This blog post is sponsored by ALDI USA.
The New Year is a perfect time to set new goals especially related to health. One of the biggest myths I hear as a registered dietitian is that eating well is expensive. The truth is, there are items that pack a nutritional punch and are light on your wallet.
What I love about ALDI is that it truly is a one-stop shop for high quality, nutritious items that don’t break the bank. Whether your New Year resolution is to eat better, lose weight or save money, ALDI offers it all. Everything from organic produce to fresh fish to an entire line of vegan and vegetarian options – you can find everything at ALDI for an affordable price.
I’ve rounded up my top six better-for-you and affordable items that you can find at ALDI:
1. Canned Tuna
Cost: 56 ¢ per serving
I keep canned tuna around as an easy protein source and it comes on hand when I am low on groceries. Tuna contains those good omega-3 fats important for heart and brain health.
Cost: 10 ¢ per egg
Eggs are a good source of high quality, complete protein- meaning they contain all the amino acids (protein building blocks) that you need. Not to mention, they are a nutritional powerhouse with important vitamins and minerals that are hard to get from other foods like choline, B12 and vitamin D. I like to hard-boil a batch at the beginning of the week to incorporate into snacks and salads for staying power.
3. Frozen Berries
Cost: 60 ¢ per serving
Berries may be small in size but they pack a nutritional punch when it comes to fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Frozen is the way to go especially in the winter when they are out of season. They are a lower sugar fruit as well. Add a handful to smoothies and to top your oatmeal.
4. Frozen Brussels Sprouts
Cost: 27 ¢ per serving
Frozen veggies are typically more affordable than fresh and often more nutritious (since they are usually frozen at their nutritional peak). Bonus – you don’t have to worry about them going bad and to waste. Brussels sprouts are in season and are a perfect hearty veggie for roasting.
5. Cottage Cheese
Cost: 27 ¢ per serving
Cottage cheese is another source of high quality protein that you can incorporate into breakfast and snacks. Starting your day with protein can help stabilize blood sugars so you stay satiated until lunch and may help with weight management.
6. Brown Rice
Cost: 15 ¢ per serving
Brown rice is a whole grain and a good source of fiber and B vitamins. Make a batch at the beginning of the week to pair with protein and veggies to build complete meals throughout the week.
*Note that prices may vary depending on location.
Be sure to watch my segment on ABC Charleston for more affordable and nutritious ALDI staples and recipes.
For more healthy living inspiration, visit Aldi.us.