Muslims around the world are now observing the month of Ramadan.
During this time, they have to refrain from eating and drinking from dawn till dusk daily, until Eid al-Fitr comes along on June 15.
This act of sacrifice is a way to draw believers closer to God, and it’s also a time to remember the sufferings of those less fortunate who may often go hungry.
Before the start of the fast every morning, Muslims will eat a pre-dawn meal called suhoor.
As it’s the only meal they’ll have for some 14 hours, it’s important to have something well-balanced that will provide sustained energy throughout the day.
Here are some foods to load up on, and some to avoid:
1. Lots of fibre
Foods that have a lot of fibre, such as fruits and vegetables, will leave you feeling full for longer.
They are also rich in vitamins and minerals, and will help prevent constipation.
2. Dairy products
Low-fat milk and yoghurt provide protein, calcium and vitamins and will also keep you hydrated.
3. Wholegrain foods
Brown rice, oats and wholemeal bread provide more fibre and take longer to digest, which gives you energy for a sustained period.