Who hasn’t been there before? A grueling work week, letting off a little steam Friday night, one too many pick-me-ups, and a throbbing headache the next morning. How are you going to shake off the vestiges of that hangover? Greasy junk food seems compelling, but ask any nutritionist: alcohol and fatty foods don’t mix well, further promoting dehydration.
So what to nosh on to purge the system? Yeah, you could gulp down celery cleanses and kale smoothies, but who are we kidding? Jumpstart your recovery with these surefire snacks.
Skip the greasy burger and bun and opt for a high-fiber, whole-wheat sandwich slathered with creamy or crunchy peanut butter. Consider layering it with fresh banana coins and a drizzle of honey to boot. Sounds like a feast, but this sort of protein and fat content is good for you. Be sure to toast the bread for some extra crunch.
Excess alcohol consumption depletes the potassium in your body, so how best to replenish its levels? If you said potato, you’re right! But resist the temptation to wolf down fries and wedges. Instead, boil or microwave a potato, cut it in half, and pile it liberally with the cheese and veggie garnish of your choice. You can even dress it with a satisfying tuna or chicken salad tossed in mustard and spring onions. It’s no wonder pub-going British are obsessed with the jacket potato!
Alcohol can disrupt sound sleep. Therefore, seek out foods that release serotonin in your bloodstream to promote z’s. Carbs are superb for this function, namely beans on toast, porridge, or – the easiest option – a generous bowl of cereal. Forget Captain Crunch, Trix, and Fruity Pebbles – now is not the time to indulge your inner kid. Instead, try Quaker Squares, Post Honey Bunches of Oats, Weetabix, or Jordan’s muesli. Be mature, and lay off the high-sugar cereal junk.
Yes, pizza makes for universal comfort food, but all that processed cheese and oily sausage meat will provide anything but comfort. How about mashed avocado on toast? You could get creative and add slices of boiled egg, smoked salmon, beefsteak tomato, or perhaps some iron-rich spinach. By limiting the fat and carbs, you’ll catalyze the recovery process. And besides, it’s roughly the same concept: dough plus toppings. You’ll be too muddled to discern the difference.
Maybe you don’t have a stomach for food. Try a fresh fruit juice to help you rehydrate. The fructose in fruit accelerates the removal of alcohol from the bloodstream all while restoring vitamin levels and raising your blood sugar. Reach for a wedge of watermelon, which boasts vitamins B and C as well as magnesium in its nutritional composition. Bananas work wonders too, as does orange juice. Coconut water contains essential electrolytes like calcium, potassium and magnesium, and it’s certain to sort out your ailing stomach.
Danielle was born into a Lebanese household in Southern California. Growing up, she constantly found herself living between two realities: outwardly, she was an American girl who loved swinging on the monkey bars and reading The Baby-Sitters Club. Inwardly, she was Lebanese, speaking Arabic at home and forbidden from attending sleepover parties.
With age comes awareness and self-confidence, and Danielle learned to embrace these differences. She accepted that she'd forever be suspended between two worlds, and that she'd be like a tapestry, one culture woven into the other. As she grew older and worldlier, Danielle promised herself she would one day settle in Lebanon.
And here she is. Three college degrees and a few consulting gigs later, she is now in her parents’ homeland, working in strategy management, fleshing out her blog Beirutista, and contributing to Bitfood. Danielle gets her hair coiffed several times a week, like any proper Lebanese girl, and she loves the traditional mezze. But she still prefers peanut butter to Nutella. And her American accent is unmistakable.