The next big superfood rich in protein may be crickets, or what bug farmer Elliot Mermel refers to as "micro livestock."
The edible cricket market is seen as growing substantially this year, with some of the players forecasting triple-digit sales growth. (Tweet This.) And some of the nation's largest natural and organic food chains are leading the chirping charge by featuring bug-based products on their store shelves.
Sprouts Farmers Market will introduce cricket-based food to its more than 200 stores next month with the launch of Chapul cricket protein bars. Whole Foods Market currently sells Exo bars made from cricket "flour" at some of its New York City locations.
"Our customers are interested in exploring new products with higher protein levels, but some protein sources (whey, soy) can be difficult to digest or can cause other side effects," Sprouts spokeswoman Donna Egan told CNBC.