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The budget-friendly grocery has some good deals—but it's not all good for you.

Hayley Sugg
January 10, 2018

Aldi may be famous for their incredibly cheap prices, but that doesn't mean you should buy every product that strikes your fancy. Stray away from their overly processed convenience foods and instead choose some of our favorite healthy staples to fill up your grocery cart.

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SimplyNature Organic Baby Spinach

Price: $2.49 for a 5 oz. package

A large amount of Aldi's produce is labeled as certified organic, including their incredibly cheap baby spinach. Spinach makes for an easy-to-use mild-flavored green that can be thrown into anything from pasta to salads and soups. It's high in vitamin A and a great source of plant-based fiber.

Some other regularly carried staples include bananas, greens such as lettuce and kale, tomatoes, apples, and baby carrots. Depending on the season, other organic produce will rotate through the store. If you're looking for more fruit options, the freezer section often stocks frozen organic fruits like strawberries or blueberries.

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SimplyNature Original Soy Milk

Price: $2.19 per half gallon

Non-dairy milks are more popular than ever, and you can easily jump on the bandwagon with this inexpensive soy milk. It's a healthy option for pouring over breakfast cereal or adding to baked goods, with fewer calories than dairy milk and an equal amount of calcium.

Aldi has always been a great place to shop for plant-based products—especially with the launch of their new vegan line, Earth Grown—and multiple non-dairy milk products are now available.

Most stores regularly carry soy milk and almond milk (in both unsweetened and sweetened flavors), and occasionally the limited-time Aldi Finds will include products like coconut milk or cashew milk.

PurAqua Belle Vie

Price: $2.99 for 12-pack

If you're a sparkling water addict, then Aldi should be your go-to shopping place. Their store brand of seltzer, PurAqua Belle Vie, rings in at about 25 cents per can and comes in three flavors—grapefruit, lime, and lemon.

But if you can't stop craving the name-brand stuff, La Croix is a common limited-time Aldi Finds item that's often available at budget-friendly prices.

Friendly Farms All Natural Greek Yogurt

Price: $3.49 for 32 oz.

Greek yogurt is a staple in healthy eating, useful for everything from replacing sour cream to mixing up creamy desserts. It's high in calcium and protein, plus it's a natural probiotic. This tub of Friendly Farms' Greek yogurt is a whopping two pounds, meaning you're getting a serious bang for your buck with each cup costing about 87 cents.

We here at Cooking Light are fans of full-fat dairy because of its well-rounded flavor and the fact that it's more satiating than low-fat or fat-free varieties. Aldi carries a wide range of full-fat yogurts, ranging from Greek to regular, making it the perfect place to stock up.

SimplyNature Organic Peanut Butter

Price: $3.89 for 16 oz.

Perfect for the classic PB&J or just eating by the spoonful, SimplyNature's Organic Peanut Butter is a fairly-priced plant-based protein. It boasts just two ingredients—peanuts and salt—meaning it can easily be used for sweet or savory recipes.

But Aldi carries other nut butter options, such as almond butter and cashew butter, and some limited-time Aldi Finds products like crunchy peanut butter with flaxseed and chia are also available. Their whole nut selection is reasonably priced and usually includes items like roasted cashews, salt and pepper pistachios, raw almonds, and various mixes.

L'oven Fresh 100% Whole Wheat Bread

Price: $1.49

Finding a loaf of bread that's 100 percent whole grain (and not just a partial blend) can be a struggle in the grocery store. Thankfully, Aldi's L'oven Fresh 100% Whole Wheat Bread meets all of our nutritional needs for a budget-friendly price.

Always choose whole grains when available, since they've been linked to a longer lifespan and naturally have higher amounts of protein and fiber than processed grains.

Aldi's large bread section also holds several other healthy options. Keep carbs in check with whole grain flatbreads, or have a wholesome cookout with whole wheat hot dog and hamburger buns.

SimplyNature Grass-Fed Ground Beef

Price: $5.89 per pound

Grass-fed beef is a healthier option than the grain-fed variety. It has less fat and a better ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 and should definitely be part of your meat repertoire. Their ground beef can be used to make a lightened up bolognese, meatloaf, or hamburger.

Not all grocery stores carry grass-fed beef, but Aldi almost has a few low-priced options on hand for the choosy shopper. Besides ground beef, they often sell steaks and frozen hamburger patties as limited-time Aldi Finds options.