Eating Gluten-Free On A Budget
3 Easy Methods To Slash Your Special Diet Grocery Bill
Jaime A. Heidel
So you've just learned you or somebody in your family needs a gluten free diet and some of the prices you've seen on gluten free fare has sent you into sticker shock? Not to worry. These 3 easy methods will help you eat gluten free on a budget.
Inexpensive Naturally Gluten Free Foods
Foods that are tailor-made to be gluten free substitutes for wheat-based products tend to cost more but there are plenty of foods you can choose that are naturally gluten free. Stock up on potatoes, dried beans, chickpeas, lentils and brown rice. Nuts are packed full of nutrition and are a healthy, gluten free snack. All fresh vegetables are gluten free as well as most frozen vegetables without seasonings or additives. Eggs can be used for breakfast as well as hard-boiled to slice up in green salads or mash up with mayo for egg salad. (Hellmanns' mayonnaise is gluten free). Saving money this way will make buying gluten free staples such as rice pasta and rice or millet bread less of a burden on your budget.
Do It Yourself
If you don't mind an upfront investment that will pay off and you have the time, buy a bread machine and start making your own gluten free bread at home. Or, use the baking utensils you already have and instead of buying a gluten free frozen pizza, opt for a gluten free pizza mix and make it yourself at home. The same goes for gluten free muffins, cookies or cakes. Pick up a mix and do the baking at home.
Flattery Will Get You Everywhere
If you really like a gluten free product, send a quick email to the manufacturer and nine times out of ten; you'll receive a coupon in the mail. This can be a great money-saver when you require a special diet.
These tips for eating gluten-free on a budget should help you save on foods for a special diet and give you a chance to be creative at mealtime. Enjoy!
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