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November 24, 2023

The supermarket staples a dietitian routinely buys at Aldi

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As a dietitian, I’m in supermarkets a lot – for research, to pick up cooking supplies or to scour the aisles for new and exciting products.

So much time spent in a supermarket means that I also have a pretty good idea of what food products are best to buy at which supermarket, from both a price and quality perspective.

As a general rule of thumb, I try not to pay more for food staples – milk, bread, flour, frozen vegetables – than I have to, simply as the exact same products are significantly cheaper when non-branded, or found at Aldi.

There are also a handful of key items I routinely go to Aldi for, based on their positive nutritional profiles and price points.

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Aldi chocolate

Dark Chocolate

First of all, the chocolate at Aldi is of extremely good quality,

I frequently recommend these varieties of dark chocolate for my clients, because they are packaged into individual portions within each block.

As you know, when you open a block of chocolate, who can really stop after a single row or two? Nutritionally speaking, the higher the percentage of cocoa per block, the better the chocolate is for you.

Low-sugar yoghurt

It is extremely challenging to find yoghurts for children that contain no added sugar and that are also portion-controlled and child-friendly.

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For some time Aldi has stocked this range for children at a low price point. There are also a number of high protein, low sugar Greek yoghurt for adults in both individual serves and larger tubs.

Protein Bread

Another popular product that can be tricky to track down in supermarkets, Aldi has stocked high protein, low carb loaves for some time.

The supermarket also now stocks a range of high-protein bread rolls which is handy for anyone looking to lower their carbohydrate intake, whilst still enjoying bread as part of their daily diet.

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Pre-made salads

All supermarkets stock pre-made salad bowls and bags, but the range at Aldi is exceptionally wide, and at $1-2 cheaper per serve, it means you can get a lunch salad bowl for just $5.50 or a pack of chopped vegetables for just $4.

This makes healthy cooking and meal prep significantly cheaper over the course of a week.

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Dumplings

If you can find them, stock up. Not only are Aldi dumpling packs extremely affordable, but nutritionally they are some of the best dumplings available with a high percentage of meat base, and no added MSG.

Frozen Meals

There are a wide range of extremely cost-effective frozen meals at Aldi.

For me, their high protein FIT range of meals that retail for just $6.50 stand out nutritionally thanks to their high protein content.

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Deli Fresh Dips Range

With party season upon us, platters are where it is at, and what is a platter without dip?

The issue is that the majority of commercial dips are made with a base of cheese or vegetable oil, making them far from a healthy option.

The Aldi Deli Fresh range, and in particular the Mediterranean Vegetable variety, has a 70 per cent vegetable base, making it one of the best dips you can find nutritionally, plus it is about $1 cheaper at Aldi.

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