So you had a bit of a rough night last night. Your head is throbbing, you're wearing one shoe, and...oh no...you texted THAT person. We've all been there.
When most people wake up after a night of debauchery, feeling as if they've been steamrolled by a semi, there's usually one thing on their mind: food.
After all, a night of alcohol can deplete your body of essential vitamins and minerals, and leave your cells, muscles, and brain hungry for sustenance. When you wake up hungover, going for leftover pizza or the nearest drive-thru might be about the most tempting option on the planet. You want something fast cheap and easy to settle your stomach, and a greasy breakfast burrito makes you think that everything will be alright. However, fast food tends to have the nutritional value of, well, junk.
When you're hungover, your body is at its most desperate for vitamins and minerals. It needs real sustenance, not a grease-soaked burrito loaded with fillers and artificial preservatives. You spent all night torturing your body, and now it's time to treat it right.
Complex Carbohydrates For The Win
Now is the time to reach for a cup of Modern Oats. This delicious, gluten-free, vegan, whole-grain oatmeal is exactly what your body is begging for. By feeding yourself delicious whole-grain oats, you're providing your body with complex carbohydrates that can decrease feelings of fatigue while increasing your mood. In fact, studies have shown that starchy carbohydrates can boost serotonin levels, which can help counter the debilitating mood effects of a hangover, while providing a steady and long-lasting boost of energy.
Oatmeal Is Loaded With Vitamins & Minerals
Another added benefit of oatmeal is that it's packed with B vitamins, magnesium, iron, calcium and other important nutrients. Not only is alcohol devoid of vitamins and minerals, it actually prevents the absorption of many of these essential nutrients. The morning after a blurry night, it's essential that you load your diet with vitamins and minerals so that your body can catch up on the nutrient absorption it missed out on the night before.
Low Calories & Filling
Oatmeal is one of the lowest calorie breakfast choices you can opt for. This is especially important after a night of drinking, when the number of calories you ingest through both drinks and food reaches astronomical levels. A single 5oz. glass of red wine contains 125 calories. There are 215 calories in a vodka tonic, and nearly 500 calories in a margarita. Just a few drinks and you're already reaching half of your daily recommended calorie intake. Pair this with a late-night trip to the taco truck and you can say goodbye to the button on your jeans.
Modern Oats oatmeal cups have between 190 to 300 calories per serving, significantly less than the 1,000-calorie breakfast burrito option. Plus, our oats are loaded with fiber (about 20% of your daily recommended amount) and protein meaning one cup will leave you feeling full for hours. If you're counting calories, check out our Organic Apple Cinnamon Ginger at 190 calories or our 5-Berry No Sugar Added with 210 calories and only 2g of sugar.
Oatmeal Is A Comfort Food
A hot meal is just what your brain needs when your mind is preoccupied with anxiety and other stressors. When you take that first bite, it's as if you never texted your ex. Bite number two makes you forget that you bought the entire bar a tequila shot. By the time you've finished that savory cup of whole oats your body will be saying "Namaste."
The next time you're feeling worse for wear, nestled on the couch watching "The Office" re-runs, just reach for a cup of delicious whole-grain Modern Oats. Your body, mind, and soul will thank you.
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