Stale taste? High sugar content? Ongoing list of unpronounceable ingredients? Protein bars come in every shape and size but let's face it, it's almost impossible to find one that meets all our requirements.
At Näak, we took up the challenge of creating the most healthy, sustainable, and delicious protein bar you will find out there, thanks to cricket powder.
We are proud to present our new High Protein Cricket Bars
Three mouth-watering flavors and a variety pack
The Näak High Protein Cricket Bars are available in three finger-licking flavors: Apple Pie, Blueberry Cheesecake, and Cookie Dough. Not sure which one sounds the most delicious? Try the variety pack!
Discover the entire High Protein Bar collection here.
Protein is one of the three macronutrients needed in our everyday diet, along with fats and carbohydrates. Protein is used by the body for muscle synthesis and is therefore essential in maintaining lean body mass for active people whose muscle tissue is deteriorated during exercise. Protein also helps to feel full and to therefore control hunger and cravings.
Health Canada recommends that an 18 year-old adult should consume 0.8g of protein per kg of body weight per day. For athletes, protein intake can be as much as 1.2 to 2g per kg of body weight. For instance, a 65kg adult should eat between 52 and 130g of protein. High levels of protein can be difficult to achieve in our everyday diet, and this is why many of us turn to protein bars after a workout or as a filling snack.
Näak Cricket Protein Bars boast 20g of protein. This high content is possible thanks to a quality protein blend
made from whole grain brown rice protein, pea protein isolate and concentrate, sunflower seed protein and cricket powder. The advantage of including cricket powder is that, unlike plant-based protein, it is a complete protein, boasting all essential amino acids in the ideal ratio. Learn more in this article.
4 to 6g sugar:
No more than 5% of daily calories consumed should come from added sugars, which is about 6 to 7 teaspsoons, or approximately 25g. However, according to Statistics Canada, the average sugar intake is 110g per day – more than 4x too much!
Some protein bars on the market have almost as much sugar as our daily intake recommendation. However, depending on the flavor, Naak Cricket Protein Bars have as little as 4 to 6g of sugar, so you can feed your cravings without worrying about your sugar intake.
Calories are the fuel our bodies need for energy. A calorie is actually the amount of heat energy needed to raise the temperature by one degree Celsius of one gram of water! An average woman needs approximately 2000 calories a day and the average for men is about 2500 calories. Each person can divide their daily calorie intake as they wish, but typically, a healthy snack should contain between 150 and 300 calories. At 220 calories, a Näak Protein Bar is ideal as a filling snack between two meals or after exercising.
12 to 13g fibre:
Fibre is a carbohydrate often found in plant-based foods such as vegetables, fruit, grains, legumes and nuts. The particularity of fibre is that it is not digested by the body. It helps in maintaining a healthy body weight and lowering disease risks. Men can need up to 38g of fibre and women up to 29g. With 12 to 13g fibre, a Näak Protein Bar covers 30 to 50% of our daily needs.
Gluten, dairy, and soy free:
Näak Protein Bars are made from a mix of plant-based protein and cricket powder, so are naturally gluten, dairy and soy free. They are therefore convenient for most diets, and suitable with most allergies and intolerances.
However, it is important to note that people allergic to crustaceans may be allergic to crickets, as they have the same allergen, chitine.
When to take it
- After a workout for optimal muscle recovery with 20g complete protein with all essential amino acids
- As a healthy and filling snack thanks to the high protein, high fibre, and low sugar content
- As a meal replacement, boasting 220 calories and suitable for most diets being naturally gluten and dairy free
For those who need that extra cricket power!