Boozy night last night? It was fun while it lasted, but now you’re paying for it. Pounding head, rolling stomach, and tired, achy muscles. There’s no feeling much worse than a hangover. Thankfully, it’s nothing that a good smoothie can’t fix. So, what’s the best smoothie to cure a hangover? Here are several superfood ingredients your morning-after smoothie shouldn’t be without.
No smoothie can really call itself a hangover cure if it doesn’t include coconut water (aka the liquid from inside young coconuts). Why? Coconut water is loaded with all the important nutrients you lost the night before and need to replenish asap: natural sugars, electrolytes, sodium, and potassium. It’s therefore an even better choice than water when it comes to re-hydrating your body.
This humble, healthy fruit is a major hangover fighter. Bananas fight against free radical damage (with antioxidants such as vitamin C), as well as protect against liver damage (with vitamin B6). Its natural sugars will sweeten up your smoothie, while the fiber will keep your blood sugar stable until your next meal. It’ll also boost the amount of potassium you’re already getting from the coconut water, helping restore nerve and muscle function even faster.
This zesty spice is an ancient cure for nausea and sickness — making it the perfect addition to your hangover smoothie. Ginger is packed with antioxidants to help your body better recover from alcohol damage. It also helps aid digestion and soothes the stomach. Adding just a little ginger to your smoothie will ease any feelings of sickness and do you the world of good.
Blueberries are packed full of vitamin C, vitamin K, and other antioxidants that neutralise free radicals and keep your cells happy and healthy. Despite their size, blueberries actually contain more antioxidants than most other fruits! They will also give your immune system a much needed boost as too much alcohol can weaken your immunity.
This hearty breakfast food is brimming with B vitamins and minerals. These bad boys will boost your energy levels and lift your mood (which is always welcomed when you’re feeling worse for wear). Plus, oatmeal is a complex carbohydrate with lots of fiber that can keep you satiated and your blood sugars stable throughout the morning.
We all know dark leafy greens are good for us and we should be eating more, but this is especially true when trying to beat the hangover blues. Spinach is loaded with sulfur and folic acid, which are very important nutrients needed to help you feel normal again. It’s also another great source of vitamin C, which works to aid your liver in detoxing from the alcohol and keeping damage to a minimum. Add some to your smoothie and you won’t even taste it, promise.
Finishing off your smoothie with almond butter will truly turn it into the nutrient powerhouse you need to see out the day. Almond butter contains lots of protein to keep you full and your blood sugar stable. It’s also rich in omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin E, which both help your liver detox and rid the body of alcohol quickly. Plus, it will increase the deliciousness of your smoothie.
Hangover Smoothie Recipe
- 2 cups coconut water
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- 1/2 cup oatmeal
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 inch peeled ginger root (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
- 1-2 tablespoons almond butter
Simply place all the ingredients in a high-power blender and blend until smooth and creamy (about 30-45 seconds). Drink up and enjoy! You’ll be feeling better in no time.