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Creative Nature's Guide To Allergen Free Treats

Creative Nature Allergen Free Baking Mixes Interview With Founder

Creative Nature: free from sweet treats to enjoy this summer...

Now it's finally summer, it's time for loads of great foodie events! From picnics to barbecue's, you might find yourself eating lots of food prepared by other people.

For some, that's a welcomed break from the kitchen, but for those with allergies, this can cause anxiety and safety concerns. 

So, we caught up with the Founder of Creative Nature, an allergen free baking and dessert brand, about how to still enjoy summer whilst navigating food allergies...

When and why did you make Creative Nature?

I founded Creative Nature in August 2012. Growing up with severe allergies usually meant that I could never find free-from snacks that ticked all the boxes: I wanted something that was tasty, allergen free AND healthy! I often found myself making my own and after realising there was a gap in the market for this, I launched my own range!

 

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Particularly now it's summer, what's the most difficult thing about managing food allergies?

Eating out, BBQs, buffets and picnics are all challenges for me. As a person with allergies, someone else preparing your food can not only be very dangerous but also tough mentally when you are filled with anxiety and doubt about the food.

The way I overcome this is by informing the host / restaurant & chef of the severity of my allergies, and always bringing my own dish or snacks to be kept separate so that I know it’s safe! I have had comments such as ‘oh a little bit won’t hurt you’ and ‘You cant be allergic to everything’  – it's things like this that can make it much more difficult than just avoiding an allergen.

Do you have any tips for people with food allergies who want to have a more carefree summer this year?

With allergies, you can never let your guard down or be totally carefree, but you can do a few simple things to keep you safer and ease the anxiety around food. My top tips are:

Always carry a minimum of 2 epi pens – this is so important!

Always bring snacks – you don’t want to get “hangry” in the event there is nothing else you can eat!.. PS. Creative Nature snacks are Top 14 Allergen Free and delicious!

Plan ahead of time and ask for the allergen menu and procedures.

Educate people about your allergies and don’t be afraid to speak up!

      Julianne Ponan Creative Nature Food Allergies

      Why are your products great in summer, especially for those with allergies? 

      Our snacks are great for being on-the-go this summer. Gnawbles share bags are the perfect road trip snacks: from Creamy Mylk Chocolate to Super Salted Caramel, there's something for everyone. After all, there’s nothing worse than being tired and hungry so having a snack in your bag is essential!

      The baking mixes are always a great way to bring people together at occasions. As an allergic person you will be used to being singled out with your specially prepared food: maybe a separate cake or even being stuck with nothing at all!

      Creative Nature offers delicious home bakes that everyone can sit at the same table and enjoy, whether they are allergic to any of the top 14, are vegan, coeliac, or have no dietary requirements at all! Our baking mixes are delicious for everyone and that’s what makes them so special.

      What is Creative Nature up to at the moment? 

      At Creative Nature we are constantly up to exciting new things! It’s been an odd year with Covid restrictions and many events cancelled but that hasn’t stopped us with creating unique new products.

      Last year we managed to launch three new baking mixes and two new flavours of Gnawbles, including the game-changing Choc HazelNOT Gnawbles. We do have some exciting new things in the pipeline at the moment, but that’s all I am going to reveal! Keep an eye out on our social media @creativenature for updates on this!

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