The holy month of Ramadan is almost upon us and I’m so excited because this will be my first Keto Ramadan. I wonder how I’ll fare differently since I’ve been wet fasting for 3 months now. I’m already used to 12-16 hours of no food, and most days I don’t feel as thirsty as my first month on IF. But then again, Ramadan will start May 5 or 6, Insha Allah, and that’s peak summer here in Saudi.
I talked to my husband about staying Keto or at least Low carb this coming Ramadan. This year, we want to keep things simple in keeping with Allah’s wishes:
“And eat and drink but waste not by extravagance, certainly He (Allâh) likes not Al-Musrifûn (those who waste by extravagance)”[al-A‘raaf 7:31]
The Game Plan
We’re up for the challenge, and so here I am trying to churn out ideas for a Low Carb Ramadan Menu. Basically, Suhoor has to be filling enough to keep us satiated for a few hours. Iftar needs to be light enough that it won’t make us sluggish during Taraweeh prayers, and then we’d have dinner after Taraweeh. On top of that, we also need to stay hydrated to compensate for the long dry fast during the day.
- Suhoor: Avocado shake or hot cocoa, keto bread + tuna or chicken sandwich spread, scrambled eggs with cream cheese, and water.
- Iftar: 1pc. date and water, low carb soup, 1-2 Keto samosa or Keto Empanada
- Before Taraweeh Prayers: Bulletproof Coffee
- After Taraweeh (Dinner): Meat, broccoli, cheese, nuts, and water + apple cider vinegar.
- Snack: Keto sweets
It’s not so very different from what we normally eat, except for the dates and Keto Samosas. I do wonder how I can stay in Ketosis if I’m going to eat dates but I plan to only eat one date per day, just enough to meet the Sunnah. I measured that already, one pitted date is about 8-10 gram. It’s roughly 7g of carbohydrates.
I don’t know if I’ll stay under 20g net carbs, but I do plan to stay well under 50g total carbs, InshaAllah. Then our focus would be on good fats to stave off hunger pangs, and protein that takes longer to digest than carbs. If it still kicks me out of Ketosis, that’s alright. Ramadan only happens once a year. It’ll be worth it.
Insha Allah, we will have a blessed Radaman filled with mindful remembrance of Allah’s presence and bounty.