Cutting gluten from your diet? Cut costs too!
Staying gluten-free on a budget can be difficult. As published by ABC News, studies have revealed that a four-person family requiring a gluten-free diet will pay up to 17% more on food than a family without food intolerances.
Source: Kelly Lambert, University of Wollongong
Although many have advocated for a push to ease the financial burden on gluten-free households, more work is needed for a concrete proposal to be made.
In the meantime, here are some tips for staying gluten-free, cost-free:
- Eat whole, naturally gluten-free foods such as vegetables, fruit, eggs, meat and gluten-free grains- making sure that these foods are in season will ensure that they are even cheaper.
- Buy in bulk, and keep informed about sales: local supermarkets often have gluten-free sales, especially around Coeliac Awareness week.
- Try to cook meals from scratch- this also minimises the danger of cross-contamination- and don’t be afraid to freeze leftovers!
- Choosing simple and filling meals can be a great way to cut costs- high-carb grains such as rice can be good to pad out a meal, while keeping the number of ingredients relatively low.
- http://urbantastebud.com/cheap-healthy-gluten-free-recipes/- some great recipes for staying cost-effective!
- Websites such as http://www.glutenfreefoodsaustralia.com.au/ offer a 10% discount with your first order, and are guaranteed wheat and gluten free!
- Check out http://www.glutenfreeeatingdirectory.com.au/ to make sure that certain brands are available in your state.