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The NEW Protein Alternative?
Amy Skeoch MHSc, RD

Move over Greek yogurt, there’s a new protein powerhouse in town…who knew it would be an insect!
Yes, you read that correctly – insects, and more specifically crickets. As we move towards more
sustainable food sources, one option to look to are these little critters. In fact, mainstream grocery
stores have started carrying cricket based protein products, so now you can bump up the protein in
everything from smoothies to baked goods.

Why Crickets?
Crickets provide a host of nutrients (complete protein, vitamin B12), they are relatively easy to farm,
and are considered as a food source that’s easy on our environment (less water and feed for
production). While the idea of eating insects (entomophagy) might seem odd, people have been
consuming crickets and other insects around the world for centuries.

Where to get it?
One of the easiest ways to consume crickets as part of your diet is in a powder form. Presidents Choice
provides a cricket powder (made in Canada) that can be added to your favorite meal or beverage.
2.5 tbsp (19g) of the powder provides 13 grams of protein (similar to 2 eggs).
There are also many online companies that sell crickets and cricket powder or flour.

Allergy Alert!

Crickets, like shellfish, shrimp and lobster are arthropods (grow their skeleton outside their body) so
they may cause a similar allergic reaction. If you have a shellfish allergy, stay clear of cricket products.