Top 5 Munchies to Prevent Hangovers

Top 5 Munchies To Prevent Hangovers

Hangovers don’t make for such a great weekend

Everyone loves going out on the weekend and having a good time with their friends, but the next day…is usually not so enjoyable.

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We’ve all been there. Saturday and Sunday mornings spent in bed or on the couch with a pounding headache, while trying not to throw up from the night before. Next thing you know you’ve wasted your whole weekend and didn’t get all those things done you needed to do.

We’ve come up with a list of foods to eat before you start drinking, to help with those hangover woes and hopefully make your weekends a little more enjoyable. From full cooked meals to easy grab and go foods, these munchies are helpful in preventing that hangover.

Top 5 Munchies To Prevent Hangovers

 

1.) Asian Pear Juice

Top 5 Munchies To Prevent Hangovers

Asian pear celery juice with ginger and mint via recipe renovator

According to a study by Australian researchers, if you drink Korean pear juice before the consumption of alcohol, you will experience a less severe hangover. Professor Manny Noakes, the lead researcher on the study, says, “It appears that the factors in Korean pears act on the key enzymes involved in alcohol metabolism … In particular, reductions were seen in blood acetaldehyde levels, the toxic metabolic thought to be responsible for the hangover symptoms, with pear juice consumption.” About 7.4 ounces of the juice can reduce side effects of drinking up to 20%, such as headaches, memory loss, concentration, nausea, and sensitivity to light.

 

2.) Green Vegetables

Top 5 Munchies To Prevent Hangovers
Ultimate Anti-Hangover Green Smoothie via Mind Body Green

This smoothie is a combination of cucumber, avocado, spinach/kale, lemon and ginger which help to promote alkalinity in the body, hydrate you, and flush out any toxins lingering in your body. Alcohol toxins build up in your system cause hangovers. This smoothie is packed with b vitamins and electrolytes that help lessen headaches the next day, this combination of greens and digestives help to calm and nourish an upset digestive system. While anything green might not look the least bit appetizing to most, this smoothie recipe is surprisingly good.

 

3.) Lean Proteins

Top 5 Munchies To Prevent Hangovers
Caprese Chicken & Roasted Broccoli via HelloHealthy

Proteins are the building blocks of your hangover cure. They take longer to digest, giving your liver enough time to recover from those 5 shots you just took. Proteins break down into individual amino acids – the substance that helps detoxify your liver. Alcohol reduces the amount of amino acids in your system, which will make you feel like crud. Eating lean proteins before drinking slows down the absorption of alcohol into your bloodstream, and eating them after helps your body recover from amino-acid depletion caused by drinking. This recipe for Caprese Chicken is a great source of protein, with the added benefit of antioxidants supplied by leafy greens, and delicious cheese.

 

 

4.) Almonds

Almonds are a great portable snack, as well as a preventative hangover cure. Some people say that the Native Americans ate almonds before long nights of drinking to prevent hangovers. Whether or not that’s true, almonds are packed with proteins that help level your blood sugar and are high in Vitamin E and fats that support the liver. If you like dark chocolate, almonds covered in dark chocolate and sea salt is a delicious snack. Dark Chocolate promotes cardiovascular health by improving blood flow to your heart and brain and decreasing inflammation. It also helps replenish magnesium levels that are depleted while drinking. Dark Chocolate Almonds are incredibly easy to make, will help with your hangover symptoms, and you can keep them in your purse or backpack in a plastic container to munch on at any time.

 

 

If all else fails eat this for breakfast

 

5.) Eggs

Top 5 Munchies To Prevent Hangovers
Bacon-wrapped avocado and poached egg via Food Steez

Eggs are a great source of cysteine and taurine, amino acids that help your liver recover after a heavy night of drinking. They also help to mop up leftover toxins from the alcohol. If you are watching your waistline, egg whites will do just the trick, as they are lower in cholesterol than a whole egg. This recipe for bacon-wrapped avocado and poached egg is a food lovers dream. Packed with double protein, lycopene, antioxidants, and potassium, the Rolling Stone from Estrella’s is so much more than just food porn.

 

 

If you remember: Protein + Hydration + Vitamin B = You should be feeling better soon!

 

Chelsea, cocktail blogger at Brio Smart Life
 

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Brio Drink Of The Week: The Irish Buck

Drink of the WeeK: The Irish Buck

“Whiskey, Whiskey, Nancy Whiskey! Whiskey, Whiskey, Nancy-O!”

The citrus twist of this Drink of the Week, The Irish Buck, is sure to put a bit of a Jig in your step.

Brio Drink of the Week: The Irish Buck

Whiskey and Ginger Ale have had a casual love affair for such a long time, that many Irish Whiskey distillers have put their name on this spicy flavored classic.

As part of the Buck family of cocktails, which is mixed with ginger ale or beer and citrus, the Irish Buck is a smooth mixture of Jameson, ginger ale, and lemon juice that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Now let’s show you how you make an Irish Buck!

 

Irish Buck

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Jameson Whiskey
  • 3 Ounces Cold Ginger Ale
  • 1/2 Ounce Lime Juice
  • Lime for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass

 

Preparation

The Irish Buck: Add ice to glass until about 3/4 full. Pour whiskey, ginger ale, and lime juice over ice. Stir together, garnish with lime wedge. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 140 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 18 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 18 Protein (g) 1 Sodium (mg) 25

Try this Irish Buck cocktail.

 
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Drink Of The Week: Gin Rickey

Drink of the Week: Gin Rickey

It’s a Gin Drinker’s Best Friend

The Gin Rickey is a real contender if you are looking to upgrade the classic Gin and Tonic.

Drink Of The Week: Gin Rickey

 

If you love Gin ‘N Tonics, you’re going to love this Drink of the Week: The Gin Rickey. Named after “Colonel Joe” Rickey, the Gin Rickey has delicious herbal qualities derived from the beautiful marriage of juniper berries and lime juice. Gin is known for its particular aroma that is reminiscent to the smell of Christmas trees.

Do you know what F. Scott Fitzgerald’s favorite cocktail was? I’ll give you three guesses, but the first two don’t count. Fitzgerald even makes reference to the cocktail in his novel, The Great Gatsby. With bathtub gin in ready supply from 1920 to 1933, it’s not surprising that cocktails like the Gin Rickey became pretty popular during the Prohibition era.

This low calorie and low carb drink is a favorite for those on a diet, but still wish enjoy a cocktail from time to time. The Gin Rickey is a real contender for if you are looking to upgrade the classic Gin and Tonic. Grab yourself a glass and add this cocktail to your drink list!

 

Gin Rickey

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 1/2 Ounces Gin
  • 1/2 Ounce Fresh Lime Juice
  • 2 Ounces Club Soda
  • Lime Wedges For Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass
  • Scotch Glass

 

Preparation

Pour gin and lime juice over ice in a chilled highball glass. Top with club soda, squeeze in some extra lime from wedge, and mix with stir stick. Garnish with lime wedge, and enjoy!

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 120 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 2.8 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 0.6 Protein (g) 0.1 Sodium (mg) 2

 

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Grab the salt and lime! It's time to mix up this easy classic margarita recipe!

Easy Classic Margarita Recipe

Nothing quite beats the original

Grab the lime and the salt, it’s National Margarita day! So let’s celebrate with this Classic Margarita Recipe.

Drink Of the Week: Classic Margarita

 

February 22nd is National Margarita Day! So what better way to celebrate Margarita Day than with this Classic Margarita Recipe?

Ah, margaritas! How we love you. They are tangy, tasty, and damn right yummy. And there are so many different variations on this frozen favorite, but nothing quite beats that classic lime margarita taste.

For the longest time, margaritas were the only way I could drink tequila. It is not my favorite liqour, and I don’t think it ever really will be. If it’s taste is not masked in the cocktail, I just can’t drink it.

If tequila isn’t your shot of whiskey either, try drinking it is in a Grapefruit Margarita or a Paloma. The fruity tastes of these cocktails really mask the flavor of the tequila. Especially if you use a cheaper tequila, which taste like feet.

We serve this margarita up two ways for those who like it on the rocks or want to chill out with a frozen cocktail. No matter how you drink it, Happy National Margarita Day!

 

Classic Margarita

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 1/2 Ounces Tequila
  • 1 Ounce Triple Sec
  • 3/4 Ounce Lime Juice
  • Simple Syrup for Added Sweetness if Needed
  • Lime Wedge for Garnish
  • Salt for Rim (If Desired)
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Margarita Glass
  • Short Glass
  • Blender (For Frozen Margaritas)

 

Preparation

Prep Your Rim: Run a lime wedge around the rim of your glass. Fill a small plate with salt, and dip the rim into the salt. Set glass aside.

Classic Margarita on the Rocks: In a chilled shaker combine tequila, triple sec, simple syrup (to taste), and lime juice and give it a couple of shakes. Pour over ice, and enjoy!

Frozen Classic Margarita: Add ice and margarita mix to blender. Mix together at a high speed until mixture is fully blended. Pour into prepared glass, and enjoy!

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 168 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 10.67 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.1 Total Sugars (g) 9.82 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 295

 

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Simple Bartender Hacks For Missing Bar Instruments

Simple Bartender Hacks For Missing Cocktail Tools

Add these 5 Cocktail Tool Hacks to your at home bartending skills

Let’s face it. Not all of us have a complete bar at home, stocked with all the tools of the trade. But never fear! Your kitchen holds the key to at home bartending success.

Simple Bartender Hacks For Missing Bar Instruments

Picture this: You get the idea to make a fancy cocktail at home, like this Manhattan cocktail, that you’ve found on Pinterest. You’ve read over the ingredients and instructions, but what’s this? You’re missing the proper equipment to make it. Oh no!

Don’t fret. There are some simple bartender hacks that you can use to make your favorite drinks with tools found in your kitchen. We offer up alternatives for some common cocktail tools in a couple of our Drink of the Week cocktails. These simple bartender hacks can help you get creative with what you put in your glass.

 

Use Measuring Spoons in place of a Jigger

Simple Bartender Hacks For Missing Bar Instruments

What’s a Jigger? Jiggers are the basic hourglass-shaped measuring device used by bartenders to count ounces. Measuring spoons or measuring cups can work wonders in place of a jigger. This might require you to do a little extra math in order to get equivalent amounts. If you can’t remember that 1/2 Ounce is equal to 1 tablespoon, this conversion chart might help.

Replace a cocktail shaker with a Tumbler or Mason Jar

 

Simple Bartender Hacks For Missing Bar Instruments

 

James Bond takes his cocktails shaken, not stirred. Shakers are used to mix drinks, and to chill them when shaken with ice. Basically, any container with a lid will do the trick for this, but a 16-24 oz Tervis Tumbler works great, and you can drink right out of it if you like. A mason jar is the real MVP of bartender tool hacks. It’s a shaker, strainer, and glassware all in one.

We actually utilized hack number two in The Nor’easter

 

No fancy cocktail strainer needed

 

Simple Bartender Hacks For Missing Bar Instruments

 

A strainer does exactly what you think. They keep the ice and chunks of herbs/fruits out of your cocktail when pouring it into a glass. A tea strainer, small kitchen strainer (pictured above), whisk, or slotted spoon will do the trick in place of a cocktail strainer.

 

Swap out a Bar Spoon with common kitchen stirrers

 

Simple Bartender Hacks For Missing Bar Instruments

 

Bar spoons are used to stir together drink ingredients, and are elongated to reach the bottom of high shafted glassware. Straws, kitchen spoons, tongue depressors (Popsicle sticks), and coffee swizzle sticks work just as well, and are more likely to be in your house at any given time. Using party straws and swizzle sticks can add a nice touch to your drinks as well.

 

Lastly, know how to pour the perfect cocktail

 

 

You can use these bartender hacks to mix yourself up on of our Drink of the Week cocktails. You’ve Earned it!

 

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No Valentine? No Problem! Have yourself a Selfintine's Day instead!

No Valentine? No Problem! Have yourself a Selfintine’s Day instead!

Indulge yourself this Valentine’s Day!

On the most love-filled day of the year, why not show some love for yourself? Spend this Valentine’s day with some of these self-indulgent ideas.

Happy Selfintine's Day

Valentine’s Day doesn’t need to be all about showering someone else with gifts and loving. If you have no valentine this year, splurge on some self love and be your own awesome valentine.

Try some of these self-indulgent ways to shower yourself in appreciation for valentine’s day.

 

Pamper Yourself


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Treat yourself to a day of self care and pampering! Take a long bath with a glass of wine, get that deluxe mani/pedi that you’ve always wanted, or rejuvenate yourself with a relaxing facial or massage. Spending a spa day to yourself or with your other single friend(s) might just be what the doctor ordered.

 

Enjoy a home crafted cocktail

This refreshing Pink Grapefruit Mimosa recipe can be a cocktail or a mocktail

Grapefruit Mimosa recipe via brio smart life

Crack open some bubbly and celebrate the awesomeness of you. Whether you are planning to spend Valentine’s day alone or with some friends, we’ve got dozens of cocktail recipes for you to enjoy! You’re going to love this Ultimate Grapefruit Mimosa Cocktail/Mocktail combo!

 

Make it Galentine’s Day


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What’s Galentine’s day? It’s only the best day of the year! Get all your gals together and hit the town. Go to your favorite restaurant, hit the clubs, and celebrate the awesomeness of you with your girlfriends. There will be other singles doing the same thing on Valentine’s day, so get your flirt on if you want. It’s all up to you tonight.

 

Indulge Your Sweet Tooth

Indulge Your Sweet Tooth on Selfintine's Day
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Crack open Pinterest and find the most sinfully decadent dessert you can find, and eat it. This chocolate covered strawberry trifle from Lovestru.ck Events is to die for! Or try this molten chocolate lava cake recipe from Giverecipe that is super easy to make and is as delicious as it looks. It tastes even better is you use dark chocolate.

 

Go Watch a Movie


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Whether your in the mood for an awesome action flick, some tear jerking romance or bust your sides laughing comedy, grab your single friends and head out to the theater. Check your local movie theater listings on Fandango.

Don’t feel like going out or doling out the money to go to the theater? Create yourself a movie marathon of all your favorite movies. Pajama day and a movie marathon can be a great way to entertain yourself and stay comfy at the same time.

 

Have a Series Day


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Binge watch your favorite series on Netflix or Hulu, or find a whole new series to watch. Make some snacks, put on your hang out pants, and not have a care in the world…except for maybe when you get to the end of the series. Why is the season you want never on there?!

 

Have a Party

Have a little extra fun. Call all your friends and have an awesome party. Good friends, good music, and awesome drinks will liven up the night. Need some drink ideas? Check out the Drink of the Week page for some awesome cocktail recipe ideas.

 

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Drink of the Week: Sweet Love’n Martini

Drink of the Week - Sweet Love'n Martini

 

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day!

This Drink of the Week is a mash up of the Melting Pot‘s crowd favorite Love Martini and the Woo Woo cocktail. The Peach and cranberry merge to add sweet flavor, while the mixture of rum and Vodka give it a smooth feel. The Sweet Love’n Martini is a delicious combination that will complement a romantic evening with your Valentine.

 

Sweet Love’n Martini

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • .75 Ounces Light Rum
  • .75 Ounces Peach Schnapps
  • .75 Ounces Vodka
  • 4.5 Ounces Cranberry Juice
  • Strawberries for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Jigger
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Martini Glass

 

Preparation

Pour the rum, peach schnapps, vodka, and cranberry juice into the shaker. If your cranberry juice is not chilled, add ice into the shaker. Shake the cocktail mixture together, and pour into martini glass. Garnish drink with a strawberry and enjoy! For extra dreaminess, rim the martini glass with pink or red sugar first.

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal)250 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 25.8 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 15.7 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 13.4

 

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Drink of the Week: Broncos Orange Shandy

DOTW-DenverBroncosOrangeShandy

 

Get ready for Super Bowl 50!

Don’t cry Bronco Fans, we’ve got you covered too. This Super Bowl themed Drink of the Week comes to us from the folks at Creative Culinary: The Denver Broncos Orange Shandy. Beer and orange juice might sound like an odd combination, but they prove to be great team players in this cocktail. Will Peyton come out on top? Fingers crossed Broncos.

 

Denver Broncos Orange Shandy

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 8 Ounces Tequila
  • 2 Ounces Triple Sec
  • 2 Ounces Orange Juice
  • 24 Ounces Chilled Lager
  • Orange for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Pitcher or Punch Bowl
  • Pilsner Glass
  • Highball Glass

 

Preparation

In a pitcher or punch bowl, mix together tequila, triple sec, and orange juice. Add the lager to mixture and stir. Fill a pilsner or highball glass with ice, and pour cocktail mix into glass. Recipe serves 4 to 6. Enjoy!

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 210 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 9 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 11 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 11

 

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Drink of the Week: Adios Denver Broncos Cocktail

Drink of the Week - Adios Denver Broncos

 

Get ready for Super Bowl 50!

Looking for a drink that will knock your socks off as you watch the big game this Sunday? The Adios Denver Broncos is here to add a bit of Carolina Blue to your Super Bowl party. In this Super Bowl themed Drink of the Week, we used lemonade instead of Club Soda or 7-Up® to put a little Carolina twist on the classic Adios Motherfucker (AMF) cocktail. Keep Pounding Panthers Nation.

 

Adios Denver Broncos (AMF)

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 Ounce Vodka
  • 1/2 Ounce Rum
  • 1/2 Ounce Tequila
  • 1/2 Ounce Gin
  • 1/2 Ounce Blue Curacao
  • 2 Ounces Sweet and Sour Mix
  • 2 Ounces Lemonade
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Jigger or Shot glass
  • Pilsner Glass
  • Highball Glass

 

Preparation

First pour vodka, rum, tequila, gin, blue curacao, and sweet and sour mix over ice. Top the mixture with lemonade and give it a quick stir. Enjoy!

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 191 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 10 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 9 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 11

 

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Drink of the Week - Sgroppino

Drink of the Week: Sgroppino

Just like Nona used to make!

Move over Margaritas, this delicious Venetian classic is here ‘to untie’ your choke hold on the frozen cocktail competition! Mix yourself up some citrus deliciousness with this Drink of the Week: the Sgroppino al Limone.

Drink of the Week - Sgroppino
 

Italian classics make great cocktails, don’t you think?

Who doesn’t love a good lemon sorbet? Especially when it’s lovingly drenched in vodka and Prosecco. The Sgroppino is a summer favorite in Venice, Italy where temperatures dance in the mid-80’s during the summer months. This drink was made and passed around by the aunts and uncles at some summer family dinners when I was a kid. Of course, I couldn’t enjoy it back them, but now I find myself sipping on them in the southern summer heat on the back porch as early as mid-April.

While it is undervalued in restaurants and cocktail bars here in the US, the Sgroppino al Limone is a popular Italian favorite as a common palate cleanser that makes for a wonderful dessert drink. In Italy, ‘digestivos’ are commonly drunk after a meal, but this digestivo is so fresh and clean that it makes a great companion for a warm sunny day. They help to refresh you after the meal and restore you in the heat a bit. Here’s how to whisk yourself up this delicious little treat.

 

Sgroppino al Limone

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Cup Chilled Prosecco
  • 2 Tbs Chilled Vodka
  • 1/3 Cup Lemon Sorbet
  • 1/4 Tsp Fresh Chopped Mint
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Small bowl or pitcher
  • Whisk
  • Champagne Flutes

 

Preparation

Sgroppino al Limone: Chill champagne flutes in the freezer for 4 to 5 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together the Prosecco, Vodka, and lemon sorbet in a small chilled bowl or pitcher. Remember to not whisk too much or it will become too liquidy. Remove glasses from freezer, pour in the Sgroppino mixture, and garnish with mint. For extra lemony flavor, add a spoonful of the lemon sorbet on top. Divertiti (Enjoy yourself)!

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 157 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 12.5 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 1 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 7

 

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