{Spring Nutritional Reset} Day 10: Eat Liver for your Liver

Here’s a little taste of the Spring Nutritional Reset for you! It seems like liver has been making more of an appearance in the paleosphere lately, so I thought I’d jump on that train and share some info with you.

{Day 10} Eat liver for your liver

Hidey Ho!

Your liver is the hardest working organ in your body. Literally every substance that you ingest must pass through your liver before it can enter your bloodstream.

With all of the artificial chemicals in foods today– dyes, preservatives, flavors– the modern liver works so much harder than the livers of yore.

There are some cultures that say that if you have an illness, then you should eat the animal part that corresponds to the part of you that is sick.

Drink bone broth for weak bones.

Eat heart muscle for a weak heart.

Eat liver to support your liver.

High quality liver from grass fed animals is a superfood.

The vitamin content of liver rivals that of a multivitamin. AND, because it is a whole food, the vitamins in liver are better absorbed by your body than those in a multivitamin pill.

Liver is high in:

  • Vitamin A
  • Iron
  • Niacin
  • Selenium
  • Zinc
  • Protein
  • All B-Vitamins

For some reason, our culture shies away from eating liver, so I understand if you’re hesitant to take me up on this “eat liver for your liver” thing.

Hiding liver in other foods, burgers or meatballs for example, is a great way to sneak it into your diet. Start with more ground beef than liver, and gradually increase the liver content as your taste buds adjust.

Bison Liver from US Wellness Meats

Here are two great recipes that are cleanse friendly for you to try:

I’m planning to make some of these liver burgers this week! My only question is whether I tell my boyfriend that I put the liver in there or not 😉

How do you feel about eating liver? Is it something that you ate as a child? Do you eat liver as a regular part of your diet now?

Focus on Veggies. High Quality Protein. Healthy Fats

Eat Kale and Be Happy,

Allison

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3 Responses to {Spring Nutritional Reset} Day 10: Eat Liver for your Liver

  1. Meaghan May 16, 2012 at 2:32 PM #

    Allison,

    It’s so funny you posted this today because I was just telling some of my friends how I’m going to start trying to eat 1oz of liver 3x a week. One girl recommended keeping it frozen, using a cheese grater to grate about an oz, squirt lemon juice over it and shoot it down like a shot followed by a huge gulp of water. I’m going to experiment and see how this works. I’ll be psyched if this is okay so that way I don’t have to meal plan around liver. 🙂 But I have been thinking the most palatable way would be to incorporate it into meatloaf/meatballs/burgers anyway. I’ll report back with my experience.

    • Allison May 16, 2012 at 3:10 PM #

      That’s awesome, Meaghan! Yes, please do report back. I’m going to try making these multivitamin meatballs tonight (www.katiekdid.com/2012/05/10/multivitamin-meatballs/) and I’ll also report back as to how they went. I’m going to use grass fed beef liver instead of chicken livers, and make them into burger patties instead of meatballs!

      • Meaghan May 17, 2012 at 2:38 PM #

        I’ll be thawing out the ground beef tonight, so hopefully I’ll have good news to report in a couple days. It was funny because one of the girls of the Amish family I buy all my grass-fed meat from (Homestead Heritage in Kokomo, IN) says she’s still not brave enough to try liver. My husband and I just started taking Green Pastures FCLO/Butter Oil blend though, and I feel like people made a big deal out of nothing. It’s not delicious or anything but far from horrible. Good luck!

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