Binge drinking is a terrible idea. Don’t do it. Your body will hate you. But if you’re not a regular drinker, even a few pints of strong ale to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (or any other day) can be enough to leave you feeling pretty gross the next morning. If you’re planning on toasting a few times tonight, it’s wise to start prepping around dinner time with one of these smart, super-easy hangover prevention meals.
There are plenty of absurd “hangover cures” out there–most of which just don’t work. To truly battle the effects that alcohol has on your liver and other organs, it’s better to prepare, rather than repair. In addition to doing the usual healthy things while out and about, like drinking lots of water, avoiding sugary cocktails and boozes, and sticking with one variety of drink, eating a solid dinner can do wonders for your Sunday morning.
The goal is to line your gut with lots of fibrous, nutrient-dense, high-in-good-fat foods to help you metabolize the sauce, protect your stomach, and keep nauseating acids at bay–without going overboard on artery-clogging bad fats, or crappy refined carbs.
If you haven’t already decided on dinner, click through this gallery of meal suggestions and recipes, all of which can help you head off a headache come tomorrow morning. But remember–no food is foolproof. Moderation is still your best bet.