Fasting is an essential aspect of faith for millions of people around the world and in Africa, but abstaining from food and drinks from sunrise to sunset can be very challenging. Here are 9 foods that will keep you nourished and help you get through your fasting period without damaging your health or wellbeing.
Peanuts and peanut butter are rich in healthy fats and are filled with protein. Peanut butter is loved by athletes, weight loss fans, and anyone who appreciates a delicious breakfast or snack. One of the best things about peanut butter is that it keeps you full for a long time and sustains your body during a long period.
Eat your vegetables! Red, yellow and orange vegetables like bell peppers and carrots contain carotenoids that can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and make the skin look smoother. A variety of leafy green vegetables offers an array of vitamins and minerals that are vital for overall health—and that’s reflected on your face.
Limiting foods to certain hours means you have to be wise about your food intake. Ideally, you want the foods you eat to release energy throughout your fasting, so that you don’t feel starving and sluggish. There is nothing better to eat for slow energy release than whole grains. Brown rice, wholegrain bread and pasta, oatmeal, and other grains should be a mainstay in your diet.
Yoghurt is one of the most versatile food items to enjoy any time and that includes your fasting period. Plain white yoghurt can be used in desserts, turned into delicious ice cream, used as a salad dressing, or for marinating and cooking various proteins. Yoghurt is also high in protein, low in fats and calories, and an all-around fantastic food product to enjoy.
It’s hard to choose just one fruit to include in your diet, so we decided to include the whole group. Fruits are tasty and good for your body all year long, but they become especially valuable during your fasting period. Fruits like bananas and mangoes are highly nutritious and release energy throughout the fasting window, while watermelon, pineapple, and other juicy fruits prevent you from getting dehydrated while you are not eating or drinking.
Salmons contains essential Omega-3 fatty acids the body can’t produce on itself own. They strengthen cell membranes, allowing for a better flow of nutrients and holding water in so your skin looks dewy.
When you are trying to cram the biggest possible amount of food into just one meal during fasting, it can be very tempting to only eat high-calorie, high-fat foods that give you instant satisfaction. However, a much smarter approach is eating lean proteins like beef, chicken, goat meat, and non-fatty fish – they keep you full for a longer time and don’t make you gain weight like fatty proteins.
Coconut Water has been touted as the latest “super food” because of its hydration effects largely due to its electrolyte profile. At 95% water content it’s a sure way to keep hydrated. Consuming drinks with a high electrolyte profile will easily be absorbed at the cellular level resulting in more efficient hydration because your body is getting multiple nutrients it needs from all the electrolytes.
Even when you are limiting the amount of food you eat, you should always watch your protein intake. Protein is essential for all aspects of your health and fitness. If you are looking for the most affordable and easy way to eat as much protein as needed, look no further than eggs. Eggs can be cooked in so many different ways and are so much more budget-friendly than most other protein alternatives that they can easily become your favourite thing to eat
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