Nature’s Perfect Protein Source In A Tasty As Can Be Snack Bar
COAST’s delicious Protein Bars are made with the world’s most complete and perfectly nutritious protein source. Farming this animal protein is incredibly sustainable, requiring very little water and land to produce. It’s also humane, as the organisms are free range and only harvested at the very end of their short life cycle.
What is this miracle protein? Why crickets!
You may have seen various Orthoptera like grasshoppers and crickets on menus or sold by street vendors in South East Asia or South America, but this is yet to be a common food source in North America or Europe. Thankfully the tide is changing, because crickets in particular are truly an exceptional source of nutrition.
What’s In the Chirp
Don’t worry, there’s nothing about the powder that will remind you of the bug, neither in taste nor appearance. But if you’re still a bit grossed out by the metal image of munching on those leggy, chirpy creatures, the nutritional benefits should prove persuasive enough.
Here’s why I’m motivated to convince you to give these tasty insects a try:
- excellent EEAA profile: 9 Essential Amino Acids (twice as much as beef)
- perfect Omega Fatty Acid ratio: 3 Omega-6 to 1 Omega-3
- 65% protein (twice as much as beef)
- excellent source of Iron
- high in Calcium
- high in B12
- high in Fiber
- certified non-GMO/ Organic
- the cricket source for Coast’s bars is Gluten Free (crickets are fed GF feed)
This incredible source of nutrition is the perfect food to keep blood sugar steady while supplying your brain and other organs with the elements needed for proper function. Which translates to a steady mood and body full of energy.
A Celiac Safe Snack
COAST’s cricket protein is certified gluten free. Although the remaining ingredients are not coming from certified gluten free suppliers, COAST’s bars have been third party tested for gluten. The analysis on both the Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Raisin bars came in at less than 10 ppm gluten. This means that they’re below the threshold needed to certify as GF in Canada and the US, which is anything under 20 ppm. Being a young start-up, COAST hasn’t been able to seek gluten free certification at this early stage – but you can rest assured that the bars are definitely gluten free.
Tasty as they are healthy
After the crickets have been harvested they’re roasted and ground into a protein powder with a slightly nutty or earthy flavor. Although in COAST’s protein bars you can’t really taste it, it makes for a rich yet neutral base for the other flavors.
Of the Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Raisin bars, the PB was definitely the winner for my taste preference. This bar is a bit sweeter and has that distinctly yummy peanut-buttery flavor. The texture is satisfyingly crumbly, yet doesn’t fall apart while you’re eating it.
The Dark Chocolate Raisin was also tasty, but reminded me of other vaguely chocolatey protein bars. Cacao has the tendency to suck up sweetness, so it tasted less sweet than the PB and finished with a lightly tart flavor.
Even better, I had one of these while I was really hungry, but wasn’t ready for a meal. It felt like the perfect snack. Satiating my hunger in a satisfying way, but without weighing me down or crashing shortly after. Again, that’s that perfect protein in action.
Where To Get Your Perfect Protein
COAST is based in Canada, though they ship throughout North America. The bars will retail for $2.80 USD or $3.75 CDN. Currently they’re only for sale through COAST’s Kickstarter promotion. They’re offering boxes of 6 bars for $18.77 USD/ $25 CDN with free shipping.
Get yours now and help support this wonderful new product!
Dark Chocolate Raisin: Sunflower Seeds, Raisins (non-hydronatebd vegetable oil), Cricket Flour, Cocoa Powder, Honey, Apples, Chocolate Chips, Chia Seeds, Sea Salt, Vanilla Extract.
Peanut Butter: Peanuts, Honey, Apples, Pears (Sulphites), Peanut Flour, Cricket Flour, Apple Puree, Salt.