Bugs for Breakfast: A Cricket Protein Powder Review & Recipe

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From whey to soy to sprouted hemp, protein powders come in all forms and flavours. And they are everywhere! With the dozens of options, it’s hard to know which one is right for you, if any. Some are hard to digest, some taste like crap and others contain a bunch of additives. We know that including more protein in our diets has many benefits but it can be hard to do. As a lover of smoothies and proats (protein oatmeal), I wanted to explore a more natural form of protein powder, one that my body may be able to digest, absorb and use better. And one that is more sustainable. And just like that, crickets crawled into my life. Well not really, but I decided to give cricket powder a try. Consuming insects is not new to the world, however it’s a relatively new food source to Western cultures. Slowly crickets are making their way to our grocery store aisles and now you can order cricket powders, flours, bars and snacks online very easily.  

From the first thought, including bugs to your diet may seem strange, but I say, give it a try! After tasting, drinking, eating and cooking with a few different cricket powders, I’m convinced that it’s an excellent option as a source of protein! I’ll be honest, crickets + water as a shake is not super delicious, but doable. However, cricket powder in foods such as smoothies, oatmeal, muffins and pancakes is awesome! Plain cricket powder has a bit of an earthy taste, which I don’t mind, but you don’t notice it at all when you add it to other foods. The texture is pretty much like any other protein powder or nut flour. 

Crickets are incredibly high in protein. These bugs are made up of 67% protein! They are also very high in B12 and iron. Plus, newer research is suggesting that crickets contain chitin and other fibres that support the growth of healthy gut bacteria. Protein, B12, iron AND gut health...what more could you ask for?!

So overall in my opinion, crickets are an excellent option when it comes to protein powder! 

My little PSA - if you’re looking into cricket powder, make sure to read the label! Some of the cricket protein powders and bars out there have a whole lot of other ingredients. From added flavouring to natural and fake sugars. Some also contain seeds and nuts, so take extra care if you have an intolerance or allergy. If you want to avoid all the extras, find powders that have only one ingredient…crickets! And…as all of their labels indicate – people who are allergic to crustaceans and shellfish may have an allergic reaction to crickets. We learn something new every day!

KG’s CRICKET PROATS

1/3 to ½ cup oats (GF if preferred) 

1 scoop cricket powder

½ cup + a little more water

1 tbsp nut butter of your choice

½ cup frozen berries 

Optional toppings for extra crunch and texture: hemp seeds, chia seeds, shredded coconut, nuts.

You can cook proats the same way you cook your usual oatmeal – with boiling water, in the microwave, on the stove top, in the slow cooker! You may need a little more water than usual; the cricket powder will dry the mixture out. Enjoy! 

A big thanks to @coastprotein for helping me on this cricket protein discovery!