Saturday, October 8, 2016
Shopping for a new lifestyle
After spending a few days researching just exactly what DD can eat on her very restricted diet (FODMAP plus a GERD diet), we made a list of ingredients to look for at Whole Foods and decided to go there after DD got out of work on Friday.
Here's what we got:
gluten free tortillas, 2 lbs strawberries, grapes,
buckwheat flour, gluten free pancake mix, gluten free pizza crust mix, vegan Mozzarella, firm tofu, Xantham gum for baking, Cheddar with chives, red chard, fresh chives,
heirloom tomatoes (she can't eat but they were on my regular grocery list), herbal tea, vanilla yogurt (again for us),
gluten free bread mix, gluten free all purpose mix, gluten free biscuit mix, 2 boxes quinoa pasta, a loaf of gluten free bread, garlic infused EVOO (an experiment as she can't have garlic, so hoping a drizzle on food will be tolerated).
I used my own bags, saving 10 cents/bag. I used 2 Android ap coupons (tea and $2 off fresh produce), I used the $25 off/$100 purchase coupon.
Out the door: $82.28. The cashier was impressed.
So, while not "whole pay check," this is a pricier store. In searching for hard to find ingredients, we are now keeping a keep eye out at all retailers. We later discovered, for expample, that the local Shoprite carries many of the brands of GF foods that we looked at while at WF, and a lower cost (don't forget, I got $25 of free ingredients from WF due to the coupon they sent me).
My Happy Haven highly recommended Namaste mixes. Prebaked GF treats are obnoxiously priced, and these mixes are very expensive ($8.28 Brownies, $5.19 muffin/scones). I found a local source at a natural health food store that I frequent.
We figure that we'll experiment with homemade recipes as well as mixes and determine which she prefers.
Are there any other brands that you would recommend? sources for acquiring either ingredients or mixes?