As a part of my Ramadan Nutrition Series for Masala Mommas, I am sharing a recipe that is a twist on the traditional South Asian dish at the iftar table, cholay chaat. Cholay, also known as chickpeas, are a great food to have at iftar because they are high in protein and fibre, which helps you feel full and satisfied. This also means that you don’t have to give up your traditional South Asian foods if you are trying to eat healthy!
What makes this cholay chaat special is that they are spooned into individual pastry cups made from phyllo pastry. Phyllo pastry provides a crunchy texture so you can pass on the deep fried items. Using phyllo pastry is a lower fat, light alternative to puff pastry or deep fried dough items.
As fancy as this dish looks, it is simple to make! You can make the cholay and the phyllo pastry cups in advance and assemble right before serving. If you don’t want to make the phyllo pastry cups, you can also make the cholay chaat and serve it on its own.
Ramadan is a month in which you increase your acts of worship in hopes to continue these good habits year round. While many people make resolutions when the New Year comes around, Muslims use Ramadan as an opportunity to develop religious resolutions. In addition to forming positive religious habits, Ramadan is the perfect time to build and create healthy habits to last throughout the year. Since you have limited time to eat, making healthier food choices will provide you with more energy and nourishment throughout the day.
Although there are only 10 days left of Ramadan, it is still not too late to incorporate healthy habits! What healthy habit do you plan on starting this Ramadan? Let me know by tagging me @NutritionbyNaz on Instagram and Twitter.
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Ramadan is a time of spiritual reflection and an opportunity to strengthen your relationship with Allah. Although you may know you need to refrain from food and water throughout your fast, it may be difficult to figure out the best foods to eat during non-fasting hours. Eating the right type of foods for suhoor can help you feel more energized and provide you with more nutrition required for your body to function optimally.
There are four types of food you want to ensure you are eating every morning for suhoor: protein, whole grains, healthy fats, and fruits/vegetables. The combination of these types of foods help you feel full and provide you with more energy as you engage in worship. You should also drink at least 2-3 cups of water around suhoor time to stay hydrated. For examples of each food type, check out this FREE printable Suhoor Meal Planner.
Planning and preparing for iftar everyday can be a daunting task, especially if you are juggling the everyday responsibilities of motherhood while fasting. However, making iftar does not have to be a labour intensive task. Consider simplifying iftar preparations by offering healthy options that are easy to make. Whether you are preparing iftar for guests or your own family, these hacks will save you time, pack in the nutrition, and wow everyone at the table.
To get the full list of 7 healthy hacks to simplify and amp up the nutrition at your next iftar, click here.
Let me know how you will be making iftar healthier this Ramadan for your family by tagging me @NutritionbyNaz on Instagram and Twitter!
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If you don't already know by now, I love waking up to a delicious and healthy breakfast! Busy mornings that include an 11 month old (that has already started walking!!), leaves me with very little time to prepare an elaborate breakfast. For those crazy mornings, preparing breakfast the night before is the perfect option. Overnight oats are a healthy and convenient option if you are looking for something on-the-go or you just can't/don't want to make breakfast in the morning.
It is that time of year again, when Muslims from around the world celebrate Ramadan and fast from sunrise to sunset daily for a month. Ramadan is a time for spiritual reflection as well as a time for communities and families to come together. While it is a very special month for those celebrating, it can be confusing to know exactly what to eat to provide you with enough energy to get you through your fasts.
Eating healthy during Ramadan goes beyond going on a diet or losing weight. Eating the right foods will help you fuel your body the right way so you feel less tired and have more energy throughout the day. Making healthier food choices at suhoor will help you feel fuller for longer and provide you with the nutrients required for your body to get you through to iftar.
Click here to read my article on Masala Mommas to learn the types of foods to include at suhoor to fuel your body properly for those long summer fasts.