ALDI Grocery Guide: Budget-Friendly Healthy Food Ideas

Looking to ball on a budget? Aldi continues to reign king of grocery stores when it comes to being able to eat healthy while also not breaking the bank. If you’re looking for affordable yet high-quality food, Aldi is your spot!

 

ALDI Grocery Stores Have Had the Glow-Up of the Century

Although Aldi is known as a “budget” grocery store, you might be surprised to hear that they often offer tons of organic options, grass-fed meats, pastured eggs, etc etc.

“Never Any” and “Fit & Active” are two brands you’ll often see in various parts of the store that are likely going to be a safe bet in terms of being good, quality choices. I obviously didn’t scour every single item in the store, but the ones I did glance at seemed legit and items I would happily purchase.

Especially if you’re someone who tends to shop at higher end grocery stores, you might be surprised at just how much money you could be saving if you shopped at ALDI more. A few examples of incredible savings that I saw today included pastured eggs @ $3.99 for a dozen (!!!) and Califia Farms Coconut Milk for $3.48 (I don’t think I’ve ever seen them for less than $5.00!)

 

Do Make Sure to Check Ingredient Lists Before Purchasing

ALDI can be very similar to Trader Joes where either the ingredient list on foods will either be eleventy billion ingredients and full of stabilizers and gums… or short and sweet and just a few real whole food ingredients.

If you pick up a food item and the ingredient list looks like it could give a CVS a run for it’s money, maybe consider passing on it and keep looking to see if there’s better alternatives available. If possible, I love to see food items have ingredient lists that are ~10-15 ingredients or less, if possible.

 

Healthy Grocery Ideas From Aldi:

  • Protein Ideas: Organic Grass-Fed 85% Ground Beef, Chicken Breast, Turkey Sausage, Ground Turkey, Turkey Bacon, Uncured Bacon, Nonfat Greek Yogurt, Eggs, Uncured Ham, Deli Turkey, Chicken Sausages, Scallops, Wild-Caught Tuna, Carnitas, Beef Barbacoa
  • Carbs: Sweet Potatoes, Various Squash, Organic Quinoa, Organic Brown Rice, Organic White Rice, Rice Cakes, Instant Oats, Whole Wheat Pasta
  • Fats: Avocados, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil, Nuts, Kerrygold Butter, Almond Butter, Ghee
  • Veggies (Fresh & Frozen): Mushrooms, Green Beans, Baby Spinach, Tomatoes, Carrots, Brussels, Zucchini, Asparagus, California Medley, Broccoli Starry, Riced Cauliflower, Spring Mix
  • Fruit (Fresh & Frozen): Strawberries, Blueberries, Berry Medley, Raspberries, Pineapple, Mango

 

Did I Mention That ALDI Has Ridiculously Cheap Fruits & Veggies?

Aldi does an absolutely incredible job of pricing their fruits and vegetables affordably to help minimize there being a financial barrier of entry to people getting fresh produce. If you prefer frozen fruits and veggies so you don’t have to worry about them going bad (like I do), the freezers are absolutely loaded with tons of different options to choose from just like the “fresh” department (:

They even have steam-able veggies for as low as ~$1.15/bag! Common brands of frozen veggies at other grocery stores like Birds Eye or Green Giant can often run upwards of $3-$3.50, so this is incredible!

 

Want to Save Even More Money? Consider Buying Frozen 

Buying frozen fruits and vegetables can be an amazing way to save a lot of money, and the best part is that you don’t have to be in a rush to eat it. Frozen produce is typically picked at the peak of ripeness and then flash frozen. So oftentimes, frozen fruits and vegetables may actually be fresher and contain MORE vitamins, minerals, nutrients etc than the stuff in the “fresh” department.

You could use frozen fruits in smoothies, or eat frozen right out of the bag “as is” for a refreshing sweet treat. When preparing your (previously frozen) vegetables, don’t forget to season with tons of spices (I love Himalayan sea salt, onion powder, garlic powder, everything bagel seasoning) and some sort of healthy fat – like olive oil or grass-fed butter. ps: if your veggies are super squishy or rubbery, you likely overcooked them.

 

Things I Try to Prioritize When Grocery Shopping:

  • When grocery shopping, I try to prioritize purchasing high quality meats and look for things like “pastured, grass-fed, wild-caught” etc where I can afford to. If it’s not in the budget though, don’t sweat it though! Most people typically fall short on their protein needs and don’t get in enough protein each day, so I’d much rather you actually hit your protein needs before stressing over the quality of it.

 

  • I always stock up tons of fruits and vegetables so that at majority of my meals, I can try to get a protein + carb + fat + fruit + veggie. I tend to do a lot of olive oil, fattier cuts of meats (salmon, chicken thighs, steak, bison, etc), avocado, and dark chocolate for sources of healthy fats.

 

  • I tend to frequent a lot of jasmine rice as one of my primary carb sources, as I find my stomach doesn’t do super well with quinoa or potatoes (I’m gluten-free, so that often quickly rules out things like bread/pasta/etc as GF versions either don’t taste good or can be super pricy). 

 

Anyway. Hope this helps! Happy shopping and have fun saving all the monies! (:

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