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Everything you need to know about protein

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Do you want to know how much protein you need in a day? Or how to get enough if you're veggie? Perhaps you want to know the best protein bars and powders. Get answers from our expert nutritionists and lots of recipes, too

Whether you're a veggie or vegan looking to get enough protein in your diet, or you're interested in upping your protein intake to boost workouts – we have all the information you need on this essential nutrient. Below you'll find out how much protein you need in a day, which foods are the highest in protein and what it means to follow a high-protein diet. Plus, you'll find lots of high-protein recipes and our best buys for protein bars and powders.

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Have a scroll through our best high-protein vegetarian recipes, filling high-protein bowl recipes and high-protein breakfasts for pre or post-workout.

What is protein and how much should you eat?

Best sources of protein

A selection featuring eggs, salmon, meat and cheese

How much protein should you eat and which foods really pack a punch? Find out how to get all the protein you need and when to up your intake...

Spotlight on... high-protein diets

Spinach protein pancakes with a poached egg

While a healthy, balanced diet will provide all the protein most people need, there are times when some people may want a bit of a boost. Find out what your protein requirements are, whether you're eating the right amounts and delicious high-protein recipes to help you when you need a little extra.

Protein and carbs – have I got the balance right?

A selection of foods on a table

While many believe high-protein, low-carb diets aid weight loss, is it as simple as that, or are there other issues to consider before cutting the carbs? Nutritionist Kerry Torrens takes a look at the latest evidence.

The best vegetarian protein sources

The best sources of protein for vegetarians

What vegetarian foods are high in protein? We examine the best sources of protein for vegetarians including protein-packed fruit, veg, eggs and pulses.

The 10 best vegan protein sources

Discover the best plant-based sources of protein to boost your intake as a vegan, including pulses, tofu, quinoa, nuts and seeds, grains and vegetables.

Protein reviews

The best protein bars

The best protein bars review

We tested popular protein-packed snacks to find the best on the market. Read on to discover how to use protein supplements safely and when to seek advice. And, if you follow a plant-based diet, read our review of the best vegan protein bars.

The best vegan protein powders tried and tested

The best vegan protein powders

We put plant-based protein powders to the test to find the best vegan products to buy. Discover our top vegan protein powder picks.

High-protein recipes

High-protein breakfast recipes

Try our healthy, protein-packed breakfast ideas for a nutritious start to your day, from easy protein pancakes with nut butter to healthy scrambled eggs and homemade protein shakes.

High-protein bowl recipes

Steak burrito bowl with rice, peppers and lemon

Ramp up your protein intake with our nutritious, filling bowl recipes. Try steak burrito bowls, jerk chicken & mango bowl, steamed salmon & veg rice bowl, and more.

High-protein vegetarian recipes

Vegetarian ramen in a bowl with pak choi and boiled egg

Looking for high-protein vegetarian meals? In these meat-free recipes, at least 20% of the calories come from protein. Tuck into our delicious vegetarian ramen, Indian-spiced scrambled eggs, black bean chilli and more.

High-protein vegan recipes

Curried tofu wraps on a board with shredded cabbage and fresh lime

Discover delicious vegan recipes where at least 20% of the calories comes from protein, to keep you feeling fuller for longer. Tuck into our spicy curried tofu wraps, vegan miso ramen and vegan lasagne.

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