I remember when I first went gluten-free; I would spend hours at the grocery store. Fear not!You can easily tackle gluten-free food shopping with some important tips in mind:

  1. Do your research and create a list before you shop.  Compile a “cheat sheet” of what is gluten-free before hitting the supermarket and bring your reference guide with you.
  2. Stop by the customer service desk.  Many grocery stores are now providing a list of gluten-free products they carry in store.  Some stores even have a downloadable version you can access online.
  3. Shop the perimeter of the store.  Naturally gluten-free fruits and veggies, meats, poultry, fish and dairy products can be found in the outer aisles of most grocery stores.
  4. Explore the inner aisles for gluten-free finds such as canned goods, rice, corn tortillas, Frito Lay snacks, Chex gluten-free cerealBetty Crocker Gluten-Free cake, cookie and brownie mixes, and Gluten-Free Bisquick.  Chain stores as well as food stores such as Target, Trader Joes, Wegmans, and Whole Foods also carry a nice selection of gluten-free food products.
  5. Speak to the store manager.  Is there a certain gluten-free food that you are wishing your store would carry?  Talk to the manager and ask to fill out a product request form.
  6. Read all labels.  As time consuming as it may be, reading ingredient labels is the one way you can make absolutely certain if a product is gluten-free.
  7. Shop during non-peak times.  If at all possible, plan to do your shopping during a time when your grocery store is not busy (early morning, late evening, weekdays).  You’ll feel less pressured when the aisles aren’t jam packed with frenzied shoppers.

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