Going gluten-free is a life changing decision. If you have celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, or just want to try this kind of diet, eating gluten-free might initially take a considerable amount of preparation. However, it can be quite simple with insider knowledge. This course will teach you how to easily navigate the gluten free lifestyle. One of the biggest changes you face is in your shopping habits. In order to help you overcome this, here are some tips to help you compile a gluten-free shopping list.
Start with Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
At first, gluten-free shopping may seem like trying to navigate a minefield. There are just a plethora of warnings about hidden gluten in everyday products. However, if you really like to eat fresh fruit and vegetables, going gluten-free might not be too difficult. You can pretty much add any type of fresh fruit and vegetable to your shopping list. You do not have to worry about those products being contaminated with gluten. If you like buying already-cut fresh produce, then ask the store employees or manager where the produce is chopped. If the answer is somewhere near the bakery–then you should probably leave that product off your list.
Add Meat and Fish
When starting a gluten-free diet, fresh meat and fish will become your best friends. This list includes all fresh meats such as beef, pork, chicken and lamb, as well as any kind of fresh fish. Where you need to be extremely cautious, is with any meat or poultry that comes with additional preparations. Many supermarkets like to season and add other ingredients to make them ‘ready to cook.’ To illustrate, gluten is often found in products such as spice rubs, marinades and breadcrumbs.
Also, when you purchase meat, make sure it is wrapped in plastic. You do not want fresh meat that is unwrapped from the butcher counter. While fresh meat may be refrigerated and tempting, the fact that it is uncovered opens the opportunity for gluten contaminants. There can be other meat coated in breadcrumbs nearby. Not to mention, the cooling fans can blow crumbs around onto pieces of non-crusted meat. On the other hand, if you want to eat cold cuts, then look for prepackaged ones. Make sure they are labeled gluten-free from a trusted supplier. If you are curious about beans, you can find out whether or not they are gluten free by reading this post.
Indulge in Dairy
Thankfully, most dairy products are gluten-free. Still, always stick to the basic products. For example, plain milk of any kind is fine. However, flavored milk may not be. When putting together a gluten-free shopping list, a good rule of thumb is to shop for items in their most natural forms. At the same time, flavored yogurt should not pose any issues, but you should still read the label.
You can and should buy eggs, real butter, soy milk and margarine. Everyone’s favorite, cheese, is also mostly safe. Although there is one big exception, which is ‘beer washed’ anything. Also, avoid blue cheese because many artisans use wheat in order to stimulate molding. In addition, grocery store pre-cut cheese can be risky. The reason is the cheese is usually sliced on the same board used to make sandwiches. On the other hand, you can add ice cream, as long as it is just ice cream and not with added ‘bits.’.Now, who’s ready for their favorite creamy dessert?
Spice Up Your Life
As you envision your gluten-free shopping list, keep in mind that you can still pack on the flavor. Why not? Most oils including olive, corn, vegetable and canola are gluten-free. The same is true for a variety of specialty oils. Nonetheless, stay on the safe side, and always check the label. Moreover, all fresh spices are gluten-free, so you can liberally add them to your favorite dishes! If you like the convenience and the option of dried spices, just be cognizant of what you’re buying. Also, if you are wary of purchasing baked goods, why not make your own? You can learn more by taking this gluten free bread baking course.
Stick to dried individual spices in place of spice blends. If still prefer going with a spice mix, then there are a few brands that advertise themselves as gluten-free. These are generally higher quality, as well. Ordinary salt, sea salt and pepper are perfectly fine, but try to stay away from any kind of flavored salt or specialty pepper.
Choose Drinks Carefully
Stay with generic drinks to avoid any potential problems. Natural coffee and tea are fine. In fact, the way to go is with 100 percent fruit juice, rather than any ‘specialty’ fruit drinks. What might be really surprising is that some of the most popular soda brands are actually considered gluten-free. However, that may not help you if you are planning to lose weight, as well.
Read the Label
Take your time with most other products. Almost everything else that you normally stock in your kitchen might be processed in one form or another. This means that it might have easily come into contact with gluten at some point during preparation. Try to stick to foods that are clearly labeled gluten-free, and also continue reading the ingredients. Always make sure there are no wheat products hidden inside. As a result, your shopping might take longer at first. Nonetheless, once you have found products you like, you can keep them stocked in your pantry. In addition, the last thing you need is a more complicated life, am I right? Well, this gluten demystified course will make this lifestyle a piece of cake!
Figuring out a gluten-free shopping list is not for everyone. Initially, it can appear tedious. Yet the best part is that once you get used to it and have found all the appropriate gluten free substitutes for your favorite foods–your eating habits will end up similar to what they were before. Moreover, you will benefit greatly from eating foods that contain fewer additives and artificial ingredients. If that’s not enough reason to go gluten-free–I don’t know what is!