At 60% complete protein, with all nine amino acids, Yumpa explains that cricket flour gives us one of the most incredible resources, perfect for slow-release energy.
Yumpa is part of Next Step Foods, a small team of food pioneers exploring the future of sustainable food. They have been investigating the insect-eating world and believe it’s where food production is going to go. They want to help make it a delicious part of life for everyone, especially triathletes, through their unique energy bars.
Tony Askins, Next Step’s Founder, realised insects were the future after hearing about, “Agriprotein”, a South African company processing organic waste into high-protein animal feed… using flies! Innovative, smart and sustainable. It seemed this was going to be the kind of clever thinking needed to help overcome the global challenges of rising demand and decreasing capacity for farming. After reading The United Nations report ‘Edible insects: Future prospects for food and food security’, he knew entomorphagy (eating insects) was the way forward. Next Step Foods was born, and so was Yumpa.
Tony has three key principles that underpin the philosophy of the food he creates. It must:
- TASTE good – Be flavoursome, wholesome, and satisfying.
- DO good – Innovate in food production for environmental sustainability.
- FEEL good – Be a healthy, nutritious product that sustains us.
Yumpa is designed to be a great source of protein and full of natural energy. It is also:
- Free From Gluten, Dairy, Soya & Sulphites
- Free From Added Sugar Or Sweeteners
- High In Fibre
- Paleo Friendly
- Covered By A Fully Compostable Wrapper
- Cold-Pressed For A Healthier, Tastier Bar
We will admit to being apprehensive about the product while being impressed by the philosophy of the company, especially the attention to detail around their environmental principles and the research that has gone into development. We tried two flavours; Tangy Thai and Cocoa a-go-go. On first view, the Tangy Thai was met with a look of confusion as it’s not a flavour that springs to mind for a long bike ride. However, the coconut, lime and ginger flavour combination was well received. The cocoa, orange and cardamom flavour was also a hit and we’re looking forward to the launch of the third flavour, peanut salt crunch. The bars are the perfect size to fit in the back pocket of a cycling jersey and are easy to digest while on a hard training ride.
- Website: http://www.yumpabar.co.uk
- Price - 9 Bars: £19.99