The best form of suhoor is dates as understood from the following hadith of the Prophet (saws), “How excellent are dates as the believer’s suhoor.” [(Sahih) Abu Dawood (2/303)]
Prepare a fruit salad and refrigerate the night before to save time and energy.
Green foods increase the fat content of breastmilk and will give you an energy boost. Collards, spinach, kale, wheat grass, or any other green leafy vegetables can be juiced or chopped into smoothies. Spirulina, kelp, barley grass, alfalfa leaf and herbs are also great green foods to add to your morning drink. Here is an easy recipe for a Green Smoothie for Breastfeeding Mothers.
Oats are the most commonly used food to increase milk supply in the U.S. It is one of the most nutritious foods and contains proteins, vitamins, minerals, and trace elements. Save time by mixing raw oats and water the night before and placing the bowl in the refrigerator. In the morning it will be thickened and can be eaten cold or warm. Stir in dried fruits, nuts and butter for a boost of nutrients. Oats can also be prepared in advance as granola or breakfast bars for suhoor.
Chickpeas are known to increase milk supply. Also, the sesame seed butter or tahini is a strong source of calcium. I highly recommend making your own hummus because it is less expensive and easy. For an extra boost of nutrients and to your milk supply, add extra raw or roasted garlic.
Baked yams can be prepared the previous night and eaten cold or warmed in the morning. Sprinkle with a little brown sugar and butter for extra flavor.
Make a pot of soup to last a few days. Add fennel for if need to increase your milk supply. Mung beans and fava beans (foul) are great alternatives.
Nuts are great for suhoor because they require no preparation. Macadamia nuts and cashews are also known to support milk supply.
Whole Wheat Pancakes
Again, these can be prepared the night before and served cold or warm. Add flaxseed to your batter for extra nutrients, especially omega-3 fatty acids. Here is a recipe for Mama’s Milkie Morning Pancakes. And here is another delicious recipe, Almond Butter-Flaxseed Pancakes.
Reddish vegetables are full of beta-carotene which is needed in extra amounts during lactation. Beets are a wonderful source of minerals and iron. I made these muffins the other day and they were delicious! If you don’t like beets, these carrot muffins are great as well.
I know this isn’t a food but it is important that you hydrate yourself when fasting. Avoid filling your stomach with water at suhoor. Instead, be conscious of your fluid intake starting at Maghrib and moderately drink throughout the night.