5 Easy (and Healthy) Ways to Eat Crickets for Breakfast
We all know that what you eat for breakfast can shape your entire day. But let’s face it; most of us don’t have a ton of brainpower in the morning, and getting out the door can be a struggle. Everyone needs a nutritious meal that fuels us for whatever the day has in store, but sometimes it can be hard to come up with simple, yet healthy breakfast ideas.
Crickets are a wonderful breakfast option. They’re an excellent source of protein, fiber, iron, Omega 3s and even calcium. And just because cricket products are relatively new to most Westerners doesn’t mean they’re difficult to cook with. In fact, you can often simply integrate crickets into existing recipes—we do it all the time.
Here are five healthy breakfast ideas we love, all made with our favorite six-legged superfood. They’re easy to prepare (you don’t even need a full recipe), and are guaranteed to make the most important meal of your day count!
Crickets can be combined with yogurt, granola and fruit to make a tasty parfait. Parfaits are nutritious (and delicious) on their own, but cricket powder takes them to the next level. Stir a tablespoon into the yogurt, then add granola, fruit, and other goodies. Another option: you can skip the powder and simply top your parfait with a handful of roasted crickets.
Though they’re an excellent way to get your fruits and veggies, it’s not uncommon for smoothies to lack protein. Not to worry when you have cricket powder on hand. Add a couple of tablespoons to your favorite smoothie ingredients, blend, and serve. Our favorite is a cricket powder, kale, banana and strawberry combo. This is also a good trick for those avoiding dairy, as crickets contain the protein and calcium you would normally get from a smoothie with milk or yogurt.
Oatmeal is an easy, nutritious meal that can be made even healthier with cricket powder. Just sprinkle a tablespoon or two on top, and your breakfast is complete. The savory, nutty undertones of the crickets complement the oatmeal’s flavor, but we recommend fruit and a pinch of brown sugar if you like things sweeter. This idea also works for overnight oats, which are easy to prep the night before if you’re short on time.
4. Avocado Toast
Avocado toast has become increasingly popular over the past year or so. Avocados are nutrient dense and full of fiber, magnesium, and potassium. So why not combine two superfoods into one easy breakfast? Just spread half an avocado on a piece of toast, and sprinkle with either cricket powder or roasted crickets. Add a bit of salt and pepper and you’re good to go!
Our favorite breakfast food doesn’t have a reputation for being super healthy, but with crickets you can change that! Just add cricket powder (about 2 tablespoons per serving) to the batter and your pancakes will be full of extra protein and nutrients. This is also the perfect meal for children who want something sweet but need to fuel up for a long day at school.
We hope you enjoyed these edible insect breakfasts!
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