Nutrition Tips 03 / Shop Discount Stores

Not too long ago, I posted about eating a whole-food diet without breaking the bank, so I wanted to expand upon that a little more by talking about shopping at 'discount' grocery stores. We are big fans of Trader Joe's, Aldi, and Costco as well as farmer's markets and road side produce stands. We don't have access to a Whole Foods, Sprouts or even a Trader Joe's without driving about an hour from home, so for our weekly needs, we shop at Kroger, Aldi or occasionally Publix. Most of the time, we purchase our meat either from a local farm or online, and typically buy meat in bulk to freeze. We budget for this once a month or every few months depending on the size of our order. That means that our weekly grocery run is mostly produce and some pantry staples. Here are some of our favorites from Aldi that are great quality without a hefty price tag.

Produce:
Organic greens (spinach, baby kale, spring mix, romaine), organic tomatoes, organic carrots, zucchini and yellow squash, avocados, yellow onions, sweet potatoes (if we can't get organic ones from TJ), organic apples, organic bananas, pears, plantains, seasonal fruit (pineapple, mango, berries, kiwi), broccoli, cauliflower, winter squash (seasonal), bell peppers, cucumbers (locally grown!).

Pantry items:
Organic unrefined coconut oil, organic crushed/diced tomatoes, organic sugar-free tomato sauce, dry roasted salted almonds, raw honey.

We typically spend $20-30 a week at Aldi and basically just buy produce.  We save a lot of money by shopping at Aldi and by purchasing seasonal produce. For example, avocados are 89 cents each! Also, because we make the majority of our food on the weekend, the produce doesn't have time to spoil.

Fun fact: Trader Joe's and Aldi are both owned by the Albrecht family, so they are sister stores. Not gonna lie, I kind of love that. I do love Trader Joe's! I am convinced that some of the products are exactly the same, just with a different label. I could be wrong, but it makes sense right?

You can also find a printable shopping list of my favorite items from Aldi here and from Trader Joe's here.