What to Eat After a Night Out
A balanced breakfast can help you get back on track after a night of overindulgence.
"Food can't make up for a lack of sleep, but eating a balanced breakfast can provide your body with what it needs to get back on track after a night of overindulging," says Chicago-area-based nutritionist Dave Grotto, R.D., L.D.N., author of the book 101 Foods That Could Save Your Life. Grotto's morning-after breakfast menu features a spinach and cheese omelette: Protein in the eggs helps control blood glucose levels, which were likely to have gone on a roller coaster ride the night before; the spinach offers plenty of vitamin B to combat stress and fatigue; and the cheese you choose should contain probiotics to aid digestion (like Kraft LiveActive Cheese Snacks). It's also a good idea to sip on juice or a smoothie filled with fruits like blueberry, cranberry, cherry and/or strawberry. If you can't stomach a full meal, just a fruity beverage will help. "A night of overindulging is like putting a blow torch to your cells," Grotto says, but these fruits, with their anti-inflammatory properties, help block further damage.