Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Trim Healthy Mama Aldi Shopping List


***Updated 2/11/16***

If you've spent any time reading my blog or have hung around my Facebook page at all, you know that I LOVE shopping at Aldi. I do probably 85% of my grocery shopping there and have saved thousands and thousands of dollars over the years by doing so.

After many readers asking me for a shopping list, and me just randomly giving a list in a quick response, I decided to compile everything that I purchase in one great big list. This list is for items that are Trim Healthy Mama compliant. I do purchase other off plan items for my family at Aldi, but I'm keeping this list just foods you would use while eating THM. This list is pretty exhaustive, but I wanted to be as thorough as I could. If you purchase something at Aldi that is NOT on the list and is THM compliant, please let me know and I'll add it to the list.

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Here are two things you need to know if you've never shopped at Aldi:
  1. Bring a quarter for your cart. The carts are kept outside (typically) and you need a quarter in order to "unlock" it from the other carts. At the end of your shopping trip, return your cart, reattach it to the other ones and voila, your quarter pops back out and you get to keep it.
  2. Bring your own bags. Part of the savings of shopping at Aldi, is that they don't pay for anyone to bag your groceries. You bag them yourself. I always bring my reusable bags, but if you don't have any, I'm sure you have a million plastic bags laying around at home. If all else fails, you can buy bags at the store.
*Printable Shopping List*

Dairy:
*eggs
*egg whites
*block cheese
*butter
*Happy Farms Light Cheese (this is comparable to Light Laughing Cow Cheese)
*unsweetened almond milk
*heavy cream
*1/3 less Fat cream cheese
*sour cream
*lg. container 0% Plain Greek Yogurt
*cottage cheese
*cheese sticks
*sliced cheese (NOT American singles, the deli kind)
*parmesan cheese
 
Meat:
*deli ham (Never Any! brand)
*deli turkey (Never Any! brand)
*turkey pepperoni
*grass-fed ground beef
*ground beef
*bonless, skinless chicken breasts
*lean ground turkey
*boneless chuck roast
 
Produce: (most times their produce is great, but every once and a while it's not, so just double check it before purchasing)
*baby spinach
*3 pack of Romaine Lettuce
*2# carrots
*baby carrots
*celery
*onions (red, yellow and sweet)
*green onions
*jalapenos
*cilantro
*sweet potatoes
*green cabbage
*bell peppers (green, red, yellow and sometimes minis)
*ice berg lettuce
*asparagus
*zucchini and summer squash
*garlic
*various other veggies depending on the season
*berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
*bananas
*apples
*grapes
*various other fruits depending on the season
 
Frozen:
*vegetables (broccoli, green beans, peas, corn, spinach)
*berries
*salmon (4-pk)
 
Jarred/Canned:
*tomatoes (diced, stewed, Italian)
*tomato paste
*tomato sauce (double check that it doesn't contain any High Fructose Corn Syrup, some shoppers have seen tomato sauce with it, but the cans I bought last night did NOT have any)
*tomatoes with green chilies (like Rotel)
*spaghetti sauce (the one with the red label has no added sugar)
*canned beans (black, kidney, garbanzo, Great Northern)
*artichoke hearts
*tuna packed in water
*unsweetened applesauce
*pumpkin (tends to be seasonal)
*diced green chilies (tends to be seasonal)
*olives
*chicken
*salmon
 
Dry Grocery:
*assorted nuts (peanuts, walnuts, almonds, pistachios, etc...)
*basic spices (salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, red pepper flakes, cinnamon, Italian seasoning, seasoning salt, cumin, paprika, basil, oregano)
*cocoa powder
*olive oil
*extra-virgin olive oil
*balsamic vinegar
*Sweet Additions stevia packets (NOT the baking type in the big bag)
*brown rice
*quinoa
*low sodium soy sauce
*pure vanilla extract
*pure peppermint extract (this is a seasonal item)
*almond flour (my store does always have this in stock, so when you see it, stock up)
*coconut oil
*chia seeds
*flax seeds
*old fashioned oats
*steel cut oats
*hot sauce
*dried beans (pinto, black, Great Northern)
*85% dark chocolate bar
*Fit & Active Flat Bread (original kind)

 

 

48 comments:

  1. Thank you! You can't forget the 85% dark chocolate right inside the front door. It makes my thin mint morning smoothies awesome!

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    1. Yes! I can't believe I forgot that. Thanks!

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  2. Thank you Darcie for taking the time to compile this for us! Would you know a total offhand, or estimate? May print and shop off this on payday.

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    1. I don't have to buy everything, every single month. I have a pantry stockpile that I've built up over time so some months I draw on that more than other. I aim to spend $450/month for 6 people.

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    2. Does this budget at include your paper products or say pet food? Just curious..we are a family of 6 and I can't get under $350 every 2 weeks.

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    3. My Aldi now accepts credit cards!

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    4. I am wondering the same thing as Christa!

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  3. Thanks for this list! :) We also buy the following THM items: Salmon (4pk in freezer section), fit & active turkey meatballs (freezer section), canned chicken to add to soups, fit & active flatbread (original kind), black and green olives :)

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  4. Great list! I would add (along with the previous comments) frozen fish filets, frozen fruit (blueberries, strawberries, peaches, etc), whole chickens, pork chops, sprouted bread, and spaghetti sauce (the one with the red label has no added sugar).

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  5. Also wild caught salmon in the freezer section!

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  6. This is an amazing gift...thank you

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  7. Also wild caught salmon in the cans!!

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  8. Great list! Another VERY important thing to know for first timers - MOST Aldis don't except checks or credit cards!

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  10. Thank you so much!! I shop exclusively at Aldi and Sam's. I have to visit Publix for cilantro and jalepenos, and other herbs so I am SUPER jealous that you can get these at your ALDI!! I have just started THM, so this list is fantastic and will help me stay on plan!! Thank you so very,very much!!!

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    1. I too visit another store to fill in the produce I can't get there, but usually find most things there.

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  11. Turkey bacon is also great. I have not liked the saltiness of any other brand but love the turkey bacon from Aldi. Thanks so much for the list!

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  12. Great list! One suggestion though....add okra to veggie list, I did not see it and it is an important one.

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  13. Our Aldi just started carrying cashew milk as well!

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  14. Our Aldi just started carrying cashew milk as well!

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  15. Not Sure if anyone else has mentioned this but my aldi has resent started carrying spaghetti squash and acorn squash.

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  16. Not Sure if anyone else has mentioned this but my aldi has resent started carrying spaghetti squash and acorn squash.

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  17. Actually, Aldi just started accepting credit cards this month. One more reason to love Aldi!

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  18. They also have a very large selection of gluten free products at the lowest prices you can find. all of them I have tried are delicious!

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  19. they have really good prices on chicken thighs, too.

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  20. ALDIS also has Lemon Extract. Thank you for this list. I am new to THM and your posts are so helpful during these confusing days.

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  21. I've read some where that Aldi's carries a Thm approved bread. Anyone happen to know which one that is?

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  22. I just came across fit and active cheddar cheese rice snacks at Aldi. Are they onplan

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  23. I just came across fit and active cheddar cheese rice snacks at Aldi. Are they onplan

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    1. I've not looked at them before so I'm not sure. Sorry!

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  24. I was so excited to see that they started carrying sprouted wheat and sourdough bread! ! Also they carry feta cheese, which I'll use in my (E) meals when I want some cheese, as its only 5g of fat! Live g free crackers are under 40g carb, so I'll snack on them with laughing cow (friendly farms) cheese. Also the sandwich skinnys are great for sandwiches or mini pizzas. Just some of my faves from aldi!

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    1. What's the brand for the sourdough? I'll have to look for that!! :)

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  25. is the fit and active flat bread to be used like the josephs' lavash? I've seen it there and wasn't sure...

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  26. Thank you for all you do for us with your menu plans and now shopping list! I'm going to try and stuck to Aldi this time around. Im so tired of going literally 6 places for all my particular desired ingredients. Gotta save money and time!

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  27. And now they have "knock your sprouts off" bread!! Delish!

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    1. Yes! I was just about to comment that this bread is so great! I've gotten it the last three times I've gone, and it's now a staple - My kids even like it! Whoo hoo! ^_^

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  28. My local Aldi's also carried yogurt cheese, which is a sliced cheese we can have with an E! Regular flavor and jalapeno!

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  29. They seem to carry loads of things that they don't have here in Germany :(

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  30. Hmmm. I have never seen almond flour, chia seeds, or flax seeds. Have to keep my eyes open.

    And I am curious about the flatbread. I wasn't aware that was on plan.

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