Would you tuck into bugs for breakfast?
Smoothies, granola and even a cooked cricket breakfast... oh my
To mark the start of the Tokyo Olympics, organisation UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has teamed up with nutritionist Rob Hobson to create a series of carbon neutral breakfasts – all featuring insects.
Dubbed 'the breakfast of champions', the menu has been created to draw attention to the benefits of munching bugs.
Rob Hobson said: “As a sprinter it’s important to start the day with a good breakfast to fuel your training or competition event. All these breakfast options contain a good source of carbohydrate to maintain energy levels and preserve precious glycogen stores in the muscles.
"Each dish also contains healthy fats and some protein which is sustainably sourced from edible insects such as crickets and grubs."
"Bugs also offer a source of minerals such as calcium which is important for bones and also iron, which many female athletes can struggle getting sufficient levels of in their diet.”
What's on the menu?
A cooked cricket breakfast, mealworm granola with oat yoghurt, and a fruit, oat and cricket breakfast smoothie could all be rustled up by you.
All these dishes contain loads of nutrients, are a good source of carbohydrates, and packed with healthy fats and proteins. Perfect for athletes – or you – as the Olympics finally get under way after a year delay!