70+ Healthy Aldi Shopping List Ideas | Diabetic Friendly
Today I’m taking you shopping with me! Well, virtual shopping for all my weekly essentials with my healthy and diabetic friendly Aldi shopping list.
I love Aldi for the price and the quality of their products. My mom actually did a lot of our shopping growing up at Aldi so I have little brand preference and the whole quarter for your cart and bring your own shopping bags is totally normal for me!
If you are an Aldi newbie you can read more about the process of shopping at Aldi here.
Healthy and Low Carb Aldi Shopping List
I find so many of my favorite pantry staples, produce, meat and more at Aldi’s! Aldi has been a great grocery store for finding low cost, low carb food! Here is my full grocery shopping list!
Because of some health concerns (prediabetes and psoriasis) I eat a manly lower carb diet, light on dairy and gluten. I am not keto, nor am I a doctor.
Healthy Lower Carb Pantry Items from Aldi:
- Nuts! Almonds (roasted & lightly salted are my favorite!), walnuts, peanuts, & pecans.
- Organic tortilla chips
- Coconut Keto Clusters with Dark Chocolate (soo good!)
- Veggie Straws
- Parmesan crisps (Find these on aisle one near the chips and crackers — zero carb!)
- Snap Pea Crisps (watch your carb count, but these are a great healthier chip option.)
- Applesauce packets (unsweetened)- my kids are obsessed. I try to keep two in the diaper bag at all times for snack emergencies!
- Coconut Oil
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Balsamic/ Vinaigrette Dressings (they have some great seasonal options, I used the Raspberry Vinaigrette in this salad recipe!)
- Spices (cinnamon, chili powder, garlic, basil, parsley, etc.)
- Chia seeds
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Maple Syrup
- Peanut butter or apple “Fruit & Nut bars” (aka faux Larabars)
- Elevation bars low carb or protein meal replacement (these were LIFE to me when I had gestational diabetes and NEEDED chocolate) The caramel ones taste like snickers bars!
- Oatmeal (regularold fashioned oats)
- Oatmeal instant with flax seeds in individual packets
- Dried fruit
- Low carb wraps
- 100% whole wheat bread
- Sprouted grain bread
- Protein bread
- 100% whole wheat hamburger & hot dog buns
- Organic chicken, beef, or vegetable broth quarts
- Bone broth (a great choice for fighting inflammation) comes in cartons like above and some glass jars.
- Organic soup (chicken noodle, tomato bisque)
- Tomato sauce
- Tomato paste
- Organic black beans
- La Croix or the Aldi knock off La Croix
- Organic Mac and cheese (does this count as healthy? If it’s organic I tell myself yes.)
- Whole wheat spaghetti noodles
- Pea protein or lentil noodles (some of these are seasonal, but they should be by the pasta)
- Organic marinara sauce (check label it should have no sugar!)
- Pesto (use in this pasta salad or this pizza recipe!)
- Whole bean coffee (Costa Rica)
- Fruits: apples, oranges, bananas, kiwi, berries, etc.*
- Vegetables: romaine hearts, organic spinach, carrots, celery, potatoes, sweet potatoes, green peppers, squash, summer squash, cucumbers etc.
I find the selection and quality of Aldi produce varies from store to store and also from day to day.
The produce at the Aldi when I lived in Michigan was not my favorite, but at my store in Indiana the quality is the same as my local Walmart. I definitely carefully check my produce, but I haven’t had any out of the ordinary problems.
Healthy Refrigerator Grocery List from Aldi:
- Almond milk and Oat milk (cheapest place I’ve ever found almond milk!)
- Greek yogurt (plain unsweetened or vanilla flavored)
- Single serving Greek yogurts (this pumpkin was a seasonal flavor and it was THE BEST!
- Butter (Organic and Irish butter available as well)
- Bagged salads (Caesar & Southwest are yummy!)
- Shredded cheese (mozzarella & cheddar)
- Sliced cheese (cheddar, pepper jack, monterrey cheddar)
- Feta cheese (they have so many “fancy” cheese options!)
- Turkey pepperoni (also cheapest place ever to get turkey pepperoni! Use this for homemade pizza!)
- Deli meats (Never any brand)
- Cheese wraps (I don’t use these as dairy causes me inflammation, but they’re great for low carb wraps!)
- Chicken sausage (Never Any brand, love the Chipotle version best, but they are all good)
- Chicken breasts or breast tenders (Never Any brand)
- Hickory Bacon (Never Any brand, sensing a theme?)
- 93/7 or 85/15 Organic Ground Beef
- Sausage (their regular brand does not contain sugar!)
- Organic brown eggs (or any eggs)
- Cheese sticks
- Guacamole (we get the 100 calorie packs)
- Organic Salsa (Sugar free you’ll find near the chips)
8 Healthy Freezer Picks from Aldi:
You can get a lot of healthy choices in the Aldi freezer section! From meat to seafood to veggies, fruit and even some diabetic friendly sweet treats– Aldi has great options!
- Frozen fruit: blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, mixed berries, peaches.
- Frozen veggies: peas, green beans, lima beans, sweet potato chunks, mixed veggies etc. I especially love anything in a steamer bag! (<<<life changing)
- Frozen lean burgers
- Frozen individually chicken breasts
- Frozen salmon
- Whole grain waffles (I haven’t seen these in a long while, sadly.)
- Kirkwood fajita chicken strips (so great for a quick salad or wrap!)
- High Protein Ice Cream or Keto Ice Cream (I like the high protein nutrition stats better)
Other products we regularly get at Aldi:
- mac and cheese,
- mini cheese sandwich crackers
- take and bake pizza ($5 or $6 they are such a steal and I like to have one in the freezer always for a back up meal #reallife #lovepizza)
- tomato soup (cheapo in the can)
- small plastic bags (we bag stinky diapers in these)
- tin foil, plastic wrap, paper towel, soft and strong toilet paper (says compare to Charmin on it), q-tips (I’m weirdly picky about q-tips and I like theirs), the occasional frozen novelty treat, pull-ups, diapers, and wipes.
Also, I try hard to resist the “random things” section but I have gotten kitchen utensils, a step stool, little girl tights, kid socks, and our patio furniture from there!
Whew! And that is what you would normally find it our cart at Aldi! I love how quickly everything goes once you are in the store and get used to the layout. Especially if you don’t have a baby, a toddler, and a preschooler with you!
Don’t forget about Aldi’s satisfaction guarantee either! If you are unsatisfied for any reason they will replace the product AND give you a full refund.
Also ALL of their store brand products are free of synthetic colors, MSG, and partially hydrogenated oils.
So grab a quarter, some reusable bags, shop at Aldi and find diabetic friendly choices that won’t break your budget.
Also, I don’t have one of these yet, but how cute are these little Aldi quarter key chains??! (<<affiliate link)
What are your favorite healthy eating finds at Aldi?
What is the most RANDOM thing you have bought at Aldi?
P.S. Aldi doesn’t know me this is not a sponsored post, just want to share the Aldi love.
P.P.S. You may define “healthy” as different from me and that’s okay. For me, these products help support my weight loss, goals, and lifestyle. You do you.
I honestly struggle to jump on the Aldi train. I know that it is cheaper and that many of their products are comparable to what I can get at the “regular” grocery stores BUT I have found that the few items I’ve purchased at Aldi haven’t quite tasted the same as the brand products I regularly purchase. Do you ever notice a variance in taste or am I crazy? I definitely think all of the items on your list look healthy and balanced and if I could convince my taste buds that these foods taste the same, I could probably start saving a lot of money.
Lindsay, that is a great point! Actually my mom shopped at Aldi when I was growing up so all their foods taste “normal” to me. Their faux larabars are a bit drier to me that’s the only big difference. My husband grew up in a “normal” grocery family so I buy him Pop Tarts instead of any off brand, but definitely with some things there is a curve. I’d say ease into it, even picking up things like pasta, spices, nuts, more pantry items than prepared foods and see how that goes. 😀