There are many ways to save money on a gluten free diet. For people with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity, a gluten free diet is essential. Unfortunately, most gluten free products on the market come at a steep price. Research done by Lending Tree showed that gluten free products were massively more expensive than their regular counterparts. For those that are gluten free on a budget, buying specialty gluten free products may not be an option. The good news, there is a way to follow a healthy gluten free diet without breaking your budget. Below are 7 ways to save money when following a healthy gluten free diet
Choose naturally gluten free foods. The healthiest food is usually gluten free. Such as fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs, lean poultry, eggs, lean meats, legumes, nuts and dairy. A quick note on dairy, always choose non-flavoured yogurt and cheeses and read the labels to make sure there is no added gluten
Buy in bulk. Buy only prepackaged gluten free products in bulk. I discourage you buying from bulk bins because the product may be cross-contaminated from other bins containing gluten.
Buy online. When shopping online for gluten free products, you can search for coupons and various savings to find cheap gluten free food online
Cook from scratch. Prepackaged processed gluten free products are super expensive. Bake your own muffins, cookies, cakes, macaroni and cheese, pizza and make cheap gluten free bread. Most gluten free baked goods can be frozen, so double the recipe and freeze half
Make one pot meals. When cooking for a crowd, one pot meals are super easy to make. Hearty soups, stews, casseroles, noodle and rice dishes are always popular. Use less meat and add more legumes and vegetables to double the recipe. One pot meals, especially vegetarian recipes will save you money since meat usually costs more. Grated zucchini or squash is especially wonderful in stews, soups and lasagna
Make your own stock. Chicken, beef or vegetable stock adds a lot of flavour to recipes. Unfortunately, gluten free stock is often hard to find in typical grocery stores and is expensive. Make your own stock at a fraction of the price with this easy to follow recipe.
Cook gluten free meals for the entire family. When cooking gluten free for the whole family, you cut down on the extra cost of non-gluten free products. There are many delicious gluten free recipes tasting the same as their counterpart non-gluten free ones
In conclusion, discover how simple and easy it is to cook gluten free food on a budget with these delicious gluten free recipes. You won’t believe they are gluten free!