Healthy tips for fasting during the Holy Month of Ramadan

Break the fast with fruits, fresh juices, and plenty of fluids. Have a balanced meal of complex carbohydrates such as wheat, rice, potatoes and other vegetables. Also include protein food like meat, fish, legumes; and good fats. Avoid deep-fried oily foods rich in mono unsaturated fats. Do not overeat.

The Ministry of Health recently said in its advisory: “Contact your doctor before Ramadan to ensure that you are able to fast to avoid any health complications and do not forget to do daily checks at home during the fasting period, such as measuring blood pressure and sugar levels.” The Ministry also issued a list of common medicines and foods that should be avoided together.

Ramadan words:

Allah intends (to provide) ease for you and does not intend (to create) hardship for you.”

Iftar recipe: By Oneza Tabish

One Pot Pineapple Fried Rice
1 tablespoon oil
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
½ cup chopped green bell pepper
½ cup chopped carrot
½ cup chopped ripe pineapple
4 cups cooked long grained rice
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sweet chilli sauce
½ teaspoon white pepper powder
Salt to taste
Spring onions, chopped, to garnish
Heat a wok over medium-high heat. Heat oil. Add sliced garlic. Saute, stirring, until golden.
Add bell pepper and carrots, and stir-fry until tender. Stir-fry pineapple for 2 minutes. Add cooked rice.
Stir-fry for 1-2 minutes or until heated through.
Add soy sauce, sweet chilli sauce and white pepper powder. Stir-fry for 1 minute.
Serve hot garnised with spring onions.