A Complete Protein Supplement for Vegetarians and Vegans!

CTPI recently came across a product unlike any other I’ve seen before. It’s called Complete Truth Protein Powder, and it is a raw, plant-based supplement designed primarily for active women. Now, I’ve never used or seen the need for protein powders since I’m just an average active woman whose most strenuous exercise would be a half hour on the treadmill or a long hike, but this supplement intrigued me. Why? Because when I read about it, I discovered it could be used for baking, and this discovery could not have been timelier. I’ve been looking for something easy to carry with me when I need to eat breakfast on the road. I like a moderate amount of carbohydrates with my breakfast, but I don’t want to go overboard. In other words, I don’t want a bagel or any other kind of commercial bakery product. At home, I usually have something like scrambled eggs and a slice of sprouted grain toast or a bowl of oatmeal with peanut butter for breakfast, but obviously those are not foods I can throw in a baggie and take with me to eat in the car! So when I came across CTP, I thought this might be my answer.

The Truth about Complete Truth

While it’s labeled a “protein supplement,” CTP is really much more than that. It’s a whole food; it’s raw, and it’s 100% vegan. It also provides a good source of nutrients like magnesium, iron and zinc. These are not qualities that are easy to come by in a single package. If you’re a healthy vegan or vegetarian (yes, there are unhealthy forms of these diets), you know that you need to pay attention to the way you combine plant foods to be sure you are getting all of the essential amino acids (protein building blocks) that your body needs. If I asked you to name a plant that provides a complete source of protein, the one that would probably come to mind is soy. But soy can be problematic for some for several reasons, such as allergies or the desire to stay away from the hormone-like compounds known as phytoestrogens that soy contains.

If you’ve made the decision to eliminate or reduce the amount of soy in your vegan diet, what do you do for protein? You may wonder if there are any other options out there that provide a complete source of this important nutrient. Well, there are: quinoa and hemp, which just happen to be the only two ingredients in Complete Truth Protein Powder.

What’s so great about quinoa and hemp?

You probably know that quinoa is a high-protein grain, but did you know that its protein is complete? I love quinoa as an alternative to rice, so I was pleasantly surprised to find a protein powder with quinoa, not soy, as one of its basic ingredients. The other ingredient, hemp, is also a complete source of protein – this time in a seed. And hemp’s got some other benefits as well, most notably it’s omega 3 content. In fact, both hemp and quinoa are in the category that I would call super foods. If, like me, you are a vegetarian or vegan who enjoys a moderate amount of carbohydrates but wants to balance them out with protein and healthy fats, there are few foods on the planet that are better choices than quinoa and hemp.

Finally, a Complete Protein Breakfast Muffin!

Drew Taddia, a fitness expert who designed Complete Truth Protein Powder, says he did so after searching for a product that was a whole, raw, plant-based source of complete protein and did not contain long list of added ingredients that could not be pronounced. Not surprisingly, he could not find such a product…so he created one himself!

Perhaps if I looked long enough, I would find a whole food high protein breakfast muffin that has all of the essential amino acids and also a good amount of omega 3 and other nutrients, but why look? Now I can make one myself!

My Complete Truth Protein Banana Muffin

There is a recipe book that accompanies Complete Truth Protein Powder, but since I didn’t have all of the ingredients on hand for any of the recipes, I decided to try CTP in a banana muffin recipe that I often make with oats and whole wheat flour. All I did was substitute Complete Truth for the flour, and in about 30 minutes, I had a healthier version with a complete source of protein! I can store them in the freezer and take one (or two) out whenever I need something to carry with me for breakfast on the run. I’m guessing you can do the same with anything you bake – muffins, cookies, breads, etc. But if you’re not a baker, you can also add CTP to yogurt, oatmeal, shakes, and smoothies to make those foods more balanced and healthier.

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Maria Kuzmiak, M.A. is a health and well-being writer with a background in nutrition, psychology and education and a passion for yoga. Over the last 10 years, she has written hundreds of articles, blogs and newsletters for clients in health-related fields, particularly those specializing in yoga, natural medicine, nutrition, and spiritual health and healing. Maria has also worked as a nutritionist, teacher and technical editor. Learn more about her writing at www.wellbeingwriter.net.
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