I’m in Jerusalem! Marathon on Friday – so excited (and a bit terrified as well – I knew it was going to be hilly, I just didn’t realize it was never flat – uh oh)! In my absence, I’m having Lindsey from Fit & Awesome share her gluten free shopping guide. I originally met Lindsey a few years back at a conference and she has been so much fun to stay connected with. She is actually THE reason I’m in Jerusalem at the moment (so many waves of forever-gratitude from me to you girl)!
In short, she is the real deal, and had a life changing experience when she learned she was severely gluten intolerant. She created Fit & Awesome as a resource for others who are experiencing the same troubles she endured. In short, I adore her and you can learn more about her journey here.
As you may recall, I also have a Menu Plan Challenge Series, and I started with gluten free menu plans because the issue is certainly more prevalent today than 20-30 years ago. Through trial and error, research and education, Lindsay now lives a 100% Gluten-Free life. I was thrilled when she agreed to share post with my readers on how to really get started with Gluten Free and clean eating. This gluten free grocery guide is awesome! Go figure, right? So read on for your quick trip gluten free shopping guide!
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A gluten-free diet and clean eating plan is great, but it also can be daunting at first. What do you eat? What do you snack on? How do you stock your pantry? I’ve put together a gluten free shopping guide of how I’ve learned to shop over the years so it can be that much easier for you when you get started.
Shopping Tip #1: Shop The Perimeters
You may have heard this before, but it’s true. Almost everything you need to buy can be found on the outer edges of your local grocery stores. Keep this in mind as you begin your gluten-free grocery shopping experience.
Fruits and veggies are naturally gluten-free, so load up on them! Here are some ideas of way you should fill your shopping cart with:
- Carrots (baby carrots or whole ones that you can peel for snacking)
- Sweet Potatoes
- Red Pepper
We recommend buying all organic and grass-fed beef whenever possible. Yes, it can be more expensive but the health benefits can be worth it. Make sure you only buy what you are actually going to cook. Buy for only a couple meals at first to get started so you can see how much food you need. Here are some ideas:
- Wild Salmon
- Organic Chicken – Drumsticks, Thighs, Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
- Ground Turkey
- Ground Beef
- Grass-Fed Beef – Filet Mignon, Flank Steak, Stew Beef
If you love breakfast, then eggs will be a huge staple on your gluten-free diet. We recommend getting cage-free all natural eggs. You can get the kind with Omega-3’s for extra nutritional value but it isn’t necessary.
- Keep healthy drinks on hand that you can reach for. Here are some of my favorites:
- Coconut Water
- Sparkling Water
- Coconut Milk (from a can not a carton)
Sauces / Oils / Condiments
- Olive Oil
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Coconut Oil
- Coconut Aminos
- Sea Salt
- Almond Butter – Manartha makes a creamy almond butter that does not require stirring. It is a-maz-ing. If you don’t have it at your local grocery store, you can buy it here. Justin’s also makes a really great almond butter
Okay, all this stuff above probably sounds great. But what about when it’s 4pm and the urge to snack hits you smack across the face and you don’t know what to do? Well, we got your snacks covered. Make sure to have these items on hand and you will be covered.
- Beef Jerky: Make sure it is gluten-free by checking the packaging. This is a great snack option.
- Seaweed Snacks: You’ve probably seen the seaweed snacks that come in the package. They are salty and good and delicious. Are they as good as potato chips? Probably not. But they sure are healthier.
- Gluten-Free Bars: There are a lot of these on the market these days and we could probably right a whole list of only bars. Here are some names of gluten free bars that we enjoy. A lot.
- Larabar: Try the Coconut Cream Pie. It’s delicious! Larabar Uber bars are another great option as well.
- Kind Bar
- Think Thin: The creamy peanut butter one is bomb.
- Rise Bars
- Dried Fruit: This is not a must but can help tame your sweet tooth. Just look at the packaging and make sure they don’t add EXTRA sugar to the fruit (yes, it’s been known to happy).
- Nuts: Another gluten-free and clean eating diet staple. Get nuts with nuts. I’m talking all kinds of nuts – almonds, cashews, and pistachios. They are all good for you. Get in on the bandwagon.
If you do not drink alcohol, I commend you! You can move on to the end of this awesome shopping guide. But drinking alcohol can be confusing when you are starting a gluten-free diet. What’s allowed? What’s not allowed? Here are some tips to help you navigate your way:
- Cider: Sadly, beer is not gluten-free. And if you’re sensitive to gluten you’ve probably experienced the havoc it can wreak on your digestive system. So you are going to need to find some alternative options. If you haven’t found a good gluten-free beer that you like, try cider. Most ciders are naturally gluten-free and can be found in the supermarket. Here are some brands of cider we have tried and can recommend:
- Angry Orchard
- Stella (they now make a cider and it’s pretty darn good!)
- Wine: Most wine is gluten-free. Red or white – you are good with the vino. Just don’t go overboard.
- Hard Alcohol: If you are going to drink hard alcohol, make sure you look at labels. Some types of vodka or whiskey may not be gluten free. If you are going to be taking on a new clean eating lifestyle we really don’t recommend leaning towards the hard stuff anyway. Let it take a back seat for now.
Okay, there you have it! The list above provides you with a very yummy, gluten-free and clean eating kitchen. Now that you have all the ingredients, it’s time to get started and make some meals. Check out Teresa’s Gluten Free and Paleo diet challenges for some great meal plans!
Over and Out,
A tiny bit more about Lindsay at Fit & Awesome: I am a surfer, snowboarder, and triathlete with a passion for music, tech, and life in general. Digital Marketing Consultant. Gluten-free. Partly Paleo. Always Awesome. Read More…
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