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barley soup Beat your hangover

Eat this soup two hours before you start drinking to inoculate yourself against alcohol鈥檚 revenge the next morning. The barley contains 50% of your fibre RDA, which is digested slowly, lining your stomach. Back-up is also on hand from enzymes, which reduce bad cholesterol, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Bolster the soup with one of the three protein sources listed below to arm your body for the demands of your morning after. Look alive, soldier.
The arsenal (serves 2-4)
2 tbsp olive oil
250g shiitake mushrooms
1 tbsp ginger, grated
1 tsp garlic, grated
120g pearl barley
1 litre chicken stock
1-2 tsp soy sauce
1 tbsp lime juice
1-2 tbsp miso paste
100g spinach
1 bunch spring onions, thinly sliced
60g beansprouts and seaweed, thinly sliced
The battle plan
Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add garlic, ginger, mushrooms; saute虂 for 1-2 minutes. Add meat if applicable (see below) and cook until brown. Chuck in the barley and stir for 1 minute, then add stock, soy sauce, lime juice and bring to the boil. Cover, reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
Set the pan to one side and stir in the miso paste. Add the tofu (if chosen) along with the spinach and spring onions. Serve garnished with bean sprouts and seaweed. Mission accomplished.
Deploy a secret weapon for your battle
Fortify your booze-beating soup with one of the following protein hits to
give you the exact lift you need:
Charm the in-laws with packet tofu, diced
A tofu portion delivers 50% of your RDA of tryptophan, which boosts motivation levels. You鈥檒l make the 11am show down no matter how heavy last night鈥檚 battle was.
Get more work done with chicken breasts, chopped
The vitamin B3 in chicken is linked to improved mental agility. Perfect if you left a few urgent reports unfinished in your dash for the bar.
Fight man-flu with sirloin steak, chopped
If you鈥檙e nursing a cold, the beef鈥檚 zinc will fortify your immune system ahead of the battering it takes at the bar. Seconds out, round one.

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