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People all over the world make New Year resolutions on the 30th of December which, many times, targets a change in their lifestyle for the better. Muslims, however, save their promises for starting healthy diets right before Ramadan. And to no surprise, most of us can’t keep up with our ‘New Ramadan, New Me’ plans for more than five days.
Ramadan governs the consumption of about 80% of all the Pakoras and Jalebis in the life of any Pakistani – as cited by an avid pakora-consumer. It’s like the forbidden mistress we only allow ourselves to meet once a year. There are several ways in which one can decrease their fat and caloric content through fried foods and still enjoy the month in its spirit.
One can opt for shallow frying instead of deep-frying and those who can afford air-fryers can join the bandwagon and completely rid themselves from greasy fingers. Sure, the meal might not be fulfilling without that traditional salt-oil ratio, but at least the calorie count drops down by five times!
One should focus on balancing their meals with all three major food groups – fats, carbohydrates and proteins. And the other Ramadan foods are actually quite healthy. Breaking ones fast with dates is a great start as it satiates the consumer due to its high sugar content, restores nutrients in the body and prevents constipation which results from altered mealtimes. The following Pakistani foods are relatively healthier alternatives:
- Fruit chaat
Fruits, owing to their intrinsic sugars, are a great way to fill oneself up after a long starving day. The natural sugar content makes it a better option for diabetics and also avoids headaches which accompany artificially sweetened treats that are routinely consumed in the month of Ramadan.
Haleem is a cultural favourite with several cereals, rice and lentils all cooked together with meat; this makes it a hearty high-caloric full meal in one bowl. The incredible balance of protein and carbohydrates of haleem aids in replenishing depleted energy levels after a whole day of abstaining and along with chaat masala, makes the fast worth it!
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- Rooh Afza
Rooh Afza is no less than a national drink – it is exclusively served on the Pakistan International Airline now! One can benefit from its fortifying effects by consuming it with milk to cover up the dairy deficit of the day and also feel highly refreshed with the rosy taste.
- Chana chaat
This delectable treat is made with chickpeas, several vegetables, regular Pakistani spices and lemon. Chickpeas are a great source of healthy carbohydrates and allows us to consume vegetables in raw form when eaten with this spicy dish.
Yoghurt is great to maintain one’s natural microflora hence, avoiding constipation and improving digestion. It is also said to soothe the stomach, thereby helping in mid-day acidic hours during fasts. For those who do not prefer the taste of this dairy-rich item in isolation, drinking sweet or salty lassi is a great way to enjoy its benefits.