Welcome Chai Lovers,
Christmas is just around the corner, you can feel it in the air.
There's shopping and wrapping to do so avoid the stress of last minute gift shopping! Now is the time to buy for those on your christmas list. If you are drawing blank on what to get for your mum, sister or your girlfriends, no worries, we have come up with a special Christmas edition of our gift box of #onlythegoodstuff. It is our hope that our Chai can bring time for your loved ones to slow down and be in the moment.
This month, we feature this Christmas gift box. We have collaborated with local pottery artist Kaz Morton. She crafted a very special mug that is right up our alley, handmade, honest, raw and natural. The cup also has a thumb groove for better handling so you’ll never let it go. We have put this little beauty in a starter/gift box for you just in time for Christmas.
We had a cup of chai with Sita Huber, Functional Medicine Nutritionist + Founder of Mind Body IQ + Co-Creator and tv Host of Eat in Love. We discovered what makes her get out of her bed each morning, words that she lives by, her goals and why she loves Prana Chai.
We also have lots of exciting news about Prana Chai, including meeting one of the team at the Prana Chai HQ, A recipe for a chai quinoa energy bar which may look like dessert, but passes for breakfast, too
So get cosy with your cup of chai and enjoy this month’s edition of Prana Chai insider news.
Mario, Koray, Vincent and whole Prana Chai family.
Limited Edition Kaz Morton Ceramics X-Mas Starter Box ♥️
For this special product we have collaborated with Kaz Morton Ceramics. Our brief was to create a cup that would reflect our brand values: Handmade, honest, raw and natural. Kaz came up with a wonderful design that enabled us to enjoy a sip of Prana Chai as it was intended: pronounced flavours, sophisticated depth and a layered profile. The cup also has a thumb groove for better handling.
You can read more about Kaz in our recent interview with her here.
This box consists of all the essentials in one place. Makes a great gift for Prana fans. 250g Prana Chai Masala Blend + stainless steel stove top pot + fine mesh strainer + Limited Edition Kaz Ceramics Cup and the Prana Chai Recipe Booklet. The real combined value is almost $75 so its a hell of a deal!
A Cup of Chai with Sita Huber: Functional Medicine Nutritionist + Founder of Mind Body IQ + Co-Creator and tv Host of Eat in Love
Sita is a passionate speaker and thought leader with a breadth of experience and knowledge that spans clinical practise, health media and leadership. Sita radiates a healthy lifestyle and brings back a sense of ease and natural flow to healthy living. Sita is on a personal mission to help people understand what they just googled!With so much noise and confusion in the market Sita believes we need to relearn what we think health is. Science has changed everything and we haven’t rewritten the books. Let’s have a bigger conversation.Your body is not faulty, food is not the enemy. Your body is smart.
Words I live by: My body is smart.
What’s my typical morning routine like: I wake up and first thing I do is assess my energy. This tuning in is really important to me. I used to always hit the gym and keep to a routine but now I vary it depending on my energy levels. I find this a bit mentally hard, and sometimes I honestly don’t like the feedback from my body, but it’s ultimately what’s keeping me the healthiest I’ve ever been! I always make a bulletproof-style coffee with double cream (my only coffee for the day) then usually write, plan or do something creative for an hour. I always feel most inspired in the morning! After my brain has had its burst I do some physical activity depending on my energy. Either circuit training for high intensity, or swimming (if it’s a hair washing day!) or my own style of yoga-inspired functional stretching. For me movement is about unblocking energy, moving lymph for detoxification, providing stability for joints and making sure I never have back pain! It’s about creating long term health, never for weight loss. After exercise I meditate for 20 minutes then make a smoothie. I never get bored of either. Meditating with a smoothie in the belly is the best.
Reasons I love Prana Chai: Spices have amazing benefits for our health, and Prana are very wise and know all about this! Because they use top quality ingredients (which I’m very picky about) we get not only better flavour and sensory experience, but also all the health benefits. I always teach my clients to look beyond the pretty label and find brands that tick all the boxes, that they trust. Prana has earned my trust!
A goal that lights me up: I am on a mission to have bigger conversations. About health, bodies, ingredients, what food does. Everything! In order to this I had a massive hurdle to overcome – fear of public speaking – and it’s transformed me. I now host a tv show called Eat in Love, we’ve made 12 episodes and this will launch in late 2017/early 2018 and my dream is to keep making more shows and sharing the amazing science of functional medicine nutrition. It really changes lives to understand this stuff, and I plan to make more and more noise about it!
What/who inspires me: . Seeing other women speak up makes me feel more brave to do the same. I am definitely inspired by anyone who speaks up and says what’s not ok, stands up for others, and puts the truth first. I particularly love Brene Brown and her work to bring shame into better understanding has changed me. Brene has taught me to really heal and shift my old patterns and become this crazy brave person that wants to be seen and heard!
What I am most grateful about: I am grateful for my daughter Ocea that I had when I was 17. She helped me strive to be more, and having her to care for made me become a problem solver and I learned to overcome seriously challenging circumstances. I feel like she is an old wise soul that was meant to be in this life on a journey with me. She is a very cool person too, and I’m very proud of her.
The strange/weird things about me: I moved to a remote island to a community of 30 people when I was 16. I lived in a shack with no electricity or running water and the fridge was a cupboard to the outdoors. I was also looking after a pet pot belly pig as a pet. His name was Wilbur.
What was the last gift I gave someone: A scented candle.
Where can people find me: At the park doing cartwheels, at the beach pretending to surf, at all the specialty grocers spending all my money on food or on Instagram, facebook and pretty soon online tv!
insta: @mindbodyiq @sita.huber
Meet the team (Insider scoop) - Vincent Conti
In their four years travelling the globe, Vincent Conti and Mario Minichilli discovered authentic masala tea throughout the subcontinent. Upon returning to Australia they opened a café in St Kilda and began developing a chai blend inspired by those they’d fallen in love with in India. As they perfected their recipe, customers grew to love their chai and fate brought about a friendship with Koray Gencel. The three of them founded Prana Chai and the rest, as they say, is history!
Obsessions? I am not really obsessed over anything.. Let me think..
Oh yeah I am obsessed over my kids my wife and my little family… hmm and a 66 convertible GT mustang oh and my Harley Davidson. haha just a few..
What / who inspires me?
My kids and my beautiful wife inspire me to do better when I see their beautiful smiley faces and when I am greeted at the door when I get home. The big hugs and “Hi daddy” gives me the energy to get back out into the world the next day to improve myself and my business.
My parents inspire me for different reasons. My dad worked tirelessly to give myself and my brother whatever we wanted. He sacrificed a lot so that we could go to the best schools and do whatever sports we wanted without any problems. My mum because she was my mum and my dad really, as dad was working a lot, she raised us 2 boys pretty much single handedly.
- Favourite way to enjoy Prana Chai
I don’t really drink chai anymore. Haha I am pretty sick of it after 10 years of drinking and smelling and mixing it. Joking. My favourite way to use Prana Chai at the moment is cold brewing over some ice and add some vodka. I find nut based milk suits better with our chai.
- Strange things about me
Everything is strange about me. Nothing is normal. Hmm, if I don’t keep my eyebrows in check and trim, they grow so long they poke in my eyes.
Also, I like to have fun and make a lot of strange noises throughout the day I just entertain myself. Some people might find that quite weird.
- My wildest vision / dream
We are working towards setting up some sort of organisation in india that gives back to the less privileged communities in india, so I’m really looking forward to that, to giving back because I find that Prana Chai is all about sharing. As we started our business by sharing with other cafe owners. If we come to the point where we share the success of the business with the part of the continent that started it all for us, that would be a full circle. I don’t think it is too far away.
- What I am grateful for Team Prana chai:
I am grateful for all the staff in the business that they take on board and understand that they are part of the global family and part of prana chai a special product that is made by hand everyday. I am grateful for the passion and drive of my 2 business partners Koray and Mario, our heated conversations which come from the desire to improve ourselves and our product to the next level. I would love to see Prana Chai impacting people’s lives, one tea leaf and a spice at a time.
P r a n a C h a i R e c i p e: Chai and date quinoa bars
It may look like dessert, but guess what? This energy bar passes for breakfast, too. Full of flavour, these bars mix almonds, pepitas, dates, cinnamon, quinoa flakes and just a touch of salt and a little spicy with #OnlyTheGoodStuff.
- 1⁄4 cup almond slivers
- 1⁄4 cup pepitas
- 1 cup quinoa flakes
- 1⁄2 cup rice malt syrup
- 2 tablespoons of Prana Chai, Masala Blend (Agave blend - if Vegan)
- 2 tablespoons (30g) of butter, melted
- 1⁄2 cup of desiccated coconut
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon of ground cardamom
- 4 dates (70g), chopped
prep: 5 MIn | cook: 10 MIn | fridge: 60 MIn | makes: 12 BARS
- Preheat oven to160 ̊C.
- Line 2 baking trays with baking paper, and place the almond slivers and pepitas on
- one tray, and the quinoa flakes on the second tray.
- Place in the oven and cook for 5–10 minutes until they turn a light golden colour. Remove from oven and leave to cool for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile,place the rice malt syrup and Prana Chai in a small saucepan, and slowly bring to the boil. Turn off the heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes before straining.
- In a bowl mix the coconut, salt, cardamom, dates, almonds, pepitas and quinoa together. Add the syrup mixture and melted butter to the bowl then combine.
- Line a 20cm x 20cm tray with baking paper, and then press the mixture into the tray. Cover the top of the mixture with cling lm and press rmly into the tray to give a nice at surface.
- Place the tray in the refrigerator and allow to set for an hour.
- Tip** if you are dairy free, simply omit the butter from step 5.
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