Science Never Tasted So Good: Treat Holiday Hangovers by Eating

Cure your holiday hangover

Let’s get real: the holidays and parties go together like rum and eggnog. From work parties to family dinners and catching up with old friends, you’re bound to have a glass of wine (or ten). There’s no shame in getting a bit tipsy in front of the open fire, but it’s no fun having your post-party hangover ruin brunch the next day. Luckily, here at Prevail we have a few tried, tested and true methods for combatting that inevitable holiday headache.

Recovery recipes to help you feel good

It may be the last thing you want to do, but healthy eating and exercise will help you avoid hangovers that feel like they’re ending your life. The good news is that healthy eating doesn’t have to be a chore; past Prevailer Mikaela Reuben has proven that over and over again. Her successful career as a celebrity chef is based on tasty, healthy food – and if Owen Wilson likes it, chances are you will too.

Hangover fixes such as the ‘hair of the dog’ and fast food are urban myths; in reality, both will eventually make you feel worse. Consuming alcohol has been shown to increase dehydration and deplete levels of vitamin A, B vitamins, zinc, and potassium. Drinking water and planning your meals accordingly the next day is the best way to help your body absorb the nutrients it needs to replenish.

Eggs, meat, fish, and orange or yellow-hued vegetables contain high levels of vitamin A. This egg-bake by Chef Reuben will restore your vitamin A levels and give you energy for the day. Think protein for B vitamins and zinc like nuts, whole grains, and beans. Asparagus has both zinc and B vitamins, making this mouth-watering side dish (another Chef Reuben creation) a hangover cure-all; plus, it’s guaranteed to impress your dinner guests!

Avocados and bananas are the potassium queens of the fruit and veggie world. Potassium is found in every cell of your body; a deficiency can lead to systemic fatigue, which translates into a sluggish hangover. This guacamole recipe is easy to make when you’re half-asleep, hungover, and late for your twelfth Christmas party of the month.

Mikaela Reuben promotes health through delicious nutritional science

Celebrity chef and Prevailer Mikaela Reuben is a skilled nutritionist who fuses simple, healthy eating with bright flavours to create well-balanced meals. With a medical background and natural propensity to question fad diets, Mikaela uses the science of nutrition to her full advantage.

Mikaela was a medical school Kinesiology student before she became a culinary nutritionist and health consultant. Seeing how powerful food was when it came to health was a major catalyst for this transition; she was even able to help her father heal from a heart attack through diet and lifestyle.

“He lost 70 pounds by eating whole foods and various worldly supplements, and he regained his strength,” she recounts. Watching him renounce traditional western medicine inspired Mikaela to further immerse herself in studying food and other healing traditions.

Take care of yourself this holiday season with clean, nutritious eating so you’re not letting a potential hangover make you afraid to let loose with your loved ones. Recipes like this Coconut Chia Pudding (posted below) promote healthy, flavour-forward hangover solutions and double as in-law-impressing side dishes.

Coconut Chia Pudding

Ingredients

2 tablespoons raw honey

1 tablespoon coconut flakes (sulfate free)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder

1 cup coconut milk

3/4 cup filtered water

⅓ cup chia seeds

Directions

  1. Put the honey into a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of hot water and stir to liquefy honey.
  2. Add coconut flakes, cinnamon, vanilla powder, and chia seeds.
  3. Open can of coconut milk and stir well before measuring a cup.
  4. Add milk and ½ cup water to other ingredients and stir very well.
  5. Allow to sit for about 3-4 hours, or overnight.

Colleen Christison