As the weather gets nicer, the nights get later and the drinks get taller. And somehow we all wake up with the same regrets of insisting on drinking that “final final.” Cue the headaches and the insatiable cravings 😩 .
Your stomach instantly becomes a bottomless pit looking for anything greasy in sight. But before you go hit up Mickey D’s or call your BFF Dom (-inos), consider these healthy alternatives to satisfy those hankerings.
Craving: A bacon, egg and cheese sandwich
Cure: Lighten up breakfast with a poached egg on avocado toast. Eggs are full of amino acids that breakdown alcohol’s toxins—the culprits of that pounding headache. Spread some avo with a squeeze of lime juice for a boost of potassium, a mineral that is flushed out of your system after a big night out. If you normally go ham on the bacon, try adding Canadian bacon or Turkey bacon for a leaner option. Top it with a pinch of red pepper flakes and pink Himalayan sea salt to replenish your body’s sodium levels. Pink salt is unrefined and contains more minerals compared to regular table salt. Want to take it up another notch? Add a sprinkle of nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor that is full of B vitamins—the ones that give you a natural energy boost. High in protein and healthy fats, this toast is a satisfying way to start your day.
Craving: A loaded plate of nachos
Cure: Contrary to popular belief, greasy food is actually more beneficial in preventing a hangover rather than curing it. So after a night of drinking, you’re better off avoiding those greasy nachos and choosing a nutrient-dense dish such as a taco bowl. Start with a base of quinoa, one of the only grains that contains all nine essential amino acids—yes, it’s essentially a powerhouse. Pump up the protein with grilled chicken or black beans. Top with chopped Romaine lettuce, Pico de Gallo, avocado and a dollop of Greek yogurt. Plain 0% fat Greek yogurt is a great substitute for sour cream that has less fat and more protein and calcium. Finish with a squeeze of lime or hot sauce. This bowl packs in all of the flavors you’re craving with a punch of fiber and protein.
Craving: An order of shrimp fried rice
Cure: Before you break the chopsticks, sharpen up and opt for cauliflower-fried rice. Cauliflower is a vitamin-rich, low-carb alternative to traditional white rice. Trader Joe’s and Green Giant make pre-packaged cauliflower rice, or you can throw a head of cauliflower into your favorite blender until it is minced in texture. Bulk it up with sautéed veggies, shrimp and a fried egg. Instead of dosing the dish in soy sauce, try using liquid aminos. Liquid aminos add the same umami flavor with the bonus of amino acids and protein. Elevate the flavor with freshly grated ginger to help with digestion and inflammation caused from those four too many vodka sodas you drank the night before.
Craving: A cup of Ramen noodles
Cure: Even when the microwave seems like it’s requiring too much of your energy, take a second to realize that you could consume more than half of your daily salt consumption in one serving of prepackaged noodles! Settle this salty craving by making your own Ramen. Combine bone broth, kelp noodles, water chestnuts and a soft-boiled egg. Bone broth has minerals like collagen and gelatin that will help fight inflammation and soothe your uneasy stomach. Kelp noodles are a healthier, low-carb alternative to flour or egg noodles. This DIY version is loaded with vitamins, proteins and a healthy serving of sodium to help you feel revived.
Craving: An extra-thick peanut butter milkshake
Cure: Alcohol naturally lowers your blood sugar, triggering that greedy sweet tooth. Satisfy your craving with banana “nice cream”. I know it’s not a McFlurry, but literally suck it up—I promise it’ll make you feel better. Blend together a frozen overripe banana, a scoop of almond butter and a splash of coconut water. Bump up the flavor with a pinch of cinnamon, which has healthy antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits to help fight the belly bloat. Not only is this creamy treat lower in calories, it provides a healthy serving of potassium and electrolytes which will help rehydrate your body.
So next time your hangover cravings hit, opt for these healthier alternatives to make your Sunday Funday a little more enjoyable!