Providing the people of Hawaii with healthy alternatives in dining, catering, nutrition and wellness.

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Almonds & Sea Salt in Dark Chocolate

almond and sea salt chocolateSo sorry for the poor lighting on this one folks, but it’s worth the share, for this is one of the best ALMONDS & SEA SALT IN DARK CHOCLOATE ever!!!

Took this home to give it a try and thought, “eh, it’s gonna be chewy almonds in salty dark chocolate, what’s the big deal (shoulder shrug).” Oh, the big deal is that it’s not chewy almonds in salty chocolate! The almonds are whole dry roasted crunchy almonds, covered in sea salt, then covered in smooth 55% dark Belgian chocolate. There is no blending of flavors here, you taste the salt, you taste the almonds, you taste the chocolate, every bite is wonderful.

These three ingredients are also healthy for you. If you are going to eat chocolate, you’d want to eat one that’s good for you. Almonds provide the healthy fats we need to counter all the other “bad” fats. It can also reduce your chance of heart attacks, builds strong bones and teeth, helps with brain functions and may even reduce risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Sea salt is a better option than regular table salt because it’s much less refines and you need less because it’s so flavorful. Dark chocolate is a known antioxidant and can reduce your blood pressure. Plus you’ll keep your crazy chocolate addiction at bay since you don’t need to eat as much dark chocolate than milk chocolate. Your waistline will be thankful!

This chocolate bar, made by Chocolove, only has 7 ingredients. One other thing to mention, they print a love poem on the inside of the wrapper. Not sure if all bars have different poems, but this one was printed with Shakespeare’s Sonnet 43, When most I wink then do mine eyes best see. If you pick one of these bars up at our register, let us know which poem is printed on your wrapper.


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Gluten-Free Strawberry Cream Cheese Scone

strawberry cream cheese sconeWhen we put these little treats out at the beginning of the day, you look away for a moment and they are gone! What are these pretty treats you ask? They are our Gluten-free Strawberry Cream Cheese Scones!!! They are so good, and no wonder, cream cheese baked good? Oh yeah!

Another reason why they are so good is we use rice flour (as opposed to wheat flour), so it’s a little reminiscent of mochi in flavor, but not too sweet. We also use Earth Balance Natural Shortening so they are super moist.

When you come in to ‘Umeke, and you see these scones on the counter (next to the cold case by the registers), check to see which version is out, as we do make a regular wheat flour version every now and then.

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Salmon Fried Rice

Our Salmon Fried Rice makes a great addition to your list of grab-and-go options. This tasty alternative to the standard fried rice (i.e. spam, Portuguese sausage and white rice) is usually available only in the morning because they fly out the doors really fast! You can find them next to our baked goods by the registers.

Made with fresh salmon and brown rice, it’s simple yet nutritious. Salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acid, vitamin D and selenium, which helps with joint, cognitive, eye, cardiovascular, skin and hair health, and may help with cancer prevention.

Try our Salmon Fried Rice and let us know what you think, cause we already know it’s a winner!

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Oat Cakes


Most of us at one time or another have tried a certain oat cake found at a very popular coffee house. The thing with those oat cakes are they are super dense and chewy, and beg to ask, how healthy are they really?

Well, we’re not going to mull over those oat cakes, instead, let’s take a look at our ‘Umeke Oat Cakes!!! Yeah!!!

For one, they are pretty substantial, but not to the point where you feel you have a boulder in your belly. They make a great morning (or afternoon) snack paired with your favorite wake-up juice (coffee, tea, etc). Our oat cakes also come in various flavors:

Coconut Date
Cranberry Flax
Maple Walnut
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
Raisin Flax

As always, we do our best to provide healthy alternatives to common dishes, snacks, drinks, etc., so we created a healthier oat cake by using Earth Balance Natural Shortening (which is plant-based, vegan, made without artificial ingredients or hydrogenated oils, and are free of gluten, lactose and eggs) and offer vegan versions (please check that we have the vegan option when you come in).

The next time you need to curb your tummy grumbles, but don’t want a full-on meal, try one of our Oat Cakes!

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Grilled Veggie Focaccia


Hello veggie (and non-veggie) friends out there!!! We want to break down our popular Grilled Veggie Focaccia sandwich for you in case you haven’t tried it or just wanted to know what’s up.

For starters, we bake our own focaccia bread so it’s super fresh. We smear a healthy portion of our homemade pesto spread and then add grilled eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms, Maui onion, spinach and provolone (which is melted to gooey awesomeness!)

Here are more reasons to LOVE our Grilled Veggie Focaccia:

Did you know that when heated, mushrooms and spinach have more nutritional value? Mushrooms provide hard to get minerals like selenium, vitamin B, potassium and protein. While spinach is a superfood, cause it’s super green! It’s vitamin, mineral and antioxidant rich, and a good source of omega-3 fatty acids and iron.

Side note, this sandwich makes a great lunch, and is perfect for your next catered event or get together.

Well there you go folks. Enjoy our Grilled Veggie Focaccia not only because it tastes amazing, but because it’s also amazing for you!

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Ginger Snap Cookies

ginger snap cookies


Alright, alright, this isn’t your typical kiddie Cookie Monster chocolate chip or oatmeal cookie, it’s better! Say “hello” to our Ginger Snap Cookie! Crunchy with the perfect amount of gingery snappiness!

We’ve mentioned in a previous post here the benefits of ginger, so it’s a no-brainer that we needed to create an upscaled ‘Umeke version of the traditional ginger snap. We also alternate between the regular and vegan version, so please look at our labels if you are looking for the vegan version.

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Quick Bites – Sandwiches and Wraps

Sandwiches and WrapsNeed a lighter lunch? We got what you need! Right there in our cold case near the dining tables, you’ll find our grab-and-go items, which includes healthy and tasty sandwiches and wraps. We have veggie and meaty versions to satisfy. We pride ourselves in providing the healthiest, tastiest and freshest options and ingredients, so all of our grab-and-go sandwiches and wraps are made daily.

Chicken Salad, Turkey Pesto, Grilled Veggie Pesto and Vegetarian w/hummus are examples of what we offer regularly. But we like to change it up too, so check out the cold case and see what we’ve got up our culinary sleeves.

If you prefer a made-to-order sandwich, our grill master Ray can build you a B.L.T.A. (Turkey bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado & vegannaise), Tuna Melt Focaccia (Tuna salad, Maui onion, tomato, dijon mustard & melted cheddar), Grilled Chicken Sandwich (Homemade mac nut pesto, roasted red peppers, free-range chicken & provolone) and The Portabella (Pesto, roasted red peppers, grilled portobello mushroom & provolone) to name a few.

Check out our full menu on our website www.umekemarket.com for our complete sandwich lineup.

Oh, and by the way, our sandwiches and wraps make great catering options! We can set you up with a sandwich or wrap platter or combo. Call us at 522-7377 for more information.