Why these glamorous personal trainers eat $250-per-kilo CRICKETS for dinner and hope all Aussies follow in their footsteps: ‘They taste like prawns’
- Personal trainers Suji Yoo and Alessandro Ranieri eat crickets over beef
- The couple swear by the little creepy crawlies for nutrients, protein and taste
- They sell meals made with the bugs to customers too – including a bug ragu
- The couple believe eating bugs like crickets will become the norm in society
A glamorous couple have revealed how they have made eating bugs big business after finding crickets to be a delicious high-protein option for meals.
Personal trainers Suji Yoo and Alessandro Ranieri told FEMAIL they are always searching for delicious new foods to try and couldn’t believe it when they stumbled across the creepy crawlies and enjoyed them.
‘They taste exactly like prawns when you eat them whole, and you can ground them down into a powder which goes well in everything, even burgers,’ Alessandro said.
The couple both come from families where food is a major talking point
The couple believe in eating a sustainable diet – which includes the $250-per-kilo crickets (pictured – cricket patties)
And while the couple is happy to indulge when they go out for dinner they say most food should be left for special occasions
Good-quality crickets are expensive at $250-per-kilo but they are so high in nutrients and protein you have to eat much less than you would of any other protein-rich ingredient, they explained.
Now the dynamic duo are feeding them to their customers after launching Human Food Odyssey.
They launched the high-end meal prepping company after realising their PT clients wanted help with their nutrition as well as their physical fitness.
‘Our clients are busy people, it started with one woman asking me if I would help with her meal prep,’ Suji revealed.
‘So I made hers when I made mine but then I was making for three, then four,’ she said.
The couple try to eat healthily as well as sustainably which tends to rule out daily serves of beef or chicken.
‘It isn’t sustainable to eat like that every day,’ Alessandro said.
‘We mostly eat a vegetable based diet, but are flexible with it.
‘We are still happy to go out to a restaurant and order the foods we love, of accept a home-cooked meal if there is meat,’ he said.
‘It is about being sustainable, having these sometimes is fine, having them all the time is not sustainable.’
They eat crickets for their high protein value and have a mostly vegetable based diet otherwise
What are their top six protein sources?
1 – Chickpeas
2 – Lentils
3 – Almonds
4 – Tofu
5 – Crickets
6 – Quinoa
When Suji was cooking for her friends she realised how much she enjoyed it and also saw how strong the demand was.
Alessandro’s family is from Italy and Suji’s from Korea so they are both from a very food-focused lineage.
They enjoy cooking and centering their lifestyle around food and also prioritise seasonal ingredients as their family before them has.
‘This made us look into Australian bush ingredients for our meals,’ Suji said.
And they fell in love.
With everything from wattleseed to finger limes – the couple decided their menu needed to champion local produce which can be grown locally, easily.
‘It was down to what was most sustainable again,’ Alesssandro said.
Now they are feeding their clients dishes like Australian bush curry and cricket ragu.
‘People love the crickets, they often reorder them every time,’ Alessandro said.
The couple are looking to add more bugs to their meal plan and have mention meal worms could be the next to make it on the menu.
Alessandro and Suji believe they are paving the road for the future of eating – which will include many more bugs and other sustainable sources of protein.
For a seven-day meal plan Sydney women looking to shift a few kilos can expect to pay about $530 for the cutting-edge service.
More on eating crickets:
Entomophagy, or eating insects, is a practice that dates back to prehistoric times.
Crickets are one of the most common insects people consume. Products containing cricket protein have grown in popularity due to consumer demand for more sustainable protein options.
Insects like crickets are rich in nutrients, especially protein, and may be more sustainable than other protein sources, such as beef.
There are a number of benefits to eating crickets.
Crickets may offer health benefits and provide a more sustainable and environmentally friendly source of protein than other animal-based protein sources.
Studies show that cricket protein powder contains about 65.5% protein and adult crickets provide 13.2–20.3 grams of protein per 100-gram serving.
The protein is harder to digest than animal protein but easier than vegetable protein.
In addition to protein, crickets are high in many other nutrients, including fat, calcium, potassium, zinc, magnesium, copper, folate, biotin, pantothenic acid, and iron.
One study found that the iron content of crickets was 180% higher than that of beef. Plus, the crickets were higher in calcium and the B vitamin riboflavin than meat products like chicken, pork, and beef.