Healthy food at Aldi is easy to find. I made it a little easier to sift through the labels and have made a list of clean and healthy foods that I regularly buy at Aldi.  It’s my favorite store to save money and eat well. Don’t forget to download the free shopping list.

Updated February 20, 2019

healthy food at aldi graphic on top of produce, olive oil, bread, frozen salmon, and frozen strawberries

Shopping at Aldi for savings

When people that I know are struggling with their grocery budget, one of the first things I tell them is to try shopping at Aldi. It took me a long time to come around to the Aldi craze, but I am consistently amazed at the cost savings at Aldi over my other local grocery store.  I save 30-40% every single week just by changing my grocery store.

Aldi certainly has its own culture:  renting your cart with a quarter, limited choices, small inventory, small stores, no name brands, bringing or buying bags, and bagging your own groceries.  Once you get past the initial stage of learning the ropes of the store, Aldi becomes like a beloved friend that week after week delivers on quality food at low prices.  Personally I like the simple, no-frills feel of the store.  I’m in and out in no time, that is unless I get sucked in by a great buy in the Aldi finds or special buys sections.  That doesn’t happen often though, because one key to me keeping my grocery budget in check is to make a list and stick to it.

Just like every store though, there is a fair amount of food offered that I do not buy.  Either I could make it for less at home or the ingredients just aren’t that great and it’s highly processed.  I thought it might be helpful to make a list of all of the items that I do purchase on a regular basis.  Now, some items I could still make cheaper at home, for example, yogurt, broth, and bread, but I still included them in this list because they meet my standards for healthy options when you are short on time.

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List of Healthy Food at Aldi

bags of Basmati rice, quinoa, pinto beans, and super grains on a wooden cutting board

Dry beans and grains

  • dry beans (black, pinto white, garbanzo)
  • dry lentils
  • rice (white or brown)
  • quinoa
  • maseca
  • specialty grains
  • noodles (The gluten free, rice, and organic are all options that I buy)
  • old fashioned oats
  • sprouted bread

container of old fashioned oats and a loaf of sprouted bread on a wooden cutting board

Nuts/Seeds

  • flax seed meal
  • chia seeds
  • hemp seeds
  • nuts (watch for added oils and sugar)
  • pepitas

canned tuna, canned tomato paste, canned black beans, and canned diced tomatoes on a wooden cutting board

Canned goods

  • canned tuna and salmon
  • canned beans
  • canned tomato products
  • canned pumpkin
  • canned vegetables (Fresh is always better, but these work in a pinch or food storage.)

maple syrup, baking cocoa, and honey on a wooden cutting board

Baking/Cooking

  • 100% maple syrup
  • honey
  • cocoa powder
  • spices (Simply Nature organic)
  • baking soda
  • yeast
  • apple cider vinegar
  • white vinegar
  • pitted dates
  • vanilla (Stone Mill)
  • olive oil
  • coconut oil
  • ghee
  • avocado oil
  • organic sugar

artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, applesauce, fruit spread, and salsa on a wooden cutting board

Pantry

  • jarred artichoke hearts
  • jarred olives
  • jarred banana peppers
  • jarred jalepeno peppers
  • salsa
  • mustard (dijon and yellow)
  • organic ketchup
  • jam/fruit spread (Specialty Selected)
  • apple butter (Berryhill)
  • organic free range broth (Homemade is better and cheaper, but this is a good option in a pinch.)
  • marinara sauce
  • peanut butter and nut butters (look for one with no added sugar or oils)

pitted dates, frozen strawberries, mango, cucumbers, and orange pepper on a wooden cutting board

Produce and Frozen

  • all produce (Fruit and avocados are especially great prices at Aldi.  There is even a growing organic section.)
  • frozen fruit
  • frozen cauliflower rice
  • frozen corn
  • frozen mixed vegetables
  • frozen broccoli
  • frozen asparagus
  • frozen peas
  • all fruit popsicles
  • frozen seafood (salmon, flounder, shrimp, scallops)

two cartons of eggs on a wooden cutting board

Meat/Eggs

  • eggs (conventional or organic)
  • bacon (“Never Any” brand)
  • lunch meat (“Never Any” brand is decent)
  • prosciutto
  • chicken sausages (Never Any brand)
  • pork sausage roll (Appleton Farms)
  • beef, chicken, pork (There are often organic or grass-fed varieties.  I still prefer to buy my meat in bulk from local farms, but if you don’t have access to these options or are on a tight budget, the meat here is an option.)

two containers of plain yogurt on a wooden cutting board

Dairy

  • yogurt (Simply Nature whole milk)
  • almond milk
  • milk (I personally do not buy milk here.  I purchase organic raw milk from a local farm, but I still included it here.  They have both organic and conventional milk not grown with artificial growth hormones.)
  • butter (Any is fine. If you like Kerrygold it’s a great price here.)
  • cheese (There are lots of options here.  Just make sure you turn the package over and look at the ingredient list.  Stay clear of funky ingredients.  The cheese blocks, mozzarella balls, etc are typically good buys.)
  • cottage cheese
  • sour cream (Friendly Farms)

jar of extra virgin olive oil on a wooden cutting board

Snacks

  • applesauce (Simply Nature unsweetened)
  • applesauce fruit squeezes
  • dark chocolate (Look for the 70-80% dark.)
  • tortilla chips (Simply Nature organic)
  • fruit strips (Simply Nature)
  • freeze dried fruit
  • hummus (Park Street Deli)
  • Live GFree cookies and snacks
  • popcorn
  • raisins
  • La Croix

What about you?  Are you an Aldi fan?  What are your favorite Aldi buys?