1. Avocado Toast
Ever wonder why its so damn hard to make it from your Uber to the inside of the club when youre in heels? Its literally like your legs literally forgot how to move and you forgot how to stand up straight. Thats because when you drink a ton of alcohol, the potassium in your body gets depleted, which can lead to dizziness and weakness in your muscles. In order to counteract that, youll need the B6 vitamins and healthy fats found in avocados, which is why avocado toast is perfect to eat before drinking. Plus, the bread component helps give your body some carbs so you dont pass out after three tequila shots on an empty stomach. Just try to stick with whole wheat bread or something with fiber. Its 2017, are you seriously still eating white bread?
2. Pita Chips & Hummus
Hummus is an underrated lifesaver when it comes to preventing hangovers. Just like avocados, chickpeas are super high in B6 vitamins, which have been proven to prevent hangovers. Chickpeas also have fiber in them, so theyll keep you full enough to not (completely) pig out at a random diner at 3am. In terms of what to dip, raw veggies are obviously a healthier option than pita chips, but they might be hard on the stomach and make you nauseous later on. Were not telling you to devour an entire bag of Stacys chips before you even put your skinny jeans on for the night, but a few chips with hummus wont hurt, and its a good pregame snack anyway.
Asparagus may not be your go-to vegetable on a Saturday night, or on any night for that matter, but it turns out asparagus is filled with amino acids and minerals that help protect your liver once you start drinking. Apparently, when you eat asparagus before taking shots, its nutrients protect your liver cells from alcohol toxins, which will prevent you from being super hungover in the morning. To make them edible, sprinkle a little olive oil over them with some salt and pepper and pop them in the oven for 45 minutes. Were asking you to be a LITTLE less lazy, but youll thank us when you wake up tomorrow feeling somewhat functional.
4. An Omelet
A little breakfast for dinner never killed anyone, but no, were not asking you to rehash waffle and pancake night from your sorority house. Omelets are obviously healthy and pretty filling, and theyre actually really good to eat before going out. The egg whites have protein in them, which will keep you full throughout the night without making you bloated or nauseous. Plus, the yolks are filled with calcium, vitamin D, and acetylcholine, which helps your brain function when youre eight shots deep and cant find your friends. Add a few vegetables to the pan and youre basically Julia Child, minus the shit ton of butter, obviously.
5. Pickles Or Olives
I know this is a weird trick, but it actually works, so its worth a shot. Youve probably never wanted to snack on these foods before going out, but the sodium in pickles and olives help ward off hangovers because they automatically replenish the body with electrolytes. Usually were not into eating a ton of sodium before drinking because it could cause bloating, but by snacking on some pickles or olives before you go out, youll have enough sodium in your body to stay skinny while preventing a hangover. It also happens to be super convenient that most bars have a jar of olives for martinis. Just in case you reaaally didnt have time before.
If youre out to dinner before a night out and youre not sure what to order, the grilled salmon is always a good bet. Aside from the fact that salmon is filled with protein and healthy fats, it has a shit ton of B-12 vitamins, which usually get depleted in your body when you drink alcohol. B-12 has a huge effect on metabolism, mood, and blood sugar levels, so you dont wanna start screwing with it. By eating salmon before drinking, youre filling your body with vitamins that will help you recover tomorrow morning when youre lying in bed regretting every second of your Snapchat story. Instead of feeling your usual Sunday morning combo of regret and nausea, youll just be a little less nauseous. Its a small win, but we’ll take it.
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