If you are looking to eat healthy and save money on groceries, ALDI is the place for you to shop. Get the list of all my dietitian picks at ALDI here.
This post is sponsored by ALDI. I was compensated to write this post. I am extremely happy to work with them as ALDI has made a huge impact in my life and ability to eat healthy. All opinions and views are my own.
Yesterday I posted about How to Shop at ALDI so if you are just joining me today, make sure you check out that post first.
Now, let’s talk about the kind of products and foods you’ll find AND how much you’ll pay for it.
First of all, let me prepare you on where to find prices of products at ALDI. You always look up. Prices are listed above frequently.
I have many, many favorite and staple items I buy at ALDI so I’ll try to sum it up as best I can. I’ll also go in order of the store flow so it’s easier to remember.
Clancy’s Tortilla Chips: So Team Braddock loves tortilla chips and I’m not afraid to say it. I look for chips with a super short ingredient list like corn or potatoes, salt, and oil. I don’t buy them much though because chips are so expensive. These delicious chips are only $1.19 a bag. And remember, use your chips as a vehicle for getting in great veggies like salsa and avocado (or guacamole), all of which are also available at ALDI.
80% Dark Chocolate Bars (#1): ALDI chocolate is unreal, both in flavor and price. I learned that they get all their chocolate from Europe and you can taste it. I love that they have super dark chocolate and it comes in individually wrapped bars (inside this bigger box). I like having a little bit of chocolate every day so this makes it easy to enjoy a reasonable portion that’s higher in health promoting polyphenols.
Simply Nature Fruit & Nut Bar and Energy Bars (#2): These products are similar KIND bars and Clifbar. I think they taste great and the price is so reasonable at $3.99 for the SimplyNature Fruit & Nut Bars and $4.69 per box of 6 SimplyNature Energy Bars. The Simply Nature line is an ALDI exclusive that is mostly organic. In general though, you should know that by the end of 2015 all ALDI exclusive products will be MSG, high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oil free. That means that 90% of the store will be products that you don’t have to think twice about these ingredients.
Simply Nature Kids Squeezable Fruit Blends (#3): This is the best price you will find on squeezable fruits. They are delicious and my kids love them as snacks on the go.
Nuts and Dried Fruit: ALDI has a huge selection of different dried fruits and nuts at phenomenal prices. I buy dried cherries, blueberries and apricots as well as walnuts and almonds.
Live G-Free line (#4): ALDI has this wonderful line of gluten free products and they are scattered everywhere through the store. We personally do not eat gluten free, but for those who do, it’s easy to find all kind of options at ALDI.
Burman’s Whole Grain Mustard: Mustard is actually a pretty healthy condiment and I LOVE this whole grain mustard. I use it on our sandwiches and in salad dressings or anywhere I might need a dijon mustard.
Wine and Beer (#5): I have sampled many of the ALDI wines and beers and am always pleasantly surprised. Some of my favorites are the pinot noir, chardonnay, and Monterey beer (which is similar to Corona light).
Spices (#6): All the spices. I repeat, ALL THE SPICES, are only 99 cents. Yes please.
Olive oil and vinegars: I’m a bit of an olive oil/vinegar snob as I like good tasting, good quality stuff. I’ve been very pleased with ALDI’s products and prices and continue to buy them.
The Special Buy Isle* (#7): ALDI has this amazing aisle that is always full of a variety of food and non-food products. It is A-MAZE-ING. Depending on the time of year, they sell kitchen tools and supplies, gardening everything, home organization pieces, decorations, toys, crafts, small appliances and so much more. This aisle is always changing so you never know what kind of cool stuff they will have. Some of my favorite special buy purchases have been pizza pans, drawer organizers, yard tool holder, decorative mirrors, door hooks, and storage bins. The prices were all ridiculously low and I’ve been very happy with the quality.
*Available while quantities last. All products may not be available in all stores. Prices subject to change.
Produce (#8): ALDI carries most of the produce I like to buy. From time to time the stock at my store is a little picked over, but typically, I’m happy. I tend to buy bananas, tomatoes, whole pineapple, carrots, broccoli, peppers, apples, berries, citrus, zucchini and asparagus. They have a small selection of organic produce too.
My FAV and most exciting produce to buy is avocados. This is one of the foods I wasn’t able to buy regularly because they are pricey for not a lot of food. But at ALDI, 1 large (and I mean large) avocado is between 0.69-0.95 cents. Yes, they are less than a dollar a piece. Thank you ALDI!
Canned Goods: There are a large variety of canned goods to choose from but some of favorites are the canned tomatoes and beans. Many of these options are available in their organic Simply Nature line too.
Deli Meat and Cheese: Deli meat is another food I just couldn’t afford on a regular basis. I like all natural deli meats but I just can’t spend $8-$10 a pound. At $3.29 per pack, Simply-Nature turkey and ham are now staples in my grocery cart. The cheese selection at ALDI is also pretty impressive. They have a variety of sliced, block and fancy cheeses that are all super affordable.
Fresh Meats (#9): ALDI has a good selection of beef and poultry. I like buying ground beef and whole chickens (this is what I use for my Slow Cooker “Roasted” Chicken).
Whole Wheat Bread (#10): There are two kinds of whole grain bread at ALDI and both are less than $2 a loaf.
Dairy and Eggs (#11): The prices on Greek yogurt, milk, kefir, and eggs is ridiculous! I can now afford organic milk ($3.39) and kefir ($2.49) again. ALDI usually only carries one type of organic milk (2% or Skim) so just be prepared for that. Hooray! Eggs are $1.59 (approximately) per dozen and I stock up on them. Now the eggs display looks different than what most are used to but you will get used to it.
Frozen Foods: I really like the frozen seafood selection. I’ve bought the salmon and swai, which is the fish I’ve used lately in my 4 Ingredient Crunchy Fish. I also love the prices on the frozen fruits, which we use in smoothies and the whole grain frozen waffles which are a lifesaver for breakfast. There’s a lot of fun products in this section to try out.
There always seems to be something new at ALDI that catches my eye and I must try. They often have “special buys” which are items that are limited time only. Some of them are being tested to see if they could be successful year long products and therefore will stick around. One of my all time special buys was their canned tart cherries, which I used in my Chocolate Tart Cherry Recovery Smoothie. Please please please bring these back ALDI!!
So there you have my round up of ALDI favorite products. Leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite items are OR if you think you just might give ALDI a try for the first time. I’m pretty sure your life will be changed forever too.