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SIX WAYS TO CUT THE COST OF A GLUTEN-FREE DIET

With rising costs hitting harder than ever, Coeliac Australia dietitian Kristina Richardson shares how to eat well while spending less.

By Kristina Richardson
Six ways to reduce the cost of your gluten-free diet

1. EMBRACE UNPROCESSED FOODS

To avoid the mark-up on goods while you’re on a gluten-free diet, fill your trolley with naturally gluten-free wholefoods. Focus on in-season fruits, vegetables, meats, nuts, legumes, dairy products and gluten-free wholegrains.

2. HUNT FOR DISCOUNTS

Don’t pay full price if you don’t have to. Keep an eye out for specials on staple gluten-free foods such as breakfast cereals, biscuits and pasta. If you score a bargain on shelf-stable items, stock up. Don’t pay a brand loyalty tax either. If a cheaper product has the same ingredients, choose that brand.  

 

3. MAKE YOUR OWN

Nothing gives you more bang for your buck than cooking gluten-free meals and staples from scratch. Not only is home cooking cost-effective, it also gives you control over ingredients and flavours. Try baking your own gluten-free muffins and breadyou’ll never look back.  

4. BUY AND COOK IN BULK

Purchasing larger quantities leads to significant savings over time. Take advantage of bulk-buying stores such as Costco and online shopping platforms for bulk food suppliers. If you have freezer space, cooking meals in bulk is cot efective, can reduce food waste and saves time on busy weeknights.

5. SAVE ON GRAINS

If wholegrains like quinoa and buckwheat are too pricey, make the most of cheaper alternatives. Although a varied diet is important, more common gluten-free grains like rice and corn (and products made from them) will ultimately be easier on your pocket.  

6. THINK OUTSIDE THE BREAKFAST BOX

Breakfast doesn’t need to revolve around cereal or bread. Explore alternatives like smoothies packed with fruit or omelettes loaded with veggies. For an easy lunch (that’s not a sandwich), try a baked or microwaved potato, or last night’s leftovers.

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