8 Superfoods For The Morning After Your Big Night Out
We’ve all been there, nervous about an interview the following day, or joining your new colleagues on an after work drink, that turns in to a longer evening than expected and a headache in the morning.
So here are our favourite superfoods to get you on you’re A-game. All of which can be prepared the day/night before consumption.
1) Homemade Soups
Healthy, hot and filling. Heating up a batch of homemade soup takes seconds and warms you up as you snuggle back into bed.
Better still, it’s cheap! Amazing soups can be made from your leftovers; spare potatoes from your Sunday roast, half a tin of sweetcorn tucked at the back of the fridge, or even noodles if you feel adventurous- the combinations are endless!
At the start of the week, heat up some broth and chuck in your veggies. Cook until they’re soft, blend the mixture for a smooth texture or leave nice and chunky. Your creation, full of nutrients, can be stored in batches in the fridge or freezer and there you have it! Your hangover cure is sorted for weeks to come.
2) Overnight Oats
Woken up with a sweet tooth?
Soaking oats in milk the night before not only saves time but, by adding yoghurt and fruit in layers, your morning craving is sure to be satisfied. Cover the porridge and place it in the refrigerator overnight so the flavours can be absorbed.
All that’s left to do in the morning is stir and enjoy. Now that’s what I call minimum effort.
If you’re new to the Oats movement have a quick scan of bon appetit’s tips.
3) Mashed avocado on toast
Avocados don’t just make great face masks - mashed on toast, they’re a tasty treat in the morning.
Mash your avocado, then add a pinch of paprika, a sprig of fresh, chopped mint and the juice of half a lime. If you don’t have fresh mint and lime, add a teaspoon of mint sauce, the vinegar replaces the lime and the pickled mint preserves the fresh taste. Spread messily on a slice of toasted split-tin bread and season with salt and pepper for the perfect pick-me-up.
Worried your mix will go brown overnight? Fear not. Acidity from lime or lemon juice will preserve the green goodness or…
Sciency bit: Don’t throw away the Avo stone. Place it on top of your mix and voila! - bright green avocado the next day.
4) Banana Bread
A banana a day keeps the hangover away. But, as I’m sure you know, hangover cravings often involve sweet things like cake! This suggestion combines the nutritious fibre of banana with sweet sponge.
All you’ll need for the perfect banana loaf is; butter, sugar, egg, banana, salt and vanilla. Cream together butter and sugar, add egg and crushed bananas. Sift flour into the mix with a pinch of salt and drop of vanilla.
Place in a deep dish and bake for around 60 minutes at 350 degrees.
5) Fruity H20
The main cause of hangover is dehydration, so it’s important that we consider beneficial beverages too.
Infusing water over night with a mix of fruit allows their nutrients and essence to flavour the liquid, leaving a sweet drink without the unnatural sugars of energy drinks.
Some fruity & fresh recipes include; orange & blueberry, watermelon & mint, or kiwi & cucumber.
If water isn’t doing it for you try ginger tea. Ginger is a power spice and will settle your stomach.
Peel and grate some ginger into boiling water and add fresh lemon juice, strain and serve. You could make this the night before and chill with ice for a refreshing morning drink.
6) ‘Make Your Own’ Granola
Cereals are great for replenishing Vitamin B in our bodies but can often contain lots of unhealthy sugars. Making your own granola is easy and a batch can be stored to last for weeks to come. All you need is some oats, chopped nuts, dried fruit, honey and healthy cooking oil. Cooked until golden then cool. The granola can be sprinkled on top of natural yogurt and fruit.
Top Tip: Sprinkle with almonds for a kick of magnesium, which promotes enzyme function and helps to keep the body hydrated.
To prevent future hangovers, make a portion to eat before you go on your big night out. Yoghurt and milk are great at lining your stomach before alcohol.
Eggs are great the morning after because they contain an eggcessive amount of cysteine. This substance breaks down the toxin called acetaldehyde in the liver which can cause our sore heads and hangovers.
Fry, poach or scramble your eggs (we won't fault you if they’re not perfect this morning). Stick between whichever slices of bread you have in the house and there you have it- an egg sarnie that you and your body will both love.
8) Breakfast Burrito
A burrito for breakfast? Yes, please.
We all crave that greasy fry-up but it’s been proven that fatty foods don’t cure hangovers as well as we think, not to mention they’re bad for the waistline!
For a healthier alternative, make your burrito filling by frying red onion and bacon until browned, add spinach and tomatoes and cook until the spinach is wilted. Place the mix in the fridge overnight and that’s half the work already done.
The morning after, whisk eggs and season with salt before cooking over a moderate heat for around 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in your burrito mix.
Spoon the mixture down the center of a tortilla wrap and top with the lettuce. Fold and enjoy a hot breakfast with less guilt!
Give our hangover cures a try and, if you love them as much as we do, tag us in your food photos!