Ramadan is a time of spiritual reflection and an opportunity to strengthen your relationship with Allah.  Although you may know you need to refrain from food and water throughout your fast, it may be difficult to figure out the best foods to eat during non-fasting hours. Eating the right type of foods for suhoor can help you feel more energized and provide you with more nutrition required for your body to function optimally.

There are four types of food you want to ensure you are eating every morning for suhoor: protein, whole grains, healthy fats, and fruits/vegetables. The combination of these types of foods help you feel full and provide you with more energy as you engage in ibadah. You should also drink at least 2-3 cups of water around suhoor time to stay hydrated. For examples of each food type, check out this FREE printable Suhoor Meal Planner

Looking for ideas that include these foods? Try these 5 healthy and filling recipes for your suhoor this Ramadan:

Strawberry chocolate-chip overnight oats

1. Strawberry Chocolate Overnight Oats

Don’t want to spend time in the middle of the night preparing food for suhoor? Make Strawberry Chocolate Overnight Oats beforehand so they are ready to eat for suhoor. These overnight oats have a perfect balance of fibre, protein, and healthy fats to help you feel full and energized.

Blueberry Butter Milk Pancakes

2. Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

These Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes aren’t your typical pancake recipe. This pancake recipe has oats and whole wheat flour, packing in the fibre to help you feel full and energized for a longer time. These pancakes are also free of refined sugars and are a much healthier alternative to boxed pancake mixes. Pair these pancakes with a glass of milk or 3/4 cup of Greek yogurt for a full meal.

Power Pancakes

3. Gluten-free Power Pancakes

These pancakes are made with minimal ingredients but packed with maximum nutrition power.  These flour-free pancakes feature hemp seeds and all-natural peanut butter, which are both excellent sources of protein and healthy fat.

Gluten Free Power Cookies

4. Chocolate Power Cookies

Cookies for suhoor? Yes please! These cookies are packed with so many nutrients and can also be made beforehand. These chocolate power cookies are made with a blend of hemp hearts and ground flaxseed. These ingredients are high in fibre, protein, and healthy fats.

Savoury Oatmeal

5. Savoury Oatmeal

Looking for a savoury suhoor idea? Savoury oatmeal is a good alternative to the typical sweet oatmeal combinations. Be sure to use quick cook steel cut oats, which are the least processed type of oats, giving you the most health benefits. The soluble fibre found in oatmeal helps control blood sugar levels and maintain a healthy weight.

FREE Ramadan Suhoor Meal Planner

Looking for a way to make Suhoor a little easier? Use this FREE Ramadan Suhoor Meal Planner  by printing and completing using the “Food Types” column as a guide. Try to have at least one food from each group, using the examples under each heading as a guide. Plan your suhoor a week in advance to save you time and to ensure you are eating the most nutritious suhoor to fuel your fast!

Let us know when you try to one of these recipes or use the Suhoor Meal Planner this Ramadan by tagging us at @MyDeenspiration and @NutritionbyNaz on Instagram and Twitter!

Nazima Qureshi

Nazima Qureshi

Guest Blogger

Nazima Qureshi is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Personal Trainer, and Public Health Professional. She uses a non-diet approach (which always includes dessert!) to help others achieve a healthier lifestyle. For more information, visit www.NutritionbyNazima.com or check out her Instagram, Facebook or Twitter profiles.