Welcome Chai lovers

Spring is officially here and we’ve been experimenting! May we introduce you to Cold Brew Chai. It’s so easy to make and tastes AMAZING. It’s perfect for those warmer days ahead. Today Kotaro from Prana Chai in Japan shares his easy recipe showing you how you can make Cold Brew Chai at home.

We also enjoy a cup of chai with Collette White from Cut Out The Crap.  Collette shared her tips on how to live a healthier life and told us her favourite way to enjoy Prana Chai.

Our favourite recipe right now are Chai Apple muffins. They are perfect for any morning or afternoon tea and we are sharing our recipe on how to make these delicious treats with you.

Plus we share one of Queensland hottest new cafes and, show you a use for Prana Chai you might not have thought of (it surprised us!).

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Koray, Mario & Vincent

CHAI APPLE MUFFINS

Prep: 5 minutes

Cook: 40 minutes

Makes: 6 large or 12 small muffins

 Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of Prana Chai, Masala Blend
  • 200ml of milk
  • 2 cups of self-raising flour
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 100ml of olive oil
  • 200g of diced poached or tinned apples
  • 15g / 1 tablespoon of butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon of raw sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon

 

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C. Place muffin cases in a muffin tin.
  2. In a small saucepan, place the Prana Chai and the milk. Slowly bring to the boil then turn off the heat and allow to sit for 10 minutes before straining. Set aside to allow to cool (about 5 minutes).
  3. In a large bowl, mix the flour and brown sugar.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil and strained milk.
  5. Stir the egg mixture into the flour, mix gently, then fold through the apples.
  6. Pour the mixture into the muffin cases, filling them to ¾
  7. Place in the oven and bake for 20–25 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and brush with melted butter. Combine the sugar and cinnamon then sprinkle on top of muffins while still warm.

Prana Chai Hug Mug now available

Our chai latte hug mugs, as found in our gift boxes, are now available for purchase online from our website. Manufactured by Robert Gordon Australia, they are perfect if you need another one of two for when you have friends over for Prana Chai. We love these mugs because of their design, functionality and smoothness that goes hand in hand with our chai.

A cup of chai with Collette White from Cut Out The Crap

This month we caught up with Collette White who changed her family’s lives by literally cutting out the crap some years back.  She shares some tips for those wanting to live healthier lives. Currently on the GAPS diet she shared her favourite way to drink Prana Chai!

Hi Collette can you please share the story of how Cut Out The Crap started?

I was diagnosed with multiple food intolerances around 12 years ago and fell into a mini state of depression as I loved my food so much and felt there were no recipes out there at the time to cater for me and all of my intolerances. During a treatment in the Blue Mountains I had a 'break through' moment when I was inspired by these words of wisdom told to me: "In life we are all dealt obstacles; strong people see the obstacles and somehow manage to get over them. Most simply stop there. What you have to do Collette is do something with the knowledge you have gained whilst getting over your obstacle, then run with it, it will change your life."

My immediate and not so confidant answer to her was "well maybe I could write a recipe book" (!!)

I started creating recipes and with encouragement from family and friends I decided to put them all into a book "Cut out the Crap" - in July 2010 I got a first print run of 2,000 copies and they sold in only 3 months! My little adventure bloomed into a business from there. In June 2012 I released "Cut out the Crap for Kids", in September 2013 I released "Cut out the Crap with Style" and in October 2014 I released "Cut out the Crap Lunchbox Solutions". I decided to focus on those books, my online store, my large Facebook loyal Community and of course, my family, and put writing any more books on hold for a while after that. 

I understand you have now published four recipe books to assist people live healthier lives. What tips would you give to someone who knows they want to change the way they live but don't know where to start?

I think this answer comes down to your personality type as I have seen people approach a new healthy lifestyle in many different ways. If you are worried, overwhelmed and confused about the changes you need to make then I would suggest being kind to yourself, don't put extra unnecessary pressure on yourself and try to implement and stick to one new thing a week. Things like drinking more water each day, eating 5 serves of vegetables a day or doing 20 minutes of exercise a day is a great place to start. Look at it like you are changing your habits, not falling into a diet or current fad. The other way I see people do it (and it is the way I did it when I decided to become additive free and refined sugar free), was all in, 100% on day 1. I cleaned out my fridge and pantry, went shopping for new food, wrote lists of what to have and dove in head first. Still, of course, be gentle with yourself! Ask for help. Get support. Don't feel you have to make these changes alone … and most of all remind yourself WHY you are making these changes. 

How to you juggle four kids and a growing business? Any secrets you want to share?

I don't think there is one particular thing I do to keep 'juggling' it all but instead, loads of little things. Running a full time business and four children (Miss 14, Miss 12 and 5 /12 year old twins!) can be exhausting both physically and mentally but I am sure I cope (most days) because of the fact my body is healthy and happy and that I love what I do. Good nourishing food, lots of water, daily exercise (even if it’s a 10 minute walk), fresh air, listening to your body, Prayer, meal planning and time management are my tools! Oh, and my morning coffee! I find that time management is super important and I always ensure I make 'me' time amongst the busyness of it all. This could be a detox bath once a week or a chapter of a book before bed each night. I also try to stay off social media when I don't have to be on there as it is such a time waster and makes hours just disappear! 

What are you particularly enjoying cooking for the family at the moment?

Only three months ago, my family and I moved our entire lives interstate. We moved from family and friends and comforts in NSW to the unknown and dream place of ours, Tasmania! Because of the colder weather here, I am discovering a new passion for soups and slow cooking! Plus anything with bone broth in it, my body LOVES it at the moment! 

Given your intolerances and allergies what do you like to brew your Prana Chai using?

I am allergic to dairy and soy, so my milk of choice is 'rice milk' (purely because of the taste), however I am doing a GAPS program at the moment which doesn't allow rice or grains so I am testing out nut milks! So far I have tried Prana Chai with almond milk, cashew milk and macadamia milk! I loved them all. My kids ask for a Prana Chai each afternoon when they come home from school and two of them ask for cows milk (with honey added) and the other two rice milk (no honey added). They don't love nut milks, so I always make one on that for me as a cheeky way for them to not drink mine! ha ha! 

How can we find out more about you?

Website: www.cutoutthecrap.com.au

Facebook: www.facebook.com/cutoutthecrap

Instagram: collette_cutoutthecrap

Facebook ‘Chat’ Group: www.facebook.com/groups/155127

Twitter: cutoutthecrap

Pinterest: @cutoutthecrap

 

Cold Brew Prana Chai

A Wonderful Cold Brew Chai Method from an award winning barista (Noaya Akagawa)

 

Heavenly Rituals

Heavenly Rituals at The Organic Therapist

A couple of weeks ago we were talking with our friend, The Cosmopolitan Hippy, and she was talking about her organic beauty therapist who uses Prana Chai in her bespoke organic beauty treatments. So we got on the phone to Lindy Bekerman, the Founder of Heavenly Rituals, who delivers a vegan, holistic, sustainable and toxic-free approach to beauty and wellbeing.  Lindy told us she uses Prana Chai in her body wraps to nurture, enrich and energise her clients. Curious? Click on the link below to find out more.

Find out more here: http://www.heavenlyrituals.com.au/

Enjoy Prana Chai at Told You So

Opened in May this year, Told You So has quickly gathered a cult following amongst locals of North Lakes, Queensland.  Run by Anna and Brennan, this café is known for their yummy sweet pies, good coffee and great customer service. Open Monday to Saturday this is the place to go and enjoy a nice chilled chai.  They also stock Prana Chai 250g bags so you can brew chai at home too.

Check them out on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/Toldyousocoffee

 

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