It’s that time of the year where we have to restrain ourselves, both emotionally and physically.
The fasting period throughout Ramadan could either become a tormenting or spiritually fulfilling experience for some. To achieve the latter, of course, you would require healthy nourishment and start learning to make wise decisions on your personal food intake during the holy month. To begin with, we have gathered three offbeat choices of food to break fast that are not only healthy, but also very appetizing!
Oatmeal is often considered as a perfect brekkie friend, and indeed, it’s pretty unusual to have a bowl of oatmeal to break fast. Fasting is an energy-draining activity, especially when we’re doing it throughout daily working hours. To compensate for the lost energy, one can definitely rely a lot on a bowl of oatmeal!
This super food is rich with protein, potassium and iron that are very helpful to regain your fitness. Furthermore, it is also a good source for complex carbohydrates, which serves as a great cure for stress. Don’t forget to add fresh fruits to make your oatmeal less dreary. Banana, apple and strawberry slices are great to sustain your blood sugar and tackle viruses. Or throw a handful of fresh blueberries; they are a brilliant bunch of stress reliever.
Where to go:
Find the ingredients at The Food Hall and whip your own oatmeal mix!
Leafy greens are the best sources of fibre and vitamins. A full day of fasting might cause one to have a little bit of constipation, mainly due to the lack of water intake. If this is happening to you, then a healthy green salad would be a good choice of food to break fast.
Simply chuck spinach, chard, kale, collard greens and tomato into a bowl, then top everything off with a light drizzle of olive oil (or fresh squeezed lemon). Avoid salad dressings that are high in fat and sugar. Not only the fibre of these glorious greens would give better treatment for your bowel, they are also good sources for iron that would perk you up in no time.
Where to go:
Soup does sound like an uninspired food option to end your fasting day, especially for a country whose citizens are in love with everything deep-fried. No one knows for sure where does the tradition of having gorengan (deep-fries) (commentary: italicize!) and teh manis hangat (sweet hot tea) to break one’s fast originated from, but they’re certainly not very healthy. Deep-fried food contains a lot of oil, which means it also contains an excessive amount of fat that your body will find hard to digest. Imagine how much pressure we put into our digestive system after going through a half-day hiatus.
Soup helps your digestive system to feel at ease. And also, it doesn’t have to be boring. Soup comes in various alternatives like chowder, shabu-shabu or sukiyaki. the best thing about soup is that you can adjust the content to your own liking, be it beef, seafood, tofu, or all veggie.
Where to go:
The best thing about Japanese food is its authenticity. There is nothing more appealing than the taste of an original sushi, miso soup to a very yummy burger and all those famous Japanese cuisine. Yet, you can find it all in one place, Ootoya. Located at Plaza Indonesia Level 4, Japanese chefs behind Ootoya’s kitchen gave their best to bring you the best food. We do have some recommendation for you to try, such as, Ponzu Burger, KASAN (Simmered Breaded Chicken with vegetable ), HOKKE ( Charcoal Grilled Atka Mackerel ), SABA ( Charcoal Grilled Mackerel ), TORI SALAD ( Charcoal Grilled chicken salad with basil sauce ) and to complete the meal with a dessert called Banana Pafe. Come on, have a try at Ootoya Plaza Indonesia. Eat well, live well.
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