Weird Protein Foods That People Actually Eat
If you've been with me a while, you know I talk a lot about the importance of protein.
Because getting enough protein in your diet is a key to maintaining good health, especially as you age.
To ensure you get enough protein needed for true health, your diet simply must include a decent amount of protein.
But if the thought of taking another bite of chicken or beef makes you want to run for the hills, take heart.
There are loads of non-traditional protein sources for you to try.
And no, I don't mean "boring" whey powder.
I'm talking about truly unique (some might say "weird") sources of protein.
Just a warning.
If you get squeamish, you might want to just close out of this email.
Because some of these non-traditional protein sources might send shivers up your spine.
But if you're ready, let's go.
When I was a kid, we'd get crickets in our basement in the spring and summer.
My dad would always joke that we should eat one because they were "full of protein."
We'd have a good laugh.
But, as it turns out, my dad was right.
Crickets are a good source of protein. So good in fact, you can now buy cricket protein powder.
2 tablespoons deliver 10 grams of complete, high-quality protein and just 90 calories.
If bugs are a little too "out there" for you, how about barnacles?
These sticky little crustaceans are a culinary favorite in Spain and Portugal.
And for good reason.
One 4-ounce serving of Spanish goose barnacles gives you about 16 ounces of protein.
Spirulina is another good water-dwelling source of protein.
The blue-green algae grow in both fresh and salt water and are packed with nutrients.
In fact, gram for gram, spirulina may be the single most nutritious food on the planet.
Usually sold as a powder, one tablespoon contains 4 grams of quality protein, making it a richer source of protein than most vegetables.
Ever heard of wheat berries?
Hint, they're not actual berries.
Wheat berries are whole, unprocessed wheat kernels in their most natural form.
¼ cup uncooked yields a ½ cup cooked and contains over 6 grams of protein.
You use wheat berries in the same way you'd use rice, quinoa, or pasta.
Now, I recognize that some of these foods aren't for everyone.
But if you have a strong stomach and are up for an adventure, give these unique foods a try.
You might find that you actually like the taste.