Suhoor (سحور suḥūr), which literally translates to ‘of the dawn’ or ‘pre-dawn meal’ is the meal that is eaten in the very early morning, yep, you guessed it, just before dawn or sunrise. During the month of Ramadan this meal replaces breakfast and even though there are some who give it a miss (like me, sometimes!), it is in fact highly recommended to wake up and at least have something small with a cup of water. Considering that suhoor is the only meal you can have until iftar (breaking of the fast time at sunset) it becomes especially important to avoid skipping.
As part of this Ramadan blog series, I’ve asked Hiba Jebeile (Nutrition & Dietetics) to share with us her opinion on the benefits of suhoor, some meal tips to keep you well nourished throughout the day as well as handy recipe links.
In Ramadan, Suhoor really needs to be the breakfast of champions. While it does take a bit of extra effort to prepare meals and wake up that little bit earlier in the morning, there are many benefits to waking up for suhoor including:
- Providing you with the energy and nutrients for the day
- Keeping your metabolism going and helping to prevent Ramadan weight gain
- Removing the need for a second meal or late snack in the evening
Modern diets tend to include processed breakfast foods such as cereals, breads or liquid drinks. Breakfast and in the case of Ramadan, suhoor, should always include a slow release carbohydrate, source of protein or dairy, plus fruits or vegetables. Here are our top picks for your suhoor this Ramadan:
Something to warm up
- You can’t go past leftovers, easy to re-heat in the early hours of the morning and it reduces food waste
- Zataar Scrolls – bake these the night before and simply reheat for 30 seconds in the microwave. You can eat them with labne, tomato and cucumber.
- Ful-Medamas – a Lebanese classic, this will keep you full most of the day
- Veggie omelette made with 2-3 whole eggs, mushroom, spinach and fetta served with some wholegrain toast
- Wholegrain toast topped with:
- baked beans
- eggs, tomato and mushroom
- Ricotta and banana
- Peanut butter
- Avocado, hummus or labne and tomato
- Porridge – a winter classic topped with your favourite combination of fruit and nuts. If using porridge sachets, check the label for varieties with the lowest amount of sugar.
- Overnight oats are the quickest gourmet tasting breakfast you can pre-make, and they last a couple of days in the fridge so you can also save time! These are our favourite flavours:
- Fruit-free muesli with yoghurt and fresh fruit
- Fruit smoothie or smoothie bowl (if you can use a blender), try using papaya for something a bit different – Papaya & Berry Smoothie Bowl
- Chia puddings are a high fibre breakfast option, however take care when having chia seeds during Ramadan as they needs to be eaten with plenty of water, otherwise they can cause you to become a bit blocked up!
We hope to keep updating this post throughout the month of Ramadan with more meal ideas & recipes. So make sure to come back and check it out!
Wishing you the best of luck during this fasting month!