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Food and drink that has us seeing gold
The holiday season is reaching its peak and with all that celebration and cheer comes inevitable exhaustion. For many of us, the nastiest hangover of the year is on its way. Although the resolutions won't start for another week, most people start feeling the need to detox promptly on December 26th. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to combat a holiday hangover without skipping any of the festive food and drinks. The weeks leading up to Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year's are filled with holiday parties, cookie exchanges, gingerbread men, eggnog and the list goes on. How is anyone expected to walk away without a hangover? Whether from exhaustion, overeating or both, coming away from the holiday season unscathed is unlikely. Before you set out milk and cookies for Santa, make sure to gear up on supplies for your own early-morning-recovery.
Step 1: Hydrate
The first step to stopping that familiar headache in its tracks is to drown it in hydration. When water just won't cut it, enlist some extra help. Chlorophyll water has been heralded throughout the health foods industry for its numerous healing benefits. From the same substance that gives leafy green vegetables their vibrant pigment, Chlorophyll water is packed with antioxidants and cleansing properties. It also keeps your thirst quenched - which doesn't hurt after a night of drinking. Recently recognized by Beverage Industry as the 2016 Innovation of the Year, Verday Chlorophyll water offers these powerful punches of hydration in cucumber, lemongrass, watermelon and coconut flavors. Not only does each bottle have the same amount of Chlorophyll as a cup of green vegetables, it also promotes healthy skin, better blood and healthy digestion. When Christmas cookies get the best of you, grab a bottle of Verday Chlorophyll water to wash it all down.
Step 2: Nourish
If there's one food that embodies comfort and recovery, its chicken soup. Chicken broth has been my go-to hangover cure since I was old enough to get them. Its warm, soothing and easy to slurp. This year I was lucky enough to find Brothee, an artisanal bone broth brand to fulfill all my broth needs. Brothee makes small-batch broths crafted by hand using the highest quality organic and locally-sourced ingredients. Versatile, nourishing, and rich in flavor, each of Brothee’s jars is handcrafted in the company’s Los Angeles commercial kitchen using the highest-grade organic, pastured-raised, grass-fed and grass-finished bones from ethically-run farms, and
organic vegetables, herbs and spices sourced locally whenever possible. Bones are slow roasted to their peak before being gently simmered with vegetables, herbs and spices for up to 48 hours to maximize nutrient content.
On a hungover morning, my favorite thing to do is toss some leftovers into a pot of warm broth and mix up a leftover soup. Our Christmas dinner always includes a bowl of Swedish meatballs, so I whipped up a pot of
my no-fuss-next-day ramen. Using Brothee Roast Chicken broth, I heated up some leftover Swedish meatballs, a package of dry ramen and some leftover edamame beans. The best part about Brothee is that it is so versatile, and can be added to any dish or enjoyed on its own. Instead of a cup of tea, next time you're feeling under the weather reach for a cup of warm bone broth - they're high in protein, amino acids and help to aid in digestion. Best of all, they help to sooth a fussy tummy and improve your immune system.
Step 3: Recharge
Finally, the last step in your holiday recovery plan: when the above 2 steps don't help, its time to kick back the hair of the dog that bit you. A bit of alcohol on a rough morning is known to cure even the roughest of hangovers, and nothing does the trick better than Kombrewcha. Recently called the "Healthiest Way to Get Buzzed" by the Observer, Kombrewcha is a tasty spin on the yeasty and fermented Kombucha. Kombucha is a healthy source of probiotics and is known to aid in digestion and liver function. As a fermented tea, the drink is naturally alcoholic. However, Kombrewcha includes slightly more alcohol, totaling about 2% by volume. Better yet, its 100% organic, includes natural probiotics and contains only 65 calories per bottle. For light beer drinkers or someone looking for a healthy buzz, this drink is a home run and comes in a variety of tasty flavors. Trade in the bloody mary's and mimosa's on Christmas morning for a more healthful, nourishing cocktail. For a nasty hangover, I recommend sipping on an icy cup of the Royal Ginger flavor with a slice of lemon.
A lover of food, wine and travel, Laura is a freelance writer from NYC eating and drinking her way through the world. A graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education, Laura is a trained chef with a degree in culinary arts and a WSET II award in wine & spirits.