During the Holy Month of Ramadan, when people break their fast they often forget about water which is one of the most important thing. Not drinking enough water can cause dehydration with the onset of summer.
Our body loses water and salt through urine, sweat, and breathing during fasting. If one does not take sufficient water after breaking fast it may lead to dehydration causing fatigue, lethargy, headache, muscle cramps, giddiness, and sharp dips in blood pressure.
It is of utmost importance that those who fast stay fully hydrated by consuming a minimum of two-litres of water per day, consumed slowly from Iftar until the Fajr prayer. By making simple changes during your Iftar time you can stay hydrated. Aim to drink at least 8-10 glasses throughout the evening after breaking your fast. Ensure that you drink a glass of water with dates before heading for the starters.
Keep drinking water in small intervals throughout the evening. Remember water is always healthier than any sugary drinks. Lessen on the intake of caffeinated drinks. Have green tea if you have the urge to drink something hot.
Another way of staying hydrated is to have fruits that are high in water content. For example watermelon and cucumber. Chia seeds are also preferred by many as they are packed with antioxidants and water content thus keeping you more hydrated.
Iftar Recipe: By Oneza Tabish
Crispy Prawn Delight
1 cup prawns (deveined and minced)
2tbsp of chilli sauce
1/2 tbsp ketchup
1/2 tsp finely chopped garlic
2tbsp finely chopped celery
1/4sp soya sauce
1/4 tsp white pepper powder
Salt to taste
Oil to deep fry
Mix all the above ingredients except oil and breadcrumbs.
Shape the mix into round balls and roll into breadcrumbs.
Deep fry in hot oil in a wok till golden brown and serve hot.