Summer is right around the corner, which means between the many office happy hours, Sunday brunches, and rooftop BBQs, you’ll most likely be indulging in your fair share of a few boozy drinks this season. While all the parties you attend will be sure to give you a good dose of summer fun, no one likes the lack of sleep, nausea, or dehydration that comes along with consuming alcohol.
While there are specific foods that can help you from feeling hungover, there are also certain things you can eat that will help absorb your drinks, keep you hydrated, and have you feeling fresh and energetic the day after. To help you decide what’s on the menu before hitting the bar, we’ve come up with six foods to always eat when drinking to keep you healthiest and feeling your best.
“Olive oil can help coat your stomach before downing the booze,” says Kofsky. Try adding a little extra to your dinner for a heart-healthy way to slow absorption of alcohol.
“Because of the high fat and protein content, steak takes longer to digest, which makes the alcohol absorb more slowly,” says Kofsky. Eating a lot of protein before drinking is important, so if you’re not into steak, try chicken or a fatty fish instead.
Studies have shown that eating asparagus before and after drinking can help break down alcohol. “The’ amino acid profile of asparagus helps metabolize alcohol in the body and protect your liver,” says Kofsky.
In addition to protein, chickpeas contain vitamin B. “When you drink alcohol, Vitamin B is depleted from your body,” says Kofsky. Try having some hummus as an easy snack before you go out.
We all know we should do it, but sometimes it’s easy to forget to hydrate even before we drink. “Alcohol dehydrates you, so it’s imperative to make sure that you have enough H2O in your body to help ward off the typical “hangover” headache.” says Kofsky. Drink at least one glass of water per drink.