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. 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
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
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
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.
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
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!