Most, if not ALL of my friends will protest… PROTEST, I have the worst hangovers. I’m not sure why, but let’s talk “day after food”, or even “night before food”. I’ve tried a lot of different options. First off, although this article isn’t about drinks, I’d say hands down #1 is coconut water.
#2, Take your vitamins, bro.
#3. Eat some good food…
…Let’s talk about the Loco Moco. My first experience with this meal was in Hawaii. I soon learned it was highly served only block from my apartment!
“Loco moco is a meal in the contemporary cuisine of Hawaii. There are many variations, but the traditional loco moco consists of white rice, topped with a hamburger patty, a fried egg, and brown gravy. Variations may include chili, bacon, ham, Spam, kalua pork, linguiça, teriyaki beef, teriyaki chicken, mahi-mahi, shrimp, oysters, and other meats. Loco Moco is also the name of a Hawaiian-based restaurant chain that serves Hawaiian rice bowl dishes.”
.. unless you’re vegan, you can probably see why this meal is the bomb. But let’s get specific. The loco moco typically consists of a lot of rice. If you decide to partake in this awesome meal before you hit they hay, you’re probably lucky. Rice is a well known carb that sucks up anything left in your stomach. Although typically not low calorie, the tasty white rice will do it’s job of sucking up any booze left in your tummy, but that’s only the beginning.
Let’s talk protein.
“Why [protein]? In the body, proteins are broken down into individual amino acids – the substance that helps detoxify your liver and, in turn, assists your recovery. Alcohol depletes the number of amino acids in your body so replenishing your stock come breakfast time will help get things ‘back to normal’.”
Ok, so we have beef in our loco moco, but what about eggs?
“Besides being an easily digested food that’s gentle on your stomach, eggs are packed with protein. Plus, thanks to their large amounts of cysteine, “eggs help mop up alcohol’s leftover toxins,” says Tammy Lakatos Shames, R.D., author of The Secret To Skinny. Although your waistline may be the last thing on your mind, keep your dish mostly egg whites—with just a yolk or two—so that you don’t overdo it on the cholesterol.
… Not to mention you can add veggies to your loco moco for added nutrients and vitamins.
Look, I’m not saying a Loco Moco is going to save your life, but damn if I can’t say I love it. I’ll continue to say that it’s been a life saver multiple times. So, cheers you Barely Essential peoples! What’s you’re favorite pre/post drinking food?