Designed by two friends and green athletes, the Näak bar is a sustainable energy bar made with cricket powder. It provides long lasting energy and improves recovery for active people.
The Näak bar: for what uses?
Before exercise: We recommend taking a Näak bar about 45 minutes before exercising to fuel up with enough energy. In this time the body will start digestion, so nutrients will be ready to be absorbed and used.
During exercise: During a long-lasting effort, your body will need fuel to keep up. The Näak bar, with its 28g of high-quality carbohydrates, will be able to meet this need. Furthermore, our body loses electrolytes through perspiration, but the Orange Explosion and Banana Delight bars are high in sodium, which helps to avoid dehydration!
After exercise: A Näak bar contains 6g of complete protein thanks to cricket protein powder, which will be used by the body for muscle reconstruction. Carbohydrates are also important to refill the glycogen stocks that have been emptied during exercise. The Näak bar has an carbs to protein ratio of roughly 4:1, which means the absorption of nutrients is optimal.
And beside exercise? The Näak bar can be consumed as a snack at any time of the day. It will give you the boost you need to stay energized all day, and fuel your body with many essential nutrients.
A soft and easy to chew bar
Each of our ingredients' proportions are carefully calculated to meet specific nutritional criteria. Here is a small overview of the final result:
The texture is similar to a brownie: soft and easy to chew and swallow, which is ideal for consumption during exercise. As a result, the bar doesn't melt between your fingers in the summer, will not break your teeth during the winter, and you will never end up with crumbs at the bottom of your bag!
Simple and all-natural ingredients
To meet specific goals and reach the quality we aim for, we chose to use only a very short and simple list of natural and unprocessed ingredients:
Dates: Dates are mainly composed of carbohydrates, but also have a significant amount of dietary fiber. They are therefore a good source of energy for the body, and help improve intestinal transit. Finally, they contain a lot of minerals such as potassium and magnesium.
Maple syrup: In addition to being a local product, maple syrup is another good source of carbohydrates and is quickly absorbed by the cells. Indeed, it is a non-refined product, so will not cause blood sugar spikes. Furthermore, maple syrup contains many interesting elements such as minerals and vitamins.
Sunflower butter: The benefits of sunflower butter are definitely underestimated: it contains a large amount of good fats, mainly monounsaturated fatty acids as well as polyunsaturated fatty acids such as omega-6. It is also a good source of protein. Another interesting fact is that sunflower butter boasts a significant amount of magnesium and vitamin E, which are elements with strong benefits for the body. For instance, vitamin E is an antioxidant (a molecule that protects the cells).
Chia seeds: Chia seeds have the particularity of containing a very large amount of dietary fiber. They are also a very good source of lipids, especially omega-3, and of complete protein. They also contain a large quantity of micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals. The chia seeds are what gives the bar its smooth texture.
Cocoa: The Banana Delight and the Orange Explosion bars contain cocoa. This ingredient is rich in protein and carbohydrates and is also high in fiber. Moreover, cocoa provides a lot of minerals, especially iron and antioxidants.
Sea salt: The sea salt we use is completely natural and has not undergone any transformation after its harvest. Sea salt brings out the different flavors and therefore improves the general taste. But most importantly, it replaces electrolyte lost during exercise.
And cricket protein in all this?
If you have read our previous articles, you should now be aware of the benefits of cricket protein and cricket powder for the environment but also for our health.
Cricket is a super-food: It is made up of 60% of complete protein, which is two to three times more than meat, omega-3 and omega-6 in an optimal ratio, a large amount of B12 vitamin, more calcium than in milk, and more iron than in spinach. Learn more about cricket flour in our article.
Cricket powder is also one of the most eco-friendly sources of protein in the world. Its environmental footprint is much smaller than that of any other traditional animal farming. For example, cricket needs 2,000 times less water and 24 times less food than beef for the same amount of produced edible meat. Cricket also emits 100 times less greenhouse gases. Looking for a way to save the planet? Learn why cricket is your solution!
Näak is based in Montreal, our production site is located in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec. We use local ingredients such as maple syrup, an emblematic product of Canada. Even our crickets are Canadian! They are raised in the largest entomophagous farm in North America, located in Ontario: Entomo Farms.
A summary of the Näak bar
The Nãak bar is the association of the most eco-friendly protein source in the world with natural and healthy ingredients. The Näak bar will suit everyone's needs thanks to its unique texture and different flavors, and its exceptional nutritional value from cricket powder.