The eve of the holy month of Ramadan is only a few days away, and if you have missed out on stocking up your kitchen with the necessary items, then here’s our compilation of the must-have items in your Ramadan shopping list.
The idea for this blog came to us when we were covering the Coronavirus shopping list, where we briefly mentioned that our list can keep you and your family satisfied for days without anyone having to leave the house and without panic-buying the stuff you don’t need.
So, without further ado, let’s get stocking!
Must-Have Things on Your Ramadan Shopping List
Ramadan – the most sacred and festive month in the Muslim world – is almost upon us. Similar to previous years, the arrival of the month means multiple trips to markets and grocery stores to shop for the stuff needed for suhoor and iftar.
Unlike previous years, we’d like to help you welcome the blessed month of Ramadan in full spirit and health, so we have put together a list of some healthy items for iftar and suhoor that you must add to your cart when you are moving from aisle to aisle. These include:
- Berries, Dry Fruits, and Nuts
- Brown Rice
- Himalayan Salt
- Low-Carb Cooking Oil
- Vegetables and Fruits
Now, let’s explore the logic behind adding these items to your list of grocery shopping for Ramadan.
Berries, Dry Fruits, and Nuts
The first thing to add to your grocery list for Ramadan is berries, dry fruits, and nuts. We recommend adding these because walnuts, almonds, pistachios, and all types of berries are a great source of healthy nutrients. They are also used in a variety of dishes from suhoor to iftar. They also make a healthy snack for those uncontrollable pre-suhoor and post-iftaar cravings. Snacking on nuts and berries will help you feel light during the fast.
One of the most essential things to buy before Ramadan is a bag of rice. Besides samosas and other fried food, we really look forward to the dishes that include rice, especially biryani. So, if you use rice excessively during Ramadan, it is best to replace white rice with brown rice.
The next and most important item on our grocery list for Ramadan is dates. We do not need to explain the benefits and importance of dates to our Muslim readers. Dates are a quintessential part of this month, and we all tend to fill up our fridges with dates and like to give or receive dates as a gift in this month.
They are a good source of vitamins, minerals, and energy that can keep you fresh and active throughout the day. If you do not like eating it raw, you can find many varieties of dates in the market, such as date chocolates, almond filled dates, or snack bars made of date. You can even use dates for a variety of recipes and smoothies.
Do not underestimate the value of dates by looking at their size. They might seem small, but having a few dates can, surprisingly, keep you satisfied for longer than expected. Moreover, these éclair-like fruits are also a good source to satisfy your cravings for something sweet.
Among the many concerns of Ramadan, staying hydrated is our top priority. It might not sound like a big deal, but replacing your table salt with Himalayan salt can make a huge difference. Since it is produced via natural methods without any harmful chemicals and additives, this particular type of salt is best to keep hydrated and active.
On a side note, Himalayan salt also goes well with fruit chaat and lemonade.
Low-Carb Cooking Oil
Iftars without samosas and other such fried items just feel incomplete. While keeping yourself energised with the right is among the many essential things to do during this holy month, we need to make sure that our health isn’t negatively affected, and we stay productive throughout the day.
Eating a balanced portion of nutrients will help you keep fit and hydrated throughout. If you cannot give up on fried items, it is best to replace your regular oil with the one that has low-carb such as olive oil or coconut oil. Since olive oil and coconut oil are costlier than canola in most parts of Pakistan, you should only use it for frying.
Vegetables and Fruits
We tend to forget about vegetables this month since it is a month full of festivities. Just because it is Ramadan, you shouldn’t forget that vegetables and fruits add a much-needed balance to your diet.
So, this was our list of things that you should add to your Ramadan grocery list. We have only mentioned the must-haves to keep our list short.
We know for a fact that Ramadan 2020 is going to be a bit different around the world due to the current global pandemic. So, we will now answer your questions about what is the best time for Ramadan grocery shopping.
Best Time for Ramadan Grocery Shopping
As mentioned earlier, everything about Ramadan is the same except for the fact that we are dealing with a global crisis this time around. Your priority should be staying safe from the current virus outbreak and remaining healthy throughout. Further, grocery shops and markets tend to get crowded in Ramadan.
Ideally, you should plan your trip to the grocery market a week before Ramadan’s eve. Make sure to only go to the places that are maintaining all the protocols of social distancing. This way, you can easily prepare and plan your meal plans in advance and help minimise the risk of getting infected with the virus.
On the other hand, some of us make frozen food items at home and need to store a few things in advance to avoid standing in long queues. Hence, a week before the holy month begins is the best time to buy groceries for Ramadan.
Ramadan Shopping Tips
Ramadan brings in a sense of spirituality and gratefulness. It is the time where we meditate and ponder over the blessings that we have been awarded. We take care of the needy and look forward to iftar invitations. This time around, it might not be the same, and we might not be able to attend social gatherings as much as we did before.
That said, we have to adjust to the change and do our best to care for ourselves and others. Here’re a few tips to keep in mind before you head out for Ramadan grocery shopping:
- You should opt for stores that are taking online orders for groceries. Take a look at our recently published blog on stores that are delivering groceries at your doorstep in Karachi. That way, you can protect yourself and others around you. It can also make your shopping hassle-free.
- If you must go out, make sure you are following all the protocols of staying safe from the Coronavirus. You can take help from our recently published guide on safe grocery shopping during the virus outbreak.
- When you are going across different aisles, you might end up adding the stuff to your cart that you really do not need but were tempted to buy. Remember to stick to your grocery list and do not buy unnecessary or unhealthy food items that can take a toll on your health and pocket, too. Further, we advise you to either go alone for grocery shopping or take just one person along to help you load and unload the items. Make sure you are not taking along children or elderly people since grocery markets tend to get crowded this time around.
- Do not panic if you look at another person’s cart – you might feel like piling up yours too. You never know the reason behind why their cart contains what it does. They might have a bigger family than you, or they might be shopping for their neighbours or other family members. All in all, just stick to your personal plan of buying.
- Before you start preparing your Ramadan shopping list, take a trip to the grocery market, and conduct an in-depth inspection of your pantry, cupboards, and fridge. Look for things that you already have at home, so you do not end up buying more than you need. Try to use the first-bought item rather than bringing a new bag.
- Do not eat too many fried and oily things. Try to cook as many meals at home as possible. This includes fried items. If you must eat from outside, make sure the restaurant is following all the protocols of hygiene.
- Although we do not need to mention this, you should remember that Ramadan is about sharing and caring. So, do not forget the needy in this sacred month. Make sure everyone around you is fed and cared for.
This brings us to the end of our post on important items to add to your Ramadan shopping list. We hope that you choose the right food that will help you stay fit, hydrated, happier, and lighter during the fast. Tell us what you think is the most exciting thing about Ramadan at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also send us your questions and suggestions on our Facebook Page.
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