Monday, March 7, 2011

Allergies on a Budget

If you have food allergies, you have probably walked the isles of your local grocery store reading label after label trying to figure out what you can and cannot eat. I was looking up a product today online and stumbled across Meijer's Allergen Listings. It is a comprehensive list of most of their store label products and the various allergens (or lack there of) in each.

Here is the link:

Meijer hosts a gluten-free fair week every year so watch for that. All gluten-free products go on sale!

Special Note: Remember that although it may be listed as a specific allergen-free it is still crucial to read the product labels to ensure that the manufacturing process has not changed and confirm that each product is allergen-friendly. Also, gluten-free, dairy-free, organic (or fill in the blank) does not necessarily mean healthy. Wise product discernment is still necessary.

I have also found quite a few other places to find gluten free, dairy free products at a fraction of the price. Here are some of my favorites:

Country Life Natural Foods - ask to see if they have a local ordering group if you're not near Pullman.  They recently added a wide variety of gluten-free products, especially flours, that you can purchase in bulk.

Nourish Organic Market - a lot of bulk options as well. I love their selection of dried beans!

Shady Side Farm - organic dried beans in bulk and local!

And of course, my local farmers market supplies the bulk of my diet as all veggies and fruits are gluten / dairy free!

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