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Cricket protein: a superfood for ultra endurance athletes

Having the right nutrition is key to athletic performance. Athletes are constantly looking for products that will help them enhance performance, whether it’s to get stronger or faster. Unfortunately, it seems as though the food products on the market use hard-to-pronounce ingredients and artificial sweeteners while having stale taste. It’s almost impossible to find nutrition products that are actually healthy and contain natural ingredients. That’s why Näak created healthy, sustainable, and delicious energy bars that are based around one simple ingredient: crickets!

Crickets: the superfood of the future

Eating insects is slowly but surely becoming a trend in North America, and for a good reason too! Did you know that crickets are actually considered a superfood? They are a fantastic source of complete protein, polyunsaturated fats, vitamins, minerals, and other beneficial nutrients!

  • High in complete protein 

Crickets contain a complete source of protein, meaning that they contain each of the 9 essential amino acids necessary in the human diet. In fact, crickets contain nearly 2-3X the amount of protein than that of beef or chicken! Protein is essential for maintaining lean body mass for endurance athletes whose muscle tissues are broken down during exercise.

  • High in omega-3 

Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are the two dietary fatty acids essential for our body since we cannot synthesize them on our own. They have many crucial functions in our health such as producing hormones, forming cell membranes, and more. Cricket powder contains the recommended 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids!

  • High in vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 plays a role in the synthesis of red blood cells that transport oxygen throughout your body and also helps keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy. In just 100 grams of cricket powder, you get 1000% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin B12!

  • High in calcium (1.6 times more than milk)

A mineral critical for athletes, calcium is vital to building bones and keeping them healthy. What’s a great source of calcium? Crickets! Crickets contain 1.6X more calcium than milk!

  • High in iron (2 times more than spinach)

Iron is an essential component of red blood cells which carry oxygen throughout the body. It is therefore particularly important for athletes. Crickets contain nearly 3X as much soluble iron than a sirloin steak and also contain more iron than other traditional animal sources.

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Cricket ultra energy bars made for endurance athletes

With the help of nutritionists and athletes, Näak created the only energy bar you’ll ever need. Choco-Orange, Choco-Banana and Coco-Macadamia were the three original flavours. Since then, we have release four more flavours: Raspberry ApricotMaple Walnut, Chocolate sea salt and Mocha HazelnutWith 28 grams of carbs and 6 grams of complete protein, these energy bars were designed to meet the needs of elite endurance athletes. Additionally, our bars’ brownie-like texture makes them easy to chew and swallow, making it easy to consume during exercise. 

Näak energy bars are also made with real and natural ingredients that you can pronounce, such as dates, cricket powder, and flaxseed. The sweetness from our bars come from dried fruits such as dates and raisin, and of course, maple syrup for the added Canadian factor! You can satisfy your cravings without worrying about what you’re putting into your body.

NÄAK: Nutrition for Adventurous Athletes who travel Kilometers

Many professional athletes use Näak products during their everyday training. Our community of cricket powered athletes share the same values regarding performance, health, and respect for the environment. 

Magali Tisseyre, 3rd place at the 70.3 World Championships in 2009 and 2010:

“As a professional athlete, I consume energy bars and sport nutrition productson a regular basis. I have often been concerned by the artificial ingredients list in the vast majority of efficient products. Näak bars are the option mixing health and efficiency. I love everything about Näak bars. Their taste, their nutrition facts that sustain performance, and also the fact that they are an eco-friendly alternative.”

Alexis Lepage, 8th in the U23 elites at the 2016 World Triathlon Championships:

“I put one or two cricket energy bars in my pocket during long-distance biking sessions to satisfy my appetite and have enough energy throughout the training. This is a product to adopt!”

 

Näak was founded by two endurance athletes who wanted to improve their nutrition and minimize their impact on the environment. When they discovered the benefits of crickets, Näak bars were created! Now, thousands of professional and amateur athletes use Näak to explore new playground and redefine what is physically possible. Want to be #cricketpowered too? Try our energy bars and protein powders for ultimate fuel!

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