My Top 10 ALDI Picks for Under $50 – Supermarket Shopping Guide by Registered Dietitian and Mom

Disclaimer: This post was developed in sponsored partnership with ALDI, however, as always opinions are my own.

 

Before becoming a mom, I liked going to the supermarket to explore new foods and choose my own produce. Yes, call me old-school. But, now as a mom of two, my time is precious, and supermarket shopping visits are timed to the minute. Thankfully, there is a faster, easier, and smarter way to save money at the grocery store by shopping at ALDI! This is why I’m happy to partner with ALDI and share my favorite nutritious, affordable and high-quality snacks, pantry items, produce and more.

 

Don’t get me wrong, I still love going to the supermarket, and I intentionally bring my daughters (if time permits). You might be wondering, why would anyone purposely bring their kids to the supermarket? Well, there is a reason behind my madness. First, it distracts my kids (always a plus). Secondly and most important of all, my daughters get to see new foods, with different colors, smells, and textures. Coming here is like Disneyland for them – a fun, judgment-free zone where we get to talk about food, among other things. We even have an activity called the “new fruit of the week,” where she selects whatever fruit/food she sees that is new or different to her. (See my IG stories for some behind the scenes)

As a mom and pediatric dietitian, I always encourage you to expose kids to new foods, which is why I like bringing kids to the supermarket and asking them to pick a new fruit/veggie or exciting food. If you happen to have a challenging eater at home, this can help you create a positive relationship with food.

But I get you, we all want our supermarket shopping to be made simpler and faster. The good news is that it can! I’m so happy to partner with ALDI to show you a faster, easier, smarter way to save money on high-quality groceries. If you have never shopped at an ALDI before, get ready, because once you shop here, you will not want to go back to another store.

Why I love coming to ALDI:

  • Their products are amazing and affordable. 1 in 5 ALDI- exclusive products is award-winning.*
  • They have a wide selection of easy to spot organic products, including fresh meats, hummus, almond milk, and fruit.
  • They offer premium food and household products that are in stores for a limited time called ALDI Finds. They’re a fun way ALDI surprises shoppers with nearly 100 unique and trendy products each week.
  • The best part is that research shows that shopping at ALDI was 20% faster compared to other supermarkets. Every inch of an ALDI store is intentionally designed to provide a more streamlined experience, offering shoppers exactly what they need, nothing more and nothing less.

 

So, what does a nutrition expert buy at the supermarket? Below, I’m sharing my ultimate ALDI shopping list kid and mom-approved for under $50. Enjoy!

  1. Park Street Deli Hummus Singles – Love these portable hummus packets.  Great for school lunches or simply a day at the beach.  They also include a chocolate variety for any of my chocolate lovers!  Pair it with a whole-wheat bread for a tasty and nutritious snack/dessert. Price: $2.99

    Perfect on-the go snacks!

  2. Specially Selected Whole Grain Basmati Rice– Whole grain rice that tastes good! I love the aromatic flavor of Basmati rice.  Now you can enjoy the same taste with more nutrition in this whole-grain variety.  Price: $2.99

    Whole Grain Basmati Rice

  3. liveGfree Multiseed Snack Crackers- These crackers are addictive and yes, they are gluten-free. I don’t normally buy GF, but a friend suggested I should try these, and she was right! Crispy and with a slightly sweet flavor.  liveGfree is the ALDI-exclusive gluten-free brand that earned the Good Housekeeping Seal.  Flavors include rosemary and sea salt. Price: $1.99

    My newest obsession!

  4. Specially Selected Extra Virgin Olive Oil- Finding good quality EVOO can be expensive.  I truly loved the Specially Selected brand at ALDI for its bold flavor, premium quality and affordable price.  It’s probably half the price compared to other organic olive oils.  Must try! Price: $7.99

    In love with this Italian EVOO!

  5. Priano Pesto- Even though I grow my own basil, it’s nice to find a high-quality product at an affordable price.  Having pesto in my pantry is a lifesaver to make last-minute shrimp and pasta.  Tons of flavor with minimal preparation. Price: $2.19

    Great for shrimp or dressing veggies

  6. Simply Nature Low Sodium Sprouted Grain Whole Wheat Bread– Organic, whole-grain sprouted bread with less sodium.  It’s soft and nutty in flavor.  I love a good seeded bread, and this came in a low-sodium variety.  Price: $2.99

    Low sodium whole grain bread

  7. Southern Grove Pistachios/Trail Mix- Nuts are a must in our household. From pistachios to almonds and any type of trail mix, you can find many varieties.  This Southern Grove almond, walnut, raisin mix is a favorite. Price: $4.49 

    These are a must in our household!

  8. Fremont Fish Market Frozen Cod Fillets – Fish can be expensive. Buying frozen fish is a great way to ensure you’re meeting the recommended 2-3 times a day fish consumption without breaking the bank.  This product is labeled MSC which has been certified to meet best practices of sustainability standards and you can actually trace it to a certified sustainable fishery.  Price: $9.99

    Certified Sustainable Fish

  9. Simply Nature Multigrain Tortilla Chips– Gluten-free tortillas made with corn, flax, brown rice, and sunflower seeds.  It offers a good source of whole grains without losing flavor. Price: $1.89

    Great for parties, or after-school snacks!

  10. Simply Nature Organic Canned Tomatoes– One of my pantry staples is diced tomatoes. I like having plain canned tomatoes for making quick homemade sauces with a few herbs from the garden.  You won’t believe the price of this 28oz can. Price: $1.85

    Another staple at such an affordable price

  11. Organic Strawberries– At ALDI it is easy to spot organic produce because they are clearly marked. At times and depending on the fruit or vegetable, I like buying organics.  Especially if the price is this good.  Other favorites include organic Brussels sprouts and portobello mushrooms. Price: $3.49

    Tons of organic fruits and produce

  12. Moser Roth Dark Chocolate– One of my all-time favorite foods in this world is dark chocolate.  I eat it almost every day.  Absolutely loved this brand and the quality of the chocolate is superior.  If you are looking for a simple decadent kid-friendly dessert, check out this recipe from ALDI for dark-chocolate cranberry almond bark here. Price $1.99

    Gotta have some dark chocolate!

  13. Emporium Selection Australian Grass-fed Cheddar Cheese- The ALDI-exclusive Emporium Selection line of cheeses was very surprising, in a good way.  From truffle cheddar to aged gouda, you will find many types of premium cheeses perfect for entertaining.  This grass-fed cheddar was a seasonal product that we finished in only a few days.  Can’t beat the price! Price $3.89

Premium cheeses-Australian Cheddar Cheese

And there you have it, my ultimate ALDI shopping list for a total price of $48.73! You have a variety of snacks, fresh produce and meals to last for a week or more. 

Leave a comment below and tell me what’s your favorite ALDI product? #ALDILove. Visit aldi.us to take advantage of better-for-you and holiday recipes so you can make fresh food at home.  For more fun information and tips,  you can follow @ALDIUSA on Instagram and @ALDIUSA on Twitter.

 

 

(*As of 5/3/2019, based on an audit of every day, nationally distributed ALDI-exclusive branded products)

Nutritious, tasty, and convenient snacks for kids on the go

Disclaimer: This post was developed in sponsored partnership with IMAG!NE, however, as always opinions are my own.

Being on-the-run is part of a mother’s everyday routine and even part of the job description. Mom: “A selfless and loving human being who must be prepared at all times for unexpected situations and is expected to be in multiple places at once.”  A key lesson I’ve learned as a mom and registered dietitian is to be prepared with nutritious and portable snacks wherever we go. One of the top questions I receive from moms is “What types of snacks can I give my kids when I’m traveling or on the go?” As a mom, I totally understand what pack and go means. I’m giving you some ideas on snacks for kids that are a good source of protein or calcium, convenient and easy to carry.  When life gets complicated, and you are stuck in traffic or need ideas for afterschool or a play date, below you will find some inspiration.   

Why snacks matter

Snacks form an essential part of a child’s nutrition and represent about a third of a child’s calorie intake Kids have small stomachs, so it’s not always possible to meet all of their nutrition demands with just three meals. Snacks help children stay focused and energized in school and throughout the day. Moreover, snacks allow us parents to introduce new flavors and ingredients into our child’s daily nutrition. Finding snack options that we feel good about feeding our children is a must because then we know we are helping our child stay fueled with the most balanced food options!

Healthy snacks for kids

Convenience is a must

The reality of being a mom is that you need convenient snack options that can be easy to pack in your bag. You are probably thinking that as a dietitian I would never give my kids crackers or so-called “processed snacks,” right?  Well, far from it. Not all crackers and snacks are created equal. Many of the boxed snacks can be an important source of fiber, whole grains and minerals like iron and calcium. Just because it’s convenient doesn’t mean it lacks nutritional value. It’s a matter of knowing what to look for and choosing nutrient dense options. Of course, I’m a big advocate for fresh fruits and veggies in all meals including snacks. However, when you are traveling or on the go, you need options that are convenient and good for you. Fortunately, these snack options I mention next meet all those requirements: nutritious, a good source of nutrients like protein or calcium, tasty and portable.

Tasty snacks for kids

Is it snack time yet?

Snacks are meant to be spaced out 2-3 hours after a meal and include wholesome ingredients like yogurt, whole grains, cheese, etc. to satisfy your child’s hunger. Younger kids might need 1-2 snacks a day while older kids and teens might require 3 snacks a day. So, while snacks are important, remember, snacks are meant to supplement a child’s nutrition, not replace a meal.

What to look for in a snack

I recommend snacks that include nutrients and/or food groups typically lacking in kid’s diets.  Per the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, calcium is a “shortfall nutrient” and whole grains are included as a food group to encourage.  Additionally, protein intake from the dairy food group is especially lacking in children 4-13. A good rule of thumb is to include a little protein or “good” fat in every snack to help keep your kids going and avoid the constant “I’m hungry” plea. Add fruit, a veggie, and/or a whole grain, and you have a balanced mini meal.

Check out my favorite nutritious and portable snacks that will help keep kids’ hunger at bay.

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  • IMAG!NE snacks – Made from real foods like yogurt or cheese as the first ingredient, the new snack line comes in two varieties that are both Non-GMO Project Verified and contain no artificial colors or flavors. Not your typical cracker by any means, these yummy crisps offer nutrients like calcium or protein that you don’t find in many conventional crackers. IMAG!NE Cheese Stars provide a good source of protein with 6 grams per serving, almost the same as 1 egg or 1 ounce of lean protein. IMAG!NE Yogurt Crisps provide 4 grams of protein plus they contain 8 grams of whole grains. I know my daughter loves to play with her food and as a pediatric dietitian, I highly encourage kids to use their five senses to get to know a new food.  Kids need to see, feel, touch, taste and even get messy with food. That is why I love IMAG!NE crisps because they come in attractive star-shapes which make it fun to eat and can spark your kid’s imagination.  A kid and mom approved snack!
  • Sunflower seedsA seed rather than a tree nut, which makes this an excellent option to take to a nut-free school.  Sunflower seeds are high in protein, unsaturated fats, magnesium, and fiber.  Pairing them with an easy to carry fruit like a tangerine can help keep your kids going.
  • Almond butter and carrots- Simple enough to carry, this option is not only high in fiber but also a good source of protein and healthy fats like omega 6. Plus, it’s a great way to add veggies to your kid’s diet.
  • Edamame- Usually found in Asian restaurants, edamame comes in both dry form and fresh pods which need to be steamed and can be served cold or hot. For younger kids, they can be so fun to play with. High in iron, vitamin C, and is a complete source of protein, making it an excellent alternative for vegetarian families.
  • Trail mix- Tasty, portable, non-perishable, and nutritious. This is a very easy snack to carry anywhere you go. You can even make these at home by mixing different nuts of your choice along with a variety of dried fruit and other toppings. I recommend you try pistachios, cranberries, sesame seeds, and dried blueberries.
  • Walnuts and dark chocolateThe perfect mix of sweet and salty. Walnuts are high in protein, vitamin E and high in plant-based omega 3. A handful of nuts is a good portion for kids; aim to use pre-packaged mini chocolates to help avoid large portions. This snack will hit your kid’s sweet spot.

 

Life as a mom is a true balancing act. The number one priority for any mother is to provide the best possible nutrition for their children without compromising taste. My philosophy as a dietitian and mother is simple: Life is about balance. Snacks should be nutritious, wholesome and delicious.  You need snack options that are convenient and practical but also provide balanced nutrition to fuel growing bodies. Fortunately, no matter how busy life gets, these snack options have you covered.