Pretty soon you'll be able to buy crickets at your local Loblaw's. The President Choice brand announced on just yesterday that it will begin selling cricket powder in over its 2000 Canadian stores.
This will be the first time that the Loblaw's brand is selling insect protein, though one Toronto Loblaw's store sells a small selection of alternative protein products.
The President's Choice website currently features recipes like Chana Masala, chocolate coconut bars, and strawberry-banana smoothies all featuring the new cricket powder product.
While eating insects may gross you out a little, they are extremely high in protein and nutritious. Plus seeing as they're just selling them in powder form it's not like you'll have to pick off any creepy crawly insect wings or legs.
On top of being good for you there are even some environmental advantages to farming insects apparently. Looking after insects, such as Crickets, tends to create less greenhouse gases than farming something like Cows, Pigs, or Chickens.
Insects also need much less water, food and land than other animals usually used for high-protein powder.
The Crickets will all come from a Entomo Farms, based in Norwood Ont., which has been around since 2014 and has about 6,100, for insect farming and plans to expand an additional 3,700 meters soon. With space like that you can expect to see lots of cricket powder in the store nearest you.
So if you're looking to change up the protein powder you're currently using after your workout maybe this could be for you. As long as you're ok with eating bugs.