After a long weekend of fun, food, cocktails, or all of the above, you can wake up feeling like a giant marshmallow. Although eating or drinking anything else might be the last thing on your mind, certain foods or liquids can cut your symptoms in half. Try one of these items for breakfast the next time you wake up feeling bloated, and see how quickly they shrink you back to normal.
Drink the Right Fluids: Why not hydrate and de-bloat at the same time? Coconut water, peppermint tea, and kombucha are tasty liquids known to help reduce inflammation or fight belly bloat. Adding chia seeds to beverages are another option. Try this chia seed drink first thing in the morning to begin the de-bloating process instantly. Doing this every day can make you feel more energized, too.
Go Tropical: Papaya and pineapple are both fruits known to help move the digestion process along. Slice some as a side to your breakfast, or make it the main attraction with this papaya doughnut recipe. If smoothies are more your speed, try this refreshing tropical blend that also includes mint and ginger.
Add Hydrating Vegetables: It's no secret that hydration can counteract the effects of a sodium binge or long night out. Throw some water-rich veggies like tomatoes or bell peppers into your meal to get the ball rolling. This veggie frittata also contains asparagus, which eases gas and flushes waste from your system.
Choose Whole Grains: Instead of reaching for that easy bowl of boxed cereal, opt for a de-bloating star like quinoa, which can easily stand in for oatmeal. You could also double up on de-bloating efforts by adding probiotic-rich yogurt to the mix, like in this breakfast quinoa bowl recipe.