We are all guilty of this. You’ve had a tough week, you cannot wait until Friday to see your friends and relax. So what happens? Usually in my case, my friends invite me for a braai (or Barbecue for the Americans).
So the process goes as follow: I finish work, stop by the shop, buy myself a bottle of wine, snacks for the braai (usually popcorn) and any sides needed. We get there, I have a glass of wine and dig into the chips! By the time the chips are finished, it’s about 8pm and I am stuffed. The boys are having such a good time, they don’t even realise that none of us have actually eaten a good meal. By the time they do realise this, it’s after 10pm already. They start to prepare the braai for the food, put the meat on and we only eat at after 11pm.
Next, everyone gets tired and we all go home with full tummies and feeling sick. The next morning we wake up feeling terrible. People tell you to have a greasy meal afterwards, but that is actually the worst thing you can do. Feeling this one too many times, I decided to do some research regarding foods to eat the next day. Here is what I found:
The first thing that most websites lists are bananas. Bananas are easy to digest and they contain pectin, which firms up loose stools.
2. Ginger and Cinnamon
Ginger relieves nausea as well as vomiting. Add some fresh ginger to herbal tea, with some lemon and honey in order to mask the flavour. Add some cinnamon to toast or oats.
Most people advice you not to have any diary while having an upset stomach, but plain yoghurt helps to balance out the stomach and restores all the good bacteria in the tummy.
Eggs are filled with amino acids, such as cysteine and taurine. Cysteine assists in breaking down acetaldehyde while Taurine boosts liver function – remember, your liver worked pretty hard last night!
I found all of this so interesting, but I wanted to create a quick and easy recipe to fight the hangover blues. Something that you can quickly get up and make, and slip right back into bed and rest for another hour or so.
Easy Hangover Cure:
1/2 cup oats
1/2 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Add oats to a bowl with some warm water. (Enough to cover oats and a little more)
- Microwave for 1 min 30 seconds.
- Add cinnamon to oats and mix.
- Slice banana in coins and add it on top of the oats. Add some honey to sweeten it a little.
- To drink, have some herbal tea (I drink green tea) add some lemon juice and honey (optional) to sweeten.