Choose: Bison, elk, venison, ostrich
Most farm-raised game animals are pasture-fed, with room to roam, giving their meat a nutritional profile similar to grass-fed cattle, including iron to help energize working muscles. In fact, elk and ostrich have fat levels on par with chicken breast. Game meats are also always free of hormones. If you’re anticipating game-y flavor you’re in for a surprise: Range-fed game has big, rich flavor with lingering sweetness.
Smart buy: For a protein-rich, low-fat snack, try bison and other game meat jerkies. While some stores carry bison jerky, a wide selection (alligator jerky, anyone?) is available at Mountainamericajerky.com.
Budget tip: Like beef, save by purchasing game meats directly from farmers.