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When you’ve overdone it at the Christmas party, the first thing you’ll want to reach for is something greasy, carb-heavy and definitely not welcome on any paleo diet.
But if you’ve already tucked into a bowl of Joe Wicks overnight oats and that queasy feeling just isn’t shifting, then it’s time to invest in a selection of healthy snacks because they make the best hangover food. Honestly.
You might be itching for a can of Coke, but if you avoid the temptation and down a healthy alternative, you’ll feel much better for it.
And if you’re really gunning for a complete hangover cure, you could also give this park workout a go.
But give the best hangover food a go first.
Best hangover food
It’s important to pick your sustenance wisely, so reduce the inevitable pain (and hunger) with some of these healthy desk snacks.
It’s all about the ingredients…
Best hangover food for nausea
DILLY & WOLF SOY & GINGER ROASTED PEAS & SEEDS
THE ESSENTIAL INGREDIENT: Ginger
WHY IT HELPS: Ginger is known to cure nausea. Studies have also found it helpful in reducing inflammation caused by alcohol.
WHERE TO BUY: £5.58, Superfood UK
Best hangover cure for low blood sugars
NAKD BANANA BREAD BAR
THE ESSENTIAL INGREDIENT: oats
WHY IT HELPS: Complex carbs can help to counter low blood sugars when you’re hungover, and it’ll also satisfy your sweet tooth
WHERE TO BUY: £0.90, Holland & Barrett
Best hangover food for rehydration
ITSU MISO SOUP SACHETS
THE ESSENTIAL INGREDIENT: Miso
WHY IT HELPS: The salts, minerals and water will restore those lost to alcohol and rehydrate the system. It will also help rebalance your pH levels.
WHERE TO BUY: £2, Tesco.com and other supermarkets
Best hangover food for restoring minerals
APE COCONUT CURLS
THE ESSENTIAL INGREDIENT: Coconut
WHY IT HELPS: The electrolytes found in coconuts are essential for restoring mineral levels to normal – they will have dramatically reduced with alcohol consumption.
WHERE TO BUY: £1.19, The Vegan Kind
Best hangover food… the natural remedy
SAF KALE CRISPS MISO & CUMIN
THE ESSENTIAL INGREDIENT: Cumin
WHY IT HELPS: As well as the benefits of a cruciferous vegetable like kale, cumin is a traditional natural hangover remedy.
WHERE TO BUY: £3.59, Planet Organic
Best hangover food for your liver
BOUNCE BALL: SPIRULINA AND GINSENG
THE ESSENTIAL INGREDIENT: Ginseng
WHY IT HELPS: Ginseng helps the liver in its job to neutralise the toxic agents in alcohol by speeding up its decomposition and elimination.
WHERE TO BUY: Health food stores, Health food stores, including £1.99, Holland & Barrett
Best hangover food for reducing inflammation
BRADS RAW FOODS BROCCOLI POPPERS
THE ESSENTIAL INGREDIENT: Turmeric
WHY IT HELPS: Turmeric has been found to reduce inflammation in the liver after alcohol consumption.
WHERE TO BUY: £5.25, Amazon
Best hangover cure for savoury lovers
SQUBES SEA SALT AND BLACK PEPPER
THE ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS: Sunflower, pumpkin, linseed and chia seeds
WHY IT HELPS: These seeds are nutrient-dense powerhouses, and the magnesium hit will help the body break down alcohol. Plus, these little bits are a savoury godsend alternative to a packet of crisps.
WHERE TO BUY: £2.50 (100g), Convenience Store
Best hangover food for a sweet tooth
NAIRNS CHUNKY BISCUIT BREAKS
THE ESSENTIAL INGREDIENT: Dried cranberries
WHY IT HELPS: The natural fructose in cranberries will alleviate the symptoms of a hangover while also hitting your sweet spot
WHERE TO BUY: £1.65, Holland & Barrett
Best hangover food for guilt-free snacking
METCALFE’S SKINNY SWEET & SALTY POPCORN
THE ESSENTIAL INGREDIENT: The popcorn
WHY IT HELPS: Because you’ll feel as though you’re treating yourself when you’re actually eating a healthy alternative to a packet of Ready Salted.
WHERE TO BUY: £0.99, Planet Organic
Best hangover drink for energy
SUNSOUL RASPBERRY AND ELDERFLOWER
THE ESSENTIAL INGREDIENT: Natural caffiene
WHY IT HELPS: If you need fizz, step away from the can of Coke. These healthy energy drinks are packed with kola nut which will give you a natural energy boost without reaching for the strongest espresso.
WHERE TO BUY: £1.20, Sainsbury’s
Find out what the WH Team’s Ultimate Healthy Snacks are, and read the Best Alcohol To Drink On A Diet