7 Of the healthiest foods you can buy at Aldi
I don't know what it says about me, but Aldi is easily my favourite grocery store to go in my daily life. With the range of products available matched only by Aldi's kindness on your wallet, I'd imagine I'm not the only one. I can get something for dinner and dessert, plus a snack to keep me going, and I can pay for it all with the spare change in my wallet.
The only thing you might be thinking about is the lack of healthy options available at your local Aldi. After all, it's not exactly a Whole Foods. But let's calm down, fellow shoppers; that doesn't mean that healthy foods can't be found at Aldi. You just have to look a little harder. Here are a few just to start you off.
1. Friendly Farms Low-Fat Kefir
The packaging is pretty attractive, but if you're an uncultured swine like me and you had no idea at first glance what kefir was, that's cool: it's just fermented milk. It's a really good source of probiotics as well as calcium, and Amy Shapiro, R.D., founder of Real Nutrition, also says it's chock-full of healthy bacteria to keep your gut going. To boot, it's also 99 percent lactose-free. Try it slathered over cereal or in a smoothie.
2. Never Any! Ancient Grains Crusted Tempura Chicken
I suspect I had most of you sold at tempura chicken, but with each serving containing 60 calories, 11 grams of carbs, one g sugar, 140 mg sodium, two grams fiber, three grams protein along with no (zero!) fat, there's little reason for you not to go for it. Protip from Shapiro: “If you bake this gluten-free product instead of frying, you have a high-protein and crunchy meal void of hormones and preservatives.”
3. Season’s Choice Steamed Tricolor Rice with Kale or Quinoa
“It’s gluten-free and chock-full of plant-based nutrition,” Shapiro reveals of this delicious staple, but that only tells half the story. The ultimate one-pot dish, this rice bowl can be a handy side dish, or a filling main course with just a few veggies and some avocado. Every serving is completely fat free, with 70 calories 16 grams carbs, 10 grams sugar, five mg sodium and one gram of fibre.
4. SimplyNature Knock Your Sprouts Off Sprouted 7 Grain Low-Sodium Bread
Zero-percent wholegrain and non-GMO to boot, sprouted grains are a favourite of our resident nutritionist Shapiro, who recommends it to all of her clients. "They’re easier to digest and our bodies can absorb the nutrients from them more efficiently, causing less distress or stomach trouble,” reveals Shapiro, and with every slice containing zero fat, 60 calories, 11 grams carbs, one gram of sugar, 140 mg sodium, two grams fiber, and three grams protein. Try it with a little bit of nut butter. Avocado if you're feeling adventurous.
5. SimplyNature Apple Banana Fruit Squeezies
Well... technically, this is a kids' snack. But don't let that deter you from fitting these into your diet wherever you can. Kids be damned. If you've got a bunch of your own little rascals running around, then have no qualms stealing these squeezies from their lunchboxes. They'll barely notice. But if you're travelling around Aldi by yourself, you're going to have to pretend like the kids are home with the other parent. A small price to pay, I think.
6. Lunch Mate Never Any! Rotisserie Turkey Breast
Let's take this show on the road! I've probably never thought of a turkey sandwich as a health food, but with just 0.5 grams of fat for every two-ounce serving (along with 50 calories, two grams carbs, one gram of sugar, 450mg of sodium, plus 10 grams of protein), you're in for a good time with this turkey breast. Shapiro is also a fan too, thanks to its lack of nitrates, hormones and preservatives.
7. SimplyNature Organic 100% Grass Fed 85/15 Beef
Yep, there's also some nice beef in here too, just in case you're not a big fan of quinoa or avocados. Each four ounce serving of this beef is free of hormones and antibiotics, Shapiro is also a fan due to its high protein, iron, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acid content - they're really good for your heart and brain. “Whenever I recommend beef, I always state that, if possible, it should be grass-fed and organic,” Shapiro explains.
Well, folks, there you have it. Now, this is isn't necessarily me saying that you should cut down on the fatty foods and the delicious sweet offerings available at your nearest Aldi (what kind of monster do you take me for?) but if you were looking down the endless aisles and wondering where the health food was, then this list should at least tell you to keep looking. It's out there. Somewhere.