[+ other unique protein sources]
Heyyyy. How’s your day going? I’m slowly crawling out from the black hole of tiredness that a red-eye flight will do to you. We all slept about 3 hours on the first flight, and then got home from the airport, ate breakfast, then Liv and I took a nice, long nap to make up for it. Teaching spin last night finally woke me up! Our sleep is way off, but that didn’t stop us from watching the Game of Thrones finale last night. I’m seen about 4 episodes, but I read all the spoilers haha, and the Pilot is great at giving mini-synopses during the show.
This morning, I cracked an egg onto the floor, missing the bowl by at least a foot. Just a snapshot of the day haha.
So this afternoon, let’s talk about bugs.
Have you seen these bars?? They’re Exo bars and their main protein source is (you guessed it) cricket flour.
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When I first saw an article about these, months ago, I was instantly intrigued. I’m a bit of a protein bar connoisseur, and am always looking for new combos and recipes. Since I’m not drinking my beloved Shakeology during pregnancy, it’s encouraged me to get out of the box and try some new protein sources to fuel my teaching, workouts, and life.
Exo sent me a box to try, and I was apprehensive about it for a while. I’ve had crickets before (chapulines, which are well-seasoned and actually quite delicious) but for whatever reason, it creeped me out. Finally, I decided to go for it.
(Midway through my Exo bar tasting party for one.)
You can hardly taste the cricket flour (I think it gives an earthy flavor, similar to hemp), and the bars are sweet and delicious. My favorites were the Cocoa Nut and the PB&J. I didn’t love the blueberry or apple ones as much. The bars remind me of Go Macro bars (which I also adore), but not quite as chewy. They’re soft, sweet, and slightly nutty.
Some interesting facts about cricket flour as a protein source:
-Cricket flour has about 70g of protein per cup. That’s the same as beef!! It also contains iron, B12, and omega-3 fatty acids
-Could be a sustainable source of protein (though this recent study claims otherwise, which I found interesting food for thought). According to the UN, if edible insects become a part of the mainstream global diet, we can reduce greenhouse gases by 18% and the average cost of food globally by 33% (Source). An average 10-minute shower uses 21 gallons of water, eating a 1/3 pound burger used around 630 gallons of water, making 1 pound of cricket flour uses 1 gallon of water.
-Crickets are similar to shellfish, and it’s recommend that those with shellfish allergies avoid eating cricket flour
Am I going to start cooking with cricket flour? Welp, never say never, but I don’t intend to anytime soon. I think I would buy these bars again for sure, as the nutritional stats are much better than many of the bars I’ll see on store shelves and they feature whole ingredients.
Some more of my fave non-protein powder and non-meat sources of protein:
-Eggs. Quite possibly my favorite food, ever. Put a little salsa or hot sauce on top, and I could eat eggs or egg burritos for every meal.
-Goat’s milk Greek yogurt
-Mung bean pasta (20g of protein per serving and two ingredients: mung beans and water)
-Edamame (I just look for certified organic since soy is a common GMO crop)
Tell me friends: would you eat (or have you tried) cricket flour? What about any other insects? What’s your favorite non-protein powder source of protein?
Huge congratulations to all of the blogiversary winners!
Suja + Manduka:
(Waiting on the TRX names and emails from the company!)
All winners so far have been emailed. Thank you again so much to everyone for entering and for celebrating with me last week. Stay tuned for some Summer Shape Up giveaways coming up! <3