5 healthy ways to break your fast

Stay away from high-sugar treats. (Shutterstock)
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Updated 13 May 2020

5 healthy ways to break your fast

DUBAI: The holy month is upon us, and if you are fasting then iftar has become the most important part of your day. But do not dive straight into high-fat, high-sugar foods — make the meal really count.

Start with a drink




Water is key, so start with a glass or two. (Shutterstock)

Hydration should be your No. 1 priority as soon as you are allowed to eat and drink again. Water is key, so start with a glass or two. Think about adding fruit or vegetables for a smoothie, or a scoop of protein powder, to add flavor and get some much-needed quick and healthy calories.

Choose a variety of fruits




Change the fruit every few days to reap the benefits of some diverse nutrients. (Shutterstock)

Stay away from high-sugar treats. Opt for fruits for a much-needed boost of energy and hydration. Dates are the traditional option to break one’s fast because of their high natural sugar and nutrient content, but feel free to swap for mangoes, lychees, cherries, pears or grapes for the same affect. Change the fruit every few days to reap the benefits of some diverse nutrients.

Soup is your friend




Choose from vegetable soups, chicken, beef and bone broths, or miso for a nutrient-dense starter. (Shutterstock)

Start with something simple to avoid dealing with the indigestion of a heavy meal on an empty stomach. As well as being easy on the digestive system, they are another great way to get hydrated. Choose from vegetable soups, chicken, beef and bone broths, or miso for a nutrient-dense starter.

Balance is key




Choose protein-rich foods such as tofu, beans or lean meat to maintain muscle mass. (Shutterstock)

It is important to remember that you are not on a free pass to fill up non-stop on food every night as you will definitely gain weight. Stay away from high-fat fast foods such as cheeseburgers and chips. Choose protein-rich foods such as tofu, beans or lean meat to maintain muscle mass. Fat intake should come from healthy options such as nuts, fish and avocado.

Have some carbs




Add plenty of vegetables to your meal. (Shutterstock)

During the fasting period, the body will use glycogen (stored carbohydrates) for energy and brain activity, so it is important to replace depleted stores. Add plenty of vegetables to your meal as well as a healthy side of slow-release carbs such as brown rice, quinoa, wholegrain pasta or sweet potatoes.


New York outshines lead stars in festive season offering ‘Dash and Lily’

Updated 23 November 2020

New York outshines lead stars in festive season offering ‘Dash and Lily’

CHENNAI: The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has proved to be a boon to streaming giants and the usual string of holiday movies and shows have captured a captive audience due to stay-at-home measures still in place in many countries. One of Netflix’s latest offerings in the festive feel-good category is “Dash and Lily,” a series comprising eight short episodes. It is based on Rachel Cohn and David Levithan’s novel, “Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares” and was repurposed for TV by Joe Tracz. In true teenage style, it is a little sweet, a little sour, with laughs and tears along the way. Cynical Dash (Austin Abrams) and bubbling-with-optimism Lily (Midori Francis) find themselves all alone in their respective homes having been abandoned by their parents, who go off on holidays they have been dreaming of for years. The plot kicks off when Dash finds a notebook written by a mysterious girl at his favorite bookstore in New York. What follows is a mad dash across the city as the pair communicate via the little red notebook, leaving it at various spots throughout the city for each other to find. What is more, Dash and Lily find that the notebook helps them discover things about themselves — it becomes a voyage of self-discovery and both realize that had they met face-to-face, they would have never been able to reveal so much. Other characters, such as Lily’s stern grandfather and Dash’s friend who works at the bookstore, add variety to the narrative and they have also been smartly written. While the series offers a novel take on teenage romance, there is not very much that is new or unexpected about the storyline. The performances are nothing to write home about in this saccharine story, but New York, in all its festive season flair (the series was shot in December 2019), stands in as an appealing lead character and will, at the very least, offer travel-starved viewers the chance to enjoy winter in the Big Apple.