The halal diet is one followed by adherents of the Muslim faith. It has a number of prohibited foods, including pig products, alcohol, food made from blood and non-halal certified meat. Most other foods are considered halal (not prohibited) as long as they do not come into contact with non-halal foods. While most non-Muslims would not follow this diet, in some cases it might be necessary out of respect for their Muslim family, friends or colleagues.
Eating healthy foods and not eating to excess are encouraged in the halal diet, and plenty of healthy choices remain to achieve this. Eating filling, nutritious snacks is a great way to keep the metabolism charged up and maintain energy levels throughout the day. Here are a few healthy snack choices for followers of the halal diet:
Chapati are a flatbread that are eaten in many Muslim countries around the world. They are made out of whole wheat, and so are high in fiber and have a relatively low glycemic index. They can be eaten dipped in sauces such as peanut sauce (check to make sure it doesn’t include any non-halal ingredients like soy sauce) or in olive oil. They can also be rolled around steamed and spiced vegetables or halal meats. A good, low carb alternative would be wrapping the meats with ice-burg lettuce leaves.
Stuffed vegetables are an elegant and delicious snack that can be prepared in bulk for a meal, then kept for occasional snacks or served to guests. Bell peppers (capsicums), mushrooms, zucchini (courgettes), potatoes and tomatoes can all be hollowed out and filled with a variety of stuffings. These might include rice, ground halal meats, vegetarian or halal certified cheese, almonds, hummus and other vegetables. The stuffed portions should be steamed or roasted, perhaps with a drizzle of olive oil. Stuffed grape leaves are another option, and can be made in large quantities and frozen.
Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds are filling and delicious snacks and have many health benefits. They are a good source of protein, as well as vitamins and minerals and can reduce the likelihood of suffering from heart attacks, diabetes, and dementia. The healthiest option is to eat them with little to no added salt and oil, and to eat a wide variety of different types. Air popped popcorn is another quick, easy and healthy snack.
As long as baked goods like muffins are homemade or certified halal, without containing ingredients like lard or vanilla essence, they are a good option for a snack. Bran muffins contain high amounts of dietary fiber, which is important for the health of the digestive system.
Tuna and Crackers
Tuna and other seafood, such as salmon, are excellent choices as healthy snacks, as they are low in fat and contain omega-3 oils, which are good for the heart and the brain. Crackers should be checked to ensure that they are halal and should, if possible be made with whole grains.
It’s easy to find healthy food choices when following the halal diet. Stick to whole grains, lean proteins and a wide variety of fruits and vegetables for nutritious and delicious snacks.