Bring in Ramadan this year with your loved ones with various healthy and balanced home cooked meals with great recipes to choose from. Joumana Dabbagh, Nestlé Middle East’s nutritionist provides you with 6 important tips as to how you could prepare a meal for your family with simplified ingredients.
Ramadan falls at the peak of summer this year. With the summer heat and a daily fasting period of about 15 hours, the changes in eating habits will affect different people in different ways, with the initial days posing a great challenge. However, eating right will give your body the nourishment it needs as well as instill a sense of discipline to adapt to the sudden change in routine and sustain it through the fasting period.
This Ramadan, prepare healthy and delicious dishes for Iftar using MAGGI’s Kitchen Cupboard products made only with familiar ingredients present in each and everyone’s kitchen cupboard . Give preference to products with an intrinsic goodness such as whole grains, legumes and vegetables and to products that have a balanced salt content, so you could offer your family and loved ones healthier and tastier home-made dishes throughout the month. Two examples are the new Chicken Stock with Natural Herbs and the new Oats Harira and Mushroom Soups and the full range of mixes.
Below are also important tips provided by Joumana, to help you better enjoy a healthier Ramadan along with your family:
- Break your fast in a healthy way: Have 3 dates then a glass of laban or water to replenish your body reserves of fluids and minerals. Then have a warm bowl of fiber filled soup, preferably with vegetables to provide you 1 of your 5 a day recommended servings; a fresh vegetable salad, followed by a main meal providing the carbohydrates (around 1 cup of cooked rice) and protein portions (palm size piece of chicken breast of lean meat or fish).
- Cook lighter dishes: Adapt to a better lifestyle with healthy cooking methods such as grilling, boiling, simmering and roasting and add taste to the food you prepare by adding a wealth of colorful vegetables, herbs such as rosemary, zaatar and basil and spices such as cardamom, turmeric and cinnamon…..