21 Jun Last 4 rozas! Which foods can you eat to help you sail through the end? Focus on low Glycemic Index (GI) foods.
Certain foods (and no, not just nihari) help you stay energetic throughout the day. This quality of the food is determined by the Glycemic Index (GI) of that food. Foods with a low GI are what you should aim to eat at sehri, as these will keep you on the go, as opposed to lethargic by 1PM!
What exactly is the Glycemic Index, you ask? The GI of a food is basically the effect of that foods carbohydrates on your blood sugar levels. The lower the GI, the steadier the foods release of glucose into your blood stream. The higher the GI, the quicker glucose release and consequent energy slump.
That’s not to say that high GI foods should be avoided or are bad for you, sometimes a spike in blood sugar can be just what you need. High GI fruits and vegetables are great for your energy levels – think about the khajoor you eat at iftar.
Low GI foods not only give you slow energy release, they also regulate insulin in your body, amongst other health benefits.
Whole grains, nuts, nut butters, lentils and minimally processed foods tend to have low GIs.
Here’s some ideas for low GI foods you can eat at Sehri.
1. Muesli with a spoon of peanut butter
2. Assorted fruits
3. Daal roti
4. Peanut butter and bananas on whole wheat toast
5. Fruit & Oatmeal Smoothies