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What I Eat at Suhoor for Energy During Ramadan

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Every year, I travel back to my beautiful home country of Malaysia to be with my family. I wish to share my experience with readers!

A look at what to eat to stay energized during Ramadan.

A look at what to eat to stay energized during Ramadan.

What Is Ramadan?

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. This period is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, meditation, kindness, devotion, and alms towards the unfortunate. Fasting during Ramadan means that there is no eating or drinking between sunrise and sunset.

A New Challenge

I must admit that my first time observing Ramadan in the United States was quite a challenge. As we approach the summer months, the days become longer and the nights become shorter. The first week of fasting was the hardest because I had to adjust my schedule to wake up early for my pre-dawn meal, which is known as suhoor. On average, my fasting lasted around 16 hours.

Personal Experience

We all have different diets. We all have a different approach when it comes to staying fit and healthy. A few years ago, after I moved to the United States, I changed my daily routine. I began exercising and eating healthy food.

During fasting, I chose to skip exercising and focus on eating healthy. This was done to maintain energy during the day. Some people believe that consuming a large amount of food might boost your energy during the day, but this is not completely true. Based on my experience, eating large quantities of food during suhoor made me feel tired and sleepy throughout the day.

Where I Get the Energy

I typically eat healthy food and take some supplements throughout the day. This includes oatmeal, oatmeal biscuits, fruit bars, hydration multipliers, vitamin C, and honey. All of these items are essentials in my pantry. Based on my experience, these foods have helped me stay hydrated and energized throughout the day. So I figured I should continue eating these foods for suhoor throughout the fasting month. As much as I love coffee, I decided to switch to water and caffeine-free tea during fasting.

Let's see the full list.

1. Oatmeal

Oatmeal is one of the best things to eat during suhoor. It gives me more energy throughout the day. We all know that oatmeal is a comforting and nutritious breakfast that somehow feels indulgent. If it is plain oatmeal, I like to add fresh fruits such as blueberries and strawberries. This will make the oatmeal very filling, and it could potentially help you lose weight.

2. Fruit Bar and Oatmeal Biscuit

If I feel a little lazy to get up early for suhoor, I choose to eat something that is quick and easy, such as a fruit bar or oatmeal biscuit. Did you know that Nature's Bakery fruit bar is made from real fruit and whole grains? It's 100% plant-based, dairy-free, nut-free, vegan, and kosher. This fruit bar is one of the best foods for my suhoor because it's rich with energy, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber.

Liquid I.V, or hydration multiplier, is a great addition to my suhoor.

Liquid I.V, or hydration multiplier, is a great addition to my suhoor.

3. Hydration Multiplier

I take a hydration multiplier after my daily workout. In particular, I take Liquid I.V., which contains B vitamins to give you a boost of energy. However, I have decided to continue taking one sachet during suhoor, and it works great! During the day, I feel more focused and less fatigued. My energy level feels enhanced.

4. Energy Booster

Did you know that ginger and lemon shots are a great way to start your day? Energy boosters are a popular wellness beverage that may provide health benefits. I decided to try an immunity boost when I wanted to do more physical work during the day. I definitely felt great and less fatigued throughout the day.

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5. Caffeine-Free Tea and Honey

I am an avid coffee drinker. Surprisingly, I had no problem omitting coffee during the fasting month. I decided to turn to caffeine-free tea and pair it with honey. It's the best combination. While tea has less caffeine than coffee, it does provide a sense of calmness inside you.

6. Dates

When I was young, my mother would encourage me to consume a few dates during the pre-dawn meal so that I wouldn't feel tired throughout the day. It is true that dates are high in fiber and can be a good source of quick energy. Did you know that these sweet fruits have many health benefits? Dates may help relieve constipation, control cholesterol levels, and support a healthy pregnancy.

7. Water and Fruits

Water is an essential element in our lives. During suhoor, I make sure to drink at least three or four glasses of water. Your body uses water in all its cells, organs, and tissues to operate. It's important to hydrate by drinking fluids and eating foods that contain water, such as pineapple, oranges, and watermelon.

© 2020 Liza

Comments

Liza (author) from USA on August 04, 2020:

Yes, it is, Peggy. Two years ago, my husband bought to try during our long trip. It helps to hydrate your body. I also mix into a water bottle and drink it after my workout or outdoor activity. They sell on their website but, we've got a good deal at Costco.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 03, 2020:

Thanks for showing us how you cope through the month of Ramadan. Many of the foods you mentioned are nutritious. I had never heard of a hydration booster. Is it something that you mix with water?

Liza (author) from USA on May 04, 2020:

Yea, observing the Ramadan here is definitely harder than I thought. However, I'm doing good so far. I'm sorry to hear you can't find the items I mentioned at your place. I hope some of them will be showing up at your nearest store.

Liza (author) from USA on May 04, 2020:

For sure, Rachel. I hope they will make you feel better :)

Liza (author) from USA on May 04, 2020:

You're welcome, Linda :)

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 04, 2020:

I had some idea about Ramadan and fasting but its great to know how you cope with it. Thanks for sharing. By the way, none of the things you take are available at my place.

Rachel Alba on May 04, 2020:

Hi Liza Thanks for the tips on energy foods. I could certainly use them.

Blessings to you.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 03, 2020:

This is an interesting article. I've known about Ramadan for some time, but I've never heard of suhoor before. Thank you for sharing the information, Liza.

Liza (author) from USA on May 03, 2020:

@Char Will do!

Char Milbrett from Minnesota on May 03, 2020:

Just Google oatmeal cookies for an exact list of ingredients.

Liza (author) from USA on May 03, 2020:

Thank you, Char. Your recipe for the oatmeal is something new for me. However, I don't mind giving it a try. I always welcome good diet tips! Thank you for the recipe.

Liza (author) from USA on May 03, 2020:

You're so right, Liz. Eggs also good for breakfast. Actually, I had eggs for my pre-dawn meal today. I heard about porridge before but, I never really tried to make my own. Maybe I should put that on the list. Thank you for sharing your tips as well.

Char Milbrett from Minnesota on May 03, 2020:

Good luck on all of that. I love dates. I like my oatmeal mixed with raw egg,sugar, flour and chocolate [and dates as well], and baked at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.

Liz Westwood from UK on May 03, 2020:

I also would have put oatmeal at the top of the list. In the UK porridge is know as a filling dish that also gives a slow release of energy to keep you feeling full for longer. I mix mine with a banana each day for a filling breakfast. I have also heard it said that eggs at breakfast work well. After a big hotel breakfast I usually find we don't need to eat much until the evening. Thanks for sharing your dietary tips.

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