When you wake up after a big night out, and start to experience those dreaded hangover symptoms including headache, dry mouth and feeling generally under the weather, it can be all too tempting to opt for a big fry-up and coffee to start the day.
However, the last thing your body needs after an unhealthy night being filled with alcohol is to be filled with even more unhealthy foods, stodge and grease. Your body needs to be compensated for the dehydration it has suffered and to receive a nutrition boost and it will definitely thank you more.
We have been searching for the ideal healthy hangover cure so check out these three top hangover beating smoothie recipes which will help you to feel human again while filling your body with lots of good nutrients at the same time.
Helping Hand For Your Liver
Three handfuls of kale – or you can choose spinach leaves if you prefer
- Two celery stalks
- Two apples
- A quarter of an avocado
- A tablespoon of flax seeds
- Fresh ginger
- A squeeze of lemon
- Two to three glasses of water
Core and chop the apples, then chop the celery stalks into small pieces as well, to help the blender make a smoother mixture. Add all of the ingredients into the blender with one and a half glasses of water initially and blend until smooth.
Add more water if required to get the smoothie mixture to the consistency which you prefer – it’s best to add a small amount at a time as it’s easier to add than it is to remove water and you don’t want to end up with a runny mess.
This smoothie helps your liver work to remove all the toxins of the night before, through its cleansing ingredients. It is also rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, fibre and essential fats, which all help the body to remove toxins more effectively.
A quick tip to help remove bad breath following a night out drinking is to add parsley to your smoothie – it has specific qualities which help to freshen your breath when consumed.
Detoxing hangover smoothie
- One teaspoon of cocoa powder
- Half an avocado
- One small beetroot, chopped
- One teaspoon of honey
- One apple
Two scoops of Focus Performance whey protein powder
Two to three glasses of water
Core and chop the apple and chop the beetroot before blending. Add all the ingredients to the blender, with one glass of water initially and then gradually add more water until the consistency is how you would like it to be. For added zing, throw in a few ice cubes as well.
Avocado, apples and beetroot are all cleansing ingredients and will help your liver to detox after an alcohol-fuelled night out. These ingredients will all help to reset your body’s mineral levels and support your liver.
Ginger is great for helping to reduce feelings of nausea which are commonly associated with hangovers, while the honey and cocoa powder add some sweetness to improve the overall flavour of the drink.
Nutty post-party delight
- A medium-sized banana
- 50 grammes of frozen berries
- 15 grammes of oats
- Two tablespoons of cashew nut butter
- 150 millilitres of almond milk
- A teaspoon of coconut oil
- A teaspoon of coconut nectar
This naturally sweet nutty smoothie doesn’t take much preparation at all – simply chop up the banana and throw everything into the blender. You can add in a glass of water if you want the consistency to be more liquid.
The combination of banana and nut ingredients in this smoothie makes it a naturally sweet and energy-replacing drink. Alcohol can leave the blood sugar level feeling low so this smoothie packs a sweet punch to help pick you up naturally. And the best thing is it takes just a few minutes to make, using ingredients from your store cupboard.
After a night out on the town, your body suffers from dehydration, reduced blood sugar, fatigue and general lethargy. While chips, fry-ups and hair of the dog might be tempting and seem the easy option, these are not hangover cures which your body will thank you for in the long term.
Natural fruit and green leaves help your body to detox quicker, assisting your liver to break down the alcohol remnants. While nuts and bananas provide a much required energy and sugar boost, bringing the body back up to par without resorting to a gallon of coffee.
All three of these smoothies contain essential minerals and nutrients to help support your liver, boost your energy levels and clear out all of the toxins from your body post-party, and they are really quick and easy to make as well.
So next time you are planning a night out, make sure you have some nuts, kale and bananas on hand to create your own rescue smoothie when you get up the next day.