Now that it has been a week without Gluten, I wanted to share some tips and observations. First off, I noticed that Gluten-Free products are usually more expensive than their Organic “only” counterpart. There is a wide selection of products. Since gluten-free brands are usually focused on the clean aspect of food, buying the organic and gluten-free may not be 100% necessary, saving you some money.
Know what you are getting into. You may be pleasantly surprised at the list of foods that are allowable on a gluten-free diet.
DIY your way to gluten free. Make-your-own snacks or baked goods instead of buying the premade products that are much more expensive. Get the base ingredients in bulk if you know it will last long enough to consume.
Watch out for the oats. Oats are naturally gluten-free but dependent upon what the oats are processed with, it may contain gluten. Always read the labels.
Quinoa becomes your best friend. This gluten free grain will become a staple in your life. It is super easy to prep and cook with a 2-to-1 ratio of liquid-to-quinoa (dry). Quinoa is also very versatile and can take the place of many other grains such as cous cous or rice, which is also gluten-free, but why not? Instead of having rice with your Mexican theme meal, make it Mexican Quinoa. Add a BPA-free can of diced tomatoes including liquid, like Muir Glen Organic tomatoes with an expiration date of 1/1/13 and later. Add in your extra spices and herbs to finish it off and cook as you would regular quinoa or rice. Wrap it all in gluten-free tortillas
Find the savings and use Coupons!
- $1 off/Rudi’s Gluten Free Bread
- $.55 off/San J Gluten Free Soy Sauce (tip buy at Whole Foods with their coupon as well for even greater savings)
- Surf over to Mambo Sprouts for more free coupons and some great advice on eating gluten-free
- I found that my local Co-Op is 15% cheaper on these really tasty gluten-free baked goods than a larger grocery chain, Ralph’s. Bonus, my Co-Op is $1 less for organic blueberries than the grocery store, I love the Co-Opportunity!
Don’t forget dessert, 30 gluten-free recipe ideas including, but not limited to: flourless chocolate cake, maple baked apple and old fashioned peanut butter cookies.
– Happy Memorial Day Weekend – GreenUp! Guy