Happy New Year! You probably feel horrible.
Theres no better way to ring in the new year than with a pounding head, churning stomach and the rank aftertaste of stale Prosecco.
Normally a giant fry-up would sort you out. Salty bacon, sausages slathered in ketchup, two fried eggs with glistening yolks, and a healthy sprinkling of cheese to complete the heavenly picture.
But now youre doing veganuary, and bacon cant save you.
What do vegans eat on a hangover? Because tofu doesnt sound appealing right now.
Luckily there are some great vegan options that will have you feeling better in no time. Wipe off last nights make-up and get yourself to a supermarket, stat.
Vegan full English
There are actually loads of elements of a full English that are vegan. Take away the eggs and the meat and youre still left with beans, tomatoes, toast, mushrooms.
Why not make a big feature out of the mushrooms? Cover them in oil and garlic and a fresh squeeze of lemon, perfect on a thick slab of sourdough.
Or if you still feel like youre missing a bit of bite, buy some veggie sausages – the bean and tofu-based ones are super stodgy and comforting.
Before you turn your nose up, tofu is actually an incredibly versatile, vegan food – and if you prepare it properly, it will feel just like youre eating scrambled eggs.
Its really simple, you just crumble tofu with your fingers, toss it into a hot pan with oil and plenty of seasoning, and cook until it is warmed through.
Add some tomatoes or a handful of chopped red pepper for an added hit of flavour and a helpful boost of antioxidants to help you start feeling more human.
Hangovers are changeable beasts, sometimes you need all the salt, and other times all you need is pudding. Big, cakey pudding for breakfast.
If thats the case, sweet, delicious pancakes are the perfect option.
Banana pancakes are really easy to make vegan, just use soy milk or oat milk, and a mashed banana for extra moistness. Dont forget that honey isnt vegan – but agave will give you the same syrupy, drippy sweetness.
Bananas are actually great on a hangover because they are brimming with potassium, which your body needs to recover.
Tips for new vegans
- Use small amounts of spread and oils high in unsaturated fats, such as vegetable and olive oils.
- Include sources of protein in most meals, such as beans, lentils, chickpeas and tofu.
- Favour high fibre, starchy foods, such as sweet potato, wholemeal bread, pasta and rice.
- Eat calcium-rich foods daily, such as calcium-fortified products.
- Drink at least 1.5 litres of water every day.
- Season food with herbs and spices instead of salt where possible.
Pulled jackfruit sandwich
If youre really craving a meaty fix, jackfruit could be a great way to trick your brain.
The dense, chewy fruit mimics the texture of meat, and is often slathered in BBQ sauce and eaten in a sandwich, a-la pulled pork.
The jackfruit is really easy to prepare. You can buy it in tins, all you have to do is rinse it, heat it through in a pan with oil, and then season to taste.
Look, hash browns are vegan, so we should probably all just go vegan now. What more could you possibly need on a hangover?
Frozen or homemade – theyre all amazing, and theyre all vegan. Hash browns are thought by many to have a magical quality to cure any hangover within the first three bites.
So if your hangover has reached critical levels of severity, we strongly recommend making yourself a plate of no less than six hash browns and eating them in bed, with ketchup.
All the potato
And lets not forget that all potatoes are vegan. And there is so much you can do with the humble potato. So much that your hungover body would kill for.
Chips, wedges, mash, waffles – fry them with onion and pepper for a Mexican-inspired breakfast hash. The options are endless.