The title of this blog post may have you running for the hills, or it may grab your attention. Crickets? If you have ever watched any TV shows about bizarre foods or surviving in the wild, you likely already know that bugs are a viable source of nutrition in many parts of the world.
It is not uncommon to find bugs, worms, and grubs displayed at farmer’s markets in some regions of South America and Asia. Crickets are among these nutritious delicacies. Let’s take a look at some of the qualities of cricket protein and how it is prepared for consumption for those of us who would enjoy the benefits without having to actually eat the entire insect.
Crickets are a great source of protein, with very little fat. Just look at a cricket and you will see a lean and active machine. The protein in crickets contains all 9 essential amino acids. Crickets also provide minerals and vitamins, such as calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, and B-12. The little fat that crickets have is mostly in the form of omega 3 and 6, necessary for cardiovascular health and brain function. They are also a great source of dietary fiber.
Cricket products are very low in calories. While you should always check the ingredient list on products, cricket proteins are available in low-fat, organic, non-GMO, and gluten-free formulations. Be mindful of added ingredients that you are not familiar with when shopping.
A Sustainable Food Source
Crickets do not require much water to thrive, unlike most animal protein sources. They get all of their hydration from the food they consume. There is very little carbon footprint on cricket farming and harvesting. This equates to nearly 100 times less greenhouse gas emissions from the same amount of animal protein farming and distribution methods.
Cricket Protein Products
If you don’t relish the idea of ingesting a whole cricket, there are other great options for this incredible protein source. Cricket protein is becoming more widely available in different ways, such as protein powder to add to smoothies, cricket flour for baking, and in energy snacks. If you are adventurous, you can also find dried and seasoned whole crickets that many enjoy as a novelty snack.
At Famous Foods we like to remain informed about the latest health trends sustainable food sources for our customers. Watch out for the latest health discoveries, such as cricket protein, soon to hit our shelves!
If you’re one of those people who has always shied away from making your own bread because you think it’s too difficult, please reconsider. Making bread from scratch is no more difficult than cooking a roast or casserole. Not to mention that bread you buy in the shops does not begin to compare to the scent and taste of home-made bread. It’s also economical – ingredients are readily available and you can usually produce a loaf for half or less of the cost when bought in a shop.
A World of Possibilities
Making your own bread offers options you won’t find elsewhere. You can mix different kinds of flours – such as white and whole wheat– or add seeds, nuts and different grains. Should you require a specialty bread such as gluten-free or want to make your own sourdough, both are within your grasp. Bread may take minimal hands-on time; about 15 minutes in most cases to mix, knead and shape the loaves. In the case of gluten-free bread, you rarely knead – it’s more like baking a cake.
When making your own bread, there are a few basics to keep in mind:
Once you begin baking your own bread, you’ll find it’s much easier to get in the six or seven-grain servings recommended in Canada’s Food Guide. At Famous Foods in Vancouver, we are the leading destination for all your baking needs, and we have all the necessary ingredients to help you get started as a bread maker.
We all make New Year’s resolutions with good intentions. However, many of us give up after about 30 days of trying hard to stick to those resolutions. This is often because our goals are overly ambitious. Maintaining your New Year’s resolutions begins with setting realistic and attainable goals before you even start. Depending on your current exercise, eating, and relaxation regimen, it is best to improve each one of these areas incrementally. The motto is to start out low and slow so that you don’t burn out quickly. Here are a few tips from the Famous Foods team, to help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions!
1. Increase your physical activity level gradually.
You can start by adding 5 minutes to your workout routine for the first 30 days. Add a minute or two to your workout each month after the first. Make use of your smartphone by setting the timer so that you do no more or no less than planned. Do this until you are up to 45 to 60 minutes 5 days a week. Be sure to mix up some cardio with strength training and stretching. Also, include some exercise time outdoors for health the benefits fresh air and sunlight. And, always include at least one day a week for rest and recovery.
2. Be mindful of what you eat.
You might find yourself very keen to fix your diet that you purge every single processed item in your fridge and pantry. While this is great, it can be a shock to your body and have you running to the market for a giant bag of salty crisps that you devour while driving or walking home.
Once a week, replace one processed food with an organic fruit or vegetable. Say you have 3 pints of ice cream in the freezer. Take the one that is already half eaten and toss it. Replace that with some apples for a sweet, healthy, alternative dessert. Do this with cookies, candy, frozen pizza, etc. until you eventually have a kitchen filled with fresh fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, and legumes. Give this time. It could take many months for your palette and digestive tract to acclimate. Allow yourself a cheat treat once or twice a week after your kitchen is free of processed junk food.
Remember to drink plenty of clean water as well. This will keep you hydrated, full, and detoxified. Also, try to cook more at home, even if it is just making a big salad of fresh vegetables and lean protein for dinner.
4. Play and relax as much as you work.
It is so important to nurture yourself with some fun, good relationships, and plenty of rest. If you work or go to school full time, or are a busy parent, try to find some time each week that is just for you. Schedule coffee with a mate one morning every month, call a loved one to chat one evening, watch a movie that gives you a good belly laugh, or play a video game with your kids.
Go to bed at a decent hour and plan to stay in bed for 8 hours, whether you sleep or just doze. Any rest is beneficial for proper immune function, cognition, and temperament. Meditation has also been found to help your body rest and repair, similar to sleep.
5. Making Better Choices
It is easy to make better choices, especially with your diet, by shopping at a community market that stocks wholesome, fresh, and organic ingredients. At Famous Foods we make the shopping experience fun, nutritious, and there’s always a familiar face to help you out!