on Apr 30, 2014 By Danielle Issa
We've all been there before. You spent the night imbibing alcohol well beyond your tolerance, and you’re hobbling about reeking of booze and insobriety. Hunger sets in, and the cravings get intense. What to eat? Greasy junk food is enticing, but it definitely won’t alleviate tomorrow’s certain hangover. In fact, alcohol and fatty foods don’t mix well, promoting further dehydration. The best time for those would have been before you hit the drinking game, but it’s too late now.
So what should you really eat to soften the blow? Fret not—I won’t sit here and preach on about celery juice and kale smoothies. Here are your sure bets for a satisfying, late-night binge session to help jump-start your recovery.
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Push thoughts of a grease-laden burgers out of your head and instead throw together a peanut butter sandwich—yes, the caramel-hued spread is now widely stocked in Lebanese supermarkets! Better yet, mash a banana, smear it over the peanut butter, and pan-fry the sandwich until it’s golden brown and oozing. This particular protein and fat content is healthy for you.
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Pizza might seem alluring, but trust me, the grease and oil won’t bode well for your stomach. Opt for a grilled cheese sandwich and add a few slices of tomato. By limiting the fat and carbs, you’ll catalyze the recovery process. And besides, you’ll be too muddled to know the difference—it’s still cheese, tomato, and bread, after all.
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Did you know that you deplete potassium in your body when you get sick from excess alcohol consumption? While French fries seem like the obvious solution to restoring these nutrient levels, jacket potatoes are the better choice. Pop one in the microwave and then pile it on high with Cheddar, mushroom, and anything else you’ve got in the fridge. Now there’s a feast for your senses.
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Alcohol is known to disrupt sleep, so what foods produce serotonin, the sleep-inducing hormone? Carb-based ones, of course. And why not merge your late-night snack with an early-morning breakfast and simply go with a bowl of cereal? Cereal is generally light, and the milk replenishes fluid loss in your system.
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You might feel a sugar rush coming on during your intoxicated trance, but avoid sweets—they’ll keep you up all night. Fresh fruit is an elixir, and oranges will keep you hydrated. I know, I know: you’re not exactly a health-food fanatic, and fresh produce is not in your pantry. In that case, keep some sorbet on hand to treat those booze blues.
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Danielle Issa is a food blogger in Lebanon. You can find her on Twitter, and be sure to check out her blog, Beirutista.
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