‘Umeke

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


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Amaranth Breakfast Bowl

Amaranth Breakfast BowlAre you tired of oatmeal for your morning hot breakfast cereal? Wanna try something new? How about our NEW Amaranth Breakfast Bowl!

You may be asking yourself, “what’s amaranth?” Good question! Amaranth may be new to some of you so here we go.

Amaranth is a whole grain popular in Central and South American countries and other developing countries around the world. It’s only recently becoming better known here in the United States. According to the Whole Grain Council website, “Amaranth contains more than three times the average amount of calcium and is also high in iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium.” It also has more protein than most other grains. Not to mention that it’s perfect for gluten-free diets.

If you are wondering about the texture, unlike standard (and even steel-cut) oatmeal which can be a little soggy and mushy, amaranth is more like grits, cream of wheat or quinoa. It’s a little grain that slightly “pops” which gives it a bright texture.

What about taste? There’s really no distinct taste, except when you add yummy fresh or dried fruit and honey to the cereal. Amaranth is great that way, you can have a different flavor depending on how you dress it up.

So if you want something new that’s packed full of nutrients, give our Amaranth Breakfast Bowl a try!

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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

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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
Ginger
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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Haupia Bars

haupia bars

Scenario 1: You woke up early to come to work and didn’t have time to make/grab/pack a breakfast.

Scenario 2: You woke up early to come to work and packed a sad-sack lunch that needs a little excitement.

Scenario 3: You woke up early to come to work, and because of that, you are fading at 2pm … even the office coffee isn’t helping.

SOLUTION: Satisfy your morning tummy grumble, lunch dessert need and/or mid-afternoon pick-me-up with our Okinawan Sweet Potato Haupia or Pumpkin Haupia Bar!

Both are made with a lite Macadamia Nut Shortbread crust, a thick layer of creamy Okinawan Sweet Potato or Pumpkin filling and topped with a perfect layer of Coconut Haupia! This bar is roughly the size of a snickers, so a little goes a long way.

If you are apprehensive about adding this sweet treat to your healthy diet, don’t fret, we suggest getting the Okinawan Sweet Potato Haupia Bar. Why? The Okinawan Sweet Potato has a low-glycemic index, so it won’t spike your blood sugar. It also improves your immune system, preserve eyesight and with as much as 150 percent more antioxidants than blueberries, this potato has been linked to reducing your risk for cardiovascular disease and cancer.

*Okinawan Sweet Potato information from http://www.livestrong.com/article/338669-okinawan-sweet-potato-nutrition/


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WE’RE BAAAAAACK! AND IT’S BREAKFAST TIME!

After a little bit of a winter blog hibernation, spring has awakened us and we’re HUNGRY!!!

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If you don’t have time to prepare yourself a breakfast, or one that will keep your energy up till lunch, we got you covered. We have breakfast burritos, sandwiches, smoothies, scones, musubi and more. You can get your breakfast to go or have your morning meeting in our dinning area.

We serve breakfast bright and early, from 7am till 10am. Just in case you didn’t know, you can add avocado and turkey bacon for a $1 (each).

Start your day off right at ‘Umeke!