12 Items Nutritionists Love Buying From Aldi
If you haven’t shopped at Aldi yet, print this list and go! Aldi’s promise is “a faster, easier, and smarter way to save money on high-quality groceries and more” and, well, they deliver! Plus, they do a great job of stocking healthier-for-you items, which is why so many nutritionists make it one of their go-to stores.
Here’s what we’re putting in our Aldi carts. Just don’t forget: you’ll need a quarter for your cart (you get it back!) and your own bags.
Friendly Farms Vanilla Skyr Yogurt
Yogurt is known for its protein, calcium, and probiotics, but it also can be a sneaky source of added sugar. This yogurt has the thickness of a Greek yogurt, but is much lower in added sugar than many flavored Greek yogurts. One 5.3-ounce serving of vanilla skyr has eight grams of sugar (only six are added sugars) compared to 10 to 15 grams of sugar in most Greek yogurts of the same size. —Allison Knott, MS, RDN in New York City
Because Aldi is my one-stop shop for groceries, I am excited that they now carry fresh salmon fillets. You can find both fresh salmon and tilapia in the same section as fresh meat and poultry. The salmon from Aldi is high-quality and sustainably sourced so I feel confident feeding it to my family. Plus, it is affordably priced so I can easily work it into my weekly meal plan. —Holley Grainger, MS, RD, of Cleverful Living with Holley Grainger
It may sound absurd that I make a trip to Aldi for lemons, but the price of their 2-pound bag can’t be beat! And lemons are one item I always have on hand for homemade salad dressings, which I make multiple times a week; cooking seafood; cleaning my wood cutting boards (with salt, too); and for a fast, pretty centerpiece when last-minute guests are coming over (just throw ‘em in a bowl!). —Brierley Horton, MS, RD in Birmingham, Ala.
SimplyNature Organic Frozen Fruit
As a health nut and a young professional, it can be hard to stick to a healthy diet on a reasonable budget. Aldi’s organic frozen fruit is so affordable—and it also comes in easy to use resealable freezer bags. I love to add frozen fruit to just about anything, especially on top of yogurt, so Aldi is a great place to stock up! —Carly McGavin, Nutritionist at Nourish Foods Co.
Simply Nature Seedtastic Bread
I take my whole grain bread very seriously, and this one checks all my boxes: It's hearty whole grain goodness with all the fiber and protein. —Jenna Braddock, MSH, RDN, writer at MakeHealthyEasy.com
Keeping a well-stocked pantry is a simple way to ensure that I always have basic ingredients on-hand to make a nutritious meal, regardless of the season. Canned goods are often less expensive than their fresh counterparts, and because they are harvested when the food is in peak season, they lock in fresh flavor and peak nutrition. Prices of canned goods at Aldi can't be beat. My pantry is always stocked with our family favorites like green beans, tomatoes, black beans, pears, corn, and chickpeas—all from Aldi. —Holley Grainger, MS, RD, of Cleverful Living with Holley Grainger
Elevation by Millville Apple Pie Bar
Granola bars are another sneaky source of added sugar, so I'm always searching for ones with the least amount of added sugar possible. I always aim for less than 10g of total sugar per bar if fruit isn't the main ingredient. If a bar has over 10g sugar, I look for fruit—such as dates—to be the first ingredient and no added sugars—such as syrup or honey—whatsoever. This bar fits my criteria; dates are the first ingredient, nuts are second, and there’s no added sugar. Plus, one bar also has 5g of real fiber! In other words, there’s no added fiber like chicory root which is a bonus for anyone who might be sensitive to added fiber. —Allison Knott, MS, RDN in New York City
LiveGFree Brown Rice Pasta
Although I do not eat exclusively gluten-free, I love that Aldi caters to people with food intolerances at a reasonable price. Plus, I love mixing up my diet and when pasta is for dinner, brown rice pasta is one way to do that. Best of all, unlike some other gluten-free pasta, in this one, the only ingredient is brown rice flour. —Carly McGavin, Nutritionist at Nourish Foods Co.
Specially Selected House Vinaigrette
This dressing is so delicious and makes any salad or vegetable taste fantastic. It's also a great marinade for meats. They don’t have it all the time, so buy a few when you see it! —Jenna Braddock, MSH, RDN, writer at MakeHealthyEasy.com
Park Street Deli Hummus Mini Cups
Hummus is a go-to at our house! We, of course, eat it as a snack, but also as a vegetable delivery device with dinner, and even tucked into my kids’ school lunches. Aldi’s mini cups are the perfect size, and also they typically have a variety of flavors (think: Roasted Red Pepper, Plain, even Chocolate). —Brierley Horton, MS, RD, in Birmingham, Ala.
Simply Nature Kids Squeezable Fruit Blends
This is the best price you will find on squeezable fruit packs. They are delicious and my kids love them for on-the-go snacks! —Jenna Braddock, MSH, RDN, writer at MakeHealthyEasy.com
Aldi has a huge selection of award-winning wine that costs less than $10 per bottle. Whether it’s a casual weekday glass or I’m serving a dinner guest, I can always find a bottle that fits my needs and tastes amazing. Some of my current favorites include Intermingle Red Blend, William Wright Reserve Pinot Noir, Grandi Mori Valdobbiadene Prosecco, and La Rue Cotes de Provence Rosé. —Holley Grainger, MS, RD, of Cleverful Living with Holley Grainger