Yesterday saw a new twist on the GOOD OLD GREEN SMOOTHIE. Today I have a red smoothie for you. $hit’s about to get real. Now this baby is going to freak you out but stay with me. I PROMISE you can’t taste the weird ingredient but you will have energy to BURN after downing this baby and its powerhouse of nutrients….Ok, so it’s got liver in it. Yeah I know. Liver’s gross. I thought so too until I started sneaking it into our food. I started with adding really small amounts grated into mince, then adding it to meat patties like Lamb & Quinoa Burgers. My behavior has escalated, I’m like a serial killer, only with liver. I have graduated to smoothies. It’s pretty hard core but let me sell it to you….
So you know Superfoods right? Goji berries, chia seeds, unicorn dust, whatever it will be next week? Well the REAL Superfoods are organ meats from healthy animals. They are packed with readily absorbable vitamins & minerals and could sucker punch acai berries into next week with their nutritional offering. Been giving your own liver a flogging during this silly season? Guess what the best thing to support your liver is? Liver!! Liver has almost 3 times the iron of red meat. Forget the Berocca, liver will give you back your B-B Bounce much more effectively due to the fact that it is LOADED with B-Vitamins. Not sold? Read more HERE.
So, how? Well I buy a grass fed beef or lamb liver from my butcher and chop it into palm-sized blocks and freeze separately it in ziplock bags. When I need it I pull out a block and grate it into whatever I need to. By grating it you don’t get any big chunks of liver in your food (or drink) and you don’t need to worry about that big hunk of liver going off in your fridge. Frozen liver is also much easier & more pleasant to handle than the fresh version. Try it. I dare you.
The Real Superfood Smoothie-serves 2
1 tbs grated liver
1 cup frozen berries
1 tbs honey/maple syrup/rice malt syrup (OPTIONAL)
1 cup coconut milk (or milk of your choice)
1 cup coconut water (I use RawC)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Pop it all in the blender & whizz until nice & smooth. Pretend you don’t know about the liver in it & drink that bad boy down.5
I’d like to make this without the liver (as I’m already taking it in capsule form), but I’m wondering if this will make a substantial breakfast on it’s own. If not, could you recommend something to round it out? I absolutely cannot stomach savory stuff like eggs or avo for breakfast. I really prefer sweet/fruity in the morning. Any suggestions would be so appreciated. Breakfast is the hardest for me – giving up my toast and jam makes me want to cry. Thanks in advance! I am loving your site!! 🙂
Hi Katie, you can definitely leave the liver out. I personally would prob have something like berries, coconut milk, collagen powder (or some other protein) and tahini as a brekkie smoothie to make it a bit more substantial. Otherwise banana, peanut butter, cacao, coconut milk & collagen is a winner too. Check out my recipe for chocolate bread too, you might like that as well.
I didn’t see your reply in time, so I made the smoothie just without the liver and it was delicious (my 12 yr old son loved it, too). To make the breakfast more substantial, I made your carrot cake muesli bars, and we both loved those, as well. Thanks for the tips on the smoothies – I’d like to try all the variations you suggested- especially the collagen. And chocolate bread?? Yes, please! 🙂
When you’re adding tahini or collagen powder to a smoothie, how much do you add of each?
About a tsp tahini and a tbs of collagen
How do you prepare the liver prior to grating it and putting it in the smoothie? Doesn’t it need to be cooked first? Slightly confused, but looking forward to trying this recipe! Thank you!
I just cut it raw into palm sized chunks and keep it in zip lock bags on the freezer