This post is not sponsored by Aldi. Elsie and Erin both just genuinely love saving money on whole foods at Aldi–and want to share the love.
By Elsie, Contributing Writer and Site Editor
When I made the switch to eating a whole foods diet three years ago, I thought I would have to completely change where I shopped.
In college, I stocked my kitchen with Aldi and Wal-Mart. I’d gotten into a good groove–I bought the same things every time, and I knew where to find each item.
Did switching to real food mean I would have to be at the farmer’s market at 7:00 am every week?
Turns out, no.
Although I enjoy–and benefit–from alternatives to the grocery store, it’s also good to know that I can buy real, whole food from my friendly neighborhood grocer.
I’m a big fan of keeping things simple. And right now, I’m in a season of life where I need the simplicity of just going to the regular grocery store. I’m blessed to have an Aldi store near me. Aldi has amazing prices (and some even carry an organic line!)
Whether you have an Aldi near you or not, you can find plenty of wholesome, unprocessed foods at the regular grocery store! That may mean skipping certain aisles, but you’ll find your groove eventually.
Here are my top 5 whole food items that I purchase at Aldi:
1. Fresh produce
Aldi doesn’t have an especially large selection of produce, but we can find all the staples we need. We purchase carrots, bananas, citrus, and potatoes every time. Often, we take advantage of the “produce pick of the month” for discounted pears, avocados, melons, etc.
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2. Dry goods
Most of our dry goods come from Aldi. We’ve found that Aldi has the best prices on things like extra virgin olive oil, rolled oats, salsa, natural peanut butter, and pasta.
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3. Frozen seafood
Did you know that Aldi carries frozen wild-caught Alaska salmon? I like to keep our freezer stocked with it to make biscuits with salmon gravy, a favorite hearty meal. I also purchase frozen tilapia and shrimp.
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We love getting our raw milk from a local dairy farmer, but we do buy other dairy at Aldi such as sour cream and cream cheese. I like to buy cheese in blocks and grate it fresh for recipes. It seems to be more frugal that way, and it certainly packs more punch flavor-wise. As well as blocks of cheese, Aldi carries specialty imported cheeses at excellent prices.
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Aldi sells large spice and herb containers in staples like cinnamon, garlic powder, paprika, and oregano. Many of these basic spices can be combined to create your own unique spice blends!
What are your favorite whole foods to buy at the regular grocery store?
Elsie blogs at Richly Rooted about simple, natural living and real food. She is excited to represent The Humbled Homemaker on a visit to the Aldi test kitchen this week, where she will get a peak behind the scenes and learn about food photography and Aldi’s latest offerings!
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