Preparing for Ramadan
If you are fasting in Ramadan this year, you can save precious time by starting to prepare now.
• Plan your Ramadan menu. Spend about an hour or two listing the dishes that you plan to serve throughout the entire month and prepare a shopping list. Remember to account for both family favourites and dietary restrictions.
• Buy tinned and dried food – such as dates if you intend to soak them in milk or water for Iftar.
• Bulk cook and freeze food in suitable portion sizes. For example, stews, soups, sauces, porridge and curry dishes.
Gifts and cards
• Buy or make your Eid gifts and cards early.
• Wrap and label gifts and put them in a safe place.
• If you drink a lot of caffeinated drinks - such as coffee, tea, carbonated soft drinks or energy drinks - reduce and ideally remove them from your diet in advance to help you avoid ‘withdrawal’ symptoms, such as headaches and tiredness.
• Start to eat smaller meals to prepare for the fast. Try and include food from the major food groups:
• fruit and vegetables.
• bread, cereals and potatoes.
• meat, fish, eggs, beans or protein alternatives.
• milk and dairy foods.
• foods containing fat and sugar.
• If you find it difficult to get up in time for Fajr, start going to bed earlier and set the alarm for Fajr time.
• Calculate your Zakat obligations. Ramadan is a time for generosity and giving, and an important part is the payment of Zakat. If you’re unsure if you qualify to give Zakat, or what level of Zakat to pay, Al Rayan Bank online Zakat Calculator can help.