During Ramadan, what you eat and drink is important to ensure you are healthy. Islam encourages Muslims to be mindful of their health. Ramadan provides a great opportunity to focus on a balanced and healthy lifestyle. We’ve provided some quick and easy food tips that will benefit your fast.

Foods that benefit

  • Whole grain and starchy vegetables will release energy slowly during fasting periods. Try eating oats, brown rice, whole grain pasta, whole grain bread and whole grain
  • Need to suppress your appetite? Eat high protein food like Greek or Icelandic yoghurt, beans, lentils, chicken, turkey, eggs, quinoa and tuna. Or you can try a protein
  • Dates are good to eat at They provide natural sugars for energy and are a good source of fibre. You can also try other dried fruits like figs, apricots and prunes.
  • Water, fruit infused water, coconut water, milk, fruit juice and smoothies are good ways to keep
  • Soups are also a great option for Iftar and are a fantastic way to incorporate some of the key foods we have discussed!

Foods to avoid

  • White carbohydrates like white flour, white pasta, white rice and sugar should be avoided as they increase blood sugar levels and do not provide energy over a long period of
  • It may be worth avoiding tea, coffee and fizzy drinks as these can lead to
  • Avoid heavily processed foods like ready meals as these often lack the nutritional content needed to benefit your
  • Don’t want to get thirsty? Then avoid salty
  • Deep fried foods should be avoided. Instead, try grilling or baking your food.

Ramadan and coronavirus

Staying safe during the coronavirus outbreak is a key priority. If you are ill during Ramadan, the Qur’an states that you should not keep your fast but instead make up the days when you are well again. It is especially important to keep drinking fluids if you are ill with coronavirus.

We’ve also put together an article on how to stay healthy during Ramadan. You can read it here.