead of binge eating all kinds of fried junk like samosas and pakoras, a great way to keep that lazy feeling at bay is having lots of fruits in your iftar. There are countless benefits of eating raw fruits on an empty stomach like fiber, essential minerals and vitamins as well as loads of energy that is very necessary to keep you feeling fresh and energetic. Furthermore, they detox your body and need no preparation time, relieving you of much stress within the rush hours of iftar. Fruit salads are a great way to get some fruits in your system, find the recipe here.

Smoothies

As eating healthy itself is a challenge in the month of Ramadan, smoothies can be the answer to getting all the essential fruits and vegetables in you by grinding them and gulping them down in no time. Smoothies not only provide you with energy but also improve digestion, detox the body and get rid of the harmful chemicals and toxins and are very quick and easy to prepare. Smoothies are specifically great for people who are willing to cut some weight and get in shape this Ramadan.

Juices

Ramadan this year has made its way in the midsummers and there are plenty of juicy fruits that you can peel and crush to make a glass full of nutrition for you at iftar. Fruit juices like watermelon will help you rehydrate and refresh within no time and provide you with a light and easy feeling. So the next time you are preparing to quench your thirst at the iftar table, make sure you moved towards the juice rather than commercially prepared drinks that are nothing more than a load of sugar and artificial flavor.

Yogurt

Who doesn’t like a bowl of chilled and tasty yogurt after a hot day of fasting? Every six-ounce serving of yogurt is loaded with about 9 grams of protein plus there are several other nutrients found in this dairy wonder like calcium, vitamin B-2, B-12, and magnesium. Plus you can top your bowl of yogurt with nuts and seeds of your choice and make it even better!

Strawberries

Berries are natures own version of candy. They are easy on the stomach, have lots of water in them and you can have as many of them as much as you want. Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries etc are also loaded with antioxidants called anthocyanins that perk up our memory, making our mind sharper and also aid the body against cancer. Read more: Foods to Eat At Iftar to Help Regain the Lost Energy during Fasting

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