So, I don’t know if you knew this or not, but trying to eat a gluten-free diet can be expensive. If you want a regular loaf of bread, you can sometimes get it for .99 cents. Gluten free though? You’d better expect to pay around $5 and you’ll get half the loaf. Seems kind of unfair, right? Considering that most people who are eating gluten-free struggle with some sort of intolerance or disease. There are however some great ways to eat gluten-free on a budget.
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The best way to save money and still enjoy eating gluten-free is to start collecting recipes that you can trust. There are a ton of great gluten-free options out there as far as cookies, donuts, and cakes go but often times it’s far less expensive to just make some at home. And chances are you can make it a lot healthier too.
One place I always recommend to find healthy, simple, diet-friendly recipes is on the Minimalist Baker. Here are some of her best chocolate recipes.
Most gluten-free baking products have a variety of stuff in them including corn starch. They are not always the healthiest or budget-friendly.
When you are ready to get a little bit healthier and a little less processed, a great gluten-free shopping find is Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Old Fashion Rolled Oats.
Using these oats you can create tons of breakfast foods (like these three ingredient waffles) or even just blend the oats to create simple gluten-free oat flour.
When you are gluten free shopping down the aisles of Target or specialty grocery stores, you’ll probably find a ton of great gluten-free options and you might just pay an arm and a leg for them.
However, a lot of stores offer gluten-free shopping that is super budget friendly. Here are my top three choices:
Another great idea for gluten-free shopping on a budget is $5 Meal Plan. The $5 meal plan was created by a busy mother of 4 for other busy mother’s out there. Get access to healthy meal plans (including gluten-free) that take all the guesswork out of what to make for your family.
This is totally confusing, I know. To avoid over-spending on gluten-free products, you can create recipes at home with oats and four blends or you can just forgo gluten-free products altogether.
Instead try a diet that is heavy in fruits, veggies, lean proteins and get your grains from things like rice and quinoa.
At the end of the day, just do the best you can. Gluten-free shopping can be stressful if you let it.