Eating gluten free can cost a lot of money in today’s culture. You can buy cheap gooey wheat bread, sugared Kool-Aid called jelly, and cheap peanut butter on much less than you can the organic gluten free flours and snacks. So, how do you inexpensively eat and plan a gluten free diet? Here is what I learned.
1)Join a wholesale club; the membership will pay off within two trips at the latest.
2) Buy bulk meats. My rule is if it costs over $1.99 a pound and it is not lean, then I will not buy it. Whole chickens are also good.
3) Buy bulk gluten free grains. Going to the local health food store which has bins of grains will allow you to purchase grains like quinoa and millet at a reduced price.
4) Plan out your meals at least 2 weeks in advance. Replenish fresh fruits and vegetables once a week. Do not forget snacks.
5) Yes, you need to cook more, and buy fewer pre-packaged gluten free products.
6) Try to avoid the fancy gluten free meals. Use tapioca, corn or potato starch for a thickener to sauces and gravies.
7) Have a food processor to easily make your own dipping sauces in a snap.
8) Purchse bulk gluten free groceries on Amazon.com. You can also sign up for the “subscribe and save” which sends out your regular necessities at an extra 15% off.
9) If you have to buy the bagged flours, which have a high price tag, mix them with the cheaper flours such as tapioca or coconut so they last longer.
10)Make two larger meals and have one smaller left-over meal.
11) Turkey burgers and tuna salad with carrot sticks or apples make easy travel foods.
12) Use your homemade gluten free bread combination in your bread maker.
Planning is the key to eating healthy gluten free on a budget. It will require that you cook a little bit more, and avoid the processed foods, but in the end, your body will appreciate it.