Can Aketta help with my middle-aged athletic ambition? I was eager to find out!
When I first heard about Aketta crickets I couldn’t believe that it’s an American company trying to market to Americans! As a kid growing up in Korea, I was used to eating insects of all kinds. Some of my favorite memories were doing chores around the house and getting 20 wons to go out to the street vendor and buy me a cone full of boiled silkworm pupae. Mmm, mmm, they were delectable, and nutritious too! I still hold dearly the fond memories of watching my mom sauté grasshoppers with a bit of sugar. The sugar glaze on the grasshopper made them extra crunchy and primed the mouth for the juicy innards. So, obviously, when I heard about Aketta at a cocktail party while sipping an extra-dry martini, my ears perked up and I was intrigued!
As a conscientious eater, I’ve been pursuing more vegan style eating and significantly reducing my meat intake. I believe that animal agriculture is not only unethical for the animals being slaughtered but is the biggest culprit in causing greenhouse gases as well as polluting our waters & oceans. However, as a middle-aged ultra-runner/marathoner/cyclist, my body is in constant hunger for protein. I eat as little meat as possible and try to make up the protein deficiency with fish and protein-rich vegetables like hemp or pea extract and nuts.
I was excited when my box of Aketta roasted crickets and cricket flour arrived. The reaction from co-workers and family was the expected “Eww, you gonna eat that?!” But I was undeterred.
As a busy dad, endurance athlete and business owner, I don’t have much time to spend on making pretty meals. I usually whip something together with whatever is available around the house or office. So I’m careful about what I bring home from the grocery stores. My first Aketta meal was after a hard interval run early in the morning. It was simply slices of baked yam with boiled eggs. I sprinkled some roasted Aketta crickets and all of a sudden I had an extra boost of protein. Nice and simple! Of course, the kids were totally grossed out. They shrieked in delight as I crunched on the crickets with aplomb.
Meal after meal I found it very easy to just sprinkle on some Aketta crickets for added protein. The cricket flour was also super easy to use - just add 1 part cricket flour to 4 parts of regular flour. The chocolate chip pancakes were out-of-this-world delicious!!
It has been a kick watching peoples reaction on both social media and live. You have the expected grossed out reactions but also acceptance as well. I was pleasantly surprised when one of my employees, a young intern from NY, took a handful of roasted crickets and munched on them while working. That showed me that it’s simply a mind over matter. As I tell everyone, eating crickets is like eating miniature lobsters. Yum, lobster!