A New Protein on the Block: CRICKETS

Much of my extra curricular time (what does that even mean when you’re an adult?) time is spent dissecting + pondering + researching the best possible way to fuel my body. You could describe it as complete + utter fascination. I am absorbed how our bodies respond to food and how we can tweak that to optimize how we feel + perform + operate.

I’ve experimented with several different ways of eating (in chronological order):

-Paleo

-Ketogenic

-IIFYM (if it fits your macros)

-Vegetarian

-Vegan

-Vegan + IIFYM

-Flexible vegan + without focusing too much on macros + animal protein here and there + mostly plants

Thhhat’s a lot. It’s not all been super restrictive. It’s been mostly experimental spurred by curiosity.

What I’ve learned is that my body feels best + recovers best on:

-Lots of green juice

-A protein source

-Loads of water

So, at this point, I’d describe my approach to eating as experimental. No diet labels. Just eating to feel good.

Chapul comes into this quite nicely. I first heard about Chapul Cricket protein powder + bars at Expo West in 2016, a trade show in Anaheim, CA that I attended as a blogger. The good vibes at the booth + the bar’s flavor + the unique key ingredient really cemented their spot on my radar.

When I started weight lifting in 2015 (give or take), I found that adding a clean + bioavailable source of protein to my diet helped me recover better and made me feel stronger + leaner overall. But, as many of you are likely aware, there are SO many protein products on the market. How do you navigate that world as a consumer?

I’ve found that looking for clean ingredients is a good start. Chapul packs a bunch of organic ingredients in their bars, which is a great indication that they seek quality as a company. They also feed their crickets a vegetarian + organic + nongmo diet.

I’m really stoked about this brand + the charisma +people behind it and am happy to be on board as an ambaddador.

Use code runonorganic for 10% off your order at Chapul.com!

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About Chapul:

Chapul introduces edible insects into Western Cuisine as a healthy and sustainable protein. We launched the first insect-protein product in the US with our award winning Chapul Cricket Bars, fortified with our signature cricket flour. We represent a growing food revolution intent on increasing the health of our food resources for our children and for the planet.

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Products I Tried:

Matcha Green Tea Bar:

The Matcha Bar combines the hints of Japanese cuisine into a high protein, low sugar bar. Combining the richness of organic tahini and sesame seeds with sweet banana pieces, and a hint of bitterness from the matcha green tea, it is becoming a crowd favorite.

Aztec Dark Chocolate Bar:

Inspired by the Aztec roots, the dark chocolate, coffee, cayenne, and cinnamon make the Aztec Bar taste like a modern day Mexican Hot Chocolate, with a late blooming wave of cayenne heat. By mixing sweet, savory, and spicy, we’ve paired delicious with adventure.

Thai Coconut Bar:

Inspired by Thai jing leed recipes, our Thai Bar is a delicious mix of coconut, ginger, cricket flour, and a subtle twist of lime. Perfect for a summer day’s adventure.

Chaco Peanut Butter:

Our most popular flavor is good ‘ol peanut butter and chocolate. The name is inspired from the desert-dwelling Chaco culture, a pre-Columbian civilization in the Colorado River Watershed. The Chaco Bar is a delicious blend of peanut-butter and chocolate, packed with protein, and low in sugar.

Cricket Flour (High protein powder)

Inspired by traditions of Aztecan and other Native American cultures, we use an artisan, stone ground process to mill our Chapul Cricket Flour Protein Powder. Packed with a balanced, complete amino acid profile, use it to boost the protein content of any baked good, smoothie, or make your own delicious cricket bars.

 

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