Suhoor Menu Ideas

There is much barakah (blessings) in waking up for sahoor (the pre-sunrise meal before fasting begins), as it was the tradition of Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) to eat it.  I can hardly get through the day if I don’t have a healthy one. Here are some simple menu ideas for a simple, healthy suhoor.

  • Coffee or tea
  • plenty of water
  • dates
  • boiled eggs
  • turkey sausages or kebobs leftover from dinner
  • waffles with honey or plain pita bread

Although it may sound like a lot of food, you don’t have to eat a lot of each item. Wake up from your sleep, make wudu (ablutions), pray two rakat of nafl (optional) prayers, then come to the table for your meal. Eat slowly and drink after, not before or during your meal to avoid indigestion.

Insha’allah this is just one of many ideas for a simple suhoor to keep you going throughout your day of fasting this Ramadan.

Published in: on September 25, 2008 at 6:36 am  Comments (42)  
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Iftaar Menu Ideas

As a Muslim I really look forward to the Holy Month of Ramadan where we fast the whole month from just before sunrise until the sun sets. No food or water is ingested throughout the whole day, so we must have a healthy suhoor (pre-fasting meal) and our iftaar (meal at the time of breaking the fast) must be light enough so that we can continue our prayers and worship through the night.

Here is one menu idea for an iftaar that I would like to share with you:

At the time of breaking the fast:

  • Water
  • Saudi dates
  • peach smoothie

After the maghrib salah (sunset prayer):

  • Yellow lentil soup  (I always serve soups since they warm and ease the stomach out of the fast and into eating again)
  • Super-moist turkey meatloaf
  • Creamed mashed potatoes
  • Green salad with red onions, tomatoes, lemon juice, olive oil and salt


  • Assorted fruit
  • light yogurt cake

This is simply one menu idea you can use to expound on, Insh’allah more to come. Remember, in Ramadan the point is not to eat to your fill but to eat to have enough energy to perform the daily salah, the extra ibadat and to simply give you the energy for all the other things you have to do in your day and evening.

Published in: on September 21, 2008 at 6:44 pm  Comments (10)