Fueling Your Training – Superfood for Runners
How to Eat This Amazing Food
What if I told you that there exists a superfood for runners that is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet, is one of the cheapest foods, and is readily available? What if this food contained all the B vitamins (in fact for anyone with low B12, this would be THE food to eat), and iron in a form that is easily absorbed by the body (are you a runner suffering from low iron levels? Eat this!)? But wait, there’s more! It’s also chock full of fats crucial for good health (EPA and DHA), the antioxidant CoQ10, trace minerals including copper, zinc, chromium, phosphorous, selenium, and is an excellent source of protein to boot! I know you’re thinking what’s the catch? Any time we’re talking healthy food there has to be a catch.
Here it is, it just might be the most disgusting food you’ve ever eaten, or maybe attempted to eat, because it when it comes right down to it, you just might not be able to make yourself do it. And yes, of course, this food actually exists. And yes, it truly is a superfood for runners, or athletes in general. It’s just too bad some things are truly that disgusting. Any guesses yet about what specific food I’m talking about? If you guessed organ meats, more specifically, liver, you would be correct. As a culture, we just don’t eat organ meats and to be fair, partly because they do taste truly dreadful. While liver has so many health benefits, even the least picky among us can hardly stomach it. In fact, I have tried on more than one attempt to incorporate liver into my diet, and it has been a miserable experience every time. From making some sort of blueberry pate (holy cow, that was vomit inducing) to frying it up southern style with some onions (geez even FRYING this stuff can’t help it), nothing can mask its mouth punching flavor.
But I have good news, I am actually offering you not one, but two solutions to incorporating this runner’s superfood into your diet. Solution number one, make what Dr. Elaine Carter calls “Rambo” burgers, for the younger generation perhaps the name “Captain America” burgers would make more sense. This recipe surprised the taste buds off not only me, but my entire family, which is home to two of the world’s pickiest eaters (to be fair to the other two, my oldest son and myself, well we might be the world’s least pickiest eaters so it all evens out). These things are good!!! People will rave about what a delicious burger you made, unbeknownst to them it is full of healthy (but formerly disgusting) goodness. For those of us who don’t want to spend a ton of time making burgers but still want all the amazing benefits of this “superfood” then the next best thing is dessicated liver. Yes, you read that correctly. Dessicated liver is exactly what you think it is, dried, powdered liver. You can take it in pill form, therefore skipping the flavor issue completely, or you can take it in its loose powdered form. I prefer the latter because I can get a heaping teaspoon easier from the loose powder than popping a bunch of pills, plus it involves no cooking. I suggest mixing it with a fresh pressed juice (usually celery or cucumber juice) for added nutrients.
So there you have it, this crazy, amazing superfood for runners with the absurdly disgusting flavor has just become available to your taste buds without burning them off. You’re welcome! 🙂
Superhero (you choose which one) burgers
1 lb. ground liver
1 lb. ground heart
½ lb. bacon ends (I choose to leave this part out)
2 lbs. grass fed ground beef
Mix or grind all above ingredients together
1 large yellow onion, chopped
6 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 lb. mushrooms
In a skillet using grass fed butter sauté onions, garlic and mushrooms together until browned. Let cool
Add vegetable mixture to meat mixture and then grate ½ stick frozen butter into mixture. Chill in refrigerator for an hour. Press into burgers. This will make about 16-18 burgers, freeze the patties you’re not going to use so you have them for a later date.