Eating out with a food intolerance or allergy can be a challenge. Do you find yourself wanting to try somewhere new and delicious but not really wanting to risk that you won’t be able to eat anything on the menu? Well do I have just the thing for you!
If you live in Victoria or plan on visiting Melbourne any time soon, then I recommend you download the app ‘Nourishing Adventures’ and do it ASAP! Melbourne has endless amounts of dining options but narrowing down where to try with an allergy or intolerance can be a real art form as explained by Haylie, the part creator of the app.
Introducing Haylie, a mother to 14 month old Sebastian, a teacher and a health enthusiast! She loves exploring the world, especially food, learning about healthy lifestyles, sustainable living and supporting local producers and creators.
Haylie and her husband make up the Nourishing Adventures, of course helped by their son Sebastian when it come to the taste testing! (He’s a real cutie isn’t he!) Her husband developed and maintains the app, while Haylie takes care of the research and social media side of things.
I was really excited when I found the Nourishing Adventures app, so I just had to find out more! It turns out that the team at NA know all too well the challenge of eating out with Fructose Malabsorption, amongst other intolerances. Here is my chat with Haylie…
Q. What was your motivation behind creating the Nourishing Adventures app?
My husband and I suffer from many intolerance, including Fructose Malabsorption, so it makes eating out very difficult and frustrating. Every weekend I would spend an hour searching the internet and instagram in the suburbs we would be near, trying to find somewhere we could eat. We got to the point where we had so many cafes scribbled down we needed somewhere to put them all! So we made ourselves a directory, and thus, Nourishing Adventures was born! We knew other people suffering from intolerances, allergies or just trying to eat healthy would be facing the same difficulties locating cafes when on the move, so we decided to share our directory with the rest of Melbourne!
Q. What types of food intolerances or allergies are covered in the Nourishing Adventures app?
Dairy, wheat, gluten, soy, fructose and FODMAPS. Many of the cafes also have allergies listed such as sesame and nuts. We also cover vegetarian, vegan and the paleo lifestyle options, and list organic, supporting local farmers, sustainable, ethical and fair trade.
Q. What locations are covered in the Nourishing Adventures app?
Any location in Victoria that we have been able to find that cater for the above food options. We have a beautiful community of people who email, message us on facebook and tag us on instagram, so we are starting to cover a lot more of Victoria with each update.
Q. Do you have plans to expand the app to outside Victoria?
Not at the moment. Perhaps we will look into that in the future!
Q. How often are you adding new establishments to the Nourishing Adventures app?
We are continuously adding to our database, and hope to update it in the app stores every three months. We aim to have an update through in late spring/early summer.
Q. How do you see the cafe/restaurant scene changing in the future for those with an allergy or intolerance?
It has changed immensely in the past few years already! I was always unable to drink coffee out unless it was a long black (being intolerant to dairy and soy!) and now there is a huge amount of cafes stocking Almond Milk. It’s really wonderful to not only see cafes changing their menus to cater for all kinds of dietary needs, but to also see them take on a healthier approach to their menu as a whole by using wholefoods, organic, fairtrade and locally sourced produce. I think Melbourne is developing a much healthier approach to living and this enables people like us, with many dietary needs, many more options when eating out.
Q. What are some of your personal favourite eating spots from the app?
We absolutely love Red Robyn, Admiral Cheng Ho and Heal Thy Self.Co. For dessert we adore Pana Chocolate (who doesn’t!) and Raw Trader.
Q. Do you have any tips for eating out with an allergy or intolerance?
Don’t be embarrassed to ask lots of questions. Time and time again, when we haven’t asked for exact ingredients there’s hidden dairy or wheat in there! It’s not worth getting sick over and most cafes are really open to and considerate when catering for your needs.
4 tablespoons of Chia Seeds
350mls of Almond or Coconut Milk
1 tablespoon raw sugar or 1 teaspoon Stevia
Vanilla essence/vanilla pod
Fruits/nuts/seeds of choice – pick what you can tolerate
1. Warm almond milk on the stove, then pour into a mixing bowl.
2. Add Chia seeds and stir well (many will still float at this stage).
3. Add vanilla & raw sugar and continue to stir well.
4. Rest for 5 minutes and again stir well to get rid of any clumps
5. Cover and leave to rest overnight or for a minimum of two hours to break down any anti nutrients, allowing the seeds to digest easier (this is important, especially for children).
6. Divide into 4-6 servings for children or 2 for adult servings (recommended serving for children who don’t regularly eat Chia is 1-2 teaspoons so you are able to monitor digestion/reactions like with any new food).
I love Chia seeds! I put them in everything as they are a good source of protein, omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants and high in dietary fibre! Chia seeds were actually used in Mexico before the use of wheat grains as they have a low GI and provide sustained slow release energy! – Haylie, NA App
A huge thanks to Haylie for chatting about the app, and an even bigger thankyou for developing such a great tool!! Don’t forget to head to the app store to download it, it’s free!!