The holy month of Ramadan is upon us, and for Muslim students, that means observing the fast from dawn to sunset. One of the most practical advice for Muslim students juggling class and fasting? Find suhoor ideas that are quick, easy and delicious.
Your pre-dawn meal — or suhoor — is an important part of the fast as it helps you stay energised throughout the day. While it’s tempting to sleep in rather than to wake up at the break of dawn to force food and drink into us, the benefits is well worth the effort.
Ideally, you’ll want to eat some protein, complex carbohydrates and foods high in fibre — better still, something that combines all three — so you’ll feel full longer and keep those hunger pangs and “angry” mood swings at bay!
Here are some easy-peasy suhoor recipes every Muslim student can make:
When it comes to suhoor recipes, eggs are a clear favourite among sleepy Muslims waking up to cook everywhere.
As a cheap source of protein, eggs are so versatile and easy to prepare, making them ideal for university students. Enjoy them scrambled, sunny side up, poached or made into an omelette, with a side of wholegrain toast and it’ll serve as a filling meal for suhoor.
Stuck in a dorm with nothing but a microwave? You’re in luck.
You can poach, bake and fry an egg in the nifty machine — all under two minutes and from the comfort of your dorm.
Depending on where you are, having quinoa for breakfast may not have caught on just yet, but this superfood is high in protein, making them ideal for suhoor.
If the thought of waking up earlier in the morning to cook quinoa turns you off, cook your quinoa the day before and keep it in an airtight container in the fridge to save you some time during suhoor. Cooked quinoa can last between three to five days in the fridge.
Oatmeal isn’t the first thing to pop in mind when it comes to foods that are a treat to eat. With a few clever hacks, it can be and one of the snappiest suhoor recipes to cook up too.
This boring old food could be the reason your stomach thanks you mid-day, as it can keep you feeling full for long.
There are many recipes online to spice up your oats. You can cook them over the stove with water or milk, and sprinkle some sugar or honey to sweeten it.
Alternatively, opt for overnight oats where you can get more creative, such as adding chia seeds, chocolate, peanut butter, cinnamon, fruits and the like for a satisfying meal. And the best part? It’s dorm-friendly, no cooking involved.
If the thought of downing a meal at 4am doesn’t sound appealing, why not make a smoothie instead?
Smoothies are incredibly versatile — you can use any liquids as your base, such as milk, almond milk or soy milk, and add protein powder, vegetables, fruits, Greek yogurt, peanut butter and even quick-cook oats for a good dose of vitamins and minerals.
Breakfast wraps or burritos are easy to make, as the Tasty video above shows (just swap the meat with a halal option).
The best part? You can make them in advance and freeze them so that you only need to nuke it in the microwave for a few minutes for suhoor.
All you need are some wraps, vegetables of your choice (eg. cherry tomatoes, lettuce or thinly grated carrots), some protein (eg. scrambled eggs, chicken, corned beef, any type of beans, etc) and some cheese for a tasty meal.