Oh, don't pretend like you don't have one!
On St. Patrick’s Day--which you can also call Paddy’s or St. Paddy’s, but never St. Patty’s Day*--you will drink too much. You will drink way, way too much.
Hey, I’ve been there. I’ve woken up the next morning and felt like there was a tsunami inside my head. I’ve promised myself I wouldn’t drink for a week, then a year. Now that I’m sober, no one ever wants to hang out anymore.
But if you still have a social life, this smoothie is for you because it will actually PREVENT your hangover.
Listen, if your usual MO is taking two Tylenol and chugging a Gatorade before passing out, know this: Your liver already hates you for that tequila, but it’s REALLY going to be pissed off if it needs to filter out acetaminophen, too. (Check out this scary report on acetaminophen from NPR.) Then your body has to break down the chemicals and sugar in the sports drink.
Enter smoothie: The coconut water rehydrates and replenishes electrolytes, a banana gets your potassium up, and almond butter has vitamin E. We’ll throw in some strawberries for vitamin C--they’re sweet and this study says they may protect your stomach from alcohol toxicity.
The Ancient Irish Hangover Preventer (ancient in that it goes all the way back to 2012)
• 16 oz coconut water
• 1 banana
• 2 cups strawberries, fresh or frozen
• 1 heaping tablespoon of almond butter
Put all your ingredients in a blender. Blend for about a minute until you have a 32-ounce smoothie. Refrigerate for at least two hours and as much as eight. Shake before you pour.
If you feel the need to stick with a St. Paddy’s theme, you can toss in a few handfuls of spinach to green up your smoothie, but I’m not so sure that will be appetizing considering your state.
Best part: If you forget to drink it, just pour it in a covered container and put it in the freezer to make strawberry banana ice cream.
Make it before going out--you’ll never remember to do it when you come home. Put it in the fridge. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout your drunken adventures. I know you won’t, but you should. Drink half the smoothie before bed, and the other half when you get up at some ungodly hour to pee, or in the morning. Embrace being alive another day.
*There actually was a St. Patricia, and I’m sure she was great, but her day is August 25th.
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