As the new year rolls around so does Veganuary. Yes, the start of the year and the perfect opportunity to try out a new vegan diet. Prana Cafe in Leicester City Centre is a 100% vegan cafe and we caught up with them to find out about their special new year Veganuary offer.
To encourage customers to embrace a vegan diet for the month (and maybe beyond) Prana will be offering all customers a free coffee with plant based milk. With their food menu also proving a big hit, we chatted with them for this week’s BID Spotlight to see what else the cafe is up to.
Tell us a little more about Prana for those who haven’t visited the cafe?
Prana cafe is a 100% vegan cafe located in Leicester City Centre (in the old Barclays Bank on Horsefair Street). We serve healthy and delicious whole food breakfast options, lunch and desserts. Our coffee is from multi-award winning roasters, Square Mile, London and artisan whole leaf teas. Our menu is always fresh and uses natural plant based ingredients, which are truly good for your mind, body & soul.
The vegan diet has become so much more popular over recent years, how important is it do you think to raise awareness of the benefits of a plant based diet?
The benefits of opting for a Vegan whole food diet are immense… Better digestion, more energy, less muscle pain, lower cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar, reverses or prevents heart disease, prevents or reverses obesity, lowers risk of cancer and diabetes. A whole food vegan diet will improve your overall quality of life!
Of course in January the country will be swept by Veganuary, but how would you urge people to adopt this for longer than a month?
Adopting a whole food vegan diet after Veganuary is a positive lifestyle choice and very good for you, good for our planet and good for animals. You will see fantastic improvements in how you look and feel. Animal agriculture is one of the major contributors to climate change. Earth is in a climate emergency and what you eat makes a big impact!
Tell us a little about your menu and what you have on offer at Prana?
Prana Cafe is using the finest vegan ingredients to create a health conscious menu brimming with flavour. We serve nutritious breakfast options including all day full breakfast, smoothie bowls and truly delectable buckwheat pancakes and waffles. Healthy lunch choices include organic soups, brown rice bowls, freshly prepared hot/cold sandwiches, baked potato and supersalads. Our hot dishes of the day could include spelt vegetable lasagne or vegan shepherds pie and all of our vegan cakes and bakes are made in-house. Fudgy brownies, fruity flapjacks, Bounty/Snickers/Twix bars and large cakes, plus celebration and birthday cakes, which are available to order in various flavours via email.
We also take bookings for our Luxurious Vegan Afternoon Tea.
You also have a January deal for free coffee, how do customers claim that?
Yes, Prana celebrates Veganuary 2020 by offering you all a free coffee! Simply come to Prana from Monday -Friday between 3-6pm and order your choice of coffee and plant based milk at counter (1 per customer).
How have you found Leicester as a city to operate in as an independent business owner?
Leicester is a dynamic, energetic and health conscious city with the will power to learn, evolve and change for a better future. We at Prana see customers transition to better health on a daily basis which is extremely rewarding as an independent business.
Who are some of your other favourite businesses in the city?
There are many amazing businesses in Leicester. Some we enjoy that have a healthy ethos and vegan options include Herb, Grounded Kitchen and Wagamama.
If someone was coming to Prana for the first time what should they order?
For your first visit to Prana Cafe we would highly recommend our signature Prana tofu rice bowl with peanut, chilli sauce topped with organic nuts and seeds. Our buckwheat waffles are gluten free and taste divine! Plus a cup of our award winning coffee with creamy oat milk is a must!
Where can people find out more about you and keep up to date with your news?
Prana Cafe is located at 4-10 Horsefair Street in the city centre. The free coffee offer is available during January only and is limited to one per customer.
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