Adventures with Aketta, Tales of Eating Crickets

Our blog features our personal experiences with using Aketta crickets and cricket powder, along with stories from others who have tried our products for a variety of reasons, from health to performance to sustainability!

Interested in other topics? Shoot me a line at blog@aspirefg.com and we will try to address these in future blog posts!

Aketta Recipes | Staff Favorites

by Kelly Wu in Cricket Recipes
We’ve asked our staff here at Aspire Food Group to tell us some of their favorite Aketta Cricket Recipe creations. Here are Aspire staff's top three Aketta recipes!
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Ground Cricket -- What's Cooking at Aketta?

by Yosha Singh in Cricket Recipes
The latest creation at Aketta takes a twist on our favorite dip: guacamole! Eating bugs for protein may sound out of this world, but just wait until you try our guac. You'll love the protein, taste, and environmental impact.
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Our Aketta Homemade Granola Recipe

by Yosha Singh in Cricket Recipes
Our homemade granola recipe is delicious and healthy -- have you tried it yet? Order Aketta granola today to experience the benefits of cricket protein. (Tastes like maple cashew!)
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Cricket Nutrition Facts | Cricket vs. Beef

by Yosha Singh in Education of Crickets
Insect Protein vs. Animal Protein: How do crickets compare to beef? Aketta crickets are fed organic feed; are non-GMO; and contain more protein, minerals, and vitamins per gram than both lean-cut and retail-cut beef. Read to learn more!
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Cricket Nutrition Facts | Cricket vs. Chicken

by Yosha Singh in Education of Crickets
Insect Protein vs. Animal Protein: How do crickets compare to chicken? Aketta crickets are fed organic feed; are non-GMO; and contain more protein, minerals, and vitamins per gram than chicken. Read to learn more!
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What Does Cricket Flour Taste Like? | Cricket Taste Profile

by Yosha Singh in Education of Crickets
You know the benefits of cricket flour and how rich in protein it is -- but you're wondering what does cricket flour taste like? Learn more with Aketta.
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What Do Crickets Taste Like?

by Yosha Singh in Education of Crickets
Eating bugs for protein is both sustainable and healthy. You might first ask yourself what crickets taste like, and Aketta is here to help! Read more on the benefits of cricket protein.
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People Eating Crickets

This video is a compilation of people eating Aketta crickets for the first time at various events. Paleo FX, Crossfit Games, Earth Day Texas, SXSW, etc.
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5 Healthy Summer Snacks for Kids

by Yosha Singh in Cricket Recipes
Summer is upon us, and so is the need for healthy summer snacks. Use Aketta cricket flour and products to feed your kids easy to make, guilt-free snacks.
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5 Healthy Ingredients for Every Smoothie

by Yosha Singh in Cricket Protein
Smoothies help you feel fuller longer, but store-bought, processed smoothies can come with added sugar you don’t want. When you make your smoothies at home, you can be confident you have made yummy and healthy fuel for the day!
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Sustainable Fourth of July Menu

by Yosha Singh in Cricket Recipes
Celebrate the 4th of July with food, family, and friends--and sustainability! Our commitment to our earth does not have to interrupt our commitment to favorite American traditions.
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Beat the Heat - Smoothies for the Summer!

by Yosha Singh in Cricket Recipes
These are six great smoothies to help you cool down during the summer heat! What’s better? They’re packed with cricket protein when made with Aketta cricket flour. Who knew eating bugs for protein could be yummy?
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Where Can I Buy Crickets To Eat?

by Vincent Vitale in Education of Crickets
The cricket craze is becoming more popular by the day. Here is a store where you can purchase cricket flour and seasoned crickets.
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Are Crickets Healthy to Eat?

by Vincent Vitale in Education of Crickets
Are crickets healthy to eat? Finally we have an answer to if cricket protein and cricket flour are actually healthy.
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3 Popular Foods We Used to Think Were Disgusting!

by Yosha Singh in Education of Crickets
Eating bugs for protein may sound crazy to some. But once you read about the three foods we used to think were disgusting, you just might want to find out where to buy flavored crickets!
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4 Protein Hacks You Didn't Know

by Yosha Singh in Cricket Protein
Are crickets healthy to eat? If you’re looking to maximize the protein value in your meals, look no further. Here are four protein hacks you might not know!
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The Perfect Avocado Toast for Father's Day

by Yosha Singh in Cricket Recipes
Father’s Day is a time to celebrate, and what better way than homemade breakfast for Dad? Holidays can be hard when Paleo, but Aketta has two perfect recipes.
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6 Guilt-Free Paleo Treats

by Yosha Singh in Cricket Recipes
“I want to make nutritious, sustainable food choices but can’t stop cheating on my diet.” Does this sound like you? Here are 6 sweet Paleo treats to help you on your journey.
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Paleo Life Hacks: Food You Didn't Know You Could Have!

by Yosha Singh in Cricket Recipes
The restrictions from a Paleo diet may feel like restrictions from your favorite meals--but they don’t have to be! Use Aketta's “Paleo Life Hacks” to learn about the delicious foods you thought you couldn’t have.
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We All Scream for Ice Cream When #BugsEndHunger

by Yosha Singh in Education of Crickets
You might be asking yourself what #BugsEndHunger really means. Little Herds is an educational nonprofit based in Austin, Texas, teaching youth about insects as a resource-efficient, nutritious and delicious food. (Sound familiar?) This year they are hosting the event "Bug Fest", and Aketta is proud to stand alongside them.
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5 Reasons To Eat Cricket Protein and Edible Insects

by Vincent Vitale in Education of Crickets
There are 5 major reasons why you should seriously consider eating crickets today. They're extremely high in protein, they are super efficient to farm, and they taste great. There are also a variety of delicious products that are trending and becoming more popular every day!
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Quinn Reeves on choosing to live a sustainable life

Like many other mountain bikers and outdoor sports enthusiasts, I was originally attracted to the sport due to its predominatingly natural setting. I tried other team sports that took place on a field, or running track which took place around that field, but it clicked with me as soon as I began mountain biking.
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Quinn Reeves: The Mountain Cyclist Who Eats Crickets

To start this blog off I want to give a quick introduction of myself so that you can better know me and understand why it is that I do what I do. First of all, my name is Quinn Reeves, I grew up in Texas and now attend a small school called Lees-McRae College in the mountains of North Carolina, where I plan on majoring in Health and Wellness Science, specializing in human performance.
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Eating Insects Has Never Been Easier With Flavored Crickets

by Vincent Vitale in Cricket Protein
Our flavored edible crickets are a hit! Have you tried them yet? Check out the 5 flavors today!
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Baking With Paleo Cricket Flour

by Zach Schleien in Cricket Recipes, Cricket Protein
Being on the Paleo diet definitely has its challenges…especially when baking! Luckily we found an awesome company called Aketta. They offer cricket flour, an excellent source of vitamins and nutrients. Insects are the most efficient form of protein on earth.
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How Eating Crickets Changed My Life

by Zach Schleien in Education of Crickets
Crickets have entered the tech startup scene. One such company, Aketta, has introduced whole roasted crickets. They are both dairy and gluten-free. But what makes them unique is that they are paleo-friendly.
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Flavored Crickets For Protein:

by Vincent Vitale in Cricket Protein
Aketta is launching flavored crickets very soon! Stay tuned
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How to Make Baked Items "Paleo"

by Zachary Schleien in Cricket Protein
The Paleo Diet is a diet based on the foods that the hunter-gatherer ate 10,000 years ago! This consists of meat, chicken, wild fish, nuts, fruits and vegetables – a low inflammatory diet, free of processed foods and grains. However, in this day and age, how can you bake and keep it paleo? Below are some tips to bake Paleo.
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Economic Benefit of Entomophagy

by Vincent Vitale in Education of Crickets
As the entomophagy movement continues to grow, insects have been linked to have a higher food conversion efficiency than more traditional meats.
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What is Paleo?

by Vincent Vitale in Cricket Protein
What exactly is "Paleo?" Well for starters, it's a few different things. It's a diet, it's a movement, and it's a way of life. The paleo diet encourages you to get back to your roots (no pun intended), bringing the focus back to nutrient dense foods. If you want to take part in paleo dieting you must remember 2 key facts.
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Is Greek Yogurt a great protein source?

by Vincent Vitale in Cricket Protein
Besides protein, Greek yogurt is packed with probiotics. Probiotics are microorganisms such as bacteria and yeast which keep you healthy. Without probiotics, too much bad bacteria can build up and tear down your immune system. Probiotics are also great for digestion.
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Eat Local: 10 Reasons Why You Need To

by Vincent Vitale in Education of Crickets
Eating local is essential for the future of the planet. Here are 10 reasons why you need to eat local!
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How Much Protein is in a Cricket?

by Vincent Vitale in Education of Crickets
Eating bugs isn't something that's new. However, not many people know how much protein is in a cricket. Aketta crickets are an excellent source of well-balanced protein and nutrients. And they have a much smaller impact on the environment than traditional livestock. So you can feel good, and do good for the planet at the same time.
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Food System: Defined

by Vincent Vitale in Education of Crickets
A food system is the path that food travels from conception in the field all the way to digestion in the stomach. This includes the growing, harvesting, processing, packaging, transporting, marketing, consuming, and disposing of food. Also included is the inputs needed and outputs generated at each step of the process
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Sustainable Agriculture: The history you need to know that’s shaping the future

by Vincent Vitale in Education of Crickets
Over time agriculture has dramatically changed. Once World War II ended food and fiber productivity soared due in large part to new technology. There was also a dramatic increase in chemical use and maximizing production. This shifted the landscape for who produced the majority of the food in the U.S.
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Food Source: Defined

by Vincent Vitale in Education of Crickets
Most food originates from several different species of plants. Some food is obtained directly from the plants themselves; but even the animals used as food sources are raised on feed that derives from plants. Cereal grain is a popular food source that provides more food worldwide than any other type of crop.
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Sustainable Agriculture Defined

by Vincent Vitale in Education of Crickets
Sustainable agriculture is the production of food, fiber, or other plant or animal products utilizing techniques that protect the environment, public health, human communities, and animal welfare. Normally, sustainable agriculture integrates three main goals--environmental health, economic profitability, and social and economic equity. This agriculture allows the production of healthful minded food without ruining the future generation's ability to do the same.
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Eating Insects in Western Culture

by Vincent Vitale in Education of Crickets
Entomophagy (the practice of eating insects) is on the rise in Western cultures. There has been some development recently thanks to a multitude of startups that are entering the sustainable food space. Also, a few big names have gotten involved with these startups. The likes of Tim Ferriss, Mark Cuban, and Bill Clinton to name a few over the last few years. Their attempt to introduce insect based food in Western markets has not gone unnoticed.
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Cricket Flour: No Legs, Antennae, or Eyes Staring- Just Protein Packed Powder

by Vincent Vitale in Education of Crickets
In Western civilizations, there is a barrier to entry when it comes to eating insects for protein: an emotional barrier. It is hard for people in Western culture to get past the fact that they’re eating bugs. However, the products that are currently on the market aren’t bugs, per se. The main insect-related, consumer-facing product is cricket flour. The process to create this flour is simply dry roasting crickets and then condensing them into powder form. The end result is a powder that is packed with protein and looks like “cumin.” No legs, antennae or eyes staring up at you--just a powder optimized for clean protein to enhance the human body!
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Cricket Bug: A New Amazing Source of Protein

by Vincent Vitale in Education of Crickets
There are some staggering facts about crickets. Ounce for ounce, crickets can provide more than twice the protein of beef. Not only are they protein packed, but they provide the best kind of protein. This is because crickets contain all nine essential amino acids. The health benefits don’t end there however.
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What is Entomophagy: 10 things you need to know

by Vincent Vitale in Education of Crickets
Entomophagy is the practice of eating insects, especially by people. There are some stunning facts that everyone should know with our changing world. For instance. 80% of the world already eat bugs! Click here to find out more.
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Cricket Insect: Everything you Need to Know and More

by Vincent Vitale in Education of Crickets
Everything you need to know about the cricket and more! From specifics in height and weight, to references in pop culture, all the way to functional benefits when it comes to protein. If you're curious about the current cricket-as-a-food trend click here and learn more about the powerful benefits of insect consumption.
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Endurance athlete Sonny on eating crickets for a week

Aketta Brand Ambassador Sonny Hong was invited to use Aketta crickets in his meals every day for a week. He grew up in Korea where eating insects was a normal part of life. Fast forward to being a dad, business owner and endurance athlete, he was fascinated to learn about the rising trend for edible insects in the U.S.
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Aketta cricket protein fuels explorer Sean Burch!

Explorer and Extreme adventurer Sean Burch is fueling his latest trek to Nepal with Aketta cricket protein! Learn more about Sean's mission in Nepal and why he chose Aspire as his sponsor.
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Emma Moore

Developer and designer Emma Moore talks to us about channeling Anthony Bourdain and why we shouldn't be afraid to try insects.
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Jason - Chef and cricket farmer

Aspire's own cricket farmer and trained chef, Jason Hayes, is doing a series of blog posts about his experiences raising crickets and preparing them as food. This first post is about Jason's introduction to eating insects, and how he became curious to learn more.
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Racing Maah Daah Hey 100 on Cricket Fuel

Aketta digital content creator Heidi Volpe is also an avid cyclist who races mountain bikes. In this post she talks about her experience fueling up with Aketta crickets for the Maah Daah Hey 100, the "baddest race in the raddest place", and sharing them post race at Dakota Cyclery.
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Robyn Shapiro - Seek Food

We talked with Robyn Shapiro, founder of Seek Food. She produces delicious snack bites made with cricket flour and an interesting mix of seeds and spices.
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Fish trades beef jerky for Aketta Crickets!

We chatted up Fish, a graphic designer and gastronaut from Brea, CA about his tasting experience with our Aketta crickets.
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Larry Fuller

We had a great chat with Larry Fuller, Larry is in charge of placing CEO and executives for the farm supply industry. Here's what he had to share about edible insects.
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Patrick Barrett

We caught up with Patrick Barrett after his mountain bike race at the US Cup Series in Bonelli Park. Who doesn't think roasted crickets are a perfect recovery food?
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Aspire Co-Founder Shobhita Soor

by Lisa Friedrich in Insect Farming
Aspire co-founder Shobhita Soor talks about the factors that Aspire considers when starting an insect farm. Originally published as a guest post for TEDMED.
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Katherine Ryan

Trainer and competitive athlete Katherine Ryan of WinBurn Studios talks to us about how to recover smart with Aketta.
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Sonny Hong - Sunny Side Up

We chatted with long distance runner Sonny Hong who is also a vegetarian about his childhood memories of eating bugs!
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Efrain C. Barragan - Clif Family Winery

We got a chance to catch up with our friend from Clif Winery about Aketta, edible insects and future food trends.
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Nathaniel Parker

A conversation with surfer and anesthesiologist Nathaniel Parker about his first time trying Aketta crickets.
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