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The 11 Best Foods to Eat After You’ve Indulged All Weekend

posted: 06/15/15
by: Mara Betsch
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We've all had that weekend -- the one where we drink one too many margaritas at our neighbor's barbecue, inhale full plate full of nachos at a little league game and eat a slice (or three) of cake at a friend's child's birthday. Monday comes, and you are feeling a thousand miles away from your best self. To get back on track, try including a few of these foods in your meals. They're filled with nutrients that can help beat bloat, fill you up and get your body back on track for the next summer weekend.

Apples

With tons of antioxidants and nearly 20 percent of your daily dose of fiber in one apple, these fruits are the perfect snack to keep you satisfied between meals.

Quinoa

High in fiber and rich in protein for a grain, quinoa has a long list of anti-inflammatory nutrients that will get you on the right track for the week.

Almonds

Shown to prevent after-meal spikes in blood sugar, almonds are full of heart-helping fats and fiber. Snack on a handful between lunch and dinner to keep you satisfied all afternoon.

Avocados

If you're coming off a weekend of fatty foods, the avocado is your perfect bridge back to healthy eating. Though it contains a good amount of heart-healthy fats, it's also a good source of fiber and potassium. If you've eaten a lot of salty foods, studies show that potassium may offset some of the sodium's negative effects.

Beets

Add some beets to your salad to get a major health benefit. These veggies get their dark color from an antioxidant that play a big role in your body's natural detox process.

Green Tea

Caffeine free and full of antioxidants, this tea is your ticket to feeling better. It is rich in catechins, or antioxidants that fight and prevent cell damage, so pour yourself a cup. One study even found that drinking tea may help boost your metabolism!

Dark, leafy greens

You're probably not surprised to see that spinach, kale and Swiss chard are all part of a healthy diet. Each is packed with antioxidants, fiber, and anti-inflammatory nutrients. Because they're low in calories, eating a huge salad full of them with boost your nutrition and fill you up at the same time.

Ginger and garlic

Spice up your food with these important seasonings -- they are believed to help the liver rid the body of free radicals. Plus, if you're feeling run-down, garlic can boost your immune system.

Lentils

Lentils are rich in energy-boosting iron and zinc, which helps your body's metabolism and digestion.

Citrus fruits

Most juices contain some form of citrus juice, and with good reason. Rich in vitamin C, which helps the body repair damaged cells, these fruits can boost your immune system, help with digestion and seamlessly add flavor to your favorite foods.

Eggs

If your weekend involved too much alcohol, look to eggs to make you feel better. They're rich in cysteine, an amino acid that helps you flush out some of the toxins alcohol can leave in the body.

Try these detox recipes or whip up this simple kale smoothie:

Ingredients:

1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1 small banana (fresh or frozen)
2 loose cups of raw curly green kale
2 teaspoons chia seed (whole or powdered)
1/2 cup ice

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Sip as breakfast. lunch or a healthy snack.