3 Best Sunnah Foods for a Healthy Ramadan Diet

May 31, 2017 19 Comments

What you eat during Ramadan directly impacts your health and energy levels. Try adding these 3 Sunnah foods into your diet for a healthy Ramadan.

Your diet during Ramadan plays such an important part of how you feel while fasting. Fueling your body with the right foods will give you higher energy levels and more satiety, which will make the daily demands of life and ibadah much easier on you.

Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) has blessed us with so many amazing foods. Foods that are meant to fuel us, energize us and nourish us.

Because of the way food has changed in modern society, we often forget about those amazing foods from Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala). Instead, we are filling our stomachs with man-made processed foods that, while they may appeal to our taste buds, do nothing for our inner health.

Let’s switch the focus this Ramadan. Instead of eating greasy, fried and sugar-laden foods that weigh us down, let’s eat foods filled with barakah. Let’s eat foods that not only taste fresh and delicious, but that will provide the nutrients and energy we need to make the most out of this blessed month.

Here are 3 of the best foods from the Sunnah for a healthy Ramadan diet, in shaa Allah.

1. Dates

If there’s any Sunnah food you’re going to eat during Ramadan, you definitely want to eat dates.

The health benefits of dates are remarkable, subhan’Allah. They are packed full of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and disease-fighting phytonutrients. They also have a high carbohydrate content which makes them a great source of energy.

Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wa salam) said:

“When one of you breaks his Saum (fasting), let him break it on dates; if he does not have any, break his fast with water for it is pure.” [Sunan Abu Dawood]

Breaking your fast with dates holds much wisdom. First, they are easy to digest. This makes them a perfect and gentle introduction to food after many hours of fasting. Because of their easily digestible sugars, they provide your body with a very much needed burst of energy very quickly (1).

Because of their high fiber content, dates also aid in digestive health, which makes them a great food to eat during Ramadan. With eating so few calories and eating at odd times of the day, our metabolism greatly slows down during this month. Dates can help to keep things moving along and prevent or relieve constipation (2).

Dates also make a great natural sweetener. I know we love our sweets during Ramadan, but sugar can wreak havoc on our health, energy levels, and can even make us hungrier!

Because dates are filled with natural sugar, they make for a great guilt-free sugar alternative. Swap out your Ramadan sweets for natural, delicious, candy-like dates!

Try out these Energy Date Bliss Balls!

2. Melon

One important part of a healthy Ramadan diet is hydration. It’s essential to make sure we are getting in enough fluids, yet with short eating times it can be hard to drink enough water.

One great way around that is to eat fruits that have high water content. Melons are a great choice as they contain about 90% water! Watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe – there are a wide variety to choose from and all are equally delicious and beneficial.

It was narrated that Sahl bin Sa’d (radiy Allahu anhu) said:

“The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wa salam) used to eat dates with melon.” [Sunan Ibn Majah]

Melons are low in calories and contain no fat (great for those looking for a weight loss boost during Ramadan) yet high in vitamins, minerals and other beneficial nutrients.

Other health benefits of melon:
  • Great source of free-radical fighting antioxidants (3)
  • Can help to prevent certain types of cancers including breast, lung, prostate, colon and endometrial cancer (4, 5)
  • Has anti-inflammatory effects due to its cucurbitacins (anti-inflammatory compounds) (6)
  • Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, melon can reduce the risk for heart disease (7)
  • Contains carotenes and antioxidants that help boost the immune system (8)
  • It aids in digestion and helps to detoxify the body

Don’t miss out on this deliciously hydrating Sunnah fruit this Ramadan.

3. Fish

Many traditional Iftar dinners are centered around meat. Meat holds a lot of nutritional benefit, but you might want to try swapping out some of your meat dishes for fish this year.

The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wa salam) said:

“Two kinds of dead meat have been permitted to us: fish and locusts.” [Sunan Ibn Majah]

Fish is one of the healthiest foods out there, though unfortunately most people don’t eat it enough. It’s recommended to eat fish at least 1-2 times per week.

Fish is loaded with nutrients, including vitamin D, iodine, protein, and omega 3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fats are amazing for the brain and can lower the risk for depression, ADHD and Alzheimer’s disease (9).

Omega-3’s are also crucial for brain and nerve development, which makes fish a great food for women who are pregnant or nursing during Ramadan (10).

Fish is an amazing source of Vitamin D, a nutrient that is greatly lacking in the American diet. Vitamin D in fish (especially fatty fish like salmon) has been shown to improve quality of sleep – something we all need more of during Ramadan (11)!

If that’s not enough, the high protein content of fish makes it the perfect Iftar meal. Protein at Iftar will help to build and repair those muscles after a long day of fasting. Protein and fats are also great nutrients for satiety, so fish will hold you over and prevent hunger during Taraweeh prayers.

Sunnah Foods for Ramadan: Wrap Up

Let’s remember to follow the Sunnah and fill our bodies with healthy, nutrient-rich foods this Ramadan. Add these Sunnah foods to your Ramadan diet for higher energy, more satiety and optimal health, in shaa Allah.

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Chelsea Lynn

Chelsea is the founder of Wellness Muslimah. She is a Blogger, Freelance Writer and Nutritionist specializing in Healthy Eating for Weight Loss. She is passionate about healthy, natural living and Islamic Medicine. She wishes to inspire other women to live more natural, healthy and mindful lives for the sake of Allah.

19 Comments

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    Aicha

    May 31, 2017

    Thanks, this is a great article easy to read and follow, will bookmark for later use. I unfortunately can’t use it now as I’m not able to fast

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      Chelsea Lynn

      June 3, 2017

      That’s OK, these are all Sunnah foods so their great to eat throughout the year, not just during Ramadan 😉

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    Haya Newleaf

    June 1, 2017

    Barakallahumma fih. I absolutely loved this article. I never knew Messenger of Allah ate melon with date. Insha Allah, will try it today.

    Now we know the benefits of eating these food. It never ceases to amaze me that more than 1400 years ago an unlettered prophet has prescribed these amazing food for us. Alhamdhulillah.

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      Chelsea Lynn

      June 3, 2017

      Alhamdulillah so true, every food that he mentioned to us is so beneficial and it’s so cool to see science starting to catch on ;). Wa feeki!

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    Zainab Dokrat

    June 3, 2017

    Now you have me liss for watermellon, it’s also a sunnah to eat mellon with kajoor. Thank you for sharing 🙂 (www.beautywithzainy.com and http://www.spicyfusionkitchen.com)

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      Chelsea Lynn

      June 3, 2017

      What is Kajoor? I’ve never heard of it!

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    Umme Hafsa

    June 3, 2017

    I love this reminder! I’ve never been a watermelon kind of person but I really do want to get into it – especially as it’s sunnah and really hydrating for the body. It helps when it’s sweet though! And fish is something I’m also trying to incorporate more off – especially as traditionally a lot of our meals is centred around meat/chicken.

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      Chelsea Lynn

      June 3, 2017

      Yes fish I have to work on too, I definitely don’t eat enough of it. But oohh I just love watermelon. Any kind of melon is really great though!

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    Fozia S

    June 4, 2017

    Didn’t know fish was good for fasting…we have dates and watermelon every day…watermelon is so refreshing alhamdulillah

    • Reply

      Chelsea Lynn

      June 6, 2017

      Yes the high amounts of protein and healthy fat make fish a great choice for Iftar! And yesss watermelon is the best, alhamdulillah!

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    Yousra Naeem

    June 5, 2017

    Thank you for sharing such great information ❤
    I love all these & it’s good to know their nutritious value as well.
    Loved it!

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      Chelsea Lynn

      June 6, 2017

      You’re welcome! Yes knowing how good they are for you makes them that much more delicious 😉

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    Multicultural Motherhood

    June 5, 2017

    I love all these foods, especially dates. I am not fasting this year as I am pregnant but I am definitely trying to eat a lot of these foods as they have so many health benefits which you have mentioned above.

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      Chelsea Lynn

      June 6, 2017

      Aww alhamdulillah. May Allah grant you an easy and safe pregnancy and a healthy baby who will be the coolness of your eye. Ameen!

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    Multicultural Motherhood

    June 5, 2017

    I love all these foods, especially dates. My kids love watermelon. I am not fasting this year as I am pregnant but I am definitely trying to eat a lot of these foods as they have so many health benefits which you have mentioned above.

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    Afreen

    June 7, 2017

    Thanks for sharing..All these are a must to eat in Ramadan and these are good for health.
    http://www.afreenskitchen.com

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      Chelsea Lynn

      June 9, 2017

      Yes they are! Thanks Afreen!

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    Asbah

    June 9, 2017

    haha at the date joke, I remember answering the Orkut relationship question “what is your idea of favorite date” with “with cream and almond”, hehe!

    anyway coming to the post – i have also read that eating Date with cucumber is a sunnah, didnt know about watermelon.
    we eat Dates with watermelon most of the Ramadan 🙂 Its Awesome summer food.

    This article is packed with so much nutritious information like always. Thanks for sharing!

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      Chelsea Lynn

      June 10, 2017

      Hehe I love the date jokes ;). Thanks you for your kind words Asbah!

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