First it was quinoa, the superfood pseudograin featuring complete proteins. Then it was kale, the superfood vegetable purported to be like spinach on crack. In 2015, it was bone broth, the, well, broth, made from the aftermath of bones simmered for hours with vegetables. (Why you wouldn’t just eat soup made with the broth is beyond me, but whatevs.)
I could get behind those trends for the mere fact that the sight, smell, and texture didn’t instantly make me want to vomit.
This year’s trend? Not so much. Two words: insect protein. Specifically, crickets.
Now, I know eating insects is normal in many cultures. I also know using crickets for protein is more sustainable and environmentally friendly than raising cattle for beef. I also know crickets contain lots of beneficial nutrients, including two times the iron of spinach.
And yet, gross. If I actually wanted to eat crickets, I’d try to find the one that’s been chirping in my house for the last two weeks. At least eating it would solve the chirping problem.
If you can stomach the idea of eating insects, by all means, grab an Exo bar or cricket flour, but I’m going to stand right here and draw the line.
It used to be that the fittest people bragged about how long their workouts were. Think The Biggest Loser-style marathon sessions at the gym -- two, three, four, seven hours of training to sculpt a craveable body.
Not so much anymore. Long workouts are out, short workouts are in, and the biggest braggarts are killing themselves to prove you, too, can get a craveable body in less than 10 minutes. The trend toward shorter workouts isn’t necessarily new, as 30-minute, 20-minute, and even 15-minute workouts have gained popularity with the rise of high-intensity interval training.
Just don’t assume this means you can get the body of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson with a daily 15-minute walk. Yes, short workouts can be incredibly effective, but generally only when they’re also incredibly intense... which isn’t always an appropriate workout for the general population.