With Ramadan just around the corner, and intermittent fasting on trend currently, it’s timely to talk about healthy snacks to break a fast.
All too often, people get into the mindset that as they have restricted their intake of food, that there is no limit to what they can eat. Overeating in one sitting and eating fatty, starchy foods is counteractive to the multitude of benefits that are well-known when it comes to fasting, including decreased inflammation, enhanced heart health and improved blood sugar control.
Fortunately, there are a few healthy snacking options that can be beneficial after fasting. These snacks should be high in complex carbohydrates and nutrients, with just enough fat and protein to keep the body from feeling hungry too quickly.
What are the benefits of consuming healthy snacks when fasting?By incorporating healthy snacks into your fasting routine, you can...
- help keep your energy levels up and prevent from feeling fatigued, lightheaded or faint;
- help prevent overeating when you do eat, as you won't be as hungry;
- ensure that you are getting the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients your body needs to function correctly.
Examples of healthy snacks to enjoy after fasting
Consuming whole grains is beneficial because they contain fiber and other important nutrients. This snack is high in complex carbohydrates and provides essential vitamins and minerals.
Fruit and nut bars
Fruit and nut bars are a convenient snack packed with beneficial vitamins and minerals, such as iron and vitamin E.
Smoothies are an excellent way to increase nutrient intake after fasting. They can be made with different varieties of fruits and vegetables, dairy (or non-dairy) milk, nuts and seeds, and optional superfoods like chia and flaxseeds. Many smoothie recipes can be found online to help create a healthy and delicious snack.
Veggies with hummus or guacamole
Eating vegetables alongside a dip such as hummus or guacamole is an excellent way to get necessary vitamins and minerals. Additionally, eating the combination of veggies and dip will help make one feel fuller for longer, since it is a combination of fiber and healthy fats.
Trail mixes are a great way to get a variety of essential vitamins and minerals. They typically contain nuts, dried fruit, and seeds - all of which are high in fiber and essential nutrients. When choosing trail mix, it is best to find one without added sugar, artificial flavoring, and unhealthy oils.
Combining healthy snacking and fasting offers numerous health benefits
In conclusion, eating healthier snack options can provide the body with essential nutrients, while practicing fasting can help improve metabolic processes and reduce inflammation. Furthermore, mindfully combining the two can lead to improved overall health. So the next time you're planning a fast, be sure to stock up on some healthy snacks to help you stay on track and feel your best.
At the360mix, we have compiled a special Ramadan Gift Box, with every snack in this box having either dates or nuts as its first ingredient.
For those partaking in the occasion, we wish you a blessed month of fasting, reflection and spiritual growth. May the month of Ramadan bring you peace, joy and an abundance of blessings.
Natalie is a qualified functional nutritionist, having studied the relationship to food, health and the environment at Stanford University; the importance of healthy body, mind, weight and intuitive eating at the Mind, Body and Food Institute in Australia; as well as sports nutrition. She is a firm believer of a holistic approach to nutrition, incorporating elements of gut health, movement and lifestyle into complete wellness programs.