In this article I’m sharing my favorite dietitian-approved healthy foods from Aldi, plus a FREE printable Aldi shopping list to save you time!
Aldi has become my favorite grocery store in the last few years.
For one, they have a great selection of produce and organic products (at the best prices) that keep me coming back each week.
But there’s so much more that I love about Aldi, like the seasonal foods that you can only find for a limited time each year (carrot cake hummus, flaxseed veggie chips, and dark chocolate coconut almonds are some of my favorites), and the “Aldi Finds” aisle filled with things that I don’t actually need but are too good to pass up.
I also love that it’s not as crowded as the larger grocery stores, that it resembles Trader Joes and Whole Foods in a way (which aren’t in my local area), and of course the unbeatable low prices.
As a dietitian, I’m always on the lookout for healthy, delicious, high-quality foods, and that’s exactly what Aldi delivers. Aldi removed all synthetic colors, MSG, and hydrogenated vegetable oils from their Aldi brand products in 2015, which can help Aldi shoppers trust that you’re filling your shopping cart with healthy food at a great price.
Below are the top healthy choices from Aldi (by aisle) that I buy on a regular basis to support optimal health, weight, and energy levels.
I’ve compiled all this info into an Aldi-Lover’s Ultimate Healthy Shopping Guide + the Printable Shopping List for you HERE to make grocery shopping easy, where you’ll also be able to access an exclusive Aldi healthy meal plan.
The produce at Aldi is one of my top reasons for shopping here. It’s always fresh, great quality, and lower in price than any other stores in my community (including Walmart).
All of the fresh produce (conventional and organic) is a great choice. I like to get a variety of produce each week including bananas, oranges/clementines, avocados, broccoli, bell peppers, carrots, and celery.
I try to get organic produce when it comes to foods from the Dirty Dozen List, including organic berries, spinach/leafy greens, apples, and grapes since they’re the most heavily sprayed with chemical pesticides.
Aldi Almond Milk and Oat Milk
I alternate between Aldi’s almond milk and oat milk, depending on what I’m in the mood for. Both are dairy free, vegan, and fortified with vitamin D and calcium for bone health. Make sure to choose unsweetened almond or oat milk, since original varieties can be very high in added sugars.
Aldi Greek Yogurt
Aldi’s Friendly Farms plain Greek yogurt is in my refrigerator at all times. It has 17 grams of protein, 0 grams of added sugar, and is a great source of probiotic bacteria for gut health.
I like to eat it for breakfast with berries (sweetened with a little bit of pure maple syrup), as a high-protein snack, in place of mayo for dips, and on top of baked potatoes or tacos instead of sour cream.
There are several other varieties of Aldi Greek yogurt to choose from. If you’re not a fan of plain Greek yogurt, look for flavored varieties that have less than 8 grams of added sugar per serving, contain live and active cultures (indicator of probiotic bacteria), and provide at least 12-15 grams of protein per serving.
Aldi’s Lifeway kefir is a great source of probiotic bacteria to support gut health. While both kefir and Greek yogurt are good sources of probiotics, kefir takes the lead offering 2-3x more probiotics than yogurt. You can refer to my article Superfoods for Gut Health to learn more about probiotics.
Ideally, opt for plain kefir which has 0 grams of added sugar. Aldi also offers blueberry and strawberry kefir, both of which have 8 grams of added sugar per serving, which is still relatively low.
I primarily use plain kefir in smoothies, but it can also be used to make creamy salad dressings, or serve as a substitution for yogurt or buttermilk in cooking and baking.
I love Aldi’s cheese selection. Some of my top picks include:
- Emporium Selection Aged Reserve White Cheddar
- Emporium Selection Shredded Parmesan Cheese
- Emporium Selection Crumbled Feta Cheese
- Friendly Farms Cottage Cheese
- Happy Farms String Cheese
- Happy Farms block and shredded cheeses
- Emporium Selection Gourmet Snacking Cheese sticks in Gouda or Habanero
Aldi sharp white cheddar cheese: the Emporium Selection Aged Reserve White Cheddar is my favorite cheese from Aldi that’s always in my refrigerator. The flavor is rich and complex, pairing well with fruit or a glass of wine – or both ;). I also like to shred or cube it onto salads for lunch, or thinly sliced onto a piece of grainy toast so it gets melty.
Aldi parmesan cheese: great for roasting vegetables or topping Italian dishes like spaghetti, zoodles, roasted red pepper pesto pasta, or garlic parmesan roasted broccoli, green beans, and cauliflower.
Aldi feta cheese: ideal for salads like a basic Greek salad, Greek garbanzo bean salad, or this kale salad with pomegranate and apple. I also use it for making homemade pesto in the summer.
Aldi cottage cheese: with only 80 calories and 12 grams of protein per ½ cup serving, cottage cheese makes a great side to lunches, or for an afternoon snack paired with fresh fruit to help you reach your protein needs.
Aldi string cheese: Aldi has several varieties of string cheese including the basic mozzarella string cheese, but they also have cheese sticks in cheddar, Gouda, marble, and pepperjack. They’re great snacks for on-the-go, packing in 6 grams of protein per stick. If you’re looking for organic string cheese, Aldi carries this as well.
Happy Farms cheese: Happy Farms is one of the Aldi dairy brands. Some of my favorite Happy Farms cheese products include the block cheeses, shredded cheeses, and string cheese.
Nuts, Seeds, and Dried Fruit
Aldi carries both whole and milled (ground) flaxseed. Flaxseed is naturally gluten-free and provides many health benefits.
Aldi’s Simply Nature flaxseed is a great source of prebiotic fiber to support gut health, aid in digestion, reduce blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and support weight management by keeping you feeling full longer.
It also provides 6 grams of plant-based protein per serving, is one of the best sources of plant-based omega-3 fats, and contains antioxidants that fight inflammation and reduce the risk of disease, including vitamin E, lignans, and p-Coumaric acid. Learn more about the benefits of flaxseed here.
I prefer the ground Aldi flaxseed because it easily mixes into yogurt, oatmeal, smoothies, baked goods, and other foods without a noticeable texture.
Aldi Chia Seeds
Similar to flaxseed, chia seeds are a great source of prebiotic fiber, plant-based protein, omega-3 fats, and beneficial antioxidants.
You might be wondering if you should choose flaxseeds or chia seeds. The short answer: use both.
While flaxseed and chia seeds are both good sources of fiber, protein, and omega-3 fats, chia seeds do have slightly higher amounts of these nutrients (1).
However, flaxseeds offer a higher antioxidant profile than chia seeds, which helps protect us from oxidative stress and disease.
I recommend using both in your diet, as they have their own beneficial properties. As mentioned above, I like to use ground flaxseed in yogurt, oatmeal, and baked goods, while chia seeds have a more noticeable texture so I prefer to use these in smoothies.
To reap the benefits of both, add 1 Tbsp. of ground flaxseed and 1 Tbsp. of chia seeds to your smoothies to boost the fiber, protein, omega-3, and antioxidant content.
Because both chia seeds and flaxseeds are high in fat, it’s important to properly store them so they don’t go bad. They should be stored in a cool, dark location since both light and heat oxidize fat (making the food go bad). I store them in mason jars in the refrigerator.
Walnuts are another great source of plant-based protein, fiber, and omega 3 fats.
One serving of walnuts provides 2 grams fiber, 4 grams protein, and more omega 3 fats than any other nut, with 2,500 mg per serving (2).
I like to add Aldi walnuts to oatmeal, cold cereal, baked goods, and salads, or snack on a handful with some dried fruit or dark chocolate for an afternoon energy boost.
In addition to walnuts, look for nuts and seeds that are made without oil (the only ingredient should be the type of nut), since the oils used to roast nuts are highly inflammatory.
Aldi carries different varieties of nuts that are made without oils including almonds, pistachios, pecans, and peanuts.
Aldi Dried Fruit
Dried fruit can be a wholesome snack, however most dried fruit is loaded with added sugars. Look for dried fruits that contain 0 grams of added sugar on the nutrition label.
My go-to options for dried fruit from Aldi are the Southern Grove dried apricots and the Fresh Energy Date Coconut Rolls because they contain 0 grams of added sugar.
Aldi dried apricots (jardalu) and dates (khajur) are naturally sweet, full of fiber, and loaded with beneficial antioxidants that have protective properties on our health.
Whenever I’m craving something sweet, I grab a few dried apricots or dates rolled in coconut which completely satisfies that craving for gummy-like candy.
Other dried fruits from Aldi with 0 grams of added sugar include raisins and prunes.
The difference between dates vs prunes: while both dates and prunes are sweet, dried fruits that offer a good source of fiber, they’re two different types of fruit with slightly differing taste, texture, and nutrient profiles. Prunes are dried plums, which are dark purple, while dates come from the date palm tree and are dark brown with a caramel-like flavor.
Grains & Starches
While quinoa is actually a seed, it’s classified as a whole grain.
I love quinoa because it’s minimally processed (made from only “quinoa” on the ingredient list), and has double the protein and fiber than rice.
For comparison, ½ cup cooked quinoa has 3 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein, while the same amount of rice has less than 1 gram of fiber and only 3 grams of protein.
That means quinoa will keep you full longer for around the same amount of calories.
Aldi offers both dry and frozen quinoa. I like to use the Simply Nature Organic dry quinoa, because there’s no added ingredients and has 0 mg of sodium. It also only takes 15 minutes to prepare on the stove.
If choosing frozen quinoa, check the sodium content to make sure that it’s below 200 mg per serving.
You can use quinoa in place of rice for dishes like stir fry and stuffed peppers. It’s also great for grain bowls, serving roasted vegetables and shrimp, chicken, or beans on top of the quinoa. You can even incorporate it into salads!
Lentils are another favorite pantry staple from Aldi that I like to keep on hand.
Lentils are a great source of fiber and plant-based protein to keep you energized. One serving (½ cup cooked) lentils provides 8 grams protein and 7 grams fiber.
I love using Aldi’s Simply Nature Green Lentils and Dakota’s Pride Lentils for soups, incorporating lots of veggies like carrots, celery, onion, zucchini, bell pepper, diced tomatoes, and 1 cup of dry lentils. Boost the flavor and antioxidants by adding Aldi spices like garlic powder, oregano, turmeric, and thyme.
While granolas are often loaded with added sugars, Aldi’s Simply Nature granola is lower than most, while also providing a good source of protein and fiber.
Choose granola that has at least 3-5 grams of fiber and protein, and 8 grams or less of added sugar per serving. Refer to my article on the Best Low Sodium Cereals for a full list of the top healthy cereals and granola that meet this criteria.
Ideally, I like to make homemade granola so I have control over the sugar, however, it’s nice to keep a few bags on hand for the busiest of weeks when I don’t get around to it.
My favorite healthy granolas from Aldi are the Simply Nature Coconut Cacao and the Dark Chocolate Sea Salt, both providing 3 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber, and 8 grams added sugar.
Aldi granola is great with yogurt, or on it’s own topped with nuts, fruit, and almond milk.
Oils and Fats
Aldi Olive Oil
Use olive oil whenever possible, as there’s strong evidence for its anti-inflammatory and protective health properties, including lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Always choose extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), which indicates that the oil has been extracted by cold-pressing the olives, without the use of heat or chemicals. This ensures the highest antioxidant and nutritional content of the oil. Most standard vegetable oils are highly inflammatory due to the way that they’re processed.
In addition, choose oils that are stored in a dark green glass bottle, like Aldi’s Simply Nature Organic extra virgin olive oil, since oils are also sensitive to light. The oils break down and oxidize (becoming highly inflammatory) when exposed to light through clear/plastic bottles.
Aldi Coconut Oil
Simply Nature Organic Coconut Oil is unrefined and expeller-pressed to ensure the highest antioxidant and nutritional quality.
Since coconut oil is high in saturated fat, use in moderation since saturated fat is correlated with increasing cholesterol levels and the risk for heart disease (3).
I like to use coconut oil as a face moisturizer and for certain baked goods like granola, black bean brownies, and muffins.
Nut butters are a great source of protein, fiber, and healthy unsaturated fats to keep you feeling full and satisfied.
Always look for nut butters that are free of hydrogenated oils, which can be found on the ingredient list as “hydrogenated vegetable oil.”
Hydrogenated vegetable oil is a form of trans fat that’s associated with negative health effects including increased cholesterol levels and increased risk of heart disease.
Ideally, choose nut butters that are made from only peanuts or peanuts and salt, and free from any added oils and sugars.
My top pick from Aldi that meets these standards is the Simply Nature Peanut Butter, which is made from only peanuts and sea salt (no added oils or sugars).
Aldi almond butter is also free of hydrogenated vegetable oil, but it does contain palm oil and 3 grams of added sugar per serving.
Aldi popcorn is a healthy snack option that’s naturally gluten-free, whole grain, and a good source of protein and fiber.
Simply Nature Organic Popcorn from Aldi has only 130 calories per serving (which is nearly 4 cups!), while also providing 3 grams of fiber and protein. It’s also made from only 3 ingredients: popcorn, sunflower oil, and salt.
I like to get the Clancy’s Popcorn Kernels when available, which you can pop yourself and eat plain, or add a small amount of butter and sea salt.
Aldi liveGfree Gluten Free Sea Salt Multiseed Snack Crackers are one of my favorite finds when they’re available. They’re similar to the CrunchMaster gluten-free crackers found at Walmart, Costco, and the larger stores.
They come in Sea Salt or Rosemary and Olive oil varieties that are great dipped in hummus, guacamole, or with sliced cheese. Aldi is often out of these, so stock up the next time you see them in your local store!
These crackers are made from multiple gluten-free grains and seeds including flaxseeds, sesame seeds, quinoa seeds, brown rice flour, and millet, which provide a source of protein, fiber, and healthy unsaturated fats.
Aldi tortilla chips come in several varieties that are naturally gluten-free including Simply Nature Multigrain Tortilla Chips, Simply Nature Yellow Corn Tortilla Chips, Simply Nature Blue Corn Tortilla Chips, and Simply Nature Black Bean Chips.
They also carry Simply Nature Black Bean Corn Tortilla Chips and Simply Nature Veggie and Flaxseed Tortilla chips, which are my favorites.
The Veggie and Flaxseed tortilla chips are made with simple ingredients including flaxseeds, carrot powder, tomato powder, red beet powder, and organic spinach powder, contributing to the 3 grams of fiber per serving. The other brands have around 1 gram of fiber, in comparison.
Aldi’s Park Street Deli brand carries sweet + savory hummus options in a variety of flavors.
Since hummus is made from chickpeas, it provides a good source of fiber and plant-based protein to keep you fueled, unlike most dips which have virtually little to no fiber or protein.
The savory hummus varieties (such as roasted red pepper, pine nut, garlic, or truffle hummus) are great for dipping veggies, crackers, or tortilla chips.
Celery and hummus is one of my go-to snacks. Aldi also has several gluten free tortilla chips that are great with hummus including Simply Nature brand’s Veggie & Flaxseed, Multigrain, Blue Corn, and Black Bean tortilla chips. The Veggie & Flaxseed are my favorite!
Aldi Dessert Hummus
Aldi dessert hummus is a fan favorite that comes in seasonal varieties like dark chocolate, mudslide, carrot cake, chocolate cherry cheesecake, brownie batter, and vanilla bean.
They all provide some fiber and protein (thanks to the chickpeas), with only 5 grams added sugar per serving, making them a great option when you have a sweet tooth.
The carrot cake hummus is my #1 pick, truly resembling the flavors of carrot cake. Try it with graham crackers or homemade mini pumpkin muffins.
Aldi dark chocolate dessert hummus is runner-up for me. It’s great for dipping strawberries or bananas, or just eating by the spoonful. I like to mix in peanut butter or PB2 for a protein + fiber-packed chocolate peanut butter treat.
Look for dark chocolate that’s at least 72% cocoa and contains less than 8 grams of added sugar per serving.
The higher the percentage cocoa = more antioxidants, higher prebiotic content, and lower sugar content (all of which make for a happy gut!).
Aldi carries Moser Roth chocolate bars that meet this criteria in 70% and 85% cocoa. The 70% chocolate has 7 grams of added sugar, while the 85% chocolate has only 3 grams of added sugar per bar.
Meat, Fish, & Seafood
Aldi’s Kirkwood fresh ground turkey is 93% lean, with only 160 calories and 2.5 grams fat per serving. It’s a great source of lean protein, providing 22 grams per serving.
Ground turkey is great for making soups, tacos, casseroles, spaghetti, burgers, and other dishes, in place of ground beef.
Aldi has fresh whole chickens, chicken breasts, and chicken breast tenderloins available. They also have ground chicken, which is great for making chicken burgers or using in chili or spaghetti.
All are great lean protein options, providing around 125 calories and 25 grams protein per 3-oz. Serving.
Never Any Chicken Sausage
Aldi’s Never Any Chicken Sausage comes in several varieties including apple, spinach & feta, and tomato basil.
Chicken sausage is lower in fat and calories than traditional pork sausage, but equally as high in protein, which can help with weight management.
For example, the spinach and feta chicken sausage has 120 calories and 7 grams fat protein per link, compared to traditional Italian sausage made from pork which contains 290-400 calories and 20-35 grams of fat per link.
However, sausage is high in sodium because it’s a processed meat, with up to 700 mg sodium per link. Here’s the sodium content in the Never Any spinach & feta, apple, and tomato basil (respectively): 390 mg, 590 mg, and 630 mg.
In comparison, fresh chicken breasts, tenderloins, or whole chicken has only 65 mg of sodium per serving because there’s no sodium added to the meat.
As a rule of thumb, look for sausage (and other foods) that provide 300 mg sodium or less per serving, to help you stay within the daily sodium limit of 1,500-2,300 mg per day as recommended by the American Heart Association.
Fresh or Frozen Salmon
Health experts recommend eating 2 servings of fatty fish like salmon each week to meet the requirements for omega-3 fats.
Omega-3 fats are essential for health, playing an important role on brain health, heart health, and gut health. Omega-3 fats are also anti-inflammatory.
Aldi offers fresh and frozen varieties of salmon to help you meet these omega-3 requirements. Ideally, choose the plain (unseasoned) salmon which will have no added sodium.
Fremont Fish Market from Aldi has cooked and raw frozen shrimp varieties available.
Shrimp is one of the leanest protein sources, providing 20 grams of protein, 0 grams of carb, and only 100 calories per serving (about 7 jumbo shrimp).
I always keep a bag of frozen shrimp on hand because they thaw quickly and cook in under 10 minutes, making them a great addition to salads, grain bowls, or chicken and shrimp tacos.
Since I love the Yogi detox teas, the Aldi detox tea is a great find. Aldi’s Simply Nature Detox tea contains several of the same herbal ingredients as the Yogi detox teas including burdock root, and dandelion root.
Aldi also carries Simply Nature Sleep tea, which is similar to the Yogi Bedtime tea. Both contain chamomile, passionflower, valerian root, and spearmint.
Coffee is one of the most heavily pesticide-sprayed crops in the world, which is why I love that Aldi carries organic.
Aldi’s Simply Nature Organic Fair Trade whole-bean coffee comes in Peru or Hondurous varieties that are rich, smooth, and bold. I prefer the whole-bean coffee, but organic Guatemalan coffee pods are available as well.
Aldi Sparkling Water
Sparkling water is always in my refrigerator. The Aldi PurAqua Belle Vie sparkling water is similar to La Croix, but much lower price.
Aldi sparkling water is calorie-free, sugar-free, and sodium-free, and also contains no additives or artificial sweeteners. This makes it a great beverage choice when you’re craving something other than plain water.
There are several flavors including grapefruit, lemon, lime, tangerine, and passion fruit to name a few.
Winking Owl Wine
Don’t forget the wine!
Aldi’s Winking Owl Wine is around $3 per bottle with several varieties to choose from. Box wine is also available from Winking Owl in red or white blends for around $10 per box.
Opt for dry red or white wine which will be lowest in sugar.
For dry reds, Winking Owl offers merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and shiraz.
For dry white wine, Winking Owl has pinot grigio, chardonnay, and sauvignon blanc varieties.
There you have it! A complete breakdown of the best foods from Aldi in each aisle to make healthy eating and meal planning easy.
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