Eating gluten-free does not have to be expensive; it can be nutritionally satisfying and affordable.
Tips For Staying Within Budget on a Gluten-Free Diet:
- Shop for fresh, seasonal produce and wholesome ingredients
- Save store bought cookies and treats for special occasions. Instead, make your own!
- Embrace snacks and grains that are naturally gluten-free! Examples include rice (rice crackers), corn (tortilla chips, popcorn), nuts and seeds, dried fruits, gluten-free fruit and nut bars, potatoes (chips, fries, etc.), cheese, and vegetable chips. Always be cautious of cross-contamination from shared fryers.
- Locate your supermarket’s bulk bins; often gluten-free flours and ingredients will be available in this section.
- Experiment with alternative grains such as quinoa, amaranth, teff, wild rice, millet, and buckwheat (also known as kasha).
- Minimize consumption of gluten-free packaged foods. This is a great opportunity to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet.
- For gluten-free baking, try making your own gluten-free flour blends. The initial cost may seem unreasonable, but the yield is well worth the investment.
- Learn more about governmental Tax Deductions for individuals with celiac disease.