How to Live Gluten Free Without Spending a Fortune
One of the most common objections to living gluten free is that it is simply too expensive. This doesn’t have to be the case. It is possible to live a one hundred per cent gluten free without spending a fortune.
Specialty Items – The first area that you should look at cutting back on is with specialty items. Many people who adopt a gluten free lifestyle wish to simply replicate their old eating habits, but with a gluten free alternative.
There are advantages to this approach. Making a significant lifestyle change like choosing to live gluten free can take some adjusting to, therefore it’s a good idea to make your new diet as similar to your old diet…minus the gluten, of course. The disadvantage to this approach is, it can be really expensive. Specialty foods such as gluten free cookies, crackers and cakes can cost twice as much as the gluten inclusive variety.
Eating these foods is not a necessity, and if you want to cut back on your costs the best way is to remove them from your diet.
Creating a more holistic approach to your change in diet can produce healthy benefits. These gluten free versions of common treats are loaded with sugar and are not particularly good for you. Living gluten free is a chance to change your overall lifestyle and eat healthy.
Generic Foods – Another option is to buy generic foods. These brands are labeled to the same standard as other foods but, they can cost significantly less. If you are going to buy generic foods, read the labels to make sure that you are purchasing gluten free foods.
Shopping List – Writing a shopping list before you go shopping is a good way of saving money, whether shopping gluten free or not. However, if you are following a gluten free diet then it is essential. Since the real costs with a gluten free diet come from purchasing specialty items, if you don’t have a list you will be tempted to throw extras in your shopping cart.
Shopping Hungry – Never go shopping when you’re hungry, you are likely to over-shop and be tempted to buy ready to eat foods which can be costly. Eat before you shop, then you will be more likely to purchase cheaper produce that you can prepare later when you know you’re not going to eat for a while.
The vast majority of fruits and vegetables do not contain gluten. Your local Farmer’s market is an excellent source for inexpensive organic, gluten free foods…and a healthy way to eat deliciously!
Gluten free cooking doesn’t have to be complicated.
Here’s a simple dish –
ROASTED SWEET POTATO WEDGES WITH CILANTRO AND LIME
Pre-heat the oven to 400°.
Slice the sweet potatoes into wedges (or thick rounds, if you like). Peeled or unpeeled..you decide. Put the sweet potatoes into a large bowl. Drizzle them in a little olive oil, salt, pepper, a spice like smoked paprika.
Add some chopped cilantro, but keep some to add at the end.
Put the sweet potatoes onto a baking sheet and bake until the edges are crisp and the middle tender, about 20 minutes in the oven.
Drizzle fresh lime juice and add fresh cilantro over the top. Done.