I started my Gluten Free voyage this evening with a trip to the grocery store. I made sure to go in prepared. I made a list. I even went online to to the GF Foodlist (see my links!) to find out which specific brands to purchase. I figured that way I could eliminate some time reading lables. Well, two hours and WAY too much money later, I am home and stocked for the immediate future.
I have to say this was an interesting trip to the store. I am used to going in with a list (and usually a few meal ideas), but purchasing whatever peaks my interest. Angel food cake? Sure! French bread and brie? Yum!!! It was definitely a different experience today.
Since I planned ahead I think the trip was less frustrating than it could have been. I went in with a specific purpose. I was on a mission. It was fruitful. Literally. I don't think I have bought that much produce in a long time. It was amazing to see the difference in my shopping cart today compared to my last shopping trip. I usually have a large percentage of my items from the frozen food isle. This time...none. Lots of fresh produce, meat, and new ingredients. I bought quinoa for the first time. Not quite sure what I am going to do with it. I am going to look for some recipes and see what I can create.
The very frustrating moment came when I tried to buy some munchies. Rice cakes should be the perfect snack. So many different flavors out there. Unfortunately, most of the flavorings contain whey. I am going to grow to hate whey, barley, and malt. These little buggers seem to sneak into all the tastey treats. BBQ potato chips, rice cakes...all the yummy things. So I guess my new mission is to find crave inducing snack foods that are gluten free. Impossible or not, this is a mission I shal accept. (Oh lord, that was cheesey!)