Can we interest you in a fancy a crispy grasshopper taco? Maybe a caramel cricket cheesecake? You might be a little taken aback at the very thought of it, but millions of people across Asian, African and Latin American countries eat insects everyday in both their deliciously sweet and naturally savory forms. According to expert insect-eaters, their flavor profiles range from intense nuttiness to profound meatiness. For instance, a crispy fried scorpion tastes just like some really tasty beef jerky – making this buggy snack a lot less daunting than it looks, wouldn’t you say? In addition to their scrumptious taste, insects are a sustainable source of protein, providing us with numerous health benefits over time. Learn more about why should make the leap to entomophagy, and how you can do just that by adding crunchy grasshopper and cricket snacks to your pantry.
Why should you eat grasshoppers and crickets?
They provide a large array of health benefits. A crispy fried cricket (or grasshopper) is strides away from a juicy slab of steak. It’s relatively frail and light while a cow’s meat is thick and rich. However, unlike appearances suggest, crickets pack a similar amount of protein as their heavier counterparts. According to The Scientist, crickets and grasshoppers contain approximately 21 grams of protein per 100 grams, while ground beef contains about 26 grams per 100 grams. So don’t let a cricket’s twig legs fool you — these serial hoppers are just as nourishing as our usual go-to animal protein sources.
Grasshoppers and crickets are a more sustainable source of protein. According to Inc., meat and dairy production combined account for 83% of the world’s farmland exploitation but only 37% of the world’s protein intake. As climate change worsens, ecosystems fall apart, and populations grow, finding a more sustainable source of protein to satisfy our increasing needs – economic, social, environmental – has become a true necessity. And, you guessed it, grasshoppers and crickets offer a long-term solution. That’s if you’re willing to give them a try, of course.
Their flavor profile actually makes eating them as easy as hopscotch. Set aside your disgust for bugs, and focus on the flavor. If two billion people a day enjoy eating them, so can you. They’re nutty, crunchy, fatty flavors will tantalize your taste buds, leaving them craving more — and honestly, who doesn’t love a solid food porn moment? To make implementing insects in your diet a bit easier, we’ve curated a list of the best grasshoppers and cricket snacks, just for you.
Which snacks should you have in your pantry?
Fitness junkie? Switch out your protein shakes for EXO’s cricket protein bars. Their combination of cricket and peanut butter protein will naturally boost your workouts, without destroying your health unlike most sports supplements on the market right now. Enjoy what’s actually good for you, and these cricket bars are just that! SHOP NOW
Hiso Edible Insect Snacks are crispy small cricket snacks that offer an authentic southeast Asian flavor, thanks to the fact that they’re cooked and fried the true Thai way. Considering Thailand is the world’s capital of entomophagy cuisine, these goodies won’t disappoint. SHOP NOW
These Dorito-like Chirps Cricket Chips are made out of cricket flour, a sustainable and protein-packed alternative to a tortilla’s yellow corn flour (which mostly contains carbs). If you’re one to get a little queasy at the sight of bugs, these chips are made for you. You’ll reap all the insect’s benefits, without having to deal with the sight of it – pretty neat right? SHOP NOW
Chapulines (Spanish for grasshoppers) are one of the most (if not the most) prominent insect snack in Mexico. They are cultivated in Oaxaca valley, which is recognized for producing crunchy delicate herbal grasshoppers – yummy! It’s no surprise these flavorful insects have become a vital part of local diet over centuries now. SHOP NOW