Post-St. Patrick’s Day smoothie cure

With green cocktails, green jello shots and green beer, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations can leave you feeling a little bit — you guessed it — green.

There are a lot of theories on how to best recover from a hangover — some swear by a big, greasy breakfast, others a big mug of coffee.

A few will even tell you that nothing beats the hair of the dog that bit you — a bit of whatever you were drinking the night before may do the trick.

It’s generally better to avoid large quantities of dense foods the morning after a big drink.

Greasy foods can be hard on your stomach, particularly if you’re already feeling a bit sick.

Coffee can be a bit more forgiving, particularly if you’re so devoted to your cup o’ Joe that skipping a morning will leave you with an aching head.

But caffeine can dehydrate you further, so you might be better off going without.

Drinking more alcohol will only put off that head-splitting hangover until later.

You might as well buck up and get it over with, and this refreshing green drink might be your best option.

An hour or so after drinking this, it might be worth trying for some solid food, but remember to stick to choices that are easy to digest — oatmeal or eggs are normally a safe bet.

Remember that the only real cures to a hangover are time and rest, but in the meantime, this refreshing smoothie might help you feel a bit more comfortable.

Ingredients

• 1 frozen banana

• 1 piece of peeled ginger, about half the size of your thumb

• 400 mL coconut water

• 2 handfuls spinach

• 1 tsp honey

• 4 ice cubes

Instructions

1. Depending on the power of your blender, it might be easier to slice your ginger and bananas first.

2. Add all of the ingredients to your blender and pulse until the mixture is smooth.

3. Transfer to a glass and enjoy immediately.

4. Keep it low key and stay hydrated throughout the day.

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