What about eating offal for breakfast? Of course not! In most cultures, we don’t see offals available in most supermarkets and eating offal is something most of us recall from our childhood. It has become a lost habit, and our body deeply grieves upon this fact.
Long gone are the days where we sat around the kitchen as we watched how our grandparents prepared original and fulfilling dishes which were the real source of proper nutrition. What was then known as traditional cuisine has today been replaced with easier and cheaper versions of cooking That is why there is huge value in cooking from our heritage and it’s worth investing more on your health than ever before. We are simply going back to the basics and need to cultivate our cooking history.
Preparing food with an assortment of meats such as liver, brain and heards is a great challenge to adopt. Yes, offals are a bit strange and I get the same disgusting look on people’s faces when I speak about them. My approach is to choose your food choices smartly. For example, do you give much thought to the most essential nutrients every time you decide on what to eat? Is the food you eat fueling your body and providing it with the proper nutrients?
The answer lies in trusting our traditions, dietary fundamentals and accepting the facts. If we rely on data based on nutrition science, what is good for us becomes quite clear. Cooking then becomes a refueling of your body with natural and original sources. As you search for the best ingredients, you also contribute to obtaining the best results.
Getting the most out of something to improve your health sounds like a good plan, right? If you understand how important it is to cook in a more traditional manner, why not start with liver? Imagine for a second if you could cook with an ingredient that delivers a high amount of nutrients and vitamins all in one place? Well, there is an ingredient, and it’s not kale or whatever vegetable or super food that is trendy right now. The smartest choice you can make right now is to bring liver into your weekly diet. Why? Liver, described by Adelle Davis in her book “Let’s Cook Right” says: “The liver is the storage place or the ‘savings bank’ of the body. If there is an excess of protein, sugar, vitamins, and any mineral, except calcium and phosphorus, part of the excess is stored in the liver until it is needed…Liver is therefore, nutritionally the most outstanding meat which can be purchased.”
Your body’s Favourite Food
Liver then, becomes an excellent choice if you want to invest on your health. Liver offers you an array of new flavors so you can begin cooking with intelligence and it’s worth the investment. Protein intake shall be looked at closer and chosen with care and respect. Not only with the variety of different animals, but also cooking with the bones, skin and tendons to keep the valuable nutrients on the flesh. Many parts of the animal are simply ignored. Butchers literally throw away the most nutritional valuable pieces away, while the muscle meat is valued as superior and sold at high prices. Why does this happen?
It breaks my heart when I see this done at the butcher markets! The best parts of an animal end up in the trash. Every time you shop for meat, always remember to keep these treasures!
Why don’t we look for facts? I think that the answer is because most of the time we live on assumptions. Not only from conclusions drawn from our minds, but mostly from a lack of interest, laziness or lack of time when it comes to getting informed about a subject. I was victim to this. What basically happened to me was that I heard something from someone, took it for granted and applied it to my routine. I remember once seeing an ad for oat and almond milk and began to drink this instead of milk. I substituted milk at breakfast even though I love milk!
My curiosity for food choices luckily gave me the opportunity to dig deeper and read many books, scientific studies and inform myself from reliable sources before actually believing what I heard. This good habit became part of my life and I began to apply it to other areas and I became more confident when I made choices. There is too much noise around us, and the delicate sound of truth may pass unnoticed.
I learned that even though I never liked math (I actually fringed at the thought!) I decided to look at the facts. That is where the truth lies. There are many of us who are not math or physics’ fans, but one thing is always certain: numbers don’t lie. If we rely on facts based on nutrition science, it’s easy to find out what is good for us. Cooking becomes as simple as refueling our body at a cellular level taking into consideration its biological nutrients. I am motivated analyzing examples as those; Liver is the first thing an animal eats after catching its prey, often times disregarding the muscle meat. Tribes give babies liver as their first food after breastfeeding.
So, let’s go back to why there seems to be a disgust for the unknown? Now that you have a good reason to eat offal, what’s stopping you? I invite you to think about eating something exotic. From a purely visual perspective, liver has the most amazing dark Bordeaux wine color. It’s an invitation to try out something deep and intense. The consistency of liver is incredibly smooth and soft on the palate. Imagine the delight when you experiment and discover this new sensation…
When you prepare liver, the texture and appearance is amazing. You feel connected and alert as your cutting board turns a red bloody tone. Suddenly your kitchen becomes wild and you get an undeniable savage feeling. This becomes exciting! The power is exquisite and exotic as the act of eating liver becomes delightful.
Your body will be thankful when you eat liver! The delicacy of this meat and it’s easy preparation reveals a dish that can be enjoyed along any side option. If you care about your health, I cannot think of a better reason for you to Run for your Liver Dinner.