One of the hardest things for me is trying to make sure everything is GF and inexpensive. When you are feeding a family of eight and doing it GF you have to be as frugal as possible. Sometimes we eat things that are not what I’d consider the best, but are ok or good. I’m talking health-wise here, not really taste-wise. I generally try to avoid HFCS (high fructose corn syrup), hydrogenated oils, dyes and a lot of ingredients you can’t read/pronounce/identify. However, sometimes, I have to make concessions for budget’s sake. That being said here are some items that I use regularly that state gluten free on the package or I’ve checked the ingredients and/or I’ve called and asked the company. These are products that we’ve used without apparent reaction, but I know that everyone’s sensitivity is different so you’ll have to decide for yourself/family what to use or not, sometimes by the reaction you have to an item. All that being said here are some of the items:
Sam’s Club has several items that we’ve been purchasing that are tasty, relatively inexpensive and gluten free:
- The rotisserie chickens are allergen and gluten free and at only $4.99 each a great buy!
- John Soules Foods Beef Fajitas – these are cooked and ready to eat strips of seasoned meat. It is a little on the pricey side, depending on how you use them. I used one of the 24 oz packs for two meals. I think they were $7-$8
- Member’s Mark All Natural Tortilla Chips W/ Omega 3 – these are not only great tasting, but they are healthy and at $2.89 per 24 oz bag a great buy too!
- They have some deli style meats that are near the fresh meats, I can’t remember the name of them but they are very tasty and marked gluten free
Land O’ Frost lunch meats – all but one of the chickens which I can’t remember the name of, but we have had no problem with the Brown Sugar Ham or the Turkey
Lays has many items that do not contain gluten and several items that are not made on lines that also process gluten. You can check their lists out here . Our favorites are Lays Original Chips and Fritos.
Oscar Mayer/Louis Rich Turkey Bacon
Quaker Cream of Rice Cereal
Chex Cereals – rice, corn, cinnamon, chocolate, honey nut
Hot Dogs: Nathan’s, Oscar Mayer
La Choy Soy Sauce – this is a great buy, it’s like regular priced soy sauce – I was buying Tamari before I found out about this and it was quite expensive. But, this I get at Walmart for like $1.47 or something
Well, that’s a good start, I think.