Throwing it back a few years ago, the noshing on creepy crawlies was something purely reserved for ‘I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here’. Fast-forward and insects have been hailed as the new sustainable source of protein for generations to come. In fact, 2 billion people eat insects as a part of their daily diet around the globe already. Don’t fancy chewing on something that looks like it belongs in your garden? No worries. We’ve rounded up the best insect based offerings, so you can get your sustainable protein hit in a more palatable way…
Eat Grub see insects as a delicious and highly nutritious food. Not only that, they are one of the most sustainable sources of high quality protein, requiring just a fraction of the Earth’s precious resources such as land, water and feed compared to livestock farming. They’ve transformed the humble critters into energy bars, which come in three delicious flavours: Blueberry & Almond, Coconut & Cacao and Orange & Red Berries. With whole nuts, seeds, cricket protein and no added sugar, they provide a sustained energy release – ideal for workouts or an on-the-go snack.
Crunchy Critters allow you to choose from a selection of farm raised or wild caught critters, which have either been freeze-dried, dehydrated, pressure cooked or fried. Free from hormones, antibiotics, artificial colours, flavourings, preservatives and MSG, their critters are rich in nutrients, high in protein, low in carbohydrates and a great source of fibre, minerals and amino acids! Containing over one thousand crickets, their protein-rich cricket flour can be used alongside other flour substitutes to give your baking a protein hit.
SENS aim to make insect eating the new normal, seeing insects as the easiest way to rapidly improve the quality and sustainability of our diet. Using only pure ingredients, they have created their SENS bars in delicious flavours such as peanut butter & cinnamon. With 20g of protein and low in carbohydrates, their bars are also gluten free. Bye, bye protein shake- hello SENS bar!
Named after the beloved Disney character in Pinocchio, JIMINI’s offers a wide variety of ways to get that insect protein down you. From salt & vinegar crickets, to spicy chilli buffalo worms, whilst they may come from insects, they certainly don’t taste like it. One of our favourites is the high protein pasta, which using insect flour contains around 18% protein. The pasta can be prepared like any other type of dry pasta- as if we needed more of an excuse to tuck into a bowl already…!
If you fancy a change from your usual protein powder, how about trying cricket powder? Nutribugs cricket powder is 100% natural, which means no preservatives, artificial colours or flavours have been added. It is made from roasted crickets which are cold pressed to extract excess oil, giving a powder that has 75g of protein per 100g and 7mg of iron per 100g. Simply add to your shake and go!