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Being on a gluten-free diet, in many cases, means shelling out money. According to About.com and contributor Teri Gruss, MS, “gluten-free foods, on average, cost a whopping 242% more than regular, gluten containing foods.” Now I’m not here to investigate why this is the way it is, but I would like to help you in the food-buying process.
Being gluten-free can involve wasting lots of money on less than satisfactory products. When I was first diagnosed in January of 2010, I wished I had someone there pointing out which products and brands were the best. I’m sure my wallet would have thanked me and I would have thrown away a lot less food (and money)!
There are a few brands that I always have good luck with:
The Vanilla Granola is delicious and great for breakfast. I like to mix it with greek yogurt. It costs around $6.50.
These granola bars are great to pack for snacks throughout the day. I know I always like to find great “purse food.” These yummy treats cost around $5.50.
I remember the first time I tried these blueberry muffins. I had to double-check that they were actually gluten-free because they were so good! Their cinnamon rolls are also amazing! These cost about $6.00.
I have yet to find a great GF frozen pizza. So I like to either make or buy the crust and do it at home. The Udi’s crusts are the best I’ve tasted. They bake really well and have a great texture. They are priced at about $5.00.
- Schar. I’ve had a lot of great experiences with this brand.
The Schar Cheese Bites are a delicious snack and good to have on hand. (Another “purse food”!) They are even better than those goldfish I know you miss so much. These cost about $4.50.
Yes, Schar is my go to brand for bread. While I do venture out with bread and have found some other great brands, the Schar Classic White Bread is what I tend to stick with. It is great toasted or grilled. It runs for about $5.95.
I was really impressed with these Hot Dog Rolls. They were not dry like you might expect from a gluten-free bread product. While they are on the pricey side for only getting four in a pack, it’s definitely worth it on those special occasions. They cost around $6.50.
- Enjoy Life. Words cannot describe my love for this company.
You haven’t lived until you’ve tried these cookies. The Enjoy Life Snickerdoodles are some of the best I’ve had. They are priced at about $4.50.
Sometimes you just need a great trail mix for on the go. This mix is my favorite. The combination of salty and sweet is perfect. This costs around $4.50.
- Artisan Bistro. Perfect for the those of us living the fast life. We all know that with a gluten-free lifestyle, its cheaper (and sometimes tastier) to do the cooking and baking at home. But we don’t always have time to make every meal. For these circumstances, I discovered Artisan Bistro.
The Ginger Chicken meal is my favorite. You can cook it in the microwave and you’d never know that it was a frozen meal, made in the microwave. All of their ingredients are organic and unprocessed. The cost is about $5.50.
I could go on and on all night about my favorite products and brands. There are so many! What are your favorite GF products?