Would you try food made out of insects? If you’re thinking ‘no’, spending time with Christine Spliid will most likely change your mind. Forever seeking new challenges, the Danish entrepreneur founded Gathr Foods in 2O15 and was the first company to bring cricket based food products to the UK. Under the brand Crobar, she launched three different flavoured health bars with added cricket flour. Not only do the bars taste delicious, the addition of crickets actually makes their nutritional profile more interesting as they are rich in protein, iron and vitamins. They’re also great for the planet too, requiring significantly less water than cattle. We met with her to understand what it takes to get Brits to eat creepy crawlies. ROOTS Can you tell us about your background and how [...]

October 18th, 2016|Categories: Blog, In the news|0 Comments

Edible Insects: The Alternative Protein People Are Buzzing About

Are there ways for you to get more from your mealtime, without making a bigger impact on the environment? The answer is yes, but it involves an alternative protein that you may have never considered: edible insects. Plenty of people across the globe eat insects. Crickets, for example, take much less food and water to reach maturity and grow, especially when compared to traditional sources such as cows and pigs. Generally edible insects such as crickets are also treated more humanely, and in return are the source of much fewer greenhouse gases. Different insects offer different amounts of protein per serving, but all are definitely good sources of this necessary dietary element. And edible insects are gaining more and more acceptance worldwide, meaning their availability and variety has expanded too. [...]

July 19th, 2016|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Thought-Provoking Facts on the Future of Food

We are a growing population. Food security is an issue stretching beyond the borders of developing countries; it is now a global cause for concern. According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization: “The challenge is to provide the world’s growing population with a sustainable, secure supply of safe, nutritious, and affordable high-quality food using less land, with lower inputs, and in the context of global climate change, other environmental changes and declining resources.” It has been predicted that by the year 2050, we will need to double our food production to meet the demands of our growing population.   The environmental impact that animal agriculture has had on our planet is astounding. Did you know that it is responsible for 18% of all greenhouse gas emissions? The cumulative [...]

July 13th, 2016|Categories: Blog|2 Comments


Not many of us can say that we played a significant part in the start of an idea or concept that shapes the way the world works. Even for those in the right place at the right time, such as for the web innovators of Silicon Valley in the 90s, the next leap forward is often an unexpected one. As many are now beginning to realise, global population growth and food security issues have forced us to the cusp of a new agricultural revolution – only this time, everyone sees it coming. Christine Spliid, founder of Gathr Foods, is originally from Denmark, but is based in London. CROBAR cricket flour energy bars started out as an idea that combines Christine’s passion for endurance running, healthy food, travelling, and sometimes, the unconventional. [...]

May 18th, 2016|Categories: Blog|1 Comment

7 things you didn’t know about cricket flour

1. Humans have been eating insects for thousands of years Despite the fact that the vast majority of our world eats bugs, the notion of eating insects in Western societies remains largely taboo. Entomophagy, or the human consumption of insects as food, is not a new phenomenon. Humans have been eating bugs since prehistoric times. Roughly 80% of the world’s countries, predominantly Asia, Africa, and North, Central and South America, eat over 1,000 different species of insects every year. 2. Cricket flour is an incredible source of protein Crickets themselves, are relatively low in carbohydrates and very high in protein. A single cricket contains between 65-70% pure protein. They are also a complete protein. What does that mean? They contain all nine essential amino acids required by humans for muscle [...]

April 12th, 2016|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

5 Tips To Curb Cravings – by Scola Dondo

Cravings are the worst. You could have a great healthy week and then a craving strikes and you find yourself munching through a bag of crisps and a bar of chocolate. Spring is coming up so we wanted to give you some tips to help curb those cravings so you feel as fresh as the new season.   Are you hungry? Often cravings tend to intensify when you're feeling hungry. Instead of reaching for an apple, you'll go straight for the cake because it's harder to control yourself in this state. The best thing to do to avoid this is to not get hungry. It's best to eat every 2-3 hours, whether it's a small snack or a meal, just have something prepared so that you constantly feel comfortable. If [...]

March 12th, 2016|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

GATHR: Marketing an Unlikely New Six-Legged Protein

  It states, “It is widely accepted that by 2050 the world will host 9 billion people. To accommodate this number, current food production will need to almost double… To meet the food and nutrition challenges of today – there are nearly 1 billion chronically hungry people worldwide – and tomorrow, what we eat and how we produce it needs to be re-evaluated.” Edible insects, which have been part of human diets for centuries, are championed as the solution to help alleviate this impending food crisis. Insects are a highly nutritious and healthy food source with high fat, protein, vitamin, fibre and mineral content. For example, the composition of unsaturated omega-3 and six fatty acids in mealworms are comparable with that in fish. Insects are also better for the environment: [...]

March 7th, 2016|Categories: Blog|1 Comment

How to Achieve your New Years Resolutions – By Scola Dondo

It's coming up to that time of year again! When everyone starts tweeting and posting statuses with the infamous proclamation "New Year, New me" and whilst we can poke fun at this, most of us do feel a sense of improving ourselves as the new year sets in. Many people never achieve their New Years Resolution, it's a known fact by now but I've got some tips for you to help you make your year one to remember: Set 3 main goals Goal setting is a great way to keep you motivated and on track. Sticking to 3 goals rather than a list of random resolutions will help you stay more focused on what's most important. Make them challenging but realistic. Something like getting a new job, joining a running [...]

January 8th, 2016|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Dairy Free Protein Bars by Crobar

Dairy- Free Protein Bars Can you stomach crickets? For those of us who have tummy troubles with traditional protein bars, there’s a solution: Dairy Free Protein Bars! Calling all those who are all too aware of their dodgy tummies (and even those of us who aren’t), there’s a new kid in (protein bar) town, and this one’s rather gentle on the old digestion: Dairy- Free Protein Bars by Crobar! Are you lactose intolerant? Ever had trouble digesting dairy products before? OK, so maybe dairy doesn’t send you running to the loo, but maybe you’ve experienced some bloating after one too many whey protein shake fuelled gym sessions. Or maybe you’ve suffered with the all too embarrassing gassiness after your post-workout protein bar. Or perhaps even (like a growing number of people), [...]

December 14th, 2015|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Our Favourite Paleo Friends

We're always on the lookout for new Paleo blogs, websites and brands to keep us inspired. So we thought we would share with you our favourite Paleo friends.   First up it has to be Georgie! She runs the blog Greens of the Stone Age and has just set up the UK's first online Paleo lifestyle magazine- Primal Eye. If you want new tasty Paleo recipes then we highly recommend you head over to her blog and for a daily dose of helpful Paleo info, make sure you follow her on Twitter @GOTSA_   Next up is Health Unplugged, the UK's first Paleo conference. This will be the second year the conference is running and we are super excited to be attending on 31st October to 1st November. You learn [...]

October 20th, 2015|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Edible Insects- 3 steps on how to get started

Edible Insects- 3 steps on how to get started incorporating insects into your diet It is not uncommon for people to feel uneasy, perhaps even slightly disgusted, by the thought of edible insects. Here is a blog post explaining some of the reasons why people in the western world often feel anxious about edible insects and how to overcome it. The benefits of eating insects should, however, outweigh the fear. Edible insects are a great source of protein, they are low in fat, high in fibre, and furthermore they emit 80 x less greenhouse gasses than e.g. cattle. With all these benefits, the question remains: how do you overcome the initial uneasiness and how do you get started with edible insects? Here are some suggestions on how to slowly incorporate edible [...]

September 17th, 2015|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Crickets Vs. Cattle – by Alice Courtauld

Crickets vs. Cattle We have all heard of gluten free foods, particularly appealing to those of us with an intolerance but also now these products are attracting a lot of people who want to lead a healthier lifestyle. Introducing CROBAR: a new concept. Founded by health enthusiast Christine Spliid, CROBAR the all-natural protein bar made with cricket flour. Instinctively, the mere notion of consuming a product made from insects, causes most of us to draw back, feeling disgusted. Here in the UK, even though eating insects are considered commonplace elsewhere, the idea still doesn’t sit well with us and this isn’t helped by programmes such as “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me out of Here” that encourage this anxiety. I find myself, asking why? We already consume insects – even the [...]

August 28th, 2015|Categories: Blog|0 Comments