AHEAD OF THE GAME

Men's Health (UK) - - The Tech Issue -

Don’t fall fowl of mo­not­o­nous meal plans. Th­ese game birds will plump up your diet

More than 900 mil­lion chick­ens are eaten ev­ery year in the UK. Or­ganic or not, if your pro­tein is all white and comes en­tombed in su­per­mar­ket cel­lo­phane, now is the per­fect time to aim higher. The shoot­ing sea­son of­fers a chance to pump up your eat­ing plan. “Game birds are higher in pro­tein, vitamins and min­er­als than farmed fowl,” ex­plains Tom God­ber-ford Moore, chef at shoot­ing re­treat Loy­ton Sport­ing. We sug­gest you give th­ese a pop.

A PAR­TRIDGE

Peck away at mus­cle fa­tigue by tim­ing this high-pro­tein refeed for af­ter your work­out. Its high lev­els of phos­pho­rus – which plays a key role in the pro­duc­tion of ATP, the body’s main en­ergy source – will swiftly re­vive you.

B GROUSE

A po­tent source of vi­ta­min B6, grouse is packed with cog­ni­tive ben­e­fits. B6 is es­sen­tial to your pro­duc­tion of mood-boost­ing sero­tonin and sleep-en­hanc­ing mela­tonin. Plus, it’s been linked to de­layed brain age­ing.

C PHEAS­ANT

Con­tain­ing 27g of pro­tein and only 150kcal per por­tion, pheas­ant sup­ports mus­cle growth bet­ter than beef. Sep­a­rate the legs from the breasts: they’re tougher, so bet­ter when cooked slowly.

D MAL­LARD

Wild duck is the fat­test of the game birds, mak­ing it as unc­tu­ous as it is nu­tri­tious. Duck fat is rel­a­tively high in mo­noun­sat­u­rates, af­ford­ing it a heart-saviour sta­tus on a par with olive oil and av­o­cado.

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