We all live in the fear of waking up and realising that we’ve missed all 15 alarms set to wake us up in time to enjoy a nourishing sahur (pre-dawn meal for those not in the know). Unfortunately, it can happen to the best of us. So what do you do when you’re in a tight spot? Do you risk starving yourself all day long, or do you admit defeat and strike today’s fasting off the calendar? With five minutes left for sahur, there’s so many quick meals that you can whip up.
Fret not, for we have a few ideas that should do the trick and fuel you right up.
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Almost all Muslim households have a stock of dates during Ramadhan. If you’ve hit snooze one too many times, then this is your safest bet. Dates contain natural sugars that can give you that boost of energy. They’re a significant source of fibre, providing the body with long-burning energy.
The precious minerals found in dates assist in bodily function. Copper helps with the creation of red blood cells while eradicating free radicals. Manganese plays a role in metabolising amino acids, cholesterol and carbohydrates, and in regulating your blood sugar level.
Granola and Yoghurt
Whipping up one of these would take no time at all!
Calorie-dense granola, when coupled with high-protein yoghurt, will easily get you through the day. Similar to dates, high-fibre ingredients in granola extend digestion time. This can help you feel fuller for longer periods, all the while keeping your appetite in check.
Yoghurt achieves the same effect, but instead of fibre, it’s the protein that’s doing the work. Getting enough protein should be your priority when you have five minutes left for her. Compared to other yoghurt variants, Greek yoghurt appears to be the best choice, according to an article by Healthline. It can supply the body with a whopping 11 grams of protein per 100 grams of yoghurt.
Toast with Peanut Butter, Banana and Honey
Toast, but let’s give it a little pizzazz. Pair it with all-natural peanut butter, some slices of bananas and a drizzle of honey. There you have it, a meal that’s not only quick but decadent too!
The peanut butter adds a healthy layer of protein into the mix, while the banana provides fibre and all sorts of antioxidants that the body needs. To sweeten the deal, honey is a potent prebiotic, nourishing the good bacteria that live in the intestines.
Did you know eggs are some of the most nutritious foods on the planet? Well, now you do!
Similar to our other suggestions, eggs are rich in protein. Including this in your sahur meal plans will allow you to feel satiated for longer. And you’ll never get bored with it, what with all the ways you can serve it. Boil it, poach it, scramble it—you’ll bring something new to the table every day.
Nothing like a good smoothie to perk you up in the A.M.
Highly customisable, there’s definitely a super smoothie recipe out there that will be right up your alley. If you intend on having multiple days of sahur with the liquid goodness, remember to stash away some chopped bananas into the freezer. It will give any smoothie creation a creamy texture.
When deciding on complementing ingredients, take into consideration the foods that will give you more mileage satisfaction-wise. Add ice and milk, throw them all together in a blender, and in under five minutes you will have a healthy sahur meal.
Oats are one of the healthiest grains on Earth. This gluten-free whole grain is an incredible source of vital minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. It hosts an abundance of beta-glucan, a soluble fibre that increases the sensation of fullness and populates the digestive tract with good bacteria.
Similar to the smoothies, there are a million and one ways you can tinker with the recipe. However, this takes a little more premeditation. After five minutes of mixing the ingredients, pop them into the chiller in an airtight container for a minimum of five hours. Do this before bed, and you’ll wake up to a breezy sahur.
Combine it with chocolate, fruits, nuts and butter of your choice and voilà, a hearty meal.