Learning Goal: Discover the foods that fight hangovers and learn some delicious smoothie recipes that include those ingredients.
I do not drink very often – you know I am trying to be healthy! So, when I do drink it often results in the most horrific hangovers. I learned about the science behind hangovers and went on to scour the internet for natural, homeopathic, cures and I realized that many of the foods are perfect for smoothies.
Foods For Hangovers
Duh. Alcohol attracts water and makes you pee a lot, so it dehydrates your body. Anytime I get a headache (even alcohol unrelated) I reach for a glass of water.
Coconut water is full of electrolytes, especially potassium, that will help you feeling hydrated even faster than water. It is the perfect base for a smoothie.
Speaking of potassium… bananas are full of potassium. Their texture is also are good at calming angry stomaches.
Fruit and Vegetable Juice
When your body breaks down alcohol it screws a lot of things up. One of the consequences is that your blood sugar will get too low, which is why you get ridiculously hungry after you eat. Take your favorite fruits and vegetables, mind are apples and carrots, and juice or blend those babies up. The fruits and vegetables will also replenish the vitamins you lose and will help you detoxify.
Oranges are a great thing to juice when hung over. Not only do they replenish water and sugar, but they also contain tons of vitamin C. Vitamin C is antioxidant, meaning it prevents the molecules that are produced from the breakdown of alcohol from destroying your brain (ouch).
Ginger is also a powerful antioxidant. It also has the added benefit of making your tummy feel better. It stops you from feeling nauseous (like you are going to hurl) by acting as an anti-inflammatory in the digestive system.
Popeye had it right. Spinach is also an awesome antioxidant full of vitamin C and folic acid.
Gets that alcohol stank out of your mouth. Parsley is also good for helping to move those toxins out of your body.
Honey also contains tons of potassium and antioxidants. It can soothe your throat from a night of yelling and replenish your sugars.
Avocados are high in Vitamin C and Vitamin E, iron, potassium and manganese. They will replenish vitamins and minerals that make you feel better faster. The fat and protein in the Avocado will also help you absorb all those vitamins and antioxidants.
Coconut water, bananas, oranges, ginger, spinach, apples, carrots, and parsley. Sounds like a pretty good smoothie already, but here are some recipes I found that touted themselves to be a hangover cure. This smoothie claims to be the “Ultimate Anti-Hangover Green Smoothie.” After looking at the ingredients, I would have to agree.
Ultimate Anti-Hangover Green Smoothie Mind, Body, Green
- ½ cup filtered water, or cold herbal tea
- ½ small cucumber
- ½ avocado
- ½ lemon, juice
- 1 cup frozen mangoes
- 1 Tbsp raw honey, optional
- 1 tsp extra-virgin coconut oil
- Small knob of ginger
- Pinch cinnamon
- Pinch Himalayan or Celtic sea salt
- Big handful of spinach (or kale if you prefer)
- Hemp seeds, to garnish, optional
Hangover Cure Smoothie
- 2 Granny Smith apples, halved, cored, finely chopped
- 3″ section English hothouse cucumber, finely chopped
- 1 cup (packed) fresh spinach
- ¾ cup brewed green tea, room temperature
- ¼ cup fresh mint leaves plus 2 sprigs mint
- 2 Tbsp honey
- fresh lemon juice
Coconut Berry-Ginger Hangover Helper Paleo Smoothie ohhopscotch.com
- 1-1/2 c. berries of your choosing (I used mixed berries today, but I prefer all strawberries)
- 1-1/2 c. drinkable Unsweetened coconut milk—the kind that comes in a carton
- 1/4 c. canned, full-fat coconut milk.
- 1 dice-sized cube of ginger minced
- 1 tbsp. honey (optional). Use more or less, depending on the tartness of your berries.