WiFi Internet Now Available at the Café!

Bring Your Laptop or iPad and have a productive lunch!

Café Prana Nui is excited to announce that we now have wireless internet available at the bus!

Available to customers only. Just order some goodies, ask one of the bus crew for the password and surf away!

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Superfood of the Week: Hemp Seeds (10/26)

To conclude Superfood Month, this week we are celebrating one of the most powerful and magical, yet small and delicate of them all: the hemp seed!

Hemp Seeds: A lot of power in a small package

Hemp seed comes from the plant Cannabis sativa and has been used by man for hundreds of years.

These tiny seeds contain all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids necessary to maintain healthy human life.

The seeds can be eaten raw, ground into a meal, sprouted, made into hemp milk, prepared as tea, and used in baking.

In addition, hemp seeds are:

  • a complete protein, high in omega-3&6
  • high in major & trace minerals

The best time to get your daily serving of hemp hearts is with your breakfast. A great way to use them is to buy the seeds in bulk (the best local deal is at Mana Foods), and then grind the seeds up in a coffee blender to make a fine powder. Use just a teaspoon of this powder in your smoothie for a potent boost – hemp seeds pack a lot of protein in their small packages!

Down at Café Prana Nui, you can enjoy hemp seeds added to any smoothie, or you can try them on a current fave: the raw vegan pie!

And don’t forget: we’ve got live music down at the bus on Wednesday  evenings at 6pm. Come enjoy some entertainment with your superfoods to really get the most out of your visit!

Click here to find us on the map and come on down!

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Superfood of the Week: Magnificent Maca (10/19)

Maca Root drawing courtesy of Native Acadamies Press (nap.edu)

Our Superfood of this week comes from a potent plant species native to the high Andes mountains of Peru. Maca, derived from the seedling/taproot of the Lepidium meyenii, has been heralded for ages for it’s medicinal properties, it is often cited that maca was eaten by Inca imperial warriors before battles.

The maca powder that is commonly sold and consumed is ground from the dried root of the Lepidium meyenii. (Interesting fact: Maca is considered a medicinal herb in Norway, and is not legal without a prescription.)

Among other known benefits, Maca

  • Is an Adaptogen (meaning it enables us to better handle stress, trauma, and fatigue)
  • Supports the Endocrine system
  • Balances hormones
  • Supports Thyroid
  • Contains Aphrodisiac qualities
  • Rich in Calcium, Vitamin B1, B2, and trace minerals

With benefits like this, there isn’t a good reason not to invite maca into your daily diet. Just a scoop in a smoothie can make a WORLD of a difference!

Down at Café Prana Nui, the popular Maca Cacao Mousse has your daily dose of maca – and is a smooth delightful treat. You can also opt for the Acai Smoothie with Maca for a less decadent snack or to compliment a food dish.  Come on down and add a little maca power to your day!

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Superfood of the Week: Cacao (10/12)

 

Cacao beans

 

This week, in continuing our weekly Superfood Series, we celebrate the wonders of cacao.

Derived directly from the seeds of the Theobroama cacao tree, cacao was used by ancient civilizations as a form of currency.

Early colonial records indicate how cacao was used as a medicine and acted as a carrier in the administration of other remedies in the 1500’s. The medicinal value of cacao was in its ability to treat weak patients with a variety of dis-ease. The scientific name Theobroma literally means “food of the gods” in Greek.

Among other things, cacao beans are known to contain the same chemical we produce when we fall in love. After all, it’s the bean that chocolate is made from!

Major health benefits of cacao include:

  • it supports our cardiovascular systems
  • it contains the highest antioxidant of any other food
  • it is rich in magnesium, iron, fiber
  • it balances our blood sugar
  • it helps form hemoglobin
  • it contains omega-6 fatty acids, essential oils
  • it diminishes anxiety

Try grinding up a small hand full of cacao nibs in your coffee grinder and adding to a smoothie, or using the nibs along with last week’s superfood – gogi berries – in oatmeal!

Down at Café Prana Nui, the Wow Cacao Smoothie is all about cacao!  Come on down and add a little love to your day!

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Superfood of the Week: Goji Berries (10/5)

What are superfoods?

Superfoods are both a food and a medicine. They are the most potent, super-concentrated, and nutrient-rich foods on the planet. They have the ability to increase the energy of one’s body, boost the immune system, elevate serotonin production, enhance sexuality, as well as cleanse and alkalize the body.

Starting this week, we are pleased to begin and share with you a month-long “Superfood Series“, highlighting one superfood per week – both on our blog and on the menu at the Café.

Superfood of the Week: Goji Berries

Goji Berry Benefits:

  • promote longevity
  • enhance libido & sexual function
  • strong antioxidant
  • improve vision
  • create hydration

Goji berries are valued for their antioxidant properties, and are reported to help healthy liver functioning. Among other nutrients, these berries contain:

Try adding a handful to your oatmeal, or even on ice cream!

Down at Café Prana Nui, the Passion Papaya Smoothie has goji berries in it, as well as the Maui Juice of this week. Come on down and give these potent fruits a try!

What have goji berries done for you? We’d love to hear.
Feel free to leave a comment on the blog!
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Celebrating our Local Farmers: the Eat Local Challenge

Photo from OnoFarms.com

In honor of Kanu Hawaii’s “Eat Local Challenge”, we’d like to take an opportunity to share with you the local farmers who nurture their produce with aloha and deliver their fresh goodness to our café on a regular basis.

It is an important part of our mission to make our menu as locally-sourced as possible. Being nutritious begins with a healthy, sustainable source of fresh, organically grown food, and when it comes to produce, it’s important to eat it while fresh – before the nutrients begin to disappear. Produce that has traveled thousands of miles to get here is usually missing important nutrients because it is no longer fresh. (To read a great post that lists 10 reasons to eat local, click here.)

Living here in Hawai‘i, it is crucial for us to seek out locally-sourced food for many reasons. Being in the most isolated place on the planet means growing our own food – and supporting local businesses who supply our islands with products that are made here. Café Prana Nui takes this a step further by dealing almost exclusively with Maui-based farmers.

Here are some of the regulars:

Coca Farms: kale, bok choy, eggplant, basil, green beans
Ono Farms: papayas, apple-bananas, mangoes, lilikoi
Okamura Farms: cucumber, zucchini
Kahanu Aina Sprouts: pea sprouts, radish sprouts, sunflower sprouts

We also visit local farmer’s markets and regularly welcome nearby farmers/gardeners to bring in what they have. We are so grateful for the abundance on our beautiful island, and for the generosity and hard work of our local farmers! Thanks to them, we have locally grown and well-nurtured food to serve.

And for you, our readers: stop on by this week to take part in the Eat Local Challenge!

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Live Music Wednesdays! 6pm – 8pm at the Café

Come join us for live, acoustic music from Gary Chadwick during the full moon equinox atmosphere tonight, and every Wednesday night from 6pm  – 8pm at Café Prana Nui.  Full menu available.

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