A Powerful Breakfast for Fasting Muslims...and Everyone Else

I've been with my husband for almost 13 years of Ramadan.  The hardest part for him has always been eating enough at breakfast to get through 17 hours of fasting.  I searched blogs and recipe books, written by Muslims, but the best solution comes from a combination of sources unrelated to Muslims. I found advice from weightlifters and people with successful weight loss. What a bonus if it keeps weight off and gives energy.

It all boils down to protein and fiber. And the best part is that it can be made ahead. It's a steel cut oatmeal mix. This is accompanied by a vegetable juice, made in a juicer.

Power Oatmeal

4 cups steel cut oats
1/2 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup hemp seeds
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/4 cup couscous
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup coconut sugar

Mix all ingredients and store in an airtight container. When you're ready to cook it up, mix 1 cup power oatmeal with 3 cups water or milk (you can use almond milk or coconut milk) in a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Then turn burner to low and cook uncovered for 25 minutes, adding more liquid if it becomes too thick. Be sure to stir this as it cooks. At this point, you can eat it or put it in the refrigerator for the next day.  I find this enough for 4 servings.

Top with greek yogurt, nuts, and mixed berries.

Power Juice

2 stalks celery
1 cucumber
2 carrots
handful of spinach
1 beet
2 apples
1 tbsp. chunk fresh ginger

This makes 2 large glasses of juice.

If you still feel hungry, a hard boiled egg added to this combination might help.


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