Top 6 hydrating fruits for Ramadan

What a blessed time of year when the glorious month of Ramadan connects with this sweet summer season. All this heat though, will tire us out quicker in fasting season.

The recommended amount of drinking water is 8-10 glasses per day. In Ramadan it will be a digestive challenge to drink vast amounts in short periods, particularly after breaking the fast. 

Top up your water shortage by eating these 6 juicy fruits per meal for bursts of energy.

1. Watermelon

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Blend watermelon chunks with ice and coconut palm sugar for a light Iftaar dessert.

Hydration rating 92%. As this fruit is mostly water and sugar it’s packed with essential rehydration salts magnesium, calcium, sodium and potassium so it can actually hydrate you more effectively than water.

 

2. Oranges

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Squeeze fresh orange juice into chocolate drinks and cut up segments into fruit salads.

Hydration rating 87% water. Oranges are sweet and packed with more than 100% of the daily recommended value for vitamin C.

 

3. Berries

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Eat berries with cereal for Suhoor (morning meal) or as a parfait with yoghurt and granola.

Strawberries rank as the 4th strongest antioxidant fruit and are made up of 92% water. Raspberries and blueberries are also at their peak during the summer. Full of vitamin C, berries are known to clear the arteries, regulate blood sugar and taste awesome. Go for organic, eat a handful each day.

 

4. Figs

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Slice fruits with coconut milk ice cream/Kulfi, blend into a fig smoothie or make a fig chutney with some medjool dates for breaking the fast each day.

Known as At-Teen in the Qur’an, these summer beauties are indulgent fudgy fruits with a high-output on the health scale. They’re known to lower blood pressure, improve digestion, help with weight loss; even the leaves of the fig tree lower the insulin required by diabetics.

 

5. Grapes

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Slice into fruit salads or just eat whole. One particular mix-up is eating a single grape with a morsel of cheese and sprinkling of coffee granules. Sounds weird but tastes gooood!

These hydration gems are known for their extremely high content of Resveratrol, a substance that acts as an antioxidant and is heart-friendly. Bursting water with each bite, take your pick from purple, red, black or green. One of summer’s most delicious fruits.

 

6. Grapefruit

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Pan fry segments to caramalise grapefruit and eat with waffles. Cut a fruit in half, sprinkle with fairtrade sugar and scoop to eat with a spoon. *Warning, do not get into eyes. Ow.

Hydration rating 90% water. Sweet but zingy, grapefruits contain only 30 calories and the detoxifying limonoids, which according to research, may inhibit cancer tumours.

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RAMADAN With MARRIOTT

Experience the true essence of the Holy Month at COUNTER CULTURE CAFE, set on the ground level of Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites. Complete with an extensive Iftar buffet ranging from Middle Eastern treats to Indian Sub-Continent specialties, enjoy an interactive open kitchen and an elaborate dessert buffet. A tempting range of a la carte options is available for Suhoor.

AED 99 per person for Iftar (food only), from sunset to 8.30pm
Free for children below 6 years old
Suhoor is served a la carte from 9pm to 3am
Reservations are required, Call +971 4 319 4786

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6 Food & Drink Hacks to elevate your Health & Fitness

There are countless moments in our everyday lives where we have opportunities to do tiny things — decisions and actions that take minimal effort, but can yield a bunch of truly significant benefits to your overall health and wellness.

And when we combine these little things with the bigger, more ambitious activities and habits we implement to meet our fitness, health and happiness goals, we come ever closer to truly living our best lives.

Head over to COUNTER CULTURE CAFE to experience …

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A key highlight of this lifestyle café is the new menu, created by award-winning culinary experts, will feature an irresistible selection of sweet and savoury treats, with a key focus on healthy eating options without sacrificing taste or flavor.

 

Here are 6 simple ways to kick your health & wellness efforts up a notch or two, to have that GREAT life:

1. Green Tea

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Make Green tea a staple by drinking it before or after your meals. It helps stimulate your metabolism, improve you brain function and lower your risk of cancer. Additionally, drinking hot tea helps you relax too.

At Counter Culture Cafe we offer the Green Tea with  Jasmine Flower –  a mild and delicate tea with a pale yellow infusion and pronounced jasmine aroma, naturally enriched with jasmine flowers.

 

2. Pure Dark chocolate

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When you have a craving for a sweet treat, go for a pure dark chocolate. I t is lower in sugar content than you run-of-the-mill candy bar, and it may help lower blood pressure and improve brain function. It’s the smart way to indulge!

Indulge in our range of Dark Hot Chocolate drinks blended exotic ingredients such as Mango + Cardamom; Beetroot + Maple; Mint + Soy milk; and Rum & Espresso, when you visit Counter Culture Cafe

 

3. Avocado

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Embrace the Avocado! they are high in fiber, which helps regulate digestion, and heart healthy fats. It’s much more nutritious topping for your toast than butter or cream cheese.

You must try the Goat cheese & Avocado Crostini from our All-Day Dining Menu at Counter Culture Cafe

 

4. Spin-off Protein

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Put two carb-heavy foods together to make a complete protein. do, if you’re eating grains, add some dairy or legumes, like Cereal + Milk, Rice + Beans or Whole Grain Bread + Peanut Butter.

Treat yourself to a lush Homemade Cereal with peanut butter cookies, fruit & fiber and chocolate milk, part of All-Day Breakfast at Counter Culture Cafe

 

5. Greek Yoghurt

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Toss mayo in favour of some Greek yoghurt. It  has 10 times the protein of mayonnaise and moreover it contains probiotics, which are good for digestion.

 

6. Cayenne Pepper

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If you can handle the heat, don’t be afraid to spice it up. spices such as cayenne pepper and ginger help give your metabolism a boost thanks to their high levels of capsaicin.

They are also said to help prevent cancer, keep your heart healthy and release endorphins in the brain.

 

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Original post by Lean Cuisine/MASHABLE