I want to start off this exciting 10 Day Extravaganza by sharing the Top 30 non-gluten foods per section of the grocery store that are jam packed with nutrients.
Gluten is a protein found in barley, rye, wheat and foods derived from these grains. Therefore, gluten-free means any foods free of these substances. If you are new to the world of gluten-free, not to worry. There are hundreds of foods that are naturally gluten-free. Like most of you, when I’m shopping, I try to stretch my dollar as far as I possibly can and still buy the healthiest food. And that’s where I focus on ANDI. ANDI stands for “Aggregate Nutrient Density Index.” An ANDI score represents the nutrient density of a food on a scale from 1 to 1,000 which is calculated by nutrient content. The scores are determined by the wide range of antioxidants, micro nutrients, minerals and vitamins a food contains.
The top Bang for Your Buck can be found without a doubt in the produce section of your local grocery store. Dark Greens take the grand prize with their superb nutrient profile. Here are some examples of ANDI scores from different grocery sections, with kale and other dark greens way ahead of the pack. Happy nutrient-dense shopping!
Collard Greens/Mustard/Turnip 1,000
Non Green Vegetables-
Red Pepper 366
Kidney Beans 100
Northern Beans 94
Nuts and Seeds-
Sunflower Seeds 78
Sesame Seeds 65
Flax Seeds 65
Gluten-Free Whole Grains-
Oats, steel-cut 53
Wild Rice 43
Brown Rice 41
Bison, Top Sirloin 39
Pork Tenderloin 34
Chicken Breast 27
Mahi Mahi 39
Cottage Cheese 18
Refrigerated Dairy Section-
Hemp Milk 27
I am excited to announce that I will be giving away a $25 gift card to Bob’s Red Mill! To enter the giveaway:
-You are allowed one entry per “10 Days of Gluten Free” blog post for a total of 10 entries on this blog.
-Enter by leaving a comment on this post (and other 10 Days of Gluten Free posts)
-The giveaway begins May 7, 2012 and ends at 11:59 pm eastern time on May 18, 2012.
-This giveaway is limited to U.S. residents 18 and older.
No purchase is necessary. Odds are winning are based on the number of entries. The winner will be randomly chosen and will be contacted by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be randomly chosen.
Be sure to checkout all of the other blogs and their fabulous posts! Remember each blogger is hosting a giveaway for a total of 10 fabulous giveaways!
Getting Started – Linda @ The Gluten-Free Homemaker
Resources – Wendy @ Celiacs in the House
Traveling – Karen @ Gluten-Free Travel Blog
Eating Out – Heather @ Gluten-Free Cat
Frugal Tips – Janelle @ Gluten Freely Frugal
Cooking – Carrie @ Ginger Lemon Girl
Baking – Jules @ Jules Gluten Free
Kids – Lynn @ Lynn’s Recipe Adventures
Lunch Boxes – Tessa @ Tessa the Domestic Diva