When visiting the Ramadan bazaar, it is hard not to be overwhelmed due to the variety of foods and drinks on offer.
As if the mouth-watering delicacies are not distracting enough, sometimes the massive crowd can also leave you feeling rushed to buy things, just so you can be done with your purchase and go back home to avoid that uncomfortable scene.
Follow these tips to shop for healthier food and drink at Ramadan bazaar:
1. Make a shopping list
Making a shopping list is a ‘sacred’ ritual which must be adhered prior to going shopping; any kind of shopping. Not only will making a list helps you tremendously in budgeting your spending, it will also help you to avoid buying impulsively and waste money on unnecessary things. Before visiting the Ramadan bazaar, take into account your total calorie requirement when making your list. Make sure you stick to your list (this also helps in disciplining yourself every time you go out shopping!).
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2. Remember the 2-Fruit Rule
For breaking fast, remember to buy at least two different types of fresh fruit. Aside from being an excellent source of minerals and vitamins, fruits also provide the necessary fibre in order to overcome or avoid constipation, which is somewhat inevitable when fasting if you don’t consume enough fibre.
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3. Remember the 2-Veggie Rule
You should always have fresh vegetables for the main meal. Remember to buy at least two types of vegetable-based dish on a daily basis. Eating a diet rich in vegetables as part of an overall healthy diet may reduce risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke; while eating a diet rich in some vegetables may protect against certain types of cancers.
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4. Remember the 2-Limit Rule
Try to limit your purchase of kuih to only two types on a daily basis. If you do however choose kuihs which are deep fried or high in coconut milk content, limit the consumption to alternate days, and be sure to drink plenty of water.
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5. Make a special request
It is best if you could totally avoid foods such as burger, hotdog, roti john (or even kebab, depending on its serving); but there’s nothing wrong if you want to indulge in them every once in a while. Specifically request the food seller to put less chilli sauce, tomato ketchup and mayonnaise on your food. Additionally, specifically request that less sugar is added to the fruit juices or cordial drink that you are buying.
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6. Opt for foods with healthy cooking method
Wisely choose dishes which are prepared and cooked in a healthier method, for example grilled, boiled or steamed. Also, it’s recommended that you make fish-based dishes as your main source of protein for buka puasa, as opposed to meat or chicken.
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