Ramadan recipes

DELICIOUS RECIPES FOR RAMADAN

This Ramadan, eat healthy to stay healthy.

Make Ramadan 2015 a healthy one with our wide range of recipes to break your fast. Plan your Iftar and Suhoor easily with our exhaustive range of delicious yet healthy recipes for main courses, appetizers and desserts. These delicious dishes will add variety, color and nutrition to every meal during the month of Ramadan.

Get your daily dose of nutrition tips to ensure healthy eating throughout this month and all the way to the magnificent feast on Eid-Ul-Fitr.

Tip One

Leeks, like garlic and onions, belong to the Allium vegetables. These vegetables are known to have anti-bacterial properties. Leeks are a source of folate, iron and vitamin B6.

Tip Two

For good health and weight control, prepare lighter Ramadan sweets at home by using low fat milk or cream and a moderate amount of sugar and oil, and bake them instead of frying them!

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Capers impart a special piquant flavor to your dish while also being low in calories. Did you know that these small flower buds contain many antioxidants with anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties?

Tip Two

To be better organized this Ramadan season, plan your Iftar meals ahead of time. This way you’ll have plenty of time to choose a variety of foods and healthy recipes and prepare an easy shopping list.

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Mulukhiya with Meat is full of iron, an essential mineral for maintaining your energy and vitality.

Tip Two

Don’t skip your Suhour! It helps prevent headaches and gives you strength and vitality for the day which can make fasting easier and tolerable.

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Regular consumption of onions promotes blood circulation

Tip Two

To burn those extra calories and maintain your vitality, stay active by going for a 30-minute walk, when? 2 hours after having Iftar to allow some time to digest your meal.

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An excellent source of healthy protein and heart healthy fats. Aim to have fish 2-3 times a week.

Tip Two

Make healthy and tasty dishes during Ramadan by adopting healthy cooking methods such as grilling, boiling, simmering and roasting. For more taste and flavor, add a wealth of vegetables, herbs and seasonings.

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A famous cheese from Italy, ricotta adds a unique texture to your dish while also providing your body with calcium for strong and healthy bones.

Tip Two

8 glass of water everyday also in Ramadan! Distribute them in small quantities so you don’t to feel bloated.

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Cooked Zucchini is very low in calories and high in fiber. Great for a healthy digestion!

Tip Two

Do you feel full quickly at Iftar meal ? You can delay your main dish till after the Maghreb prayers, to allow some time to digest the dates, soup and salad.

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Green leafy vegetables like Rocket leaves are rich in vitamins and minerals for healthy looking skin and hair.

Tip Two

A moderate traditional Iftar is key to health! Start up with 2 dates, then a glass of water or laban, followed by a bowl of soup, a salad and then the main course.

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Prawns are considered an excellent source of vitamin B12 and a convenient source of iron and zinc.

Tip Two

Have your small piece of sweets 2 to 3 hours after Iftar! If you eat it immediately after your meal, it may cause a delay in digestion and fluctuations in blood sugar level, making you crave more sweets!

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Walnuts are a great source of heart healthy omega-3 fats which help lower triglycerides and high blood pressure and increase the good cholesterol.

Tip Two

You also need 3 meals during Ramadan- Iftar, a late night snack and souhour! This will help prevent continuous eating during non-fasting hours and meet your nutritional requirements for essential nutrients.

Tip One

Make the healthy choice! When choosing your meat, always make sure to get it as lean as possible. High fat meat is rich in saturated fats which are known to increase cholesterol levels.

Tip Two

Although typical Ramadan beverages like Jellab and Qamr il Deen are a good source of sugar and some vitamins, they are high in calories, so have them in moderate amounts and alternate them with fresh juices or laban.

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Veal is a lean meat and is an excellent source of high-quality protein.

Tip Two

Still using margarine or ghee in your Ramadan dishes? Change to healthier fats in your cooking such as canola and olive oil in moderate quantities.

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Salmon is a great source of healthy omega-3 fats which help protect against heart problems.

Tip Two

A warm start to your iftar, a bowl of soup will help replenish you body fluids and prepare your stomach for the meal.

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Lentils- a good source of iron! To enhance its absorption, add a squeeze of vitamin C-rich lemon.

Tip Two

Prevent constipation that can happen due to changes in your routine! How? Drink enough water, stay active and eat more vegetables, fruits, legumes and whole grains.

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Red peppers are an excellent source of antioxidant vitamins A and C which help to prevent cancer and diseases related to ageing.

Tip Two

Split your Iftar dish the right balanced way! Fill half of your plate with raw or cooked vegetables, ¼ with meat, chicken or fish and ¼ with rice, pasta, borghul or potatoes.

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Spinach is rich in dietary fibre, which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar and curbs overeating.

Tip Two

Beat thirst this Ramadan! drink plenty of water, avoid foods that are too spicy or salty, and have more refreshing fruits and vegetables!

Tip One

Arabic sweets without semolina are not true Arabic sweets! It's a rich source of carbohydrates and provides you with energy .

Tip Two

For more energy, make sure your suhour is rich in slowly absorbed carbohydrates such as whole grain bread, borghul and whole wheat cereals which help keep you feeling fuller for longer during the day.

Tip One

Only 2 tablespoons of Parsely contain more than our needs for Vitamin K, which plays a role in strengthening our bones and maintaining our nervous system.

Tip Two

Try not to serve fried appetizers such as pastry, samoosa and French fries everyday, as they are high in calories. You can have them in moderate amounts occasionally!

Tip One

Cheddar cheese adds a distinct sharp flavor to your dish and provides you with protein and zinc, essential nutrients for healthy bones.

Tip Two

Do you suffer from headaches and dizziness due to fasting? Replenish your blood sugar level by breaking your fast with 2-3 dates.

Tip One

Like most vegetables, eggplant is naturally low in calories and has no fat. ½ cup cooked eggplant provides only 14 calories. A main benefit of eggplant is its high fiber content. Fibers are known to be beneficial for the gut and heart health.

Tip Two

Having Arabic sweets will not compensate for fruits! So don't forget to have 2-3 servings of refreshing fruits for healthy vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

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A wide array of nutrients in the Beef Roulade dish! From proteins in beef, to antioxidants in raisins and tomatoes, and essential healthy fats in pine nuts!

Tip Two

Be creative in your Iftar salads! The more colorful vegetables and toppings you use, the more nutrients in your salad. Some ideas include walnuts, ground flaxeed, halloumi, lean turkey or crab shavings.

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Broad beans are healthy, as they are a good source of proteins, vitamins, iron and minerals. To help absorb the iron in broad beans, it is advisable to add a source of vitamin C to your dish, for example lemon juice.

Tip Two

Were you physically active before Ramadan? You can still do moderate or vigorous exercises 1 hour before Iftar. Just make sure to drink plenty of water and fluids at Iftar and eat slowly to replenish essential nutrients.

Tip One

Did you know that Pine nuts are nature's only source of pinoleic acid, which is believed to stimulate hormones and help diminish appetite?

Tip Two

For healthier blood pressure and arteries, use smaller amounts of salt in your Ramadan dishes! Worried about the taste? Add an extra pinch of herbs, spices and seasonings.

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Biryani spices contain a wealth of antioxidants and polyphenols which help protect the body against several diseases.

Tip Two

Sticking to one kind of food at Iftar? This may prevent your body from having enough nutrients! Instead vary your food choices in order to take in all the nutrients that your body needs for its proper function.

Tip One

Did you know that Chilie is thought to have anti-bacterial properties?

Tip Two

Feeling bloated after your Iftar? Don’t drink too much fluids with your meal, eat smaller quantities slowly and sip on a warm peppermint or fennel tea 2 hours after your meal.

Tip One

onions not only bring great taste to your dishes, research also shows that they promote heart health

Tip Two

A coffee drinker? You can still enjoy your antioxidant-rich cup at 2 hours after iftar or at suhour.

Tip One

A herb that gives a sweet flavor to your dish, marjoram whether fresh or dreid has a high amount of antioxidants

Tip Two

Make sure to eat your source of proteins on every Ramadan meal! Meats, legumes, eggs and dairy are rich in proteins needed for cell renewal. It also gives feelings of satiety, so you don’t overeat.

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Healthy okra is full of fiber and a good source of vitamin C, folic acid and calcium!

Tip Two

No place for milk in Ramadan? Drink a glass during Suhour or before you sleep. You need this great calcium source for healthy and strong bones.

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Green onions are packed with a good source of antioxidants known to protect against heart disease and cancer.

Tip Two

It’s not only about healthy cooking methods, you also need to start up with low fat ingredients such as lean meat, skinless chicken and low fat milk, cheeses and laban.

Tip One

Low -fat or non-fat versions of yogurt are nutritious, low in sugar and fat content, and rich in calcium. Calcium is a mineral essential for healthy and strong bones

Tip Two

To maintain your vitality during Ramadan, choose nutrient dense foods such as dried fruits and nuts, fresh fruit smoothies, rich salads and vegetable stews.

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