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Creative Nature launches on Well Easy!

Here at Creative Nature, we’re thrilled to let you know that we are now part of the Well Easy family!! Not heard of Well Easy yet? Don’t worry, read on and you’ll soon know all about the brand and the story of its creation... What is WellEasy? It’s an online…

Faitrade Fortnight

Each year, for the last week of February and the first of March, individuals, companies and groups across the UK focus on the stories of people who grow our food and drinks, mine our gold, and grow the cotton for our clothes; these people are often underpaid and exploited. This…

Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day is usually a day to take your other half out for a romantic meal, or celebrate by buying them gifts of flowers, chocolates, perfume etc. Or to find your ‘other half’ by using the same means – often starting out with an ‘anonymous’ card! This year, as we’re…

Shrove Tuesday in Lockdown

This year, we are about to celebrate Pancake Day during half term, and half term in lockdown, which means we have to make our own pancakes this year. No possibility to escape to a restaurant! Have fun making pancakes together as a family. Why do we eat pancakes on Shrove…

World Nutella Day

Do you like ‘Nutella”? Nutella, in case you don’t know, is a spread flavoured with cocoa and hazelnut and it’s known all over the world. It was first introduced in Italy in 1964, but is now popular throughout the world and people often think it’s a new spread – with…

Chocolate cake

Hooked on Chocolate Cake? We are too!

What is your favourite flavoured cake? In the UK, during 2020, the cake appearing in most searches online was ‘chocolate cake’. In some research to find UK’s favourite flavoured cake, chocolate cake came second to lemon drizzle. In the US, chocolate cake is the most popular, which makes it unsurprising…

Preparing for Natasha’s Law

By the end of this summer, new allergen regulations are expected to be in force, called Natasha’s Law. As a challenger free-from snack brand, we welcome and embrace this change – and we urge the food & drink sector to do the same. The new legislation has been named Natasha’s…

Veganuary

Are you ready to try a vegan diet? Have you ever thought about becoming a vegan?  Well, this month could be the perfect time to try a vegan diet, even if it’s for a short time. In the UK, January now also becomes Veganuary.  The idea was launched in 2014,…

I’m an Ambassador for the Anaphylaxis Campaign!!!!

For months, behind the scenes, our CEO Julianne Ponan has been talking to the country’s leading organisation around anaphylaxis about becoming an ambassador and today is the official announcement! From sitting at the allergy table and wishing she didn’t have allergies to becoming Ambassador of the biggest campaigning body for…

National Chocolate Covered Anything Day!

Anyone for Chocolate?  Did you know that December 16th is dubbed National Chocolate Covered Anything Day? For most people this would be heaven. Being able to eat anything you like and think would taste good, completely covered in chocolate! The list for most of us is endless. Chocolate figures:  We…

Share your Christmas jumpers with us!!!

Do you own a Christmas jumper?  Do you wear it on National Christmas Jumper day, (which is December 11th this year)?   If you don’t, what other fun Christmas clobber do you wear? For example, do you own any of these types of things? Santa or elf hats? Reindeer antlers? Christmas themed…

INTRODUCING THE TEAL APP!

Our CEO, Julianne, has today been named as the UK Ambassador for The Teal App,  an app designed to save the lives of those who live with anaphylaxis. The Teal App launches today in the UK and it is for those living with life-threatening allergies and their loved ones.  It…

Baking in Lockdown 2.0

Have you started baking again during the latest lockdown, or have you continued on from earlier in the year? Following this second lockdown, a recent study found that almost two -thirds of parents said they have continued to cook and bake with their children since the first national lockdown. The…

World Vegan Month

Did you know that the turn of the month marked World Vegan Day? This year the focus of The Vegan Society’s campaign is to think about how to support vegans in crisis during the challenges we are all facing at this time. With many people living with shrinking budgets, their…

Allergy Diaries : Soy Stories

  Creative Nature Case Study:  @dairyfreenoah Introduction: My name is Deborah, Mama to Noah who is allergic to dairy, soya and egg. We have both been free-from since Noah was 3 months old, when we discovered his allergies, as he reacted through my milk. Noah was incredibly poorly, with stomach…

Happy Halloween!!!

Halloween is almost here … we hope you’re looking forward to the weekend? Have you decorated your house, or painted your pumpkins?  Have you decided on your Halloween outfit?  Are you ready for the celebrations?  We certainly are, here at Creative Nature HQ. Although, Halloween is a celebration which causes…

Teal Halloween

Here at Creative Nature, we are busy preparing to decorate our Halloween pumpkins, ready for a Teal Halloween.   What is a ‘Teal Halloween’ we hear you ask?...it’s a celebration of Halloween with a clear message – ‘we’re allergy friendly!’   Our recent blog explains about the Teal Project https://www.creativenaturesuperfoods.co.uk/a-personal-challenge-when-it-comes-to-halloween/…

A Personal Challenge when it comes to Halloween:

Our last blog talked about how those with allergies can feel about Halloween.  This week we share some of the personal challenges faced by our own CEO Julianne, who has always had challenges with this seasonal celebration, even though Halloween is one of her favourite traditions. She is of the…

Halloween – the 2020 story

We may be  a whole month ahead however we’re looking forward to one of our favourite moments of the year - Halloween. Halloween is a time for fun, parties,treats and eating – however this year is going to be different – yet not that different for children and adults with…

What about a parent’s lunchbox?

Have you, as a parent, prepared lunchboxes for your children and then got to work and realised you have nothing to eat yourself? You will now have to spend money buying lunch? Or go to the work canteen and buy lunch? What if you have allergies and there’s little choice…

It’s Back to School!

Did you know that during lockdown, 70% of families with children under five have said their children have been snacking more than usual.   In fact most of us have been eating more as we were stuck at home for several months with limited options around the activities we undertake.…

Just Because Day

National 'Just Because' day, on the 27th of August, is a time you need no reason to do anything.   You could alternatively think of it as, just because you can’t do something, doesn’t mean you have to miss out! This is an important concept for us at Creative Nature as…

World Photo Day (Creative Nature Edition)

This week it’s World Photo Day (August 19) and this is a day to inspire positive change across the world. Here at Creative Nature that really works for us! We are all about positive change when it comes to free-from food choices, understanding around allergies and anaphylaxis – and enjoyment…

Vegetable-Orientated Cakes and Bakes

  In mid-July, we introduced our two new baking products, Simply Spiced Carrot Cake Loaf Mix, and our Pancake and Waffle Mix. We’ve had some amazing feedback from our social media followers and customers, for which we’d like to thank you. Here are some of their words:   Pancake and…

Q&A with Lindiwe Lewis

Hello, I am Lindiwe Lewis, 28. You can call me Lindi. I was born in London, England but grew up in Geneva, Switzerland and Monterey, California. I have had anaphylaxis since I was 10 months old. I am allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, chickpeas, lentils, beans, peas, kiwi, pineapple,…

National Ice Cream Month

What’s your favourite ice cream? We’ve taken a small poll in the office, and our top three flavours are: Vanilla Cookie Dough Mint Choc-Chip   Why are we talking about this? Well, July is National Ice Cream Month! Also in the US, National Vanilla Ice Cream Day is on July…

Creative Nature Superfoods

World Emoji Day

Did you know July 17th is World Emoji Day. A few years ago that would have meant absolutely nothing to anybody.   Now emoji are widely recognised as a way to use an image to express emotion almost as a new type of evolving language.   Did you know that…

World Chocolate Day

Our best chocolatey products and why we love them! Do you enjoy eating chocolate? If your answer to that question is ‘yes’, then the 7th July is the day when you can eat as much chocolate as you like. It’s World Chocolate Day. This is a day to celebrate all…

Thank you

June is the first, real month of summer, even though for the last few weeks unusually, we’ve had lovely weather. June is the time when our gardens begin to come fully into bloom. Normally, it’s a popular month for weddings, and a time to enjoy getting out in the sunshine…

Mental Health Awareness Week

We are now in our seventh week of lockdown. For many people this has been a very stressful time.   This is the first time since the war we have had any sort of embargo on our movements and the way we live.   The biggest part of this for…

Our thoughts on international no diet day

Our diet also impacts on our health. Whilst we are having to stay at home, it is much easier to sit around for longer, or watch the TV, watch films, and become more sedentary than when we are going to work, and getting out and about as normal.   However,…

Did you know May is National Walking month?

Many people walk as part of their exercise regularly. However, now it is something that is recommended we all do once a day, during lockdown to keep us healthy and fit, both mentally and physically.   An American report in 2018 concluded that walking is associated with improved mental and…

Enjoy A Creative Nature Easter At Home

We will soon be celebrating Easter, which although an important time in the Christian calendar, is also a time to be fully welcoming Spring and the joys of nature; daffodils, narcissi, tulips, and of course those cute lambs. This year it is going to be a very different Easter to…

Beware the season of Tree Pollen Allergies

 “Allergy is the most common chronic disease in Europe. Up to 20% of patients with allergies struggle daily with the fear of a possible asthma attack, anaphylactic shock, or even death from an allergic reaction.” EAACI 2016   As spring approaches tree pollens start to circulate in the air and…

Mothering Sunday

It’s Mothering Sunday or Mothers’ Day this weekend in case you’d forgotten! (March 22)   In the UK, Mothering Sunday or Mothers’ Day is on the 4th Sunday of Lent. Exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday, and therefore like Easter, it is a moveable feast. However, it usually falls in…

Endometriosis & Me

How endometriosis has affected our CEO Julianne:    I have always had problems with my stomach, having had severe pancreatitis when I was just nine. Then when my first period started, I had really painful stomach cramps. These cramps got progressively worse during my teens. I thought I was just…

Family

Spending time with the family is precious, so having activities planned ensures you get the most from your weekends. You probably already have to ferry the children to the several activities they attend at weekends, such as sports, dance or drama groups, however do try to plan for physical activities…

Creating Healthy Routines for A Healthy Life

Preparing your own meals is an important part of creating a healthy eating routine. The speed which our lifestyles seem to dictate, means that often meals are eaten ‘on the hoof’ and we end up eating at irregular times and snacking on foods that are neither particularly healthy nor nutritious.…

What’s with this new trend of ‘Mindfulness’?

The word is appearing all over the place on social media and in the news. Schools are even incorporating it into their curriculum for students. The latter seem to link it to coping with stress of exams, making career choices and dealing with difficult social issues which often arise in…

Eating Right To Support Your Mental Health

A healthy diet can make a significant difference to how quickly you recover from depression or anxiety.   In fact, eating healthily seems to be just as important for maintaining your mental health as it is for preventing physical health problems.   Research suggests exercise may be as effective as antidepressants at reducing the symptoms of depression…

Spending time with family and friends

Spending time with family and friends is more important than we might think. Research has shown the quality and quantity of individuals' social relationships has been linked not only to mental health but also to both morbidity and mortality.   The research concluded the influence of social relationships on the…

Exercise and Mental Health

January is often considered to be the month with the highest levels of depression following Christmas and the New Year. Is this a myth or is it true? It certainly can feel like a ‘flat’ month after the festive period. Psychiatry and Population Professor at University of Manchester, Nav Kapur,…

New Year’s Resolutions

As the year is ending and I am reflecting on my successes this year for me personally, and for my business, I’m now planning ahead for 2020. My family helped to give me a good understanding of the importance of goal setting through an annual tradition; each New Year we…

We spoke to 4 Allergy Sufferers about Christmas!

As many of us know, Christmas time is all about celebrations, gatherings, and indulging in delicious food, but people such as Julianne, the founder of Creative Nature, really struggle at this time of year due to life threatening allergies. We have been in contact with 2 allergy sufferers to hear…

Be An Allergy Friendly Host At Christmas

As mentioned in our previous blog, Christmas is a time for luxurious food, but what about healthy indulgence?  How can we cater for everyone, including those with serious allergies and IBS?   It seems that the worlds population is becoming more allergic to food, and the rise in allergies in…

Advent Christmas shopping

Advent is, for many people of faith, a time to prepare for the commemoration of the birth of Jesus.   For the less religious of the population, it’s a time for shopping and preparing for the festivities. A time for buying gifts, food and drink in preparation for Christmas Day…

Have you even tried being a vegan?

Did you know that being a vegan isn’t what it used to be? It’s not all about having a bland range of foods you can eat which all taste like cardboard or in fact, are utterly tasteless – we’re far more creative than that now.   Have you even looked…

We strive to be ‘green’ at Creative Nature  

This week was meant to be Green GB Week. A government initiative to encourage businesses and industry to embrace greener practices. It’s something we support. We are happy to put up a little green flag to say ‘here, here, here’. However it’s now been delayed until early 2020 because it’s…

Autumn, Halloween and Gnawbles!

Whether you have a birthday this month – or you throw a Halloween Party or both – there will probably be chocolate involved.   Recently in America, a tweet about the worst ‘candy’ Halloween treat which had to ‘go forever’ went viral with brands coming in for some colourful comments.…

I was back in the Den…

By Julianne Ponan, CEO of Creative Nature   Just over a week ago I was contacted by the BBC and informed that I was going to be back in the Dragons’ Den again – much to my surprise.   This doesn’t mean I’ve physically stepped into that environment, it means…

Five ways to live positively with severe allergies

Acceptance – accepting that you have food allergies is a big step to leading a positive life. It sounds obvious, however if you have grown up like me from a very young age being ‘different’ you can kick against this and take risks as you get older because you cannot…

Five things you need to know about anaphylaxis

Have you ever seen anyone go into anaphylactic shock? Would you know what to do and how to react?   For me, the ignorance of others is my worst nightmare and my central fear around being a severely allergic person. I worry that I could have a reaction and be…

Shows!

We love meeting you all! Shows are such a great way for us to meet and chat with you, whilst you get the opportunity to try out our awesome products before you buy (at incredible show offers!) We’ve recently done two large shows up in Birmingham, letting us venture out…

Our NEW Multi-Packs Have Launched!

What’s better than buying your favourite Creative Nature snack bar? Buying as a multipack and saving money!! We’ve just launched our award-winning, super popular Raw Cacao and Salted Caramel Protein bars in multipack versions! These are exclusive to Asda and can be found in almost 200 Asda stores across the…

Study and Exam Tips

We’re right in the middle of exam season and whilst some of you might be able to sail through test papers without a care in the world (unfortunately this wasn’t any of us!), the majority will panic at the mere thought of sitting still for hours on end. Even if…

Tips on Travelling with Food Allergies

A food allergy occurs when the body's immune system triggers an abnormal response to food. Symptoms of allergic reactions to specific food can range from anything like tingling of the lips, sneezing, nasal congestion or even to something as dangerous as anaphylaxis. Having to deal with allergies is hard enough as…

Your Picnic Must-Haves!

When the weather is amazing and the sun is shining... there is nothing better than a British picnic! Here are some picnic essentials that you've got to have with you on the day! Blankets- Don't risk getting yourself dirty on the grass in case it's misty or if you're wearing…

Summer Must-Try Recipes!

With the summer just around the corner, some of you may be looking for some quick and easy summer recipes to try out this year. We have quite a lot of recipes you can choose from on our recipe page of our website (click here to check it out!), but…

It’s Time For Easter!

As we're sure you're aware... Easter is rapidly approaching. It's time to enjoy the lovely weather outside and go on a fun little Easter Egg hunt so we thought we would share a few fun options of activities you could do for the occasion if you have any little kiddos…

Macro Tracking and IIFYM

Have you come across the term If It Fit Your Macros before? Well, if you are interested in fitness, it’s highly likely you have. However, if you haven’t before, this blogpost will hopefully introduce you to it a bit.   Macros, are the main macronutrients you should consume through your…

Treat your Mum this Mother’s Day!

Mother's Day is just around the corner! We thought it would be nice to remind all of you to treat your Mum this weekend for Mother's Day and spend some quality time with her. We know how busy life can get, but make sure to set some time aside for…

It’s Nutrition and Hydration Week!

Nutrition and Hydration Week (11th-17th of March) is an annual event which aims to highlight and promote healthy living and advancements in nutrition and hydration locally and worldwide! At Creative Nature, we care for all customers and their health, by producing products which are safe for all consumers to eat,…

Happy National Apprenticeship Week!

This week, 4th-8th of March is National Apprenticeship Week & we thought we would share some tips our very own Award-winning apprentice, Polly learnt through her 2-year long apprenticeship! Polly has been with the company for 3 years and started out as an apprentice, and is now our Sales Manager,…

Benefits of Eating Clean

Benefits of Eating Clean “Clean eating” has had a bad reputation in recent months.  Here at the Creative Nature HQ we believe this is down to there being too much ambiguity around what “clean eating” means.  Do you have to wash every bit of food you eat? What is classified…

Indulge With Creative Nature This Mint Chocolate Day!

Here at Creative Nature we love all things Chocolate, but there is something special about Mint Chocolate. There are tons of people that love the combination of the cool refreshing taste of mint with an indulgent taste of chocolate! Today, on the 19th of February it is even Chocolate Mint…