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Cricket protein for breakfast? why you need to try it

Last week I challenged you all to guess the secret high protein content in a new muffin recipe we tried out in the studio.

Most of you might have guessed almond flour.

While almond flour is a great source of protein (~6g per ounce), a great source of vitamins and minerals, and relatively low carb (~5.6g per ounce), most of you were wrong.

Instead, I used Cricket Protein!

Cricket flour is an excellent choice for those looking to bake using a flour that is high in protein, low in carbs, and incredibly durable.

That is, as long as you can get over the idea that you’re eating… you know, bugs.

Crickets Are High in Protein

Pound for pound, crickets are a protein powerhouse. Compared to beef, which is typically 17%–40% protein, a cricket’s body clocks in at 65%–70% pure, complete protein. This means it contains all the essential branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), which our bodies use to build muscle, similar to other animal proteins.

They’re LOW IN CARBS (AND HIGH IN EVERYTHING)

Ten grams of prawn flour contains ~50 calories, ~6 grams of protein, ~2.5 grams of fat and less than 1 gram carbohydrate, Crickets are also hoppin’ with vitamins and minerals. These include 25% of your recommended daily riboflavin, 80% of your recommended daily vitamin B12, 20% of your biotin and 15% of your zinc. Therefore, cricket flour/powder is a great option for anyone following a keto or paleo diet.

Cricket protein is highly durable

We all should make every effort to be green because we have only one chance to take care of the earth. From a health and wellness perspective, it is essential that what we do with our diet, nutrition and fitness does not happen in a vacuum. In 2018, I caught, pounded, gutted, and filleted my own cod while fishing in Iceland. The experience gave me a whole new appreciation for the food we are all blessed to eat and reminded me of my place in the larger ecosystem.

At a micro level, health and wellness means eating well, exercising, and nurturing your mental and spiritual health. At a macro level, it involves taking a more holistic view of our lives and understanding how we affect the environment.

Crickets, as a food source, are incredibly durable. In fact, some say they belong to the world majority of Sustainable Protein. Conventional farming and agricultural land development, in particular, is draining land and destroying wild habitats, leading to population decline and extinction of some species. Plus, livestock farming has a huge carbon footprint. a report Livestock farming is said to contribute 18% of man-made greenhouse gases.

But what does cricket flour taste like?

These muffins get an extra boost from cricket protein, and Wilson can’t even tell!

Look, people have been eating crickets (and other insects) for centuries. And in many parts of the world, they are a widespread material. Thought you might be apprehensive about the idea at first, I guarantee it’s worth stepping out of your comfort zone and whatever hangups you may have.

The taste itself is very mild. In fact, I was able to completely fool Wilson when he tried my Low Carb Cricket Flour Muffins, If anything, I’d say there’s almost a salty aftertaste. However, as with any savory dish, I can promise that the taste of crickets can easily be masked.

Include crickets in your diet

You might have to dig around (😏) to find them, but crickets should definitely be a part of your diet. Even if you’re just adding crickets and almond flour to a recipe to give it a protein boost, you’re taking steps to improve your health and wellness. And you’re taking steps to be better stewards of the planet. If you want some inspiration, I suggest starting with the low carb muffins mentioned above. But you can also try using cricket protein in some of my other recipes:

  1. Easy Gluten Free Almond Crust Pizza
  2. Quick Gluten-Free Protein Banana Waffles
  3. Gluten-Free Corn Fritters with Avocado Crema

Boom!

I hope I’ve convinced you to go out and try this protein source. As global food shortages worsen year after year, and the environment demands our protection, it will become more and more important to practice sustainability in our diets while maintaining our health, wellness, and nutrition.

So get out there and jump for it!

Because if you say you care about the planet but don’t actually do anything about it, you’re just being a hypocrite.

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