Liver and Bodybuilding
Beef liver just might be one of the best bodybuilding foods of all time. To build mass it's necessary to take in plenty of protein and complex carbohydrates, as well as enough total calories to support growth. Beef liver contains creatine for strength, carnitine for testosterone support and fat metabolism, B vitamins for energy and metabolism, and iron to support the production of myoglobin.
Benefits of Eating Liver
What makes liver so essential to your health is that it contains more nutrients, gram for gram, than any other food. Liver is an excellent source of high-quality protein, contains all the B vitamins in abundance, particularly B12, and its one of the best sources of folic acid. Liver is natures most concentrated source of vitamin A, and it's a highly usuable form of iron. Liver contains trace elements such as copper, zinc and chromium, an unidentified anti-fatigue factor, and CoQ10, a nutrient that is especially important for cardio-vascular function.
Healthy Liver Recipes
Liver and Onions
Here is a healthy liver and onions recipe,
You will need: 2 lbs of liver, 3 to 4 sliced onions, 2-3 cloves of garlic (peeled and minced), salt and pepper, olive oil, flour.
Wash liver, remove outside membrane, add salt and pepper.
lightly flour liver, cook in hot oil. do not burn.
Turn liver over once, remove from pan.
Sauté onions in; stir in garlic. Remove onion and garlic from pan. Pour off all but 2 tablespoon oil; add 1 tablespoon of flour. mix well.
Return onions and garlic to pan. Cook until flour is lightly brown.
stir in water to make a thin gravy. Add liver. simmer 1 minute.
Baked Liver and Onions (Swiss Style)
You will need: six slices of calves liver, 2 lg. onions, 2 oz. of butter, 1/2 c. red wine (cooking or non-alcoholic), 1 tbsp. parsley, bay leaf, 1/2 tsp. thyme, Flour, Salt, Pepper.
Cut onions into 1/2 inch slices and separate the rings.
Place into casserole with 1 ounce butter, wine, spices and salt and pepper, and 1/2 cup water.
Cover and bake in oven (350 degrees) for 30 minutes.
Coat liver with flour, place on top onion slices and dot with remaining butter.
Cover and bake for 30 minutes, basting 2 or 3 times with sauce in casserole.
Remove cover, continure baking for 10 minutes.
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