So…. I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen lately. With cricket flour! And I have to say that I’m honestly loving it!
Yeah. Crickets, as in the insects! OK, just hear me out…
Why should you be eating cricket flour?
It has an amazing nutrition profile.
Cricket flour (also known as cricket protein powder) is a seriously good source of nutrients. It contains all 9 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. Further to that, it contains almost triple the amount of protein as a beef steak and double the amount of protein as chicken! But even better than the protein content, crickets are exceptionally rich in a host of highly bio available micronutrients. Bio available refers to how well the body can utilize the nutrients which is extremely important as some foods are high in nutrients but the body is unable to use them.
Cricket flour contains almost twice as much calcium as full cream milk. It’s a rich source of heme iron which is more bio available than the iron in plants such as spinach. It also has more potassium than bananas, is rich in vitamin B2 and fatty acids. I’d like to also mention that it is quite high in vitamin B12 which is currently thought to be one of the leading deficiencies in the world!
It’s an eco friendly food option
Crickets are both easy & very efficient to farm. They require little infrastructure to live and grow happily, they produce up to 80 times less methane than cattle (which contributes to global greenhouse gases) & only require a tiny fraction of the water required for producing the same quantity of protein in other forms such as cattle, chicken and plant crops. Take beef protein for example – to get 200 grams of beef it can take up to 4000 liters of water but for 200 grams of cricket powder, its only about 1 ml of water!
If you’re interested in the farming you can read more here.
It’s really versatile
Despite what you may perceive it would taste like, it has quite a mild, almost nutty flavor. It can be easily be used in baking by simply replacing 1/3 of whatever flour is called for in a recipe with cricket flour, to add nutritional value to your baking. Try it in breads, cookies, pancakes or muffins.
Not into baking? No worries, add it to your smoothies or your morning oats. Sprinkle it into your saucy dishes such as spaghetti, stir fry’s or stews. Add it to the base layer of your slices and cheese cakes. Make protein balls! Include a scoop in your next quiche or add it to your crumb base for fish and chicken. Try a cricket flour pizza base – get creative!
A few notes
No, you can’t just eat any old backyard cricket! You need to ensure your purchasing from a reputable source. I buy my cricket flour from Edible Bug Shop.
Also, as with any new food, I would recommend introducing the cricket flour in a small amount to start with and then building your way up to a full serve to ensure there are no tummy upsets or other reactions.
Do you have a crustacean shellfish allergy? It’s quite possible you will also be allergic to crickets.
Ok now I would really love to hear from you on this topic! Are you willing to experiment with this in the name of health?! Leave your thoughts for me in the comment section below!