Ramadan breakfast ‘Suhoor’ ideas for getting through a day’s fast

We are into the final week of the month of Ramadan. This is the time of the year when the observant Muslims stay away from all kinds of food and drink during the daylight hours. This continues all through the holy month of Ramadan.

If Ramadan falls in mid-summer, like it has this year, people need to fast for a very long time. So, to stay fit all through the day, they must eat carefully before the daylight appears. Here, we have discussed a few Ramadan breakfast ideas that will allow you to get through a day’s fast without any hiccup.


The term used for the pre-dawn breakfast meal consumed by observant Muslims is “suhoor”. What kind of foods you should have for suhoor depends particularly on the place you are located in, in the US, in the Middle East, or in Malaysia.

Another factor you should keep in mind when picking food items for suhoor is your appetite. Ask yourself whether you are feeling very hungry or you are still a bit ill as a result of overindulging at previous night’s iftar. For those who don’t know: the term “iftar” is sued for Ramadan evening meals.

Usually a suhoor table has all kinds of food items spread over it from hardboiled eggs to leftover sewed fava beans to smoothies made from chia seeds. However, you should always pick items following some specific guidelines.

Expert dieticians ask people to consume dishes containing fiber, healthy fats and protein for suhoor. They also recommend adding items like water, fruits and smoothies to this early morning meal; this is because those items will help you in staying hydrated and satiated all through the day.


However, it must be remembered that even the most comprehensive and well-planned suhoor comes with limitations of its own. According to dieticians, it’s impossible for any meal for holding someone for a period of 16 hours. When fasting, the human body takes around 6 to 8 hours for using up the glucose it acquired from the early morning meal. After that, the body starts going into its glycogen.

Our body takes another three to four hours for burning the sugar stored in our muscles and liver. After that if we continue to fast, our body will start taking energy from the fats stored in our body.

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Nitin Agarwal

Nitin has a background in Electrical Engineering and is passionate about the Internet of Things. He covers how connected devices like smart homes, wearables, and industrial IoT are changing our daily lives. Nitin is also a DIY enthusiast and loves to build IoT gadgets.


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