Are you unable to crack that perfect Sehri that makes your Roza relatively easier? If yes, then you might want to steer clear of these foods.
Scroll down to find 5 foods that you shouldn’t have for Sehri.
1. Refined Carbs
Refined carbs like white bread, parathas made from white flour, white rice, phenian, poorian, etc may not be the best thing to have in Sehri as they don’t provide enough nutrition. Plus, they lack fiber which causes these foods to get absorbed in our bodies fast, making us feel hungry quicker.
With that being said, there’s no harm in having parathas as long as they are made from whole wheat and not made in an excessive amount of ghee or oil.
2. Fried Food
Anything that is high in fat or has too much oil should be avoided. Steer clear of parathas or foods drenched in oil. Instead of frying a samosa or kabab, you can brush it with oil or limit the usage to1 to 2 teaspoons of oil and put it in the oven or air fryer.
3. Sugary Food
Desserts or sugary drinks aren’t the most healthiest options for Sehri, plus, they have little to no nutritious value to them. You can replace refined sugar with natural sugar, for example, have date milkshakes or other fruits in season like chiku, bananas, etc.
When it comes to caffeine, especially chai or coffee, there are mixed reviews on whether or not it should be had in Sehri or not. Some say it provides hydration while others argue it is dehydrating for the body. But, it varies from person to person also.
If you feel like having a cup of chai or coffee in Sehri has a positive effect on the rest of your day then there’s no harm in taking it. However, if it makes no difference for you then it’s better to avoid it as it may contribute to dehydration. Plus, the caffeine in these drinks will make it difficult for you to sleep after Fajr unless you have to be up after Sehri.
5. Processed Meat
We tend to have frozen or processed meat like kababs, nuggets, etc for sehri because they are convenient and easy to make/fry. However, instead of having processed meat, try making these kababs at home and prepare them in advance so you can freeze them and use them when necessary, without feeling the need to buy them from the store.
The information in this article was provided by Fareeha Jay. She is a Registered Dietician based in Plymouth. She is working as a Diabetes specialist, delivering educational sessions to people newly diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. She also runs her private practice. Her work entails online consultations with South Asians all over the world. If you wish to view her work, below are the links to her social media handles;