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What is Protein and Why Do We Need It? {Plus Win a Years Supply of Weetabix Protein}

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Protein is a hot dietary topic at the moment. But do you really know WHY protein is so important in your diet, and where are the best places to get it?

Why is Protein Important in your diet?

Protein is made up of amino acids, when we eat protein our body breaks them down to make use of the amino acids to build, repair and maintain body tissues.

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Whilst our body does make some amino acids itself, there are some that it does not and we have to obtain from food sources. Our body also cannot store protein like it can carbohydrates and fat, so it’s important to make sure you take in enough protein on a daily basis to provide your body with the amino acids it needs to keep us healthy.

Where Should I Get My Protein From?

The obvious sources of protein are animal based – meat and dairy – as they are what is referred to as complete proteins containing all the essential amino acids that our body can’t produce. If you don’t fancy loading up with meat, Tofu is also a complete protein.

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Eating large amounts of red meat or processed meats to get your protein can be a bad idea, though, as it will also increase your intake of fat, salt and other things we don’t necessarily want. It’s more important to focus on keeping your diet varied and balanced than it is to focus too much on how much protein you consume.

Balancing your consumption of animal based protein with protein sources like beans, rice and grains will ensure that most people get plenty of protein in their diet to maintain their activity levels, lose weight and build muscle. Weetabix Protein contains wheat protein which is perfect to aid your consumption of non animal based protein.

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To help you with a balanced diet and your protein intake Weetabix have offered a years supply of Weetabix Protein to one reader. That’s 30 boxes, enough for you to have 2 Weetabix for breakfast every day for a year!

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This post was produced in collaboration with Weetabix Protein.
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  • Susan Chafer
    May 10, 2016

    This looks like a great way to include protein at breakfast time

    • Diane Duggan
      May 22, 2016

      I like cheese on toast – usually on wholemeal bread.

  • kim neville (@kimneville2)
    May 10, 2016

    I like scrambled eggs on toast

  • Angela Treadway
    May 10, 2016

    I love a fry up but i have toast usually x

  • Tania Atfield
    May 10, 2016

    Muesli or porridge but my children love weetabix for breakfast

  • iain maciver
    May 10, 2016

    usually porridge and weetabix

  • Kelly (@KellyL_85)
    May 10, 2016

    Scrambled eggs!

  • Margaret Clarkson
    May 10, 2016

    Croissants

  • john williamson
    May 10, 2016

    Fresh Fruit & H20

  • zolaspud
    May 10, 2016

    It’s a shame that this plant-based protein product isn’t suitable for us vegans though – the vitamin D they use is not plant based (I emailed their customer services and that’s what they told me). So near, yet so far…

  • Tracey Peach
    May 10, 2016

    I love cereal for breakfast with a glass of fresh orange juice πŸ™‚

  • emmav6
    May 10, 2016

    hot porridge oats πŸ™‚

  • Glyn
    May 10, 2016

    I love weetabix with warm milk

  • laura banks
    May 10, 2016

    i usually have cereal and toast

  • William Gould
    May 10, 2016

    I mostly have meusli but sometimes porridge in the winter, and sometimes other cereals fo a change!

  • emmaellams
    May 10, 2016

    Weetabix with strawberries and bananas

  • melanie stirling
    May 10, 2016

    Weetabix or porridge with chopped banana on top.

  • Melissa Foxon
    May 10, 2016

    Honey and coconut oil granola (homemade, so not rammed full of rubbish) with Greek yoghurt or Skyr yoghurt.

  • Laura @ Laura : Fat 2 Fit
    May 10, 2016

    Oooh, I recently bought some protein weetabix and I love it! I usually have mine warm so it goes all mushy! I usually have porridge oats with fruit and honey πŸ™‚

  • Miranda
    May 10, 2016

    I nomally have eggs for my breakfast protein πŸ™‚

  • Heather Haigh
    May 10, 2016

    I really l,ike porridge for breakfast.

  • sammychloe Samantha loughlin
    May 10, 2016

    Porridge and blueberries

  • vecta2
    May 11, 2016

    Porridge , cinnamon, golden syrup and milk starts my day well

  • Ray Dodds
    May 11, 2016

    Scrambled egg on toast

  • Kate Leather
    May 11, 2016

    Weetabix Protein! Unless I’m being naughty then it’d be a full English x

  • Hassina Begum
    May 11, 2016

    I love coffee and granola & weetabix & fruits.

  • Chrissie Curtis
    May 11, 2016

    Peanut Butter on Toast!

  • Rachel Craig
    May 11, 2016

    Weetabix.

  • Steven Appleton (@mister_steven)
    May 11, 2016

    Good old toast but I am partial to a crumpet (or two)

  • cheryl hadfield
    May 11, 2016

    I love eggs and bacon

  • Steve Hearne
    May 11, 2016

    Weetabix with Chopped Banana

  • Judith Allen
    May 11, 2016

    Just some orange juice please, I can’t manage to eat first thing. My partner loves porridge or mushy Weetabix so this prize would be perfect for her.

  • Kirsty Mackay
    May 11, 2016

    I love a stir fry vegetable wrap

  • Ruth Harwood
    May 12, 2016

    I do enjoy a couple slices of toast xx

  • Kristyn Harris
    May 12, 2016

    My favourite thing for breakfast is peanut butter on brown toasted bread

  • hullajukugirl
    May 12, 2016

    My favourite thing to have for breakfast is Danish Pastries but they are a very rare treat. Second favourite (and what I have most often) is green smoothies as you can never get bored, there are so many ingredient/flavour combinations.

  • Kim M
    May 12, 2016

    Like Greek yoghurt, my sister’s honey and chopped pecan nuts x

  • claire woods
    May 14, 2016

    I like toast and butter.

  • Zac Farley
    May 16, 2016

    Crumpets with salmon on top and a poached egg on top of that with a dash of pepper

  • GLENDA HANKS
    May 16, 2016

    Tea and toast for me

  • Jenny Badger
    May 16, 2016

    I love cereal for breakfast as it’s so quick, but often have eggs for a protein boost- I’ve been meaning to try weetabix protein as it’s such a good idea

  • Jacob Barnard
    May 17, 2016

    My favourite thing to have for breakfast is cereals, usually shreddies.

  • Aoife
    May 19, 2016

    Can’t beat a weetabix – nice and old school!

  • Corinna Ball
    May 19, 2016

    A bacon and egg toasted sandwich with ketchup.

  • Susan B
    May 19, 2016

    Freshly squeezed juice, a strong cappuccino and a real French Croissant with New Zealand butter – but I usually have cereal..

  • Sharon Lou Johnson
    May 19, 2016

    1 love weetabix with fresh youghat on and my kids do too x

  • Michelle O'Neill
    May 20, 2016

    fruit with greek yogrt and honey x

  • kimberley ryan
    May 20, 2016

    A slice of toast with dairylea πŸ™‚

  • spanner15
    May 20, 2016

    I love my overnight oats! Oats, cinnamon, chia and pumpkin seeds, whatever fruit I like topped up with water!

  • Amy Deakin
    May 20, 2016

    Warm Weetabix with raisins – yum

  • Emily Dorrington
    May 20, 2016

    My favourite breakfast at the moment is vegan french toast, it takes a little bit longer than regular french toast, but it’s totally worth it!

  • Natalie Crossan
    May 20, 2016

    weetabix

  • Victoria Metzger
    May 21, 2016

    I usually have weetabix and granary toast with a cold glass of fresh orange juice x

  • Maria P
    May 21, 2016

    Weetabix with banana or strawberries and honey

  • Daily Brew Reviews
    May 22, 2016

    weetabix with flaked almonds, banana and coconut milk

  • Laura Pritchard
    May 22, 2016

    Cereal & berries, with a smoothie

  • Victoria Prince
    May 22, 2016

    In the winter I love a bowl of porridge – usually either plain, or with a bit of yogurt, banana or blueberries. In warmer weather I love muesli or oatibix!

  • sheridarby
    May 22, 2016

    I usually have toast

  • emilyfowlerwrites
    May 22, 2016

    Poached eggs, turkey rashers, and sautΓ©ed mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and spinach πŸ™‚

  • Mary Campbell
    May 22, 2016

    Weetabix or muesli, with plenty of fresh fruit on top, gently warmed in the microwave. Sweet heaven, baby!

  • Donna Caldwell
    May 22, 2016

    Two weetabixs just the normal ones

  • Anthea Holloway
    May 22, 2016

    I love granola, muesli or Weetabix.

  • Adrian Bold
    May 22, 2016

    I usually just have toast or some cereal – but if I have time I occasionally really enjoy doing a full English breakfast.

  • Stacy Fenemore
    May 22, 2016

    eggy bread

  • laura jayne bates
    May 22, 2016

    weetabix with mullerlight

  • Amanda Richardson
    May 22, 2016

    Weetabix with sliced banana and yoghurt

  • lokasey
    May 22, 2016

    Swiss muesli

  • Nancy Bradford
    May 22, 2016

    A nice spinach omelette (but I rarely have time to cook in the morning).

  • Emma Whittaker
    May 23, 2016

    I love scrambled eggs on toast πŸ™‚

  • Petra Hora
    May 23, 2016

    Overnight oats

  • Michaela Campbell
    May 23, 2016

    Weetabix

  • elaine stokes
    May 23, 2016

    porridge……………. ok a crispy bacon sandwich

  • Janet Humphrey
    May 23, 2016

    sliced banana on wholemeal toast

  • Jayne Kelsall
    May 23, 2016

    I love scrambled eggs on brown toast with lots of pepper.x

  • Joanne Beale
    May 23, 2016

    Love Weetabix with loads of milk with a chopped up banana

  • Christine Taylor
    May 23, 2016

    It used to be toast but now that I’m on a new high protein fuelled diet to go with my gym routine, it’s these weetabix protein x

  • julie jones
    May 23, 2016

    Fat free Yogurt with a crushed up weetabix topped with fruit

  • Margery Lumsdaine
    May 23, 2016

    boiled eggs and toastie soldiers, not that I normally have time for such an indulgence :-$

  • Mary Chez
    May 23, 2016

    Weetabix and blueberries

  • Kimberley Hazelton
    May 23, 2016

    Cereal with berries

  • Rebecca Roberts
    May 23, 2016

    Porrage with bananna yum

  • fionajk42
    May 23, 2016

    In the winter I usually have porridge made with soy milk, with sliced banana, but in the summer I like to have muesli or another healthy cereal

  • Patricia Parkinson
    May 23, 2016

    Weetabix or porridge

  • Helen A
    May 23, 2016

    I usually make a smoothie in summer, and porridge in winter.

  • Ali Duke
    May 23, 2016

    I usually have normal weetabix with milk and fruit, it really keeps me going.

  • Clare Hubbard
    May 23, 2016

    A banana and porridge

  • Wes
    May 23, 2016

    Big mug of coffee

  • Vickie Jackson
    May 23, 2016

    I love having croissants for breakfast πŸ™‚

  • Sheila Reeves
    May 23, 2016

    A bacon sandwich, but normally just porridge

  • Janice (@Jinty85)
    May 23, 2016

    Weetabix or porridge.

  • Gemma Holland
    May 23, 2016

    I love cereal. Mainly shreddies, porridge or weetabix