Many people make the mistake of eating too many carbohydrates like cereals (hot and cold), oatmeal, fruit, even candy for their first meal of the day thinking they are boosting their energy levels. This is a mistake. While you will get a boost, it will be short-lived and you will be left feeling tired a few hours later.
Suhuur needs to be packed with protein to keep blood sugar levels from dipping too low, among other things. There needs to be some carbs too, but getting enough carbs is never a problem for most of us.
One protein option is to make protein smoothies. My naturopathic doctor recommends that I use whey protein powder — specifically Designer’s Whey or Trader Joe’s store brand. She advises against soy protein powder citing it’s negative impact on the body (more than 90% of the soy produced in the U.S. is genetically modified).
Whey is what is left over when making cheese. It is dried into a powder after lactose and fat is removed to make whey protein powder. This is why whey protein powder will not bother those who are lactose intolerant.
Here is a non-dairy protein-rich smoothie that will surely be a hit for suhoor.
I made this smoothie using coconut milk that I had frozen in an ice cube tray.
- 1/4 cup coconut milk per person
- 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 cup chocolate almond milk per person (can use dairy milk) **I previously mistakenly wrote 3/4 cup milk
- protein powder (enough to equal about 20 grams of protein)
- Put almond milk and coconut milk in blender. Blend until smooth. If using frozen coconut milk, let unthaw a bit (frozen coconut milk is hard on a blender). Then add a smaller amount of almond milk and blend until frozen coconut milk is mixed well. Then add the rest of the milk.
- Turn off blender.
- Add protein powder
- Pulse blender gently and for a few seconds at a time until the protein powder is incorporated. See Tips below.
- Do not blend protein powder continuously as it will make the drink foamy and frothy.
- Also, do not add ice to this recipe. It will water down the drink.
- If you want a colder smoothie, then freeze the coconut milk and put the almond milk in the freezer for 10 minutes before using.