Six satisfying suhoor foods to boost your energy 

Muslims across the world have a pre-dawn snack called suhoor before they begin their day of abstaining from food and drink during Ramadan. (Shutterstock)
Updated 23 May 2018
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Six satisfying suhoor foods to boost your energy 

Muslims across the world have a pre-dawn snack called suhoor before they begin their day of abstaining from food and drink during Ramadan. There are certain foods that go a long way in maintaining your energy levels and ensuring you remain moderately hydrated throughout the long day — something that is especially important when the Holy Month coincides with the hot summer season.

Fruits and vegetables

Having a fruit or vegetable at suhoor is an ideal — and delicious — way to stay hydrated throughout the day. They can help to avoid uncomfortable constipation and are a good source of energy, sugar and fiber. Go for waterlogged veggies, such as cucumbers, to keep your water levels stabilized and remember to keep the skin on as it is a great source of roughage.

Proteins 

Cheese, labneh, eggs and fava beans provide you with energy and delay hunger pangs throughout the day. Meats such as fish, lean beef and white-meat poultry are good options as long as you go for the low-fat ones. It could seem a little heavy to eat such a meal at suhoor, but even a small portion will go a long way in helping you during your fast.   

Complex carbohydrates

Complex carbohydrates are made of long chains of simple sugars. They can be found in whole grain bread and cereals, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, bananas, potatoes, oats, sweet potatoes, vegetables and beans. Eating any of these foods will ensure you don’t get the post-meal crash you would when enjoying simple carbohydrates.

Water

Make sure to keep sipping water overnight to avoid feeling thirsty during the fasting hours. It is also a good idea to avoid salty foods, such as pickles, olives, salted nuts and canned food, during iftar the night before, as well as at suhoor. These will make you thirsty and could leave you feeling bloated.

Milk or yogurt 

Calcium-rich products such as skimmed milk and yogurt aid muscle strength and retain hydration. 

Light sweets 

Light puddings, mouhallabia or rice pudding can be consumed during suhoor as they leave you feeling full and provide your body with the energy and sugar you need when you are fasting. 

 


What We Are Reading Today: Outsiders by Lyndall Gordon

Updated 19 March 2019
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What We Are Reading Today: Outsiders by Lyndall Gordon

  • Gordon’s passion for literature is evident on every page of her book

In Outsiders, Lyndall Gordon tells the stories of five novelists — Mary Shelley, Emily Bronte, George Eliot, Olive Schreiner, Virginia Woolf — and their famous novels.

The five writers are woven together in a narration across time, through their reading and sometimes as role models for one another. 

As a biographer, Gordon has been a visionary herself, mind-reading her way into these figures’ creative processes. 

Gordon’s passion for literature is evident on every page of her book.

The book is split into separate parts, each documenting the lives of the famous female writers.

It is clear throughout that Gordon is in awe of and intrigued by the ‘otherness’ of her subjects. 

“This book really makes one think about just what it takes to be a true ‘reformer’ or for that matter a writer,” said a review published in goodreads.com. 

“Gordon’s biographies have always shown the indelible connection between life and art: An intuitive, exciting and revealing approach that has been highly praised and much read and enjoyed,” it added.

Gordon (born Nov. 4, 1941) is a British-based writer and academic, known for her literary biographies. She is a senior research Fellow at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford.