Waking up to a pounding headache, loss of balance, muscle pain and nausea (and regret!) equals the all-too-familiar consequences of a heavy night. You had fun, you might lazily look over the photo-evidence of the night before, but you know you feel rough. These simple and quick smoothie recipes packed with antioxidants will relieve you and help you to get rid of most of these hangover symptoms. I can’t promise it’ll rid you of unpleasant flashbacks, sadly…
It’s likely that the ‘drink a glass of water alongside your drink’ rule went out the window long before you can remember. For that extra boost, drink a glass of water and get started!
1. ‘Green Goddess’ smoothie,
It’s a challenge to not include a green smoothie to the list. Packed with spinach and a mix of tropical fruits, this recipe will restore your energy, along with vitamins B and C which you will have lost the night before.
How to: For one glass, blend together 1.5 cups of spinach (around three handfuls), one sliced banana, one cup (two handfuls) of frozen peaches, mangoes or pineapples, two teaspoonfuls of honey and 250 ml of coconut water. FYI – a loss of antioxidants contributes to your sluggishness during a hangover. Coconut water will help replenish your antioxidant levels which have been lost through drinking.
2. Martha Stewart’s Banana Oat Smoothie:
The last thing you’ll want to do upon (barely) waking up with a hangover is cook yourself a full meal. This quick breakfast fix will fill you up and leave you satisfied until lunchtime (or dinner depending on when you get up) and is very simple to make, using ingredients you will likely have in your cupboard. It is also potassium-rich, making an incredibly effective hangover cure.
How to: Combine one sliced banana, 125ml natural yoghurt, the same amount of milk, two teaspoonfuls of honey and one-quarter teaspoonful of ground cinnamon. Blend until smooth and slurp your way to back to health.
3. Berry Smoothie with Cranberry juice,
Another renowned hangover cure, cranberry juice is both refreshing and replenishing. This recipe serves 4 – 6 (great for a sleepover) and takes 10 minutes to make.
How to: Add 175 grams of raspberries, 200 ml of cranberry juice, 100ml of milk, 200ml natural yoghurt and 1 tablespoon of caster sugar or honey. If you’re feeling Masterchef-y, garnish each glass with a sprig of mint!
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