We’ve all had that horrid hangover the morning after, but it can be avoided. [Photo: Getty]
Everyone knows that a night out on an empty stomach usually equals a one-way ticket to vomit town. There are the standard tricks to help ease a hangover: glass of milk before drinking alcohol, don’t follow wine with beer, toast and two pints of water before bed, blah blah blah.
But what actually are the best foods to stave off your hangover?
“The liver has two main phases of detoxification,” explains The London Nutritionist Kate Knowler. ”Phase one breaks down toxins such as alcohol into substances that are more toxic but ready for excretion, and phase two does the excretion via the bowel and kidneys. A large proportion of people have a fast phase one and a slower phase two, meaning the get a back log of toxins, which means bad hangovers!”
According to Knowler, it’s slowing down the first phase of that detox process and speeding up the second that’s key to easing hangover pain, and leafy veggies like kale, spinach, watercress and broccoli, plus cauliflower, garlic and rosemary can help with that.
Of course, the last thing you want before a big night out dancing is to feel bloated and sluggish, so Knowler says to opt for foods that will keep your blood sugars stable; that means go easy on the refined carbs and sugar (so leave that chocolate fudge cake alone) but high in protein. “Foods that are slightly higher in fat and protein will take longer to leave the stomach and keep you feeling more satisfied for longer. That would be my way to ‘line the stomach’ before drinking,” she says.
Using Knowler’s tips for hangover-proof ingredients, we’ve put together a few easy dinner ideas that will keep you going until dawn, and help you feel better the morning after.
Chow down on these meals and hangover be gone! [Photo: Getty]
10-minute dinner: Spinach and feta frittata
- Dice a small red onion and fry in a deep frying pan until soft
- Add in a sliced large red pepper and fry with the onion until it starts to soften
- Whisk four large eggs together with a little seasoning, then pour into the pan over the onions and pepper
- Mix in a good handful of spinach leaves, and crumble about 60g feta cheese into the mixture
- When it starts to firm a little, remove the pan from the heat and place until a hot grill, to cook the top
- Serve on a bed of crunchy watercress
20-minute dinner: Salmon niçoise salad
- Season a salmon fillet with a little salt and pepper, sear on either side in a hot pan, then place in the oven at 200ºC for 15 minutes
- Boil a pan of water, once bubbling drop in one egg and boil for six or seven minutes
- Place a steamer on top of the egg pan, with a handful of tender stem broccoli and cover
- Make a basic salad of watercress and cherry tomatoes, then drizzle lightly with extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice
- Once the broccoli is cooked, toss it in with the salad and dressing. Serve the salmon on top of the salad, along with the sliced boiled egg
30-minute dinner: Rosemary lemon chicken
- Bash out a chicken breast and season with salt and pepper
- Sear on either side in a hot pan, then set to one side
- Slice an onion and scatter slices in the bottom of a roasting tray, then lay the seared chicken breast on top
- Drizzle with olive oil and the juice of a fresh lemon, then scatter over a couple of rosemary sprigs and two crushed garlic cloves, then pour over a 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
- Place the whole tray in the oven and bake at 180ºC for 25 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Serve with wilted spinach and kale drizzled with lemon juice
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