What is Iftar?
Iftar is practiced by Muslims and is one of the five pillars of Islam.
During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims fast for 30 days continuously, from sunrise to sunset. No water, no eating, no smoking, and no sexual contact during daylight hours.
This is my 8th year fasting since converting to Islam. It is not easy, I get cranky, tired, and a morning without coffee and be a wee bit nonproductive. I do it because the spiritual rewards are amazing.
I practice having a healthy fast every Ramadan by including fresh fruit into both Iftar and Sahoor. This is why I always eat fruit and why you should bring fruit to every gathering you are invited to this Ramadan.
Reason #1 Fruit is Hydrating
While fasting, there is absolutely not a drop of water that can touch one’s tongue. It’s hard. It’s dehydrating. That is why if a person is fasting, Fruit should be a priority to consume because fruit like pineapple, can contain up to 87% of water. Whoever id fasting will need every teeny tiny water molecule they can get.
Reason #2 Fruit Contains Fiber
While fasting, if one does not drink enough liquids, this can cause constipation in the restroom. Ouch! eating fresh fruit proves a healthy amount of fiber and hydration, leaning the body feeling regular, and hydrated.
Reason #3 Fruit is Filled with Vitamins
Fresh fruit contains multiple vitamins like Vitamin A and C. Vitamin C is important for all body tissues to grow and repair, and keeps teeth and gums healthy. There are some studies that suggest that fruit can hydrate the body even better than water. Impressive.
Reason #4 It is Easy to Make
While other people are slaving over a hot stove, all you have to do is cut some fruit! It’s easy to make your dish look impressive too. All you have to do is assemble the fruit in a rainbow-like style over a very chich decorative plate. When ready to travel to your iftar gathering, simply cover the fruit with saran wrap and remove when ready to serve. Piece of cake.
Reason #5 It’s Cheap
To make a nice rainbow-themed fruit plate, all you have to spend is anywhere from 10-20 bucks tops! fresh fruit varies depending on what part of the world you live in. Stick to large fruit s that have a larger yield like cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon. I like to put the more expensive fruit like blackberries and blueberries at the end of the rainbow because usually, it is the smaller space to fill.
Fruits to consider:
- Any type of Grapes
Fruits to avoid due to oxidation:
Next time you are invited to an Iftar dinner, think about the easiest and cheapest way to bring a healthy rainbow fruit plate everyone will enjoy.
RAMADAN KAREEM from the Altan family.