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A Superfood Smoothie is a Hangover Helper

The best cure for a hangover? Prevention. But with so much champagne flowing on New Year’s Eve, it can be easy to overdo it. Just in case that bubbly leaves you with a queasy stomach and mega-headache, you would be wise to head into 2016 with a plan of action.

Berry Revival Protein Kefir Smoothie by Lifeway Foods

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine expert Shellie Goldstein, owner of the Shellie Goldstein Acupuncture Clinic in New York City, you can use basic acupressure (similar to acupuncture, but it uses manual pressure instead of needles) principals for a natural hangover remedy. Try it on yourself with the following instructions:

For Nausea

Looking at the inside of your left arm (if you are a rightie), press down between the two tendons, three finger-widths from the crease of the wrist. Massage in a circular fashion for 30 seconds.

For Indigestion

Four finger-widths below the bottom of your knee, on the outside of the leg bone, is a small depression. Massage in a circular fashion for 30 seconds.

For a Full-Blown Hangover

On top of your foot, slide your finger between your first and second toes and toward the top of your foot. When you reach the intersection of the first and second toe, massage in a circular fashion for 30 seconds. Next, move your attention to the webbing between your fourth and last (little) toe and repeat.

After your rubdown, make your way to your kitchen and psyche yourself up to make a smoothie with some kefir. Yes, a smoothie! The probiotics will deliver a dose of digestive relief, easing the symptoms of an acid stomach, diarrhea and all the other lovely side effects that come with partying a bit too hard.

While there’s no tried and true hangover remedy that works for everyone, most health professionals can agree that getting a healthy does of fruits and vegetables, as well as water, is a good place to start. We kept that in mind when we developed our Berry Revival Protein Smoothie, just in time for the biggest celebration of the year. It contains:

Mixed Berries Protein Kefir – its 20 g of protein per serving will help your body recover from a long, rough night

Fresh spinach – spinach contains essential vitamins and minerals, including sulfur, vitamin C and folic acid – which help accelerate liver function

Beets – they stimulate your liver, aiding in he detoxification process.)

Raspberry – they provide essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants your body needs to help recover. They’re also easy on the tummy.

Banana – bananas are gentle on your stomach, rich in potassium and contain electrolytes lost through dehydration

A special version of our Berry Revival Kefir Smoothie will be available at local Starfruit locations, if you’re lucky enough to live in Chicago and have access to one. For those of you who can’t make a trip, you can find the recipe for it here.

Other favorite Starfruit smoothies and juices include:

Jump Start

Freshly squeezed orange juice, blueberries, banana, a scoop of whey protein powder and an energy boost.

Detox 

A sweet and tart combination of pineapple, mango, banana, multi-V boost, peach kefir.

The Energizer

A tropical blend of fresh pineapple, mango, and Coconut Chia kefir.

You can also drive to your local Starfruit or Freshii and order a custom-blended kefir smoothie.