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 cereal, Betty 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.