I have been preoccupied with food sustainability every since I started working in the nutrition industry. I have always wanted to know where food that we ate came from, how it was grown, and what we could do to ensure that we were doing the least amount of damage possible to the planet in the process.
As more and more health products and foods have become available to us, it is more complicated than ever before to figure out which ones are of true benefit and which ones may be negatively impacting the natural eco-systems that they came from.
With two active adults and three busy children in our house, trying to make those decisions under the pressure of time is challenging.
To keep us fuelled and healthy, we often use smoothies as a snack to supplement our main meals. But considering that some of us have severe allergies and various food sensitivities, it can be hard to pack in nutrients using regular protein powders without running into some issues. On top of that, I have become increasingly annoyed of having to use multiple brands of protein powder to accommodate everyone’s needs (Whey, Vegan Proteins, etc…).
A Sustainable Alternative
I started hearing about cricket protein on different fitness & wellness channels in my adventures on the web. It peaked my interest right away, thinking that this protein source might be the solution to my smoothie dilemmas.
I was a little bugged out (pun totally intended!) with the prospect of eating crickets, but figured that if they were doing it, it had to taste alright!
I looked up a few different companies and found that Coast Protein was one of the few that didn’t add fillers to their products. To top it off, they are a local company and they source their crickets from within Canada – that’s an instant WIN in my book!
I ordered some sample packages of their protein powder and also ordered some of their snack bars to try out. Amazingly enough, you couldn’t taste the crickets and contrary to what some people say, it doesn’t taste at all like chicken!
But they I put these bars and powders to the ultimate test: I fed them to the children. And guess what? They love them!
If I had to tell you what cricket protein tastes like, I would say that it is earthy, akin to perhaps hemp hearts or seeds. In fact, Coast Protein mixes their cricket protein with seed powders as this helps the powder take on this unique consistency and flavour, all the while increasing its nutrient benefits.
For those of you who might be wondering what the benefits of cricket protein might be, I’ve listed the most important nutritional facts about cricket protein below:
- 3x more protein than beef
- Very high in Vitamin B12
- 2x more iron than spinach
- Complete amino acid profile
- More potassium than bananas
- High in omega 3 fatty acids
- High in calcium
I highly encourage you to give cricket protein a try. If you are wondering how to incorporate this amazing product into your daily routine, I have included below my favourite chocolate protein shake recipe.
1 cup frozen cauliflower
1 cup berries (I prefer cherries or strawberries, but anything will work)
1 handful of mixed organic greens (or a scoop of greens powder)
2 scoops Chocolate Coast Cricket Protein
1 cup water
2 cups coconut or almond milk
8 dates or 1 frozen banana
1 tbsp cacao powder (optional)
Blend all ingredients together until smooth.
I would love to hear all about how you liked or maybe didn’t like cricket protein below in the comments section or even let me know your favourite way to include this amazing product in your regime!