Meal Plan for a Halal Diet

The term 'Halal' is Arabic meaning 'permissible' and there are certain foods which are not allowed under Islamic law, therefore Muslims follow a Halal diet. Foods and substances which are considered forbidden or 'haraam' include

  • Pork or any pig-based products including gelatine (look on ingredient lists)
  • Blood
  • Animals slaughtered in the name of anyone but God
  • Carrion
  • All carnivorous animals, with the exception of most fish and sea animals
  • All intoxicants including alcohol
  • Frogs and other amphibians

Most Muslims consider all fish to be Halal, though a few avoid shellfish (shrimp, lobster, crab, clams, etc.). Thankfully, in modern Western society, many manufactured foods are labelled suitable for Halal.

Muslims may also want to look at our Meal Plan for Ramadan

The following example Halal meal plan has been designed to be nutritionally balanced to suit a Muslim adult who follows a relatively sedentary job lifestyle, for weight maintenance. This plan is merely an example and needs to be adapted to suit an individual's own lifestyle, daily routine and nutritional requirements. Use this to give you an idea of what are healthy nutritious foods to include, but don't forget to vary food choices and to drink plenty of water through the day.

High fibre cereal (like Weetabix, bran flakes, Shreddies, muesli, porridge, etc) + 200ml skimmed milk + 1 tsp sugar
200ml fruit juice
Mug tea/coffee
Handful mixed nuts
Item fruit
Home-made vegetable soup
2 slices granary bread
2 chicken / turkey / beef slices
Mixed salad inc tbsp sunflower seeds
Low fat / low sugar yoghurt
2 oatcakes
Item fruit
Evening Meal
Chicken breast or lean meat* or daal
Basmati rice or quinoa or couscous or pasta or potatoes or chapatti
Loads of veg or chickpeas** or large salad
2-3 oatcakes + low fat soft cheese

* Chicken and meat may be tandoori cooked; this is a nutritionally healthy method of cooking

** Try not to overcook vegetables as there will be loss of some micronutrients instead boil lightly, steam, microwave or wok fry them.

Plans for people with illness or medical conditions in no way should override advice provided specifically for you by your doctor, clinical dietitian or other clinician. We advise that you seek the advice of a suitably qualified physician before commencing any exercise regime, following any dietary or nutritional regimen or beginning the use of any dietary supplements, legal or otherwise. The information provided on the Website is intended as information only and does not constitute advice. Therefore, it must not be relied on to assist in making or refraining from making a decision, or to assist in deciding on a course of action.