Summer Healing: Healthy Hangover Lunch!

So we're nearing the end of the week once again and are nearly at the end of my week long Summer Healing series. I hope you've enjoyed these posts and found them useful. Today I thought I'd continue with a look at some of the best foods to help you out if you've been over doing it, as well as share a simple lunch recipe that always gets me back on track and that I hope you will enjoy as much as I do.

Healthy Hangover Salad

This quick and simple lunch has all of the ingredients needed to help you start to feel human again. Here's a little glimpse at why these components will help you feel better faster.

AVOCADOS: The good fats in avocados help the body to soak up whatever might be going on in your stomach if you're feeling queasy from the night before.

BEANS: I've used cannellini beans in my recipe but black beans would also be a great option. Beans contain a great source of folic acid, fibre and protein. Helping to aid the body in a swifter recovery.

LEMON (OR LIME): Helps in the detoxification process that is much needed after a night on the tiles!

QUINOA: This teeny grain packs a protein punch that is much needed for the body to recover and will renew your energy. It's also full of all sorts of other great nutrients to help get you back on track.

SPINACH: The wonder veg strikes again! This potassium packed beauty will help replace electrolytes often depleted due to the diuretic effect of alcohol as well as assist in detoxifying the liver.

TOMATOES: Packed with antioxidants to help reduce inflammation in the body as well as plenty of vitamin C to give the liver a much needed boost.

Chopped Salad Ingredients

CANNELLINI AND QUINOA SALAD

SERVES 2

YOU WILL NEED: 2 large tomatoes chopped, 1 ripe avocado chopped, 2 spring onions finely sliced, 1/2 cup quinoa cooked (you can see my notes on how to cook this grain in this post here), 1 400g can or packet of cooked cannellini beans in water (or black beans), the juice of 1 lemon (or lime), 1 clove of garlic crushed, sea salt and ground black pepper, 1 large handful of spinach, optional sprinkling of feta to serve.

Lemon Juicing

TO PREPARE:

1. Cook your quinoa and set aside.

2. Heat the crushed garlic in a little olive oil in a pan and add the cannellini beans heating them through until browned and softened.

3. Combine the tomato, avocado, beans and garlic, spring onions and quinoa in a bowl, pour over the lemon juice and stir together. Season with salt and pepper.

4. On a plate lay your spinach and top with the tomato and avocado mixture.

5. Sprinkle over the crumbled feta (if using) and serve.

If you can stomach it a nice addition to this would be a little flaked, tinned tuna. This mineral rich food is also another great hangover saviour and recovery food.

Spinach
Healthy Hangover Lunch Bowl

So whether you're suffering from a little excess or are just in general need of a nice body boosting bowl of flavours then I don't think you can go too wrong with this lovely salad option. Simple to put together and packed with goodness, think salsa, guacamole with tasty beans and quinoa, a little sharpness from the lemon and a punch of salt from the feta and you'll be somewhere to guessing the yumminess of this lovely lunch!

Enjoy and remember don't over do it if you can, but on the occasions that you do, treat your body with goodness and not too much naughty greasiness that ultimately might taste great but won't really help the situation in the long run. I know easier said than done sometimes, but hey we can but try.

See you tomorrow for my final post this week and this time it will be time to switch off and just totally chill out!

Happy Thursday.

Louise