Suhour is a meal that is the symbol of your heartwarming act of worship and one that is your source of your energy all through the day.
Why Suhour is so essential:
It gives you strength and vitality: It’s the body’s primary source of energy during a Ramadan day, especially if the meal is rich in slowly absorbed carbohydrates. Suhour makes fasting easier and tolerable.
It helps prevent nausea and headaches during the fasting hours, by regulating the level of sugar in the blood.
It reduces thirst during the day.
It makes digestion easy and efficient.
It helps cover nutritional needs, when it is balanced and includes a variety of food.
Here are some useful tips to make it healthier:
The meal should contain all the nutrients needed by the body (proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals) and have easily digestible foods so that it doesn’t cause any stomach discomfort.
Drink sufficient water to avoid feeling thirsty during the fasting hours.
Avoid salty foods such as pickles, olives, salted nuts and canned food. Also avoid ‘heavy’ desserts such as kunafa and baklava, fatty and fried foods, and spicy foods, which increase thirst.
Light sweets such as puddings, mouhallabia or rice pudding can be consumed during Suhour as it gives a feeling of fullness and provides the body with energy and sugar needed when you are fasting, thus preventing you from feeling tired during the day.
What you should eat at Suhour
A balanced and varied Suhour should provide the body with all the essential food groups (bread and cereals, milk and dairy products, meat and legumes, fruits and vegetables):
Complex carbohydrates: Equivalent to one cup of rice or spaghetti, two slices of bread, ½ loaf of Arabic bread or one bowl of whole-grain cereal
Protein: Equivalent to 4 cheese slices, 60 grams of meat, two eggs, one small plate of labneh or 1 cup of legumes (such as fava beans)
A fresh fruit
One glass of milk or yoghurt
What should I give my children at Suhour?
Children who are fasting can be served eggs or cheese, bread, dates, 1 teaspoon of honey and milk during this meal; these foods contain B vitamins, calcium, proteins and carbohydrates, which activate digestion and provide the child with the energy needed for fasting.
Can I have the Suhour meal at midnight?
The best time to have Suhour is before dawn. Although this may involve waking up earlier, it will ensure that your body benefits from the nutrients and energy provided by the Suhour meal for longer hours during the day.