Sure, supposed hangover cures may not actually work, but we know one thing is for sure: What you eat after a big night can go a long way in aiding your recovery. The impulse might be to grab the nearest greasy burger and add extra fries, but there are better (read: healthier) ways to satiate your cravings.
For a little inspiration, we asked nutritionist and blogger at The Natural Nutritionist, Steph Lowe, exactly what she eats the day after she indulges in a few too many glasses of wine. Keep scrolling!
1. The go-to brunch
My absolute favourite is avocado mash on Paleo bread with crispy bacon. Bacon is definitely great for a hangover but it is not something I eat too often, so it feels like a treat. I always opt for a savoury choice to avoid any sugar crash or carbohydrate coma after eating.
2. The take-out option
I love the Low Carb SuperBun from Grill’d with sweet potato fries as it feels indulgent but it still contains quality ingredients and doesn’t leave me feeling too heavy or bloated afterwards.
3. The go-to dinner
Mexican food is a favourite of mine, and I love nachos, tacos, and anything with guacamole. I still choose my restaurant carefully to be confident I am consuming quality ingredients.
4. The go-to drink
It’s all about hydration (and sleep) when you’re hungover. I start the day with a large glass of water with fresh lemon, and for extra electrolytes, I use the product Shotz. Smoothies aren’t usually something I crave, but a nice glass Naked Life’s Sparkling lemon and cucumber drink is a great way to get that soft drink feeling without the sugar.
5. The key nutrients
“Re-hydrating is key. Electrolytes including magnesium and potassium are essential, so including foods such as coconut water and bananas are important to avoid falling into the trap of relying on sugary sports drinks. Secondly, supporting your body to flush out toxins is important so although you may not feel like it, sneak in foods such as beetroot, carrot, avocado, and green vegetables, and sip on green tea. Lastly, give your stomach some love with whole food carbohydrates such as sweet potato—my cinnamon roasted sweet potato chips are the perfect hangover remedy, minus the guilt!”
6. The at-home recipe: Cinnamon roasted sweet potato chips
Ingredients (serves two)
1 medium sweet potato, peeled
2 tablespoons cold-pressed extra virgin coconut oil
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Sea salt, to taste
- Preheat oven to 180°C.
- Slice sweet potato into thin chip-like pieces.
- Sprinkle with oil, cinnamon and salt and bake for 20 minutes.
- Finish off under the grill until crispy.