11 of the Smartest Aldi Buys for When You’re Trying to Eat Better

published Jan 13, 2020
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Aldi isn’t just one of the best places to go when you’re trying to save money on food — it’s also one of the best places to shop when you’re looking for better-for-you foods. Seriously. If eating better is on your list of goals for 2020, then head to an Aldi! From frozen foods to single-serving snacks, there’s something here for everyone.

Check out 11 of our favorite Aldi deals for eating better this year and let us know if any of these are your Aldi favorites!

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1. Earth Grown Kale Veggie Burgers, $2.79 for six

If you’re looking to eat less red meat this year, these veggie burgers are a great way to (easily!) incorporate a nutrient-dense option. They feature 11 (!!!) real veggies, have no cholesterol, are only 90 calories per burger, and contain fiber and plant-based protein. They also have less sodium than most other veggie burgers on the market. We like the Kale version, but there’s also a top-notch regular veggie burger option that we highly recommend.

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2. Earthly Grains Instant Brown Rice,  $1.45 for 14 ounces

Instant whole-grain rice is a great side at dinner and will help you save lots of time during meal prep. Brown rice is gluten-free and a great source of fiber and minerals like magnesium and selenium. This box costs way less (by at least half!) than other brands at other stores.

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3. Elevation Apple Pie Fruit & Nut Bars, $3.99 for 5

These bars are basically an exact match for another top-selling, name-brand option that costs way more. Made with 100% real fruit and nuts, these bars are gluten-free, contain nothing artificial, are vegan and grain-free, and are free of sodium, added sugars, GMOs, and preservatives. Keep one in your bag for an on-the-go snack or even an emergency breakfast!

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4. Friendly Farms Unsweetened Almond Milk, $1.65 for 64 ounces

If unsweetened almond milk is a regular staple on your grocery list, give this one a try. Again, it’s a near-dupe for more expensive name brands. Choose between regular unsweetened or unsweetened vanilla options. (Aldi also carries sweetened almond milk options, which contain added sugars but can still be a smart choice compared to some sweetened dairy milk products that often contain twice the amount of sugar.)

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5. GT’s Kombucha, $2.95 for a 16-ounce bottle

This best-selling brand of kombucha is not exclusive to Aldi, but it’s one of our favorite things to buy there. Kombucha can be lower in sugar than soda and juices and has a fun fizz. It also features probiotics, which are good for you gut! Try the Synergy flavor for sure.

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6. Millville Bran Flakes, $1.95 for 18 ounces

Aldi’s Millville version of bran flakes contain half the sodium, sugar, and processed ingredients compared to some name-brand varieties. And yet the flakes are still tasty! A single bowl is high in fiber, low in fat, and features nutrient-dense whole grains.

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7. Millville Rolled Oats, $2.50 for 42 ounces

Aldi has SO MANY oat options — rolled, quick-cooking, steel-cut, quick-cooking, and steel-cut! We like these for morning meals, homemade snacks, smoothies, meal prep, or even making your own oat milk.

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8. Park Street Deli Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Cups, $3 for six 2-ounce cups

While we love Aldi’s regular hummus, we recommend trying the roasted red pepper option. It’s full of SO MUCH flavor. Grab a cup (they’re just 90 calories each!) and use the hummus as a dip for celery, carrots, zucchini spears, or cukes. And there you have it — a nice little snack!

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9. Simply Nature Organic Chia and Flax Seeds, from $2.50 for 16 ounces

Chia and flax seeds are two great staples to keep in your kitchen. These plant-based powerhouses are rich in protein, fiber, and healthy fats — all of which help you feel full and satiated. Get a bag to add to smoothies, oatmeal, or yogurt. Just be sure to store these in the fridge after opening to prevent them from going rancid!

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10. Southern Grove 100-Calorie Almond and Walnut Packs, $3.29 for 7 pouches

Lots of brands offer 100-calorie nut pouches these days, but Aldi’s version come at a great price. Almonds and walnuts offer healthy fats (important for heart health!), plant-based protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Stash some in your bag, car, or desk.

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11. Simply Nature Edamame or Black Soybean Spaghetti, $2.89 for 7 ounces 

They can make “pasta” out of anything these days! These are made with either edamame or black soybeans. And they’re gluten-free alternatives for spaghetti. They’re also hearty, filling, low in fat, and an excellent source of heart-healthy plant-based protein (with around 25 grams per serving). Plus, black soybeans are high in antioxidants and edamame are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids.

What are your favorite Aldi picks for eating a little healthier this year?