Protein is a key part of a healthy diet. It used to be the obsession of bodybuilders and gym fanatics alone, but now, lots of us are keen to ensure we are eating enough. It can be tricky to get your daily quota as a vegetarian if you’re not sure what your best veggie sources of plant protein are. Discover our favourite protein-rich ingredients bursting with fresh flavours that are key to a healthy diet.
WHY DO WE NEED PROTEIN?
Forget the protein shakes, powders and supplements; it’s time to get back to basics. Protein is made up of smaller units called amino acids, and is essential for repairing damaged cells and building new ones. It’s needed for the building of tissues, muscles and bones, so it’s important to make sure your body has what it needs.
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Tried & tasted
Our top dining experiences this month
THE SUITE LIFE
ME Dubai by Melia is without a doubt one of the most recognisable hotels in the UAE. The five-star property is located within The Opus by Omniyat and is the only hotel in the world with its interiors and exteriors both designed by the late Dame Zaha Hadid.
one dinner for every diet
BBC Good Food’s Senior food editor Cassie Best solves your midweek cooking dilemmas with new simple recipe ideas
healthier family favourites
Classic crowd-pleasing dishes made a little lighter
TAKE THE BISCUIT
Fill the tin or cookie jar for whenever you need a pick-me-up, or package these with ribbon for a lovely homemade gift
5 ways to eat green OUTDOORS
Want to enjoy al fresco eating while lightening your carbon footprint? Grab your picnic blanket and start reading
Flavours of the month
What’s hot and happening around town this month
5 ways healthy dips
Swap shop-bought dips for one of these homemade options – they taste more vibrant, are better for you, and make a great snack or addition to lunch
TOMMY'S TWIST: CHRISTMAS BEEF
BBC chef Tommy Banks cooks a quick Christmas centrepiece that doesn’t compromise on impact or luxury
MAKE IT MAGICAL
Meet our star turn for Christmas 2020, a towering beauty of gently spiced, soft sponge, layered with fluffy vanilla buttercream and caramel, adorned with glittering sprinkles. We think you’ll agree, this cake is something special
CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE’S ridiculous size has become a problem
Rustic Shells Afghan
Drape this afghan over an armchair for a splash of color during the holiday season.
Shadow Arrow Cardi
This striking cardigan boasts graphic stripes that are made from an easy-to-stitch pattern worked on the diagonal. It will ensure that you stand out in a crowd no matter where you wear it!
Q&A: T-MOBILE PUSHES INTERNET FOR VIRTUAL SCHOOL
T-Mobile is pushing to offer internet service to schools that are doing online learning with a program aimed at low-income students who don’t have access. In the U.S., millions of students don’t have high-speed internet or computers at home — a difficult enough situation when it was just about trying to get homework done, but a much bigger problem when many school districts have moved part or all of the school day online during the coronavirus pandemic.
LEARNING to LOAD
.45- 1 10 Sharps the Old Way
A favorite project since its debut in the winter 2013 edition of Crochet! magazine, this shawl features gorgeous cabled patterns and a pretty lacy edging making this design one you’ll not only enjoy crocheting but wearing as well.
What Happens to the Quarantine Beer?
Sycamore Brewing repurposes stale brew into hand sanitizer and small-batch spirits
Draped Front Cardigan
Just a glance at this chic little cardi will make you want your own! It is worked from the bottom up in three pieces and then crocheted together.
Double Checks Scrubby
Design by Rebecca J. Venton
‘Arnold Era' Diet
Arnold created an atmosphere in which slacking was not an option.