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11 Nov, 2019

What to eat to beat a hangover

Party season is in full swing and for many of us this can mean waking up with the dreaded hangover. What you eat before drinking alcohol can have a huge impact on how you feel at the end of the night — and the next morning. Nourish yourself with these foods to minimise the somewhat less enjoyable effects of alcohol!

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Party season is in full swing and for many of us this can mean waking up with the dreaded hangover. What you eat before drinking alcohol can have a huge impact on how you feel at the end of the night — and the next morning.

In fact, picking the right foods before you indulge in an alcoholic drink (or two, or three, or… you get the picture) can help control hunger, balance electrolytes, and decrease some of the adverse effects associated with alcohol. Nourish yourself with the following plant-based foods and lean proteins to minimise the somewhat less enjoyable effects of alcohol!


BERRIES
Berries are loaded with essential nutrients, including fibre, manganese, and vitamins C and K. They also have a high water content meaning they help prevent dehydration. At this time of year we often turn to our freezer for a berry fix.


QUINOA
Quinoa is a whole grain high in protein, fibre, and a number of essential micronutrients. It’s particularly high in magnesium and potassium, two minerals that can help minimise electrolyte imbalances caused by drinking alcohol. It’s also a great source of antioxidants which can protect against the build-up of harmful free radicals caused by excessive alcohol consumption. Why not try this delicious aubergine stuffed with tomatoes and quinoa for supper before a night out?


EGGS
As a great source of protein, eggs are highly nutritious and keep you feeling fuller for longer. This can reduce your risk of alcohol-induced overindulgence later in the night (we’ve all been there…).


SWEET POTATO
Sweet potatoes are not only a great source of potassium to help balance electrolyte levels when drinking alcohol, but are also high in complex carbs. Complex carbs are composed of larger molecules that take longer to break down, which can be beneficial for reducing the effects of alcohol on your body. Sweet potato can also help minimise spikes and crashes in blood sugar levels, which could potentially reduce hunger and prevent overeating caused by drinking. This warming dal is our go-to sweet potato dish at the moment. So. Good.


OILY FISH
The best choice of food before a night of drinking is something that naturally contains healthy fats to slow down the rate at which food leaves the stomach. The longer food stays in your stomach, the slower the alcohol gets absorbed into your bloodstream. Oily fish such as salmon is a great option.


TRAIL MIX
Homemade trail mix is a healthy, hearty snack to enjoy before you start drinking. Nuts and seeds like almonds, walnuts, and pumpkin and flax seeds are all high in fibre and protein to sustain you and lessen the effects of alcohol. Plus, they’re excellent sources of magnesium, potassium, and calcium, all of which can help prevent electrolyte disturbances caused by drinking. One of our favourite combinations is almonds, pumpkin seeds, mulberries and golden raisins.


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You’ll find a plethora of all these ‘hangover-combatting’ foods on our home delivery packages. Let us take care of the planning, shopping and cooking while you look forward to waking to find a new day of food ahead of you. By removing foods that make you feel tired and bloated, and replacing them with a healthy, balanced diet, rich in plant based foods and lean protein, you will start to feel more energised.

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