It’s almost Ramadan, the holy month when close to two billion Muslims all over the world fast from dawn until dusk.
The act of fasting is to remind Muslims of the less fortunate and to reinforce the need to be thankful. As one of the five pillars of Islam, fasting during the month of Ramadan is mandatory for all healthy adult Muslims. (Children who have not reached puberty, the elderly, those who are physically or mentally incapable of fasting, pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and travelers are exempt.)
Fasting during Ramadan means abstinence from all food or drink, including water and chewing gum, from dawn to dusk. It is recommended that before sunrise, Muslims eat a pre-fast meal known as suhur. Muslims break their fast at sundown with iftar, a meal which usually starts with dates and water or milk, followed by dinner. Muslims are permitted to snack at night between those two meals, and hydration is encouraged.
For suhur, iftar, and snacks, Muslims can more easily make it to sundown by eating high-fiber meals to sustain satiety over longer periods, fruits and vegetables to maintain electrolyte stores, and plenty of fluids to maintain hydration. Muslims should also limit fried foods and sugary sweets.
It’s important for Muslims to be smart about the food they choose to eat during Ramadan fasting. A nutritious and balanced diet will result in more energy and help curb hunger and thirst.
Ambrosia apples are a perfect food for Ramadan! They contain high water content and ample fiber. The sweet and crunchy fruit is super healthy, delicious and low in calories. The fiber content will keep you full and satisfied during the fasting time, and the low-glycemic index in the fruit means your blood sugar levels do not spike when you eat it.
After Ramadan, Muslims celebrate a three-day holiday called Eid-ul-Fitr where they pray, visit family and friends, and celebrate over food, gifts and activities for children.
We wish all of our Muslim friends Ramadan Mubarak (“Blessed Ramadan”)!