Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day! This is especially true during Ramadan when your body will be relying on that pre-dawn meal to carry it throughout the day. These are some of the perfect meals to whip up for Suhoor to maintain your energy levels throughout the day.
1. Whole Grain Oats
Whole grain oats are an excellent source of carbs, fibre, protein, fat, vitamins, mineral and antioxidants! They also contain large amounts of beta-glucan, a type of fibre which reduces cholesterol and blood sugar, while contributing to that feeling of fullness after you finish your bowl of oats. Eating a protein-rich carb like oatmeal helps your body stay energized as well as delaying those awful hunger pangs that can start up in the afternoon.
2. Scrambled Eggs With Spinach And Cheese (optional)
Eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the planet; packed with nutrients, proteins, healthy fats and essential amino acids; they're the perfect choice for a hearty morning meal. Switch it up by adding a little bit of spinach while scrambling your eggs to add even more essential vitamins to your meal. Topping it all off with some cheese will make for a heavier meal and may keep you fuller, longer.
3. Pre-prepared Breakfast Smoothies
It's hard to get all the fruits and veggies in for the day when you're fasting; one of the easiest ways to do so is by making freezer-friendly smoothie bags. Simply divide up your fruits and veggies into freezer bags, label them, and store them in the freezer. In the morning, add the liquid of your choice, and blend away. (This is also a really great idea if you struggle to actually cook anything in the morning; just toss everything into a blender and go!)
* Some of our favourite combos:
- blueberries + spinach + vanilla greek yogurt
- almond milk/coconut milk + *any* nut butter + 1/2 tsp of cocoa powder
- bananas + strawberries + almond milk
- spinach + pineapple + mango
- kale + unsweetened vanilla almond milk + banana + greek yogurt + pineapple + peanut butter
- berries + almond milk + rolled oats + *pinch* ground turmeric + *pinch* ground ginger + honey
- watermelon + greek yogurt + apples + banana
4. Avocado Toast With Sunny-Side Egg
Avocados aren't just a trendy food; they're nutritious too! Loaded with healthy fats, fibre, potassium and essential vitamins, they make the perfect addition to a toast and can be topped with pretty much anything because of their neutral flavour. Mash an avocado and spread on toast, top with a sunny side egg and finish with salt + pepper.
5. Multi-grain Bagel With A Side Of Fruit And Yogurt
A multi-grain bagel with some almond butter is a filling carb-packed breakfast to keep you energized throughout the day. It's important to note that bagels are very carb-heavy and consuming too many could lead your body to store the extra carbs as fat. However, when you're fasting and burning calories throughout the day without consuming anything, it's best to fuel up in the morning with foods that are a little higher in carbs.
6. Smoothie Bowls
A smoothie bowl is pretty much just an extra thick smoothie served in a bowl and topped with fresh fruits, granola and nuts. By combining greens, fruits and proteins, you can create a healthy and filling bowl that can help you keep your hunger at bay.
* Some of our favourite combos:
- 1/4 avocado + 2 frozen bananas + 1 cup berries + 2 big handfuls of spinach + 1 handful of kale + 1 cup non-dairy milk + 2 tbsp nut butter
- Blend together and top with: roasted sunflower seeds + granola + chopped almonds + fresh berries
- 1 cup frozen berries + 1 frozen banana + 1/4 cup almond milk + 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- Blend together and top with: shredded coconut + chia seeds + hemp seeds + granola + fresh berries
- 1 cup almond milk + 1 cup frozen blueberries + 1/2 cup spinach + 1 tsp cacao powder + 1/4 avocado + 1 scoop brown rice protein + 1 Medjool date
- Blend together and top with: cacao nibs + fresh fruit + granola + cereal + coconut + goji berries