Hello Chai Lovers,
Togetherness is a hugely important aspect for all of us at Prana Chai. It unites us, gives us security, support and a sense of belonging; it encourages us to love and enjoy one another. To know we’re all in this together is a beautiful thing. To celebrate togetherness, we have an exciting BOX for you this month.
Picture the warm, peaceful space where you're going to enjoy these delightful sips. What we've included to ensure that your experience delivers: 1kg of Prana Chai accompanied by an18oz (instead of the original 12 oz) stainless steel potand twoWayfarer cups.
Send one to your favorite tea break companion, or invite them over to join you!
This month we had a cup of chai withMaritza Barone, the host of theThings You Can’t Unhear podcast.Things You Can’t Unhearopens your mind to current well-being issues affecting our lives in today’s world.
We have heaps of content for you this month, including the recipe for an almondand oat Prana Chai cake with figsfor you to try, ‘Meet The Team’ with Vinny, one of the founders of Prana Chai, and a helpful blog article:Chai and caffeine -is it safe when you’re pregnant?
Get cosy with your cup of chai and enjoy this month’s edition of Prana Chai Insider News.
Mario, Koray, Vincent, and the whole Prana Chai family.
CHAI FOR TWO
You have asked we have listened. We now have an 18oz pot ready for your ‘tea for two’ plans. Get all of your brewing essentials in one easy place with one of our Original Masala Blend Starter Boxes. These boxes make a great gift or an easy and helpful starter pack for any Prana Chai devo-teas.
Every box comes with everything you need to brew the ultimate masala chai tea, including:
- 1kg Prana Chai Original Masala Blend
- Big (18 oz) stainless steel stovetop pot
- Fine mesh strainer
- 2 x Wayfarer cups
- Prana Chai Recipe Booklet packed with six original recipes to help you make the most of your chai.
Picture it: a knock on your door and a box delivered to you, with all of your favourite Prana Chai blends. Sit down in your favourite armchair with a cup of Prana Chai and mentally high-five yourself for the minimal effort you’ve endured to create your favourite brew.
A cup of Chai with Maritza Barone
Maritza Barone is an Australian TV presenter, radio host, podcaster, voice-over artist, speaker and content producer who has recently joined the RAK Foundation to help spread random acts of kindness around the world. We had a cup of chai with Maritza to find out a little more about her and her work.
- Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a TV and radio presenter/producer who has worked in the media industry for over 15 years. I am a mum to two incredible young ladies who are the light of my life, and am very happily married to my childhood sweetheart whom I met when I was only 17 years old. I am someone who looks at life from an angle of positivity ad gratitude; I am always curious about learning and educating myself; and my biggest passion is traveling and exploring of the world.
- What inspired you to start your podcast? What has been the most challenging part of it and what has been the most rewarding part?
Having been in the media for so long, I had a burning desire to use my voice for content that I was truly passionate about. I had worked on various wellness programs over the years and had met incredibly inspiring people in the well-being industry during my career. However, I found the interviews we were having were quick and structured for television, and I felt that the discussions we had behind the scenes were those that needed to be heard the most. They were raw and real and left me wanting to adapt my lifestyle for the better.
That's whereThings You Can't Unhear was born. It has been such a fulfilling experience sharing these conversations and journeys that can, and have already, changed the lives of my listeners, like they did for me.
Creating a self-produced podcast allows me full creative freedom and flexibility, so it is wonderfully refreshing from a presenting and production angle. I have now also started to take the podcast live with panel events to go even deeper with the messaging.
- What are your current obsessions?
My current obsessions are personal growth and spirituality-based books and podcasts. I especially loveMind Valley, which has been a major positive influence in my life. I am a highly inquisitive person and love to self educate. I have also started a twice-daily meditation practice that has been wonderful for my creative thought process and keeping a healthy mindset.
- What are some questions that you wish people ask more, and why?
What lights your soul on fire?
How did that make you feel?
What can I do to help you?
Deep conversations are one of life's greatest pleasures. I love surrounding myself with like-minded, inspiring and positive people who have an optimistic outlook on life and share their thoughts honestly and authentically.
- If you could be anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would that be and what do you want to do there? Who do you want to meet?
New York has been calling me for many years ... and it just so happens I will be there in October this year! I am looking forward to exploring the city, meeting people from all walks of life, riding my bike in Central Park, dining out and experiencing meditation at a couple of NYC's top studios.
- Finish these 3 sentences:
In the evening before bed I usually … meditate.
I think we all can ... choose to be kind, no matter what.
Prana Chai is ... just like love in a cup.
- Let us know where we can find you!
Meet the Team - VINCENT CONTI
Vinny is one of three founders of Prana Chai and we scooped out what he has been up to.
Hi Vinny! How has been 2019 so far for you and for Prana Chai? Any milestones?
2019 has started off with a bang! We hosted our first-ever sales conference, with all of our amazing staff across the globe coming to Melbourne. Creating a closer community amongst our team has grown our business positively and it has been great to see everyone connecting regularly on a personal and professional level.
What are the most important factors when you source your spices and tea blend?
It’s important to source thebest quality tea and spices regularly across the globe. It can be quite tricky sometimes due to crop yield and availability, but I'm fortunate to work with great suppliers.
Tell us about an interesting experience or encounter you had recently?
I recently had a lovely customer from Perth, WA, who loves Prana Chai, call me to let me know how our Chai has helped her get through a difficult period in life due to illness. She drinks Prana Chai everyday and is a strong believer that it has helped with their recovery due to the amazing healing spices and tea.
What was the last gift you gave someone and why did you choose it?
I sent the aforementioned customer a couple of kilos of chai on behalf of Prana. It felt good to know that our product has helped someone through such a hard time, and it was lovely to know that we could make her day a little brighter by sending her some of the "good stuff"
You've run cafe businesses before Prana Chai; what was the best thing about them and what was the best take away from the experience? Do you have any tips for people who are running cafes?
I was born for hospitality. I love food and wine, and also the rush of a busy cafe when everything runs seamlessly and you have a great service. Your staff are your most important asset. If you train them well and look after them, they will take care of your business, especially when you are not there. Serving someone is a great skill, but to do it with grace and wanting nothing in return is a true gift and I love it when I see the joy and happiness in my customers after receiving a great experience.
It's the simple things like good old-fashioned customer service that keeps people coming back ... something as simple as remembering a customer’s name shows them they are important and keeps them returning.
What is your wildest dream, outside of your business?
To build a school in India for the not-so-fortunate children, from the proceeds from our company. To give back the joy and happiness which has been provided to me through years of running Prana Chai with my business partners Mario and Koray.
Doing More with Chai
Chai ... it’s not just for tea. There are countless ways to integrate healthy and tasty chai into your everyday life. Here’s one such way for you:
Almond and Oat Prana Chai Cake with Figs
With a full texture, similar to pound cake, this cake uses uses almond flour instead of normal flour. It’s a heart-warming almond chai spiced cake, topped with yoghurt and fresh figs. yummy!
For the cake:
2 cups almond meal
1 cup oat flour
80ml butter or coconut oil, melted
100ml maple syrup
40g chai + 120ml water (brew for three mins in a little pot, strain and let cool)
50ml plant-based milk
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp lemon juice
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tsp nutmeg powder
A pinch of salt
For the frosting:
coconut yogurt (or you can use Greek yogurt)
Five fresh figs
Preheat the oven to 180°C and line an eight-inch cake tin with parchment paper.
In two separate bowls, combine all dry, and all wet ingredients. Mix the wet very well and then add it to the dry ingredients. Mix well.
Add the batter into prepared tin and bake for 40 minutes or until a pick comes out clean.
Let cool for a bit then take it out of the tin and let it cool completely on a rack.
When the cake is completely cool, to frost, layer coconut yogurt on top of the cake and placed sliced fresh figs on top.
Finish the cake with a dusting of cinnamon or nutmeg powder.
ENJOY with a cup of #OnlyTheGoodStuff!
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CHAI AND CAFFEINE - IS IT SAFE WHEN YOU’RE PREGNANT?
Masala chai uses black tea as its base. And black tea does contain caffeine. But does that mean you should avoid it during pregnancy?
Caffeine can cross the placenta and affect a growing foetus. In large doses, caffeine may increase the risk of miscarriage or having a baby with low birth weight.
But evidence on the effects of caffeine on pregnancy are inconclusive and most studies agree that having less than 200mg of caffeine a day should be safe.
So of course, it’s a better option than coffee (which contains about 120mg per cup). But if you’re an excessive tea drinker, consider converting to herbal teas after your first cup of chai.
Herbal teas only contain about 0.4mg of caffeine per cup and many come withadditional health benefits for your baby.
CHAI AND STAR ANISE
It isn’t just caffeine you need to think about with chai. Some herbs, such as fennel, star anise and licorice root can affect your hormones, making them a risk during pregnancy.
As with caffeine, star anise and fennel can be safe in small amounts during pregnancy. But for some women carrying a high-risk or complicated pregnancy, anise seed may increase chances of premature labour and might be best to avoid altogether.
So there you have it. Chai is generally considered safe to drink while you’re pregnant. But don’t just listen to us: it’s always advisable to check with your health team. Orlearn more about chai and its effects on your health today.
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