Haven’t you heard? Bugs are the new protein.
Bugs and summer go hand in hand and, if you’re brave enough, they can go hand in mouth as well. Consuming most bugs, especially in single quantities, aren’t going to cause you any trouble, provided you’ve got the constitution to handle the mental side of the feat.
Any kind of grub is a safe bet, said Richard Zack, entomology professor at Washington State University, and if you’re really concerned about it, you can head to the pet store and get some crickets or meal worms or to a sporting good store for some bait maggots. After you’ve made your selection, rinse it off — after all, not washing your food is a bit gross — and throw it down the hatch.
Other bug eating tips? Grasshopper and crickets are a good bet, but pull the wings and legs off first, because they can be rough on the way down. Black ants are easy too, though stay away from those that have any kind of warning coloration, like the color red. That rule applies to any bug you might choose. And skip the beetles; with their crunchy outsides and cream-filled centers, they’re not entry-level bug-eating material.
If you’re still not convinced, try connecting with your inner child — most specifically, your inner grade school boy child.