A few more reasons to love Aldi. Seriously.
I wish I had the budget to only shop Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and the like. But I’m a stay home momma of a family of five. Plus a dog. That’s a lot of mouths to feed on a modest income. That’s why I love Aldi – without a coupon in hand, I can walk in and buy the bulk of my family’s food needs and know I’m getting the cheapest price around.
The only downside to Aldi is for those of us trying to eliminate unnatural products, like high fructose corn syrup or partially hydrogenated oils. One of the reasons their food is so cheap is that much of it is produced with these (heavily-subsized) unhealthy chemicals. So I love to find something that’s not only mucho cheapo, but also mucho health-o. And I was so rewarded this week!!
If you’ve paid any attention to fitness experts, you’ve most likely heard all about Steel Cut oats for breakfast – and how they’re 10x better than those Quaker Oats packets that we’re used to (long story short – they’re less processed and offer more health benefits.) I never knew what they were talking about, so imagine my surprise to find Quick Cook Steel Cut Oats at Aldi this week! They are a special purchase item, so they may not be around for long, but I got a 24oz can (17 servings) for only $1.79. Seriously! That’s two weeks’ worth of breakfast for under $2!! I had to play around with the directions (needed WAY more water), but after adding in some local honey for sweetness and cinnamon for flavor, I had a delicious, and very filling, health breakfast! Aldi, you have answered a prayer!
In other “I can’t believe it’s Aldi” news, they have tons of varieties of frozen fruit! It’s all from their Fit & Active line, and since we’ve been dishin’ on Smoothies this week, I thought it was a bit serendipitous. Here’s what my local Aldi had to offer:
Blueberries – 16oz bag for $2.69
Berry Blend (blackberries, raspberries & blueberries) – 16oz bag for $2.89
Strawberries – 32oz bag for $3.49
Mixed fruit (peaches, honeydew, strawberries and grapes) – 32oz bag for $3.49
Fiesta Blend (mango, papaya, pineapple and strawberry) – 32oz bag for $3.49
So I stocked up all around, and am so excited that just a day after struggling with the “What’s for breakfast?” question, Aldi was there with my answer. Now, just to find a blender that doesn’t suck.
So head out to Aldi for some healthy finds! Just don’t forget your quarter! ;-)
Darren: I am intrigued by your Smart Stick suggestion. I had one of those once. About 15 years ago, never used it once. If I only knew then…