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Posted On: 31 May, 2017

20 foods to trick your body out of its hangover

One too many? Paying for it? Fear not, step this way and we’ll soothe your soul (and head)


We’ll admit it – sometimes it’s all we can do the morning after a heavy night on the tiles to loosen our grip on the sofa, put down the re-runs of Friends and trudge to the kitchen. One of the main reasons you feel as rough as a bear’s backside right now is because you’re dehydrated. So, grab a glass of water and peruse these recipes to plan how you’re going to soothe that hangover…

BACON AND KALE FRITTATA

Kale Frittata

Yes, a fry-up and a mug of builder’s tea sounds like the dream right now, but you want to avoid overly greasy foods. Eggs, however, will be your friend. Combine them with bacon, kale and tomatoes and you’ve got yourself a one-pan wonder.

CHICKEN RAMEN

Ramen noodles

If you thought a bowl of steaming chicken soup when you’re feeling under the weather was a winner, add some ginger, garlic and a blanket of egg noodles you’ll want to crawl under. You’ll soon understand why the trendy Japanese ramen is called soup for the soul.

SHAKSHUKA

Shakshuka eggs

Brunch your way off the struggle bus and channel your inner Ottolenghi with a big helping of shakshuka – eggs cradled in a cosy blanket of tomatoes and spices and served in one pan (yes, you read that right). What more could you ask for? Well, except to turn back time and have someone to make it for you…

BLACK BEAN AND QUINOA SOUP

Black bean and quinoa soup

That’s a protein showdown right in your bowl. There is no end to quinoa’s talents, especially when it’s sitting in a soothing spicy broth and topped with avocado and tortilla chips.

BREAKFAST PIZZA

Breakfast pizza

We’re not talking about those cold leftovers, but an actual pizza made specifically for breakfast, AKA the sort you want to wake up next to. Think the height of hipster is poached egg and avocado on toast? Pah. Pop it on a pizza for a dish that’s very easy, very tasty and something you need in your life. And breathe.

BAKED KALE RISOTTO

Kale risotto

Creamy, comforting and packed with leafy greens, a bowlful of this risotto will give your recovering body a big ol’ hug.

MOST RIDICULOUS BREAKFAST SANDWICH EVER

breakfast sandwich

Oh when an avocado meets an egg. Add some kale, tomatoes and Cheddar and nestle between two slices of crusty bread for a beautiful breakfast bap that deserves to live in your belly.

FRENCH ONION SOUP GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH

French onion soup sandwich

A cheese toastie is always there in your hour of need. Before you scoff at the cheek of including something as basic as a simple, oozing cheese creation, consider this: life is too short to eat a bad one. Combined with another comfort food giant, French onion soup, this sarnie will see you right. It’ll also provide the perfect accessory for soup, should you feel so inclined.

OATMEAL COOKIE SMOOTHIE

Oatmeal cookie smoothie

MAC AND CHEESE

Mac and cheese

There is no problem too big that a plateful of the humble mac and cheese can’t remedy. In short, it’s comfort food royalty. Adding kimchi, the fermented veg (hello there cabbage) that Koreans swear by to soothe their hangover pains into the cheesy mix gives it some magical powers. It’s time to get your mac on.

BLOODY MARY

Bloody Mary

Whichever of PG Wodehouse’s six types of hangovers you’re suffering from, bring back the vitamins and nutritents that your body is crying out for with a classic Bloody Mary. As with any classic worth its celery salt, there are many variations, but this easy recipe can be (almost) done in your sleep, and it comes with bacon. Just add a plate of scrambled eggs.

ESPRESSO CHOCOLATE COFFEE CAKE

Espresso chocolate coffee cake
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Whether it’s hot, cold, fast, slow, weak or strong, you need to get some coffee in you. This cake includes the holy grail of ingredient combos: chocolate and espresso. Dig in Bruce Bogtrotter style. You know you want to.

BAKED EGGS IN BREAD BOWLS

Eggs in bread

Breakfast in bread is a thing. Loaves are taking the place of plates, with the carbs doing all the work. Filled with eggs, herbs and Parmesan, then baked in the oven, life is much easier when you don’t have to worry about getting out of bread.

BONE BROTH

Bone broth

More than a stock, less than a soup, a good bone broth takes soothing chicken soups, stews and even scrambled eggs to new dizzying heights. It adds flavour in spades and makes a pretty nourishing and satisfying dish on its own. Just be patient, it takes some time.

CHEDDAR BACON SCONES

Scone

Surfaced in time for an afternoon snack but can’t stomach something sweet? If this cheddar and bacon tear-and-share scone doesn’t prove that bacon is the best food on earth, we don’t know what will.

TUNA AND LEMON SPAGHETTI

Spaghetti

Tuna. On a hangover. If you can stomach it, the mineral-rich fish is a good source of protein and goes well with lemon, olives and spaghetti. You can do it.

VEGETABLE POLENTA CASSEROLE

polenta casserole

Essentially baked polenta and a rainbow of vegetables topped with cheese, it may sound less appealing than ordering a takeaway pizza, but you would be wrong.

GREEN OMELETTE

Omelette

Peas and cheese, please. This easy green omelette will make you feel virtuous, whatever time of day you manage to make it out from under your duvet.
 
BREAKFAST BURRITO

Burrito

The burrito seems like an obvious choice to bring you back from the brink – hot filling, portable and good dose of eggs for protein purposes. If you’re recovering from last night’s bad decision, the winning combo of sweet potato, black beans, avocado, chilli and cheese will fuel you up for today’s hopefully better decisions. The breakfast burrito is waiting for you, right here.

PAD KEE MAO (AKA DRUNKEN NOODLES)

drunken noodles

There are some questions in life we have no scientific answers. For example, why, when we wake after a night of hard drinking, do we insist on funnelling as much spicy and oh-so-good food into our stomachs? The rest of the world does this too. Pad kee mao, appropriately named ‘drunken noodles’ is fuelled with bird’s eye chilli, ginger and lime. The drunken noodles don’t judge, they’re just here for you.


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