Eating organ meats is the one thing I’ve struggled with the most since I started eating traditional foods. I’ve tried to eat liver many times but I just can’t stomach it. I’m a wimp!
As a nursing mama I need to eat organ meats. Liver is one of the most nutrient dense foods you can eat. Liver (beef) is rich in important nutrients like Vitamins A, D, E, K, B12, folic acid, and minerals copper and iron.
Liver also has an amazing anti-fatigue factor! I found a study on the Weston A. Price Foundation site that I will share below…
“Liver’s as-yet-unidentified anti-fatigue factor makes it a favorite with athletes and bodybuilders. The factor was described by Benjamin K. Ershoff, PhD, in a July 1951 article published in the Proceedings for the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine. Ershoff divided laboratory rats into three groups. The first ate a basic diet, fortified with 11 vitamins. The second ate the same diet, along with an additional supply of vitamin B complex. The third ate the original diet, but instead of vitamin B complex received 10 percent of rations as powdered liver. A 1975 article published in Prevention magazine described the experiment as follows: “After several weeks, the animals were placed one by one into a drum of cold water from which they could not climb out. They literally were forced to sink or swim. Rats in the first group swam for an average 13.3 minutes before giving up. The second group, which had the added fortifications of B vitamins, swam for an average of 13.4 minutes. Of the last group of rats, the ones receiving liver, three swam for 63, 83 and 87 minutes. The other nine rats in this group were still swimming vigorously at the end of two hours when the test was terminated. Something in the liver had prevented them from becoming exhausted. To this day scientists have not been able to pin a label on this anti-fatigue factor.”
Do you remember Jenny from Nourished Kitchen’s article Nutrient Showdown: best sources of Vitamins & Minerals? Liver, liver, liver, fish roe, liver, oysters, liver, raw egg yolk, butter, liver, liver & LIVER topped for foods highest in vitamins and minerals. Liver is where it’s at!
How do I eat liver without gagging on it? I sneak it into my food! I puree liver in my food processor and freeze it in ice-cube trays. I add a few cubes of liver to almost all my ground beef meals!
10 Sneaky recipes with organ meats
1) Giblet Gravey – Cooking Traditional Foods
2) Nutrient Dense Meat Loaf – Holistic Squid
3) Easy Meatballs – Nutrient Dense Food on the Go – Holistic Squid
4) Ultimate Beef & Liver Chili – MommyPotamus
5) Jalapeño Poppers with a Superfood Twist – Kelly The Kitchen Kop
6) Pizza Chili – Food Renegade
7) Heart Burgers – Kelly The Kitchen Kop
8) Nourishing Chicken Nuggets – The Coconut Mama (picture below)
9) Superfood Meat Muffins – Health, Home & Happiness <- I top mine with bacon! (picture above)
10) Spaghetti Squach with Offal Sauce – Paleo Parents
Still can’t stomach Offal?
If you still can’t handle eating offal after trying all these yummy recipes you can make your own supplements. The easiest way to make your own supplement is to cut up frozen liver into small bite size pieces and store in the freezer. Swallow the liver pieces like you would any other supplement. If that is too much for you to handle then you can make desiccated liver supplement. This is a lot of work, but if that’s the only way you can handle eating liver then do it!