Grocery shopping can be a daunting task for those new to a gluten-free lifestyle. Now all of a sudden, everything seems like a risk. You are now reading labels that would never have garnered a second glance from you. Is this safe? It doesn't say "gluten-free", but can I still eat it? Do bananas have gluten? Will I ever be able to eat again?
Take a deep breath... You can do this. It just takes time. You can learn what to look for. You will find brands and products that you and your family like. You will also get excited when traditional non-gluten-free products get gluten-free versions (like Cheerios this summer!).
Fortunately, there are a lot of foods you don't have to worry about. The staples, the basics, these guys are okay. Processed food? Well, keep reading.
Basic meat is gluten free. Steaks, pork chops, chicken, ground beef, fish, and other cuts of meat should be safe. Meat that is seasoned, like fajita meat, can very easily contain a gluten ingredient. READ THE LABEL!
Fruits and vegetables are safe, too. I bet you are glad to know that. ;)
You will also find that most dairy products are safe. Again, make sure that you read the labels. Be extra wary of cake/cookie flavored coffee creamers and yogurt.