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Milk and Dates: A perfect Ramadan drink

Ramadan is one of the holiest months of the year in the Islamic tradition. Muslims from all across the world observe rigorous fasts and celebrate the month of Ramadan with full fervor. It involves refraining from eating or drinking during the day time hours. The basic idea behind this is to inculcate a sense of self restraint. Two special meals a day are allowed -one before the sunrise (Suhoor or Sehri), and one as the sun sets, when people break their fasts with a meal called ‘Iftar’.

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After the sunset call of Maghrib prayer, Muslim break their fast by having dates and milk. They begin their Iftar by consuming dried dates that have been soaked overnight in milk, in adherence to the teachings of Prophet Mohammad, who, it is believed, broke his fast in a similar way. While a plain glass of milk with dates is the traditional Ramadan drink, you can also try your hand at spicing things up with mouth-watering dishes with stuffed dates.

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Ramadan has fallen in summers this season, and abstaining from food and drinks throughout the day may cause your body to lose liquids and lead to dehydration. The customary dates and milk is the best way to avoid dehydration in an effective manner. Even otherwise, it is a delicious drink to have whenever you crave for something that is sweet and healthy.

Delicious Creamy Date Shake

Date Shake is not just extremely tasty but also very healthy and filling due to its high fiber content. It is a great way to incorporate the healthy dates and dairy into your Sehri or Iftar feast.

Ingredients

  • eglet Noor dates/Mejdool dates (pitted)½ cup
  • whole milk½ cup
  • whole-milk yogurt½ cup
  • heavy cream2 tablespoons
  • honey (optional)2 tablespoons

Directions

  1.  Remove any seeds and stems from the dates.
  2. In a large blender combine all the ingredients and blend for at least one minute, or until the mixture is smooth or to the preferred texture.
  3. Pour into glasses and serve with a straw for easier drinking.

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Health Benefits of Consuming Dates

Dates are a rich source of vitamins and minerals. They are cholesterol-free and contain very low fat content. They are also a rich source of protein, dietary fiber and rich in vitamin B1, B2, B3 and B5, along with vitamin A1 and C. Dates also promote a healthy digestive system. They are low-calorie snacks that are specially preferred by health conscious people. Containing various natural sugars, they serve as amazing energy boosters as well. They also promote a healthy nervous system and reduce risk of stroke.

Dates are rich in iron and are very useful in treating anemia. They contain fluorine that slows down the process of tooth decay. They are also helpful for people suffering from constipation. Dates even help in weight gain.  They also help in improving eye sight and help in curing night blindness as well.

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So this Ramadan, create a delicious indulgence in the form of milk and dates. As the dates perfectly melt in the milk, relish this simple and classic combination with your friends and family.