Living in Boulder, the gluten free lifestyle is almost assumed. Generally when provided food at clubs, meetings, or events gluten free and vegetarian options are ALWAYS available. With that being said, it is also extremely easy to find gluten free dishes at resturants, coffee shops, and most importantly grocery stores in Boulder. I wish this was the case for every city- the difficulty level of finding gluten free products can make or break someone’s life. Most grocery stores are adapting their inventory to better serve the needs of their customers, so gluten free products are more common in grocery stores like Safeway and H.E.B. than it was 5 years ago. You can talk to managers at your local grocery store and request for products you need. They will take your request into serious concideration and most likely begin to carry it if you ask them to. If that is not an option for you then I would lead you to the two best grocery stores for a gluten free lifestyle.
Whole Foods: You have heard me talk about this store a couple times before and although it is pricy it really does have the best assortment of gluten free foods. They are extremely good about having all sorts of food that tailor perfectly with people who are Celiac. In every isle you will find gluten free products without even having to look. It is your grocery heaven! It is based out of Austin, Texas and is a natural and organic food market. Whole Foods is nationally ranked for being a socially responsible business as well as being ranked third on the 25 Green Power Partners. Not only do they provide gluten free, organic, and healthy food, they also run a healthy business for our community.
Trader Joe’s: Is a natural grocery store that is based out of Monrovia, California. They have over 300 hundred stores, most of which are in California. Although this store is more difficult to find than Whole Foods it most certainly is worth the search. They provide local, fresh organic and natural groceries at a fraction of the price of their competitors. They are well known for their supply of gluten-free products at a low price. If you are gluten free and you need to save money, find a Trader Joe’s fast! It is a smaller store so their selection is not as vast as Whole Foods, but it is still an amazing option!
If you still can’t find what you need then head to glutenfreemall.com. This website is remarkable and has just about every gluten free product you can imagine. If you can’t find it in your neighborhood grocery store, search for it here!