Would you like to add more variety to your diet? Whether you are new to eating gluten-free or just want to boggle your taste buds with new and delicious food, there are many awesome “alternative” grains and seeds available to choose from that do not contain gluten.
Here is my list of 10 Powerhouse Gluten-Free Grains:
Amaranth-This “grain” is actually a seed that is related to beets and spinach.
Buckwheat-Another seed (that is not related to wheat and does not contain gluten) that is rich in B Vitamins, magnesium, zinc and protein.
Corn-A good source of fiber and protein.
Millet-A grass that is very easily digested.
Oats (Certified Gluten-Free)-This popular breakfast grain is a fantastic source of dietary fiber and protein.
Quinoa-A complete protein that has an abundant amount of calcium and protein.
Brown Rice-More nutritious than white rice and is rich in fiber.
Sorghum-High in iron and fiber.
Teff-The smallest grain in the world. It is jam packed with calcium, iron, fiber and protein.
Wild Rice contains iron and protein.
The most inexpensive way to purchase these grains is often in bulk at your local grocery or health food store. The difference between bagging your own pound of rice and buying it in a packaged box can be astounding. You can easily spend twice as much for the same product if you buy it pre-packaged. It is definitely worth spending a minute bagging your own to save some of your hard earned money!
Buying in bulk from major chains such as Costco can provide significant savings as well. Whenever I go to my local Costco, I stock up on Quinoa and Wild Rice. $20 spent on rice and quinoa can last my family 3 months!
Shopping for gluten-free grains online (specifically Amazon and iHerb) saves me hundreds of dollars a year. It truly pays to shop around. Amazon offers a Subscribe and Save option (which you can cancel at anytime) that automatically saves you 15% off the product. Here are a few grains I buy online in bulk from Amazon that I have found to be great deals:
I avoid GMO’s whenever possible. If this is something that is important to you, make sure the grains you are using are non-GMO (if it is not labeled on the package, you can call the company directly and ask or research it online).
I am excited to announce that I am 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 of 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
Join me again for 10 Days of Gluten-Free on Monday where I will discuss my favorite gluten-free flours and the best prices I have found!