The affordable gluten free diet is absolutely possible. If you're new avoiding gluten, you may be shocked to find out how expensive gluten free products can be! There are reasons for this.
Gluten free baked goods require special, less common ingredients and very careful monitoring through every stage of production, from farm field to finished product. However, there are ways to eat gluten free without blowing the budget.
I have a long-held philosophy about eating well on a budget. Someone once told me that they couldn't afford to buy healthy food, while at the same time tossing all sorts of junk food into their shopping cart. It was then that I realized that it's expensive to buy nutritious food when we're adding it to junk food.
When funds are limited, we need to choose one or the other. I have never regretted my choice to buy and prepare nutritious food! And now when the nutritious food is also gluten free, I am eating well and enjoying my food!
Gluten Free on a Budget
I rarely buy gluten free baked goods, and you don't need to either! More about that later. But, there are lots of other good things to eat. Whole fruits and vegetables are naturally gluten free. We benefit nutritionally when we centre our diets around them.
While focusing on eating primarily plants, don't forget that rice, beans, and lentils are gluten free. Potatoes, onions, and most other root vegetables are usually not expensive. These are key budget-friendly foods to incorporate into our menus.
Watch for sales. Visit farmers' markets. We even have lots of roadside stands in the rural area where I'm from. Seasonal produce is available the same day it's picked!
Eggs and meat are naturally gluten free.
For an affordable gluten free diet, learn to cook at home. For how to keep it safe, read How to Eat Gluten Free at Home.
When you are craving some processed food, know that many regular products such as potato chips, salad dressings, and ice cream do have gluten free labels.
Money-Saving Guide to Eating Gluten Free
For the breads and treats that you would like to incorporate into your meal plans, save money by making your own. I'm here to help you with that!
Buy gluten free flours in bulk, but be wary of bulk bins. They can be sources of cross-contamination.
Bake extra and freeze it. Bake a loaf of bread. Slice it when it's cool, and freeze it to use one or two slices at a time.
25 Budget-Friendly Gluten Free Recipes
Here are some budget-friendly recipes that are all gluten free: