Ramadan may not be the start of a new year, but it brings with it resolutions. Resolutions that are of faith, health, and at times of the culinary arts.
Some important [read: successfully unpopular] resolutions include, but are not limited to: eating less of oily and fried items, have more fruits and vegetables, pray so much all your sins are forgiven, shop till you drop, and more. And so this Ramadan, I too, have decided to do something for the better. You see, the bulk load of my work requires to be carried out after iftaar. And I cannot process if I devour “generic iftaar platter set menu combo #001”; I feel bloated and therefore lethargic.
Therefore, every day, I bring muesli to work in a Ziploc bag. And in a flask, about half a litre of fruit juice. On the way, I purchase a 200ml carton of chocolate milk, chilled. Just before iftaar, I pour the cereal and chocolate milk in a bowl, as eyes around me widen in pleasant surprise. I have been praised for my healthy effort — I am the talk of the office canteen. My methods have been featured in Instagram stories — what more could I ask for?
But yeah, I do think about dunking that beguni in the haleem once in a while. Force of habit, just like life.