PREPARING RAMADHAN NUTRITION,Ramadhan Foods, the Good Bad and Ugly

AS SALAAM ALAIKUM  WA RAHMTULAHI WA BARAKTU,

I was shopping down trendy Portobello Road today for my ramadhan menu, you may think I’ll be making all sorts of new weird wonderful dishes…but no! Its been my intention every year to eat healthy and this year inshallah I’m really going for it.

My only indulgence is Pakoras, deep fried, vegetable and chick pea flour batter balls, that are home made and full of carrots, courgettes ,onion and spices.Inshallah I’ll have three after my dates and milk , pray Magreb then eat meat and salad or fish and salads

Staple Islamic food to have in the house all the time are milk, honey and dates.

I also bought organic oats, yogurt, fresh corrainder and parsley for seasoning and marinade(recipe coming soon inshallah), half kilos of cut up chicken and half a kilo of steak mince to make kebab koftas

I have salad in the house and should we run out then inshallah I will buy more

NUTRIONAL BREAK DOWN

Okay, let’s get to the food bit. As the fasting hours  now are at the longest  we need slow digesting, fibre containing  foods which include simple, unrefined carbohydrates that can last up to 8 hours in the body rather than refined carbohydrate which burn up after 3-4 hours. People with irritable bowel syndrome and other illness should consult their doctor or nutritionist for personal diet plan

GROUPS OF  SLOW ENERGY RELEASING FOODS

 Grains and seeds like barley, wheat, oats, millet, beans, lentils, whole meal flour, unpolished rice, brown rice.

FIBRE CONTAINING FOODS

 include bran-containing foods, whole wheat, grains and seeds,  an amazingly highest fibre foods like avocado, beans , chick peas, garbanzo beans, lima beans broccoli,brussels sprouts,cabbage,carrot, eggplant, greens — collard greens, kale, turnip greens,green beans, peas, okra, marrow,  spinach, and other herbs like methie, the leaves of beetroot (iron-rich), fruit with skin, dried fruit especially dried apricots, figs and prunes, almonds.

 

GROUPS OF  FAST ENERGY ENERGY BURNIGN FOODS  TO AVOID

The foods that give you a quick energy high but also bring you down fast and have little nutritional value are white sugar, white flour, white rice.The prophet ,salah la alaihi wa salem NEVER ate white flour.

Narrated Abu Hazim: I asked Sahl bin Sad, “Did Allah’s Apostle ever eat white flour?” Sahl said, “Allah’s Apostle never saw white flour since Allah sent him as an Apostle till He took him unto Him.” I asked, “Did the people have (use) sieves during the lifetime of Allah’s Apostle?” Sahl said, “Allah’s Apostle never saw (used) a sieve since Allah sent him as an Apostle until He took him unto Him,” I said, “How could you eat barley unsifted?” he said, “We used to grind it and then blow off its husk, and after the husk flew away, we used to prepare the dough (bake) and eat it.”  Sahih Bukhari and Tirmidhi

White bread, pancakes, roti, pitta, semolina, cous cous, “normal” pasta are all made from white flour, replacing them with whole meal alternative will benefit you in this life and the next inshallah.

MY BOOK IS AVAILABLE FOR PRE ORDER FROM THE FOLLOWING SITES

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Heavenly-Bites-Karimah-Bint-Dawood/dp/1847740316

http://www.whsmith.co.uk/CatalogAndSearch/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductID=9781847740311

http://www.word-power.co.uk/books/heavenly-bites-I9781847740311/

 

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