Iftar is the meal during which you restore energy and replenish all the nutrients and vitamins you have lost throughout the day or failed to obtain during sahur. It’s advisable to start slow with gentle foods and include every major food group in your evening meal where possible, including protein, fruits and vegetables, complex carbs and fats. Whatever you cook or eat, consider healthier options such as grilling instead of deep frying. Where possible, use canola or soybean oil which contain less saturated fat than standard cooking oil.
Ideal meals to start off with:
1. Nutritious soups like egg drop soup or chicken broth
2. Hearty dishes such as lentil-based curries and roast chicken with couscous or brown rice
3. Flavourful bubur lambuk
At the end of the day, the true purpose for Ramadan is to remember the plight of the needy. May we keep the true meaning at heart, practice moderation and have a blessed Ramadan.