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14 Healthy Items ALDI Employees Love

14 Healthy Items ALDI Employees Love

Bonus: All of these picks are under $8!

Shopping at ALDI is always a blast—and it’s in those moments when you have no idea what you actually want (or get intrigued by something brand-new and awesome-looking) where you just can’t help but throw random things in your cart. And if we’re being honest with ourselves, experimenting with new items is totally the best part!

Next time you’re shopping at ALDI, load up on the items you know you need and then have some fun with these expert-backed items that you might just become a little obsessed with. Who are these “experts?” Well, they’re ALDI employees who have tried everything on the market—so you know you’re in good hands!

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The roundup comes from Kate Kirkpatrick, an ALDI spokesperson who gathered responses from employees vouching for their favorite products. Here’s what they have to say.

Earth Grown Chickenless Patties or Tenders

“These are my go-to protein alternatives. They are absolutely delicious as-is, but I also love cutting them up and adding them to my salads.”

Price: $3.29

Little Salad Bar Cranberry Walnut Salad Bowl, Chicken Caesar Salad Bowl and Santa Fe Salad Bowl

“I eat these for lunch almost every single day. They are healthy, convenient, and delicious. Plus, you can’t beat the price!”

Price: $2.89 per salad

LiveGfree Gluten Free Bagels in Cinnamon Raisin

“ALDI stores have a pretty extensive list of gluten-free products under its private label, liveGfree. The cinnamon-raisin bagels have just the right amount of sweetness.”

Price: $3.99

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LiveGfree Gluten Free Pretzel Sticks

“The liveGfree pretzels are a game-changer, and I’m not even gluten-free! These paired with the Park Street Deli hummus and dessert hummus are my number-one snack.”

Price: $2.19

Park Street Deli Brownie Batter or Vanilla Bean Dessert Hummus

“My favorite guilt-free dessert. Paired best with fruit and pretzels, but I’ve been known to eat this with a spoon. Warning: It’s so addicting.”

Price: $3.49

Park Street Deli Classic or Red Pepper Hummus Mini Cups

“A great companion to any snack—especially carrots, pretzels, celery, or crackers—I keep them in my fridge at all times. And, these make portion control so easy!”

Price: $2.99

Season’s Choice Plain or Garlic Riced Cauliflower

“The riced cauliflower is a staple in our house. Just add your favorite protein for an easy and quick weeknight dinner. Plus, my kids don’t even realize I’m sneaking veggies in!”

Price: $1.89 per bag

Simply Nature Organic White Cheddar Puffs

“These are my family’s must-have snack. They are cheesy, delicious and so much better for you than chips.”

Price: $2.19

Specially Selected Sourdough

“This sourdough bread goes with everything. Plus, it’s the perfect base for avocado toast.”

Price: $2.89

Specially Selected Mini Naan Bread

“I love making homemade pizza with my kids, and these Specially Selected Mini Naans are the perfect size for a personal pizza. Just top it with sauce and your favorite toppings, throw it in the oven and you have a quick and delicious dinner.”

Price: $3.49

Intermingle Red Blend

“I always have a few bottles of this wine on hand for entertaining, date night, or a last-minute gift idea.”

Price: $6.99

La Rue Côtes de Provence Rosé

“Great for the summertime, this wine is dry and full-bodied. I love enjoying it on the patio with light appetizers!”

Price: $7.49

Never Any! Fresh ABF Chicken Breasts

“Our Never Any! Chicken Breasts are free from antibiotics, have no added hormones or steroids, and are 100% vegetarian-fed, so I can feel good about what I’m eating.”

Price: $4.29 per pound

Moser Roth Dark Collection 70% or 85% Cocoa

“When I’m looking for something sweet, I turn to our Moser Roth Dark Chocolate. These chocolate bars are Fair Trade certified and satisfy my sweet tooth.”

Price: $1.99


My Trip to the ALDI Test Kitchen

If you remember from my last ALDI post or follow me on Instagram, I got the opportunity to go to the ALDI Headquarters in Chicago to visit their Test Kitchens a week and a half ago.

To be honest, I wasn&rsquot really familiar with ALDI before all this and the little opinion I did have of ALDI was not good. I consider myself kinda of a &ldquopicky&rdquo grocery store person. I want to make sure that the food I am putting in my own body and my families is high quality.

I thought because ALDI was so stinking cheap meant that it lacked in quality!

Well, today my goal is to share with you about the awesome experience I had, and also to &ldquodebunk&rdquo a couple of myths about ALDI.

We started off the trip with a little side by side blind taste test comparison, the ALDI brand product was placed right next to the leading competitor. This was really interesting to me. They had us taste both products and then pick which one we liked better, I thought for sure I would be able to tell the difference and pick the leading brand every time.

In fact, there were 14 of us bloggers there and most of the time the ALDI brand won out above the leading competitor. Some of the most interesting wins were:

Crackers: The ALDI brand won out against a very popular leading brand 12-1. To be honest, the ALDI brand was WAY better, it was buttery and packed alot more flavor than the other. Even visually you could tell a difference.

Protein Bars: The ALDI brand won this one 10-4, I actually went back out and bought a package of these and downed them this week. SOOO good!

Havarti Cheese: The ALDI brand won 7-6 on this one, and I picked the ALDI brand. This one was hard for me tell at first, I had to try the cheeses again and I ended up picking the ALDI brand because it tasted smooth and buttery to me.

Well, ALDI has very high standards for their products. Their brand needs to be as good if not BETTER than the leading competitor. And as you can see from the results above they were better than the leading competitor quite a few times. This was huge for me! It totally debunked the myth of &ldquobad quality&rdquo for me.

We then tasted their new ALDI&rsquos Gluten Free Line entitled Live G-Free now selling in stores. You can get dough, flatbreads, and all kinds of stuff at ALDI&rsquos now if you have a gluten intolerance. They also had a Simply Nature line that I swear by, I&rsquove purchased their Almond Butter, Salsa, and the pouch applesauce for Cason. All of which I would totally buy again.

Next up they had a Seasonal Products line that we tried. Hands down my favorite item at this station was the Pumpkin Spice Cider. Guys&hellip Oh my gosh! Thats all I have to say. It was amazing, it was great cold but would also be awesome warm. Guess how much it was? Only $1.99&hellip. mouth dropping to the ground in shock. I am sooo getting it for the holidays!

After the test tasting we then moved on to a wine and cheese pairing, my favorite part! After our trip to Napa I am a total wino and would never have considered buying my wine at ALDI. I mean, if you can get a wine for $2.89 or $6.99 that makes me nervous that I will end up with a headache afterwards because it is not a &ldquogood wine.&rdquo

SOOOOO wrong. ALDI brought in a Sommelier, basically a person educated and professionally trained in wine and how to pair them with different dishes. We tried a multitude of all the wines sold at ALDI, sparkling, red, blends, whites, sweets, everything! And they were all amazing, a couple of my favorites were the ZUM Riesling, the William Wright Chardonney, and the Pinor Noir.

I learned even more about how to pair different wines to enhance the flavor of the wine AND the food, best part is it can done at a reasonable price. My favorite part about ALDI wines is the label on the back. Most wine labels will have a description of the winery on the back or just a short, this is whats in the wine. ALDI labels will tell you if its a light or full bodied wine, whats in the wine, if its dry or sweet, what to pair the wine with, where its made, and how to store it. It is a great option for people just looking to dabble in wine or even someone more experienced.

Another Myth debunked, I thought ALDI&rsquos wines would give me a headache because they are cheap &hellip nope! ALDI&rsquos wines are great quality for a great price!

After all this they fed us dinner and gave us more wine, I felt like a Queen. But honestly, at this point you could have stuck a fork in me because I was done. The last thing I remember trying was a Goat Cheese Cheesecake with a Blueberry Compote. Everything they gave us for dinner was made with ALDI&rsquos products and it was all phenomenal!

The next day they took us on a tour of a working ALDI&rsquos shop in the Chicago area. A couple of key takeaways a learned&hellip

1. ALDI does not want to be a &ldquoone stop shop&rdquo. They have the heart of what you will get at the grocery store, but not all of it. They do not stock speciality items.

2. They are very efficient from a business side, drastically cutting cost, which in turn cuts down on prices for the consumer. They do not have to pay people to pick up carts, because they use the quarter system with their carts. i.e. put a quarter in get a cart, put the cart back get your quarter back. They stock products in the store using a &lsquobox system&rsquo, so they aren&rsquot paying people to take the product out of the box and stock it on a shelf individually. Customers must bring in their own bags or use empty boxes in the stores, this saves on bag cost. There is a UPC code on all sides of every product, which saves the employee time when they are checking people out. .

3. Meat is safe and same quality if not better than that sold in the grocery store. It is not organic or grass fed, but still great quality.

4. They do have some speciality products. Those Special buys are brought in and stocked in the stores on either Sunday or Wednesday and once they are gone they are gone. [this would include seasonal or holiday stuff>

5. About 10% of the products that are sold in the stores are name brand products.

6. The health quality of the products do not suffer. Excess salt is not added for perservation. The nutritional information is the same if not better than that of the leading competitor.

7. Employees get paid above the industry standard in pay and in benefits. There are about 10-15 employees per store and they are trained on all facets of the store.

8. They have a Double Back Guarantee &ndash where if you try an ALDI product and you are not satisfied you can bring it back and get a refund.

9. Their Cheese and Wine is amazing!

10. They have a organic line!

Overall, I am seriously so glad I went on this trip. I was extremely blown away by the high standards ALDI&rsquos has, the delicious products, and how well they run their business in order to give the lowest prices to their customers.

Bottom Line: ALDI&rsquos will be my first stop for groceries then I will go to my speciality stores to get the remainder.

Stay Tuned&hellip next ALDI post will be about all the awesome Holiday stuff they are selling. Um&hellip one of them being Butterball Turkeys are crazy cheap! Yup.. believe it!


Budget-Friendly Healthy Recipes

Healthy dinners don't have to break the bank — use budget-friendly ingredients and these recipes for low-cost, high-flavor meals.

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Grilled Flank Steak, Portobello and Green Bean Salad

A balsamic marinade pulls double duty in Ellie&rsquos five-star recipe. The sauce tenderizes flank steak, a tougher cut of meat, while infusing the dish with delicious flavor.

White Chili

Penne With Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic, and White Beans

Chicken Enchilada Rice Bake

Convert rotisserie chicken into a healthy and delicious dinner for four with this tasty rice bake.

Stuffed Bell Peppers

Stretch half a pound of ground beef into a hearty dinner for four by mixing the meat with rice, cheese and sautéed veggies.

Aromatic Noodle Salad with Lime Peanut Sauce

New Orleans-Style Shrimp

This low-budget dish of shrimp, corn and tomatoes gets its bold flavor from Creole seasoning, an aromatic and spicy mixture that includes paprika, cayenne pepper, dried herbs, plus granulated onion and garlic.

Greek Salad with Oregano Marinated Chicken

Dried oregano, garlic and lemon turn a simple salad into a Greek-inspired option for dinner tonight. Top the finished greens with grilled chicken for a complete meal.

Barley Risotto With Ham and Mushrooms

Spicy Tofu and Vegetable Lo Mein

Fresh ginger adds great flavor to this 30-minute lo mein &mdash and as a bonus it contains gingerol, a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.

Spinach and Egg Sandwiches

Skirt Steak With Roasted Root Vegetables

California Grain Salad

Frozen veggies and puffed cereal contribute flavor and texture to this budget-friendly grain bowl.

No Guilt Caesar

Tropical Chicken Patties

Sheet Pan Fried Rice with Tofu

As Katie says, &ldquotofu is a great way to have a plant-based protein.&rdquo It takes on the flavors that it&rsquos cooked with, especially in Katie&rsquos super-simple sheet pan fried rice. Bonus? Her recipe calls for cooked rice, so hold onto those leftovers!

Peanut Noodles with Pork

Don&rsquot let a half-empty jar of peanut butter go to waste &mdash use it as the sauce for this healthy and satisfying noodle dish.

Healthy One-Pot Spaghetti with Creamy Tomato Sauce

Knock out a pasta dinner with a rich Parmesan-and-cream-cheese tomato sauce in just one pan.

Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

Thanks to your Instant Pot, this inexpensive dinner is actually better than takeout. Canned tomatoes and just a cup of chicken broth (which you may already have in the fridge), combine to make an easy sauce for this classic Italian dish.

Chicken and Egg Soup with Pastina

Have leftover rotisserie chicken at home? Use it to make this Greek-inspired soup, which relies on fresh lemon and dill for its bright and bold flavor.

Rice Bowls with Fried Eggs

Eggs are one of the best proteins to buy on a budget because they&rsquore filling, versatile and easy to cook. Eat them for lunch or dinner as a topping on this 15-minute fried rice.


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Simply Nature Organic Chopped Kale

Kale is a cruciferous vegetable, which means it contains sulforaphane, a sulfur-based compound that has been said to boost heart health and good digestion. "Kale is also loaded with amazing nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, magnesium, and more," says Titgemeier. Plus, this bag of pre-chopped kale takes all the stripping and chopping out the equation, for easier lunch prep. "This kale product from ALDI is convenient and organic, which decreases exposure to pesticides and herbicides, as well as more affordable than many other grocery stores," she adds.

Try adding a large volume of kale to a saute pan with your favorite protein or add a big handful to an omelet or frittata. Or try this kale salad with turmeric dressing.


14 Healthy Items ALDI Employees Love - Recipes

Everyday Irish, Everyday Amazing

We work with only the best Irish suppliers, passionate about giving you quality, award-winning food that you can trust. So, when you&rsquore at your local Aldi store, not only do you get great value and delicious food, but you are also helping to support sustainable suppliers and farmers nationwide.

Meat and Fish

You simply cannot beat the delicious taste of our 100% Irish fresh meat and responsibly sourced fish, available at some unbelievably tasty Aldi affordable prices.

Delicious Irish Dairy

Those same lush pastures that produce such prime quality meats are also responsible for Irelands exceptional dairy products, such as our cheeses and yogurts.

  • Irish Mozzarella
  • Johnny Lynch is West Cork’s buffalo man. He runs Macroom Buffalo alongside his wife Geraldine, making award-winning buffalo mozzarella in the heart of the Irish countryside.

Cheese and yogurt

Run by 3 generations of the Dunne family, Killowen Farm has won the title of Wexford Small Business of the Year. Their Aldi Specially Selected Farmhouse yogurts have won several awards, including overall Great Taste Gold.

The best laid eggs

Nutritious, delicious and Bord Bia Quality Assured. Quick and easy to prepare &ndash go on, crack open an egg today.

Local and Sustainable Fish

At Aldi, 100% of our delicious fish and seafood range is responsibly sourced. So, you and your family can enjoy a wide range of quality fish, whilst caring for the ocean. We stock 100% Irish hake all year round. What a catch!

Meet Martin Flynn &ndash Tomato Grower for Aldi. When it comes to tomatoes, Martin's just as picky as we are.


PRODUCE

This one should come with a big asterisk, because on any given day you can find perfectly fine, fresh produce at Aldi. But we've shopped there enough to know that the opposite can also be true, and have been burned too many times by bagged peaches or apples that looked fine on top, only to realize once we were home that they were rotting at the bottom. Consumer Reports has found Aldi's variety and quantity of produce lacking, too. Proceed with caution.

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From breads to tortillas to pastries, Aldi offers many delicious baked goods to choose from. But shoppers especially love the Specially Selected brioche buns, which are imported from France and made with rich butter and eggs.

Pumpkin spice takes over just about every grocery store in the autumn months, Aldi included.

But among all the pumpkin-flavored products the store has to offer, there's a hidden fall gem that customers have voted no. 1: the Bake Shop apple-cider doughnuts.


60 Sneakily Healthy Desserts That Help You Lose Weight

Can't get your little ones to eat their veggies? Sneak the greens into their dessert &mdash they won't even notice.

Get the recipe at Delish.

For a refreshing after-dinner treat, this sorbet is light on the palette and the stomach.

Get the recipe at Good Housekeeping.

By using low-fat everything you'll cut the fat and calories from this delicious pie. That means you can eat more than one slice, right?

Get the recipe at Women's Day.

This delicious dessert is made with graham crackers and Greek yogurt &mdash which means you really can have your cake and eat it, too!

Get the recipe at Good Housekeeping.

Once you taste these pucker-worthy grapes, you'll say goodbye to Sour Patch Kids for good.

Get the recipe at Delish.

Peanut butter is the ultimate healthy comfort food, and bananas are loaded with potassium. But put that healthy combo on graham crackers, and boom &mdash you have this dessert.

Get the recipe at Joyceyvonna.

It's like a pie &mdash only, without the guilt and the calories.

Get the recipe at SkinnyMs.

Spoiler alert: There's no ice cream here. Bananas give this dessert its creamy, sweet taste.

Get the recipe at The Baker Mama.

OK, OK, maybe they're not "cookies" in the traditional sense, but it's modern times! These desserts are still sweet and easy to snack on. and, oh yeah, mega healthy.

Get the recipe at Paleo Eats and Treats.

The only ingredients here? Dates, cherries, and almonds. Delicious, healthy, and super, super easy to make for anyone with an aversion to making desserts with lots of ingredients.

Get the recipe at The Kitchn.

Low-carb brownies!? Yes, you read that correctly. And who knew it was so easy to sneak veggies into desserts?

Get the recipe at Cafe Delites.

How can something this delicious be low-carb? Sorcery? Actually, it's almond flour and Truvia. but sorcery does sound better.

Get the recipe at Mostly Homemade Mom.

No offense to Twix or anything, but these happen to be vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, and free of any refined sugar. and they're still delicious.

Get the recipe at Bakerita.

Coconut oil, freeze dried raspberries, and honey &mdash that's it! Downing a superfood like coconut oil has never been so easy.

Get the recipe at Ancestral Nutrition.

It's not just FroYo &mdash it's frozen Greek yogurt, so you're getting something extra healthy.

Get the recipe at SkinnyMs.

This dessert is sweet relief for those who can't eat dairy &mdash or anyone who's watching her waistline. Bananas and Almond Breeze almond milk cashew milk blend give this dessert its cream taste.

Get the recipe at Life a Little Brighter.

Did you know that nachos can be healthy? They can, if they're apples doused in peanut butter with a touch of chocolate.

Get the recipe at Trial and Eater.

Frozen bananas + matcha = something super satisfying and delicious.

Get the recipe at Oh How Civilized.

You'll want these muffins for breakfast. and dessert. and a snack. and.

Get the recipe at Ambitious Kitchen.

Best part about this dessert: you can actually eat it for breakfast.

Get the recipe at House of Yumm.

When you're hankering for a bowl of ice cream, rest easy knowing this low-fat sorbet is nothing more than whipped up coconut milk topped with good-for-you almonds and mini chocolate chips. And it's delicious.


14 Healthy Items ALDI Employees Love - Recipes

*This post has been updated for 2021

Are you looking for new recipes to try this month? I’ve got you covered. I came up with a list of 12 crockpot recipes that are super easy to throw together in the morning. If you’re motivated, you can even prep and freeze all of them this weekend (free shopping list below!).

[FREE CLASS] 12 Healthy Freezer Meals from Sam’s Club

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12 Healthy Crockpot Freezer Meals to Make in May

*This post has been updated for 2021

Spring weather has finally made its way to Pittsburgh. Yay!! I’m trying to get my kids outside as much as possible and I’m almost done going through all of our winter clothes, boots, etc. I even got motivated on Monday and prepped 12 freezer meals so we can play outside after school, and drive our older kids to after-school activities, and not have to worry about dinner.

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12 Healthy Crockpot Freezer Meals to Make in April

Spring is right around the corner and I’ve never been so desperate to get outside. Being stuck at home with five little kids is exhausting. Between cleaning and getting everyone dressed and fed, the entire day slips away without getting anything accomplished.

Unfortunately, all of my freezers are empty too. We ate the healthy stir fry “packs” that I froze for the crockpot/Instant Pot (the honey garlic chicken and snow peas was my favorite) and trying to figure out what to make for dinner tonight is stressful enough, let alone making more freezer meals. The good news is that I was able to reuse some of our favorite recipes from last year to come up with a plan for this month.


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47 Healthy Snack Ideas to Power You Through the Day

If you work a nine-to-five job (or something like it), then you know the importance of having healthy snack ideas at the ready to help you power through the WFH or office grind. A nutritious little midmorning or afternoon munch can provide the fuel top-off you need to stay focused until it’s time to clock out. A good snack is also kind of like a mini-break for your mind and treat for your senses.

Generally, an energizing and sustaining snack is going to have some nutritional staying power in the form of protein, fat, and/or fiber, Toronto-based dietitian Abbey Sharp, R.D., has previously told SELF. And while sometimes all you want is a little nibble, San Francisco–based dietitian and SELF columnist Jessica Jones, M.S., R.D., C.D.E., has said that including at least two different food groups (starches, fats, proteins, or fruits/vegetables) will result in a more substantial snack.

This list is full of convenient and healthy snack ideas, including the personal favorites of a few R.D.s and a bunch of our own picks. There are general recommendations for snack-worthy foods as well as specific prepackaged options, plus a few ideas for homemade snacks you can batch-prep if you're so inclined. Basically, there's a little bit of everything, so that you can find snacks to suit your tastes, dietary needs, and budget—because the best healthy choices look a little different for everybody.

Choose two (or three!) from this list for a more filling combination snack, and mix it up so you get a nice variety of nutrients, flavors, and textures—protein and carbs, salty and sweet, creamy and crunchy—to keep your snack game fresh. Keep them within arm’s reach of your home (or office) workspace, or in the kitchen as an excuse to get up and stretch your legs for a minute.