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A weightlifting teenager who swapped out meat for insects and scorpions claims the radical diet has seen him get fitter and stronger in the gym.
Sam Broadbent, 18, describes himself as an 'entovegan' and follows a vegan diet with the addition of creepy crawlies such as grasshoppers, crickets and ants.
Meat - October - Animal - Products - January
He ditched meat last October and cut out all traditional animal products in January and now drinks protein shakes infused with crushed up crickets.
The high-school student, from Lewiston, Maine, ditched his favourite dinner - pork chops and sweet potatoes - in favour of crunchy grasshopper burritos.
Staple - Lunchtime - Chicken - Sandwiches - Bowls
His staple lunchtime chicken and cheese sandwiches have been replaced by bowls of crickets swimming in lentils.
For breakfast, Mr Broadbent scoffs on porridge and fruit mixed with with cricket powder, which he says has a pleasant nutty flavour, or cereals with crickets on top.
Occasions - Family - Grill - Scorpions - Barbecue
And on special occasions, the family grill scorpions on the barbecue, which they'll have on burgers or in tortillas.
The teen, who works out six nights a week, claims he's never felt better and has seen his weights nearly double in the gym.
'I - Cut - Meat - October - January
He said: 'I cut out all meat in October and then in January I went completely vegan with the exception of insects of course.
'At the beginning you are a little squeamish, but you get used to it. After doing this diet for most of the winter and spring, I feel better than ever.
Breakfast - Cricket - Powder - Flavour - Banana
'For breakfast I have oatmeal with cricket powder, which has a nutty flavour, and a banana or some strawberries.'
Mr Broadbent added: 'For lunch I would usually eat a big bowl of lentils and a big bowl of crickets with broccoli and asparagus. Crickets have a unique flavor which is not dissimilar to sunflower seeds.
Dinner - Insects - Beans
'For dinner I try and incorporate insects too. I have burritos with beans,...
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