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