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(this is a paid post sponsored by ALDI, but all opinions are my own!)
Y’all, I cannot believe how much I was missing out. By that, I mean missing out when it comes to saving SERIOUS cash on high-quality food. I almost wrote an ENTIRE cookbook, which means daily grocery trips, without utilizing the magic that is ALDI!
Thankfully, about 6 months ago, I stumbled upon a YouTube “budget grocery haul” video, where the lovely hostess shared her insanely amazing deals from the ALDI produce section, even on the organic items!
Well, I am all about a deal and all about organic fruit and veggies, so I immediately looked into my nearest ALDI location. Thankfully, we have multiple locations scattered around Nashville, and two were within a 10 minute drive of my apartment! So I created my next grocery list and headed into my first ALDI experience.
It was love at first sight!
Indeed, the produce section was alive and replete with beautifully fresh, firm, colorful produce, both conventional and organic. I immediately grabbed a bag of organic pink lady apples for $4.99, a 12 oz. bag of organic chopped kale for $3.19 and a 2 lb. bag of lemons for $2.99. WHAT?! At $11.17 for that amount of gorgeous organic produce, I was an instant convert. Please note that pricing and availability may vary depending on your location and market!
After several trips to ALDI just for the fruit and veg, I decided to branch out to the other aisles. I mean, I did a deep dive y’all! The result? I was (and am!) blown away by the amount of healthy options ALDI has for every grocery category. Cauliflower crackers, organic peanut butter, wild frozen seafood, kombucha, bone broth, raw honey and more...all at incredibly affordable prices. Yep, I was lost for words, too!
If you’re not yet shopping at ALDI, I cannot recommend it highly enough. Especially as we head into the new school year, utilizing your local ALDI will save you major bucks AND time. Although I don’t have kiddos of my own, I know how stressful and time-consuming it can be to prepare nutrient-dense lunches and snacks on the daily. ALDI has high-quality lunch-box staples such as organic whole milk and grass-fed cheeses, gluten free pasta and bread, whole grains, unsweetened dried fruit, organic berries, sustainable canned tuna and organic baby carrots (just to name a few!).
ALDI has everything you need, and I’ve put together a list of my healthy ALDI go-tos that you can print out and take with you on your next grocery shopping experience!
Not only am I sharing my ALDI favorites with y’all, I’ve also created a delicious recipe that you and your little ones can enjoy for lunch on the go! This Black Bean and Red Pepper Quinoa Salad uses ALDI staples, is equally delicious warm and cold, is packed with micronutrients and fiber, and it makes A LOT of food! You can also customize it to suit your family’s preferences. Below I show you how I like to include this salad in a Bento Box, as well as several other Bento Box ideas, all created using ALDI-exclusive products!
BENTO BOX IDEAS:
BENTO BOX 1:
Entree: Black bean & Red Pepper Quinoa Salad with Honey Lime Vinaigrette
Snack: sliced organic apples sprinkled with cinnamon plus Simply Nature Organic Creamy Peanut Butter for dipping
Dessert: Millville Dark Chocolate Cherry Trail Mix Bar
Beverage: Fruit infused water
BENTO BOX 2:
Entree: Fresh avocado pasta
Snack: Simply Nature Cauliflower Crackers for scooping tuna salad and Southern Grove Pepitas
Dessert: Benton’s Cookie Thins
Beverage: Simply Nature Organic Coconut Water Pouch
BENTO BOX 3:
Entree: Sustainable Northern Catch Tuna Salad with Little Salad Bar Pickles
Snack: Avocado mashed with lemon juice, salt and pepper with organic baby carrots for dipping
Dessert: PB&J Oatmeal Bar
Beverage: Berry Iced Tea
BENTO BOX 4:
Entree: Simply Nature Organic Creamy Peanut Butter, chia & sliced banana sandwich on Simply Nature Knock Your Sprouts Off 7 Grain Bread
Snack: Oven Baked Zucchini Fries with marinara sauce for dipping
Dessert: Southern Grove Dried Mango
Beverage: Simply Nature Organic Lemonade mixed with PurAqua Sparkling Flavored Water
And lastly, before I share my “holy grail” ALDI list, here are a few tips/tricks I’ve learned, which can make your ALDI experience even better!
ALDI requires a 25-cent deposit for a grocery cart. Return the cart to the corral to get the quarter back.
Utilize the sales flyers! Even with their already-low prices, ALDI offers great weekly deals, so be sure to grab a flyer on your way in.
Every Wednesday, ALDI offers incredible prices on meat. Look for the “Weekly Fresh Meat Special” sign!
Snag one of their eco-friendly insulated bags for 89c; they can fit A LOT in them!
Look for the Simply Nature brand as you shop! The line offers nearly 200 primarily organic everyday products ranging from pantry staples to breads and dairy items. Most of the packaged products/dried goods listed below are by Simply Nature.
Every week, ALDI introduces nearly 100 unique products called ALDI Finds, which are limited-edition premium foods and goods at unbeatable prices. Be sure to stop by your local ALDI for all your back-to-school shopping!