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Top 3 Nut free biscuit recipes

As it's National Biscuit Day we are giving you our top 3 favourite nut free biscuit recipes for people with allergies. This may come as a surprise to you, but the biscuit is not a modern invention, and has been a source of nutrition to many different people and civilisations through…

Cool baking ideas for Doughnut Week

Here are some of our easy baking recipes for beginners as we are nearing Doughnut Week! National Doughnut Week is upon us again. This year it runs from May 7th to 15th May and we have some cool baking ideas for you to try. We have got the perfect alternative…

Allergy Awareness Week

It's Allergy Awareness Week. Here are our top 5 allergen friendly products and more. There are actually several Allergy Awareness weeks, both in the UK and the USA, around various organisations which operate in the so-called ‘allergy space’.  Allergy Awareness Week is from 26th to the 30th of April for…

Easy Gluten and Dairy Free Desserts for Easter

Easter can be a bit of a nightmare if you suffer from food allergies, so we thought we would share more recipes with you that are gluten and dairy free – for those of you who have to be wary of these particular allergens. When everyone else is eating chocolate,…

MedicAlert’s First Ever Ambassador

WE’RE SO EXCITED – OUR CEO HAS BECOME THE FIRST EVER AMBASSADOR FOR THE GLOBAL CHARITY MEDICALERT! We are extremely proud to announce that our CEO, Julianne has been invited to be the first EVER ambassador for MedicAlert. MedicAlert was created in the 1950s and is now 66 years old.…

Nut free baking with our Bunny Droppings

As we are nearing Easter, we have just released our nut free Bunny Droppings. These are perfect for Easter hunts and the perfect edition to some nut free baking too. Apart from the religious importance of Easter, for most children, and possibly adults, it’s all about the chocolate eggs and…

Best recipes of all time

This week, on our social media, the Creative Nature team are going to be sharing the best recipes of all time. To make it even better, these only take 15 minutes and are suitable for vegans. Most of us live busy lives, so having a range of meals that can…

St Patrick’s Day: Easy desserts for a crowd

St Patrick’s Day is coming up this week (Thursday March 17) and, for some, the world will turn rather green! There's a lot of interesting things to note about St Patrick's Day and we'll be getting to them in a bit. But, here at Creative Nature, we know that this…

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day was recognised by the United Nations in 1975 during its International Women’s Year, however, International Women’s Day has actually been around since the early 1900s. The event has grown out of protests against poor working conditions for women as fa back as 1908, when, a15,000 female workers…

World Book Day

World Book Day, held on March 3rd, is a celebratory day to promote reading for pleasure. This year, the theme, a message for all children is, ‘you are a reader’. In 2019 the National Literacy Trust found that 383,755 children don’t have a book of their own, which is shocking…

NEW TEAM MEMBER – Caitlyn

Latest news from Creative Nature Surrey free-from food company, Creative Nature, has recruited a new staff member to help the company with digital marketing and administration. Caitlyn Ward (23) from Walton-on-Thames, is settling into her new role. “It can be quite fast-paced, but in a fun, challenging way instead of…

The Hidden Language of Love in Flowers

In 2018, 40% of people asked simply bought their loved ones a card for Valentine’s Day today. 17% bought a box of chocolates.  Incredibly, we Brits spent over £1.4 billion on greetings cards in 2020, and over 25 million cards are sent on the day each year. 24% of Brits…

THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE…

How do you woo your partner, or the person you hope to be your partner, on Valentine’s Day? Would knowing how both your own and their personality works help? For example, is love deeper than just words? The answer to that has to be ‘yes’. Can love overcome the barriers…

Let’s Be Kind

Has someone surprised you recently by being kind?  Have you surprised someone else with kindness? Random Acts of Kindness Day is coming up on February 17th.  At the moment, maybe even more than normally, kindness is a trait that we can all welcome. Both in terms of being kind to…

Love …

In the season of love, how can you show your love to someone who suffers from allergies and can’t eat one of the most popular Valentine’s gifts – chocolate? There are lots of chocolate alternatives these days, and you could always buy them flowers, or another gift, but you can…

Vegan lifestyle for 48 Hours

Ellen, is our first team member to take up the challenge of living an vegan lifestyle for 48 hours during Veganuary. She had to find vegan friendly food and do some vegan cooking. I know some of you out there will be wondering what the big difference is between a…

Veganuary

Veganuary is an annual challenge, run by a UK non-profit organisation that promotes and educates people about veganism. They encourage people to follow a vegan lifestyle for the month of January, and hopefully inspire them to be vegan throughout the rest of the year. The event began in 2014, and…

Happy New Year!

Looking back at Creative Nature’s year in 2021, it has been a busy, positive year of steady growth. We have been very lucky and our team has worked hard to keep us on track. We thought this was a perfect time to draw out 12 highlights for us! Brexit arrived,…

Happy Christmas all!

As Christmas Day is almost here, at Creative Nature, each of us want to send you our individual Christmas messages. We hope you all have a wonderful, peaceful celebration with the people you love the most and that you can make up for any lost time due to the pandemic.…

Did you know about National Cocoa Day?

Hot cocoa is the perfect drink when you return home after you’ve been out walking in the brisk winter weather – the ultimate, comfort drink. National Cocoa day just happens to fall on December 13th, the perfect time of the year for this celebration! 9 things about chocolate: Cacao is…

What’s on your Christmas Wish List?

What are you looking forward to at Christmas this year? What gets you most excited – seeing family and friends, the fun of festivities, the sparkle and glitter of decorations, presents or seasonal, Christmas food? If we are able to continue as we have so far, these last few months,…

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY & WHY WE SUPPORT IT…

The idea of Small Business Saturday, started life in the US, in 2010, by American Express, who have a history of championing the high street. However it came to the UK a few years later. The non-commercial campaign, is now in its 9th year in the UK, and has grown…

WHAT DOES KINDNESS MEAN TO YOU?

World Kindness Day falls on November 13th  this year, a day to promote kindness throughout the world. The international day which was formed in 1998, is now observed annually, as part of the World Kindness movement.  An organisation, with no political, commercial or religious affiliations. The idea was formed at…

What does being vegan mean?

World Vegan Day is today, a time to celebrate and recognise how far the vegan movement has come and all of our products are suitable for vegans. The focus for The Vegan Society month this year is ‘live vegan for less’, a campaign showing cost-effective ways for vegan living.  People’s…

5 Health benefits of Raw Cacao Powder

The use of raw cacao powder is becoming more and more popular as the world continues to investigate the benefits of raw products and veganism.  Cacao powder is made from cacao beans. The powder is made by cold-pressing raw unroasted cacao beans. This process removes the fat (Cacao butter) and…

WORLD PASTA DAY!

Here at Creative Nature, we thought we would celebrate this World Pasta Day by sharing some amazing superfood recipes, these are all gluten free, dairy free and nut free. Make sure to check them out. We know that pasta can be a struggle for those with allergies and intolerances and…

How to plan food at an allergy free wedding

Most weddings are likely to have at least one guest who has food allergies or intolerances considering 20% of people suffer from them. Often this may mean that one person has a meal which avoids certain things which are allergens for them. However for some allergy sufferers that’s not enough,…

Switch Witch

Switch Witch sounds as though you should be switching places with the wicked witch of the north, or perhaps changing places with Maleficent, Ursula, Shakata, Razili, or Farida from your favourite Disney film. But, no, what it is in fact, is a newer holiday tradition, started by two entrepreneurs from…

Teal Halloween

We love Halloween here at Creative Nature. We have always embraced it and gone for it. We all enjoy dressing up, and also creating some scary decorated free from cakes!  The origins of Halloween are hard to pin down however they seem to come from a mix of ancient traditions…

Natasha’s Law

As you may know from reading our previous blogs, we support Natasha’s Law, which is about to come into effect in October.  This UK Food Information Amendment, known as Natasha’s Law will require food businesses to provide full ingredient lists and allergen labelling on foods pre-packaged for direct sale on…

What are you Grateful for? 

A celebration of World Gratitude Day  The idea of World Gratitude Day came into being over 55 years ago in 1965, in the meditation room of the United Nations building, when spiritual and meditation leader, Sri Chinmoy suggested there be a day of thanks where the whole world could celebrate…

Did you know September 16 is National Guacamole Day?

Avocados seem to be a little like marmite, you either love them, or hate them, thinking they are either delicious or they are horrible and slimy. For those of you who don’t know what guacamole is, it is an avocado-based dip that has its origins with Aztec people. Already used…

Working Parents’ Day

In a few weeks’ time it is Working Parents Day (September 16) which is there to celebrate those parents who work hard all year to provide for their families. During the 20th century, women in Britain faced a complete change in their lives as more and more of them worked,…

Go organic september

  Organic September is the month to ‘go organic’. It’s a campaign set up by British Corner Shop and the Soil Association – and here at Creative Nature we have a strong relationship with both of those organisations. During the month, people are encouraged to eat, drink and use organic…

Safe snacks for Back to school

Now is the time when parents are beginning to plan for the children going back to school in September.  Buying new uniform and thinking about other things they need to take with them, such as stationery, and, perhaps lunchboxes or navigating school meals, a school canteen and/or safe snacks at…

IT’S OUR 9TH BIRTHDAY!

It’s our 9th birthday!  Nine years ago, at the age of 22, Julianne, our CEO, acquired Creative Nature and started a company which catered for people like her – living with severe allergies and never being able to trust snacks. She took on just one employee.  Today, our business is…

Waffle Day is August 24. 

Waffle Day actually began in Scandinavia, but no one knows exactly when the day began, as waffles have been around in Sweden since at least the 1600s. The word Waffle Day began as Våffeldagen, which due to a confusion between, ‘Våffeldagen’ (waffle), and ‘Vårfrudagen’, which means ‘Our Lady’s Day’, a…

Panorama – ‘Brexit Six Months On”

We were thrilled to be filmed and interviewed for a Panorama documentary, which was transmitted last week – do look it up on IPlayer here.   The documentary followed several companies, of varying sizes, to see how they were coping, six months after Brexit. One was a Scottish fishing company…

The Summer holidays are here!

Summer is here, so time for holidays, camping, hotels, or self-catering, and time for days out exploring your local area. Time to have fun in the sun!   Staycation - when you choose to holiday at home rather than travel abroad. Of course, this year, many of us don’t have…

What is Christmas in July?

Christmas in July is a term that has popped up in terms of marketing for the last few years. In reality however, it started 84 years ago in 1933 at a girls’ camp in North Carolina.  It was the idea of the co-founder of the Keystone Camp, who was very…

  School holidays on the horizon

Exciting times are ahead, as school holidays are soon here. Due to continuing restrictions, overseas holidays may or may not be happening, and so it may be a time of finding fun things to do locally.   9 Fun things to do in the holidays:    Visit a local beauty…

World Postie Day!

All of us rely on the Post Office to deliver our letters and parcels, and even though over recent years, many other delivery companies have taken on some of the work, the Royal Mail Group delivered around 14.4 billion letters in 2017-2018.   We are still fortunate to have post…

A guest blog from one of our online stockists…

Introducing Mighty Small, the supermarket of small brands.   At Mighty Small, we’re all about supporting the most exciting British independent brands that offer tasty and unique food and drink. That’s why we created our online shop with exclusively small brands that want to make a big difference. We’re proud…

Picnic Day

International Picnic Day is June 18th, just a few days before all lockdown restrictions should be removed.    This year, it will be the perfect way for people to celebrate the opportunity to get together and meet up after months of being apart.  What would be a better way than…

Euros 2021

The UEFA European Football Championship, commonly known as the UEFA European Championship and informally as the Euros, is the primary association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), determining the continental champion of Europe. The event is…

What Are Your Plans For Father’s Day (20th June)?

This week, we’re looking forward to Father’s Day which falls this year on Sunday 20th June.   Our celebrations are thought to originate in the US, but there are suggestions that the day originated from pagan sun worship, where some branches of paganism see the Sun as the father of…

BLACK LIVES MATTER – A YEAR ON

It is almost a year on from the killing of George Floyd d in the US, which ignited the protests against racism around the world. Recently the police officer who killed him sent to prison for life.   Who started it? The international human rights campaign actually began in 2013…

ALLERGY AWARENESS WEEK

Food allergy awareness week in the US, is from May 10th to May 15th this year. It is an initiative created by FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education).   What is FARE?    It is one of the largest not for profit organisations in the world, which aims to raise…

HAVE YOU EVER ‘PAID IT FORWARD’?

Pay it Forward Day takes place each year on 28th April with people from over 80 countries taking part. This global initiative is a day to encourage us all to make a difference by creating a ripple of kindness across the world. Surely this year, more than ever before we…

ALLERGY AWARENESS WEEK IS APPROACHING…

  Allergy Awareness Week UK is coming up on the 26th - 30th April – it’s actually one of a few such weeks during April & May around allergies – this one relates to the organisation Allergy UK.   Understanding Allergies Most of us know what the word ‘allergy’ means,…

DOES YOUR CHILD HAVE ALLERGIES?

Starting school this year – and your child has allergies… This week, many parents have confirmation of their child’s school place for the start of school in September. As a parent with your child starting school for the first time, this can be a stressful event – as much for…

A year in Lockdown

On the 23rd of March there is an anniversary we could never have anticipated in late 2019 and early 2020 -  we have been in various forms of lockdown for a whole year. This time last year, we had no idea how long our lives would be turned upside down…

New Product for Easter

It’s nearly Easter and we are still (sort of) locked down!   This may be our second Easter in lockdown yet here at Creative Nature we’re not down hearted. Easter traditionally, is the beginning of Spring, a time of hope, growth and the birth of young animals. Let’s hope that this…

St Patricks Day

Do you celebrate St Patrick’s Day? It is on 17th March and was originally a Christian feast day, celebrating the life of St. Patrick, who spread Christianity to Ireland. Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, and the national apostle. Today it is a day of revelry and a…

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a celebration to pay tribute to all mothers or those who play a mothering role.  Also, to celebrate motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society. The day is celebrated around the world, but at different times of the year. In the US, Mother’s Day…

International Women’s Day 2021

International Women's Day takes place on the 8th March. Did you know that the theme for this year’s The International Women’s Day is, #ChooseToChallenge ? The organisers believe that “a challenged world is an alert world.” As individuals we are all responsible, daily, for our own thoughts and actions. It’s…

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…

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