I have written about my kids, and how many allergies they have, but I have not really said how it creates a lifestyle change. It is hard living with children that all require different menus because of food allergies. Just when I think I have got it down, I mess it up, like this: My son is allergic to all nuts, so when we look at the different foods, I make sure there are no nuts, but as we are looking at the Gluten Free products we forget about the nut allergy and worry about the Gluten Free, so suddenly, what I had under control is no longer under control. With my daughter, as we attempt to purchase all Gluten Free items, we grab the packages and read them and then remember that she is also severely allergic to corn which really restricts her diet!
My go-to has been Giant Eagle and Market District as they have a wealth of products that fit the Gluten Free Index and I am also able to buy all the other items I need in one stop. Many of the employees are able to guide you in the right direction of the Gluten Free foods if you are not able to locate them, which is more than I can say for many stores I have shopped in as employees have no idea what you need when you ask for Gluten Free!
While there are many everyday products you can use from your basic pantry that are already Gluten Free it is nice to be able to find frozen items that are already prepared and made for those nights and times you are in a pinch, Additionally, if the kids are helping you shop for their foods, it is great that there are aisles dedicated specifically to the Gluten Free Foods as this leaves no question as to IF they can have those foods, they know they are dedicated Gluten Free!
As a blogger, I have worked with so many of the brands that Giant Eagle carries on their shelves so we know they are reputable and taste good. As a consumer I know that I am able to save money while I shop because I use the Advantage Card to save on future purchases of gasoline at the pumps later! Coupons are able to be applied to many of the products I shop for and bread is always available whether frozen or fresh!
I truly appreciate a store that has items dedicated to a lifestyle that mandates a particular menu and Giant Eagle and Market District offer a great selection!
Stay tuned for the adventures of the Pittsburgh Frugal Kids in the aisles of Giant Eagle and Market District shopping for Gluten Free products.