Going Gluten-Free on a Budget: Supermarket Savvy
Not that long ago, putting yourself on a gluten-free diet meant entering into a challenging struggle to find any grain-based foods to eat — never mind ones that were tasty or affordable.
Now, though, going gluten-free has become a popular solution to resolve a number of issues. People with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten intolerance, people on the autism spectrum, and those trying resolve allergy, weight, or mood issues are forgoing gluten. Most grocery stores now have extensive sections of gluten-free foods, but these products are often still more expensive than their regular counterparts, and coupons are rarely available.
I asked all the people I know who eat gluten-free for tips on steering clear of gluten while sticking to a budget; it turns out, you don’t have to restrict yourself to pricey specialty foods in order to live gluten-free.
Many mainstream products don’t contain gluten, sometimes by happenstance, and they are both cheaper and couponable. One budget-conscious mom rattled off a long list of items that appeal to her young, wheat-intolerant daughter and won’t break the bank. Some of her favorites are: Santitas and Tostitos corn chips, Veggie and Pirate Booty, selected flavors of Quaker Rice Cakes, gluten-free Rice Crispies and Rice Chex, Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles, Welch’s Fruit Snacks, Heinz ketchup, Hellman’s mayo, Classico pasta sauces, Wishbone italian dressing, and Cream of Rice cereal.
This time of year, the Passover holiday provides an additional bonus for gluten-free shopping. Many Passover foods are gluten-free, so look for discounted Passover goods after the holiday and stock up! Keep in mind that not all Passover goods are gluten-free, so make sure you look for the “gluten-free” or “non-gebrokt” label on the package.
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