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How to do Healthy Iftar

Iftar is the meal served at sunset to break the fast during the Islamic month of Ramadan. It is the evening meal that Muslims partake in after abstaining from food and drink from dawn until sunset as an act of worship and self-discipline. Iftar holds significant cultural and religious importance in Islam, as it symbolizes the breaking of the fast and the communal gathering of family and friends.

Typically, the fast is broken with dates and water, following the tradition of Prophet Muhammad. After consuming dates and water, Muslims perform the Maghrib prayer (the fourth of the five daily prayers in Islam) before sitting down for a full meal. The iftar meal varies widely depending on cultural traditions, regional cuisines, and personal preferences, but it often includes a variety of dishes ranging from soups, salads, and appetizers to main courses and desserts. Family and friends often come together to share this meal, fostering a sense of community and togetherness. Below are some tips that can help you have a healthy Iftar with your family members.

1)Eat slowly and mindfully

After breaking your fast with dates and water, take your time to eat your meal slowly and mindfully. Chew your food thoroughly and savor each bite to aid digestion and also allows you to appreciate the food and the blessings of Ramadan.

2)Include a balanced meal

Your iftar meal should include a balance of carbohydrates, proteins, healthy fats, fruits, and vegetable to ensure that you get the necessary nutrients to replenish your body after fasting.

3)Avoid overeating

It can be tempting to overindulge after a day of fasting, but overeating can lead to discomfort and digestive issues. Start with a small portion of food and wait for a few minutes before deciding if you need more.

4)Hydrate properly

Drink plenty of water and hydrating fluids during iftar to replenish fluids lost during the day. Avoid sugary drinks and optimum for water, herbal teas, or fresh fruit juices to stay hydrated.

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