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Love it, Like it, Hate it - Late-Night Snacks to Help Prevent Hangovers

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The next week is packed with Mardi Gras parades and parties, and it’s no secret that many of us will be celebrating late into the night.  And late nights out often mean late-night eating,  but that doesn’t mean you’re destined to heed the call of Taco Bell.

Your best bet:  Plan ahead to have food on hand at home, or plan to stop at a late-night diner for our ‘love it’ option, below.

Love it!

Diner Food:  Egg White Omelet (filled with any combo of veggies, turkey, seafood, or a bit of cheese)

Eggs are a good source of cysteine, an amino acid that helps to break down acetaldehyde, a hangover-promoting compound. 

EAS AdvantEDGE ready-to-drink protein shake

Just over 100 calories, with 17 grams of protein and zero sugar, it’s loaded with electrolytes (including potassium, calcium, & sodium) to help replenish depleted stores.

Zico Coconut Water

Hydrating and electrolyte-rich, Zico provides sodium (many other coconut waters are very low in sodium), calcium, and magnesium along with a giant punch of potassium.   Make it even better by adding a scoop of greens like spirulina or blue-green algae to help neutralize your body’s acidity after a night of drinking.

Like it!

Peanut butter & honey fold-over sandwich

It’s not super-high in calories, and it’s a good source of fiber, healthy fats, fructose, and a little protein, all of which can help to offset typical hangover symptoms like nausea and weakness.

Cereal & Milk

Go with nearly any whole grain cereal with milk and you’ll get a dose of B vitamins, plus electrolytes like potassium, calcium, and sodium.  To help keep portions in check, try using a coffee mug instead of a super-sized bowl.

Hate it! 

Both ‘hate it’ options are filled with salty white carbs and can leave you feeling even more bloated the next morning!

Pizza – 3 slices of hand-tossed pizza packs in over 1,000 calories, 24 grams saturated fat (more than a day’s worth) and 2640 mg sodium (more than a day and a half’s worth)!

Taco Bell – One Cheesy Potato Burrito and a Nachos BellGrande, washed down with a 20-ounce Berry Pomegranate Frutista Freeze will set you back 1620 calories, 213 grams of carbs, 14 grams saturated fat, and 2430 mg sodium (more than a day and a half’s worth)!

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