With Ramadan being our favorite holy month of the year it is a great opportunity to cleanse our body and enhance its wellness when seized in the right way. In addition, there are plenty of studies nowadays that emphasize the various health benefits of fasting on blood sugar and cholesterol level.
After pro-longed hours of fasting, it is normal to feel like indulging in a variety of foods, especially that the body goes into a state of deprivation which lowers blood sugar levels hence causing fatigue. However, with proper meal planning and substituting common unhealthy habits with healthier alternatives, enjoying a well balanced Ramadan is easy!
No doubt, desserts always take the spotlight when we talk about Ramadan’s dining essentials, especially when the sugar cravings kick in right after Iftar, and for that reason, we just compiled a list of easy-to-make snacks that will help satisfy your sweet tooth cravings, the healthy way! :
Approximate calorie count per serving: 200 calories
1. Dates stuffed with cream cheese & walnuts
When it comes to sweet tooth cravings, dates are a savior as it contains healthy simple sugars, fiber, vitamin A & Vitamin K.
All you need is 3 pieces of Majdool dates, stuffed with low fat cream cheese and a piece of walnut in each!
2. No bake coconut and date balls
A simple on the go snack! Ingredients: 2 cups of pitted dates and 2 cups of shredded coconut.
- Mix the pitted dates and coconut flakes in a blender
- Process at high speed for 2-3 minutes
- Remove the ingredients from the processor and roll the mix into teaspoon sized balls
- Roll them over coconut flakes to enrich the taste, Bon Apetit!
3. Peanut butter and banana roll ups
A good source of healthy fats, protein and nature's sugars, peanut butter roll ups will satisfy your sweet tooth cravings the healthy way.
- 1 medium wholegrain tortilla bread
- 1 Tbsp sugar-free peanut butter
- 1/2 Tbsp of Honey
- 1/2 a banana, cut into thin slices
Spread the peanut butter over the tortilla bread, added up the banana slices and top with honey and cinnamon for taste!
4. Refreshing watermelon smoothie
After hours of fasting, a good watermelon smoothie is as tempting as it sounds!
- 1/4c of Almond milk
- 3/4 c of seedless watermelon
- 1/2c of strawberries
- 1/2c of Low fat plain yogurt
- 3 ice cubes
Blend the ingredients in a blender, serve chilled!
5. Frozen grapes
Fruits are always the top choice when it comes to having a healthy dessert option.
Frozen grapes are great to snack on, and once you try them you'll get addicted!
All you have to do is freeze a batch of grapes in the fridge for 4-5 hours, then take them out and you're ready to snack!
With these simple snack recipes, you are still able to enjoy a healthy dessert option in Ramadan, remembering that choosing healthier alternatives helps in avoiding weight gain and maintaining blood sugar levels.
Happy healthy Ramadan!