…and an easier New Year’s Day. Now, we’re not saying you can’t send out 2014 with some merriment–there are few moments lovelier than toasting a new year out and a new one in, surrounded by family and friends. And we won’t tell you that you must replace that champagne with sparkling white grape juice (though that’s a fine option, if you wish!). But there are a few measures you can take to ensure that you remember all those great memories from the night of December 31. Follow the tips below for a happy, healthy and productive start to 2015.
Offer Healthier Snacks
If you’re hosting this NYE, do your guests a favour by offering a variety of healthy snacks along with the usual offerings. (If there are leftovers, you’ll be doing yourself a favour too.) How about stuffed mushrooms, cheesy artichoke hearts, or kale and spinach dip?
Pop Some Vitamin B
Some research indicates that taking B vitamins ahead of drinking alcohol can reduce the less-than-desirable effects the next morning. Assistant professor of medicine Jeffrey Weise, of Tulane University, recommends a combo of prickly pear extract and a capsule of B vitamins like B6 and biotin–he calls it the Hangover Prevention Formula.
Load up on Fiber
Hit the crudite tray, or spread dip on multigrain bread. Chris Meletis of the National College of Naturopathic Medicine told Real Simple that fiber-rich foods help break down alcohol and absorb some if it, which keeps it from hitting the bloodstream as quickly.
When it comes to alcohol, that is. Congeners are compounds that occur naturally as a result of the process of distilling and fermenting alcohol, and they give liquor their flavour and colour. But they can lead to unpleasant effects the day after a night of overconsumption. Try sticking to lighter-coloured alcohol, and the more filtered–which usually means more expensive–a liquor is, the less congeners it likely has. Bourbon has a high amount of congeners, for example, while the amount in vodka is low.
Sounds odd, but the National Headache Foundation recommends eating a slice of toast with honey spread on top if you have the morning-after blues. Honey is full of fructose, and there is some evidence the sugar can help you burn alcohol. Fruit has fructose as well. Note: eating honey with a fibre-rich bread or whole fruit instead of fruit juice will help prevent a blood sugar spike and its resulting crash.