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Jakarta Post

Make Ramadan month of healthy eating

  • Lilia Syarif Naga


Jakarta   /   Thu, May 16 2019   /  02:54 am

Mouthwatering dish: Ayam bakar (barbecue chicken) is one of the many kinds of local dishes that fasting Muslims eat for iftar. (Shutterstock)The holy month of Ramadan is here again, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and a time when many Muslims across the world fast during daylight.Ramadan is an opportunity to cultivate good eating habits that will stay with us after the fasting month ends. Having a balanced sahur (predawn meal) and iftar is important, as they are the meals that replenish our energy stores and help sustain our fast the following day.While iftar is an enjoyable experience, it can be daunting for people trying to maintain good eating habits during this holy month and a bit of a challenge for those at home, who have the duty to prepare a savory and appetizing meal.Traditionally, Muslims break the fast with dates because they are a nutritious burst of natural sugar th...