When I meet people who are new to the gluten free lifestyle because they’ve been diagnosed with celiacs or a gluten allergy or food sensitivity, they’re usually in a panic about having to spend a bunch of money on gluten free food products. Many people are still under the belief you have to go to a health food store or Whole Foods and stock up on exotic flours and expensive gluten free products. No way! These days, saving money on a gluten free diet is easier than ever. Here’s how!
1. Eat naturally gluten free foods. This is the most budget friendly way to eat a gluten free diet. Write down the foods you normally eat that are naturally gluten free like steaks, fish and chicken breasts cooked on the grill. Rice and sautéed vegetables, salads, and taco night with corn tortillas. Ice cream and fresh berries for dessert. Yogurt and eggs for breakfast. I’m sure you already eat a great deal of naturally gluten free foods and don’t even realize it!
2. Shop the regular aisles for gluten free foods. Many food manufacturers like Chex cereals, Betty Crocker, Berilla pasta, and Bisquick have come out with gluten free versions of their products. Best of all, they’re not much more expensive then their regular versions. Look for store brand gluten free products, too!
3. Buy in bulk, shop the sales, use coupons, and shop the warehouse and discount stores. If you have a favorite gluten free product, like Udi’s Gluten Free Pizza Crusts, ask the store manager if they can offer you a case discount (usually 10%). Items like Udi’s pizza crusts, breads, bagels and cookies can be frozen for later use. I also stock up when there’s a sale, and use coupons, which I get by signing up for newsletters on manufacturers’ websites. I’ve also had good luck finding gluten free products at great prices at Sam’s Club and Costco as well as Walmart. Each store carries different products, so you’ll have to do a little investigative shopping to see what’s carried at the stores by your home.
4. Buy online. For some of us, the best prices can be found online, especially if you live in more rural areas and don’t have a grocery store in your area that sells gluten free foods. You can buy many of Udi’s products directly from their online store. Other good sources to buy gluten free products are Amazon's Gluten Free Store, Vitacost.com, and The Gluten Free Mall.
5. Learn how to cook gluten free from scratch. So many of us rely on processed foods, so maybe it’s time to learn how to make a few dishes instead of buying them premade. For example, try making lasagna instead of buying the frozen stuff. Not only will it be gluten free, but it will be cheaper, healthier and more delicious! To find easy to make gluten free recipes, go to your local library and search the stacks for gluten free cookbooks. You can also check out the recipes on the Udi’s Gluten Free website. Then visit the Udi’s Gluten Free Influencers’ blogs, like my blog, This Mama Cooks! On a Diet, for more gluten free recipe ideas. Now get cooking!
Learn more about living gluten free! Visit udisglutenfree.com/community.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Udi's Gluten Free. The opinions and text are all mine.