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Best foods to stay hydrated in Ramadan- in a lockdown

The best foods to eat during Ramadan are the foods that will keep you hydrated throughout the day. The 2021 Ramadan happening in a pandemic and a lockdown will be a Ramadan like no other.  Over 1 billion Muslims around the world, will be joined by about 1 million Canadians for the Ramadan holy month of fasting, prayer and reflection 


Here are the best foods to eat during the Ramadan and hot weather to keep hydration levels up and provide a variety of nutrients. These 12 foods contain over 85% water, making them a great choice for a persons hydration needs, when the body loses water and vital electrolyte. 


1. Cucumber 

At 96.73%, Cucumbers contain the highest water content and a great source of potassium. They also contain phosphorus, magnesium, and a small amount of calcium. It is the No1 food item for staying hydrated during the Ramadan 


Best foods to stay hydrated in Ramadan- in a lockdown

2. Lettuce 

Iceberg lettuce has a 95.64% water content. Although this pale green, crunchy lettuce variety is not as nutrient dense as some of its leafy green counterparts, it still offers health benefits. It is low in carbohydrates  and sugar but contains fiber, potassium and zinc. People may be surprised to learn that lettuce could also help in sleep. 


3. Celery 

Celery is next on the list of best foods for the Ramadan. This light green, crunchy vegetable is low in calories, protein, and carbohydrates but packs a punch with fiber. It also provides Vitamin A and K and potassium. In addition, celery makes a good snack. Popular serving ideas include spreading peanut butter or almond butter on the top. This gives it lots of extra protein.


4. Tomatoes 

Your good old tomatoes has a water  content of 94.52%, and is rich in fiber. It is therefore effective in keeping hydrated during the Ramadan. Tomatoes also contain lycopene, which helps prevent cells damage. 

Best foods to stay hydrated in Ramadan- in a lockdown

5. Romain lettuce 

Romaine lettuce is crisp and not far behind iceberg lettuce in terms of water content. It provides various nutritional benefits and also a good source of Vitamin A, C and K


6. Zucchini 

Commonly called summer squash, zucchini contains manganese, potassium, Vitamins A, C and K, as well as magnesium. It also has antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin, which may help fight damage to the bodys DNA. It is packed with a water content of 92.73%.


7. Watermelon 

Watermelon is a summer favourite as its hydrating benefits are a great fit for hot weather and Ramadan. This sweet fruit contains mainly water as well as vitamin C, vitamin A, several B vitamins, potassium, zinc, copper, and many other minerals. A cup of diced watermelon also contains just 45.6 calories.


8. Spinach 

Spinach makes a great base for salads and one of the best foods for Ramadan. People can also blend it into a smoothie with sweet fruit. For those who find spinach too bitter, mixing it with sweet fruit in a smoothie can help balance out the taste. 


This leafy green vegetable packs a lot of nutrition and fiber with very few calories. It also contains calcium, iron, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin K, fiber, and folate. The water content is 91.4%.


9. Strawberries 

Strawberries contain antioxidants that fight damage from free radicals. They are high in fiber and low in calories. The water content. The sweet tasting fruit has a water content of 90.95% and is also one of Ramadans best foods. 


10. Cantaloupe 

Also known as muskmelon, cantaloupe is high in fiber and Vitamin C. It  makes an excellent summer and Ramadan snack. Like many other orange fruits and vegetables, it is also a source of beta carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A.


11. Kale 

Kale has 89.63% water content. It is  a nutrient dense, leafy green vegetable that also  contains calcium, fiber, protein, and omega-3fatty acids. Kale is a good plant based source of iron and some B vitamins, as well as anti-inflammatory phytochemical. It is also one of Ramadans best foods. 

Best foods to stay hydrated in Ramadan- in a lockdown

12. Broccoli 

Broccoli may not be the first food that comes to mind when people think of hydrating foods, but this cruciferous vegetable is almost 90% water. It contains several different antioxidants and is also a source of fiber, iron, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin K.


Other vegetables and fruits recommended to stay hydrated during the Ramadan include peaches, oranges, soy milk, carrots, pineapples and apples. 


All these foods will keep you healthy and hydrated during the Ramadan fasting period and indeed all seasons. 

Best foods to stay hydrated in Ramadan- in a lockdown

Stay happy. Stay healthy. Stay hydrated. Even in a lockdown. 




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