12 Healthy Frozen Foods From Aldi To Stock Up On
Many consumers view the freezer aisle as a “lesser-than” option, but the reality is that the freezer aisle is chock-full of healthy foods — and they stay fresh for longer! We spoke to dietitians and nutrition experts to find out exactly what Aldi frozen foods they choose when they grocery shop.
When deciding which freezer options are the healthiest, dietitians agree that focusing on fruits, veggies, whole grains, heart healthy fats, and lean proteins give you the best bang for your buck in the freezer aisle. Frozen fruits and veggies in particular are picked at peak freshness which means that they stay fresh and hold their nutrition value. Some research even shows that frozen fruits and veggies are more nutritious than their fresh produce counterparts because of this.
Let’s find out exactly what the experts have to say about shopping the freezer aisle at Aldi.
1. Frozen Cod Filets from Alaska
Frozen cod is all too easy to throw together in a pinch last minute. Whether you’re cooking it on the stove, in the oven, or an air fryer, frozen filets cook in just minutes and offer heart healthy benefits like omega-3 fatty acids. Look for frozen cod from Alaska to ensure that your fish is wild caught and contains more heart healthy and high-quality fats than conventionally farmed fish options.
The USDA recommends a weekly intake of at least two servings of seafood, with each serving typically amounting to 3 to 4 ounces of fish or shellfish. Nevertheless, a significant segment of Americans, possibly as high as 90%, struggles to consistently adhere to this guideline.
2. Frozen Kirkwood Breaded Chicken Breast
I love keeping the “Red Bag” Frozen Kirkwood Breaded Chicken Breast Filets (a cult favorite) in the freezer at all times, says Meggie Connelly MS, RD, LDN, PCOS Dietitian. “It’s a quick and easy dinner. Everything gets thrown on a sheet pan and into the oven. It saved me from picking up expensive takeout tonight,” she adds.
3. Frozen Turkey Burgers
Sarah Schlichter, MPH, RDN gives her take on a family favorite that comes together in minutes from Aldi’s freezer aisle: “We love the frozen turkey burgers from Aldi. They make for a great protein that cooks quickly for busy weeknights. Pair them with a bun, some toppings, and a bag of Aldi’s frozen veggies for a complete meal.”
4. Frozen Antioxidant Smoothie Blend
The Antioxidant Smoothie Blend frozen blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and kale are a very convenient way to make a healthy breakfast smoothie, shares Melissa Altman-Traub MS, RDN, LDN. “They come in 6 packets, but I think each is easily enough for 2 smoothies. I mix it with Aldi pineapple juice, soy milk, a half of a banana, and ice chips for a tasty, nutritious and lovely purple smoothie,” she mentions.
5. Chicken Burgers
A leaner option than traditional burgers, Aldi serves chicken burgers in the frozen section two separate ways: California Tex-Mex and Mediterranean style. Build your chicken burger with lettuce, tomato, onion and serve a little tzatziki as your sauce for a super delicious meal option that is lower in saturated fat than most frozen burgers.
6. Earth Grown Flame Grilled Protein Burger
Every time I shop at Aldi’s I make sure to stock up on their Earth Grown Flame Grilled Protein
Burger which is a soy-based burger with cheese, says Toby Smithson, RD, CDCES, founder of Diabetes EveryDay and author of Diabetes Meal Planning and Nutrition for Dummies. “This veggie burger is a great low-fat, plant-based protein entrée to use as a burger, add to a salad, or mixed with pasta, offering 16 grams of protein with only 1.5 grams of fat, zero grams of saturated fat and zero grams of cholesterol, 5 grams of carbohydrate and 4 grams of fiber,” she says.
7. Asian Blend Couscous
I love this Asian Blend Couscous product by Season’s Choice, explains Beth Ferguson, MS, RD, LD dietitian and baby-led weaning dietitian specialist. “You have to stock up on it because it’s seasonal — I bought 10+ bags and that was not enough. They make for a quick lunch or dinner. They are sauced and flavored perfectly,” she chimes in.
8. Whole & Simple Southwest Chicken Quinoa Bowl
Wan Na Chun, RD CPT of One Pot Wellness recommends: “The Whole & Simple Southwest Chicken Quinoa Bowl from Aldi is a healthy frozen meal option because it contains a variety of nutritious ingredients. The Southwest-style bowl contains brown rice, sweet potatoes, black beans, corn, and bell peppers. These bowls are high in fiber, protein, and vitamina are free from artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives. Each bowl contains at least 16 g of high quality protein, which makes the frozen meal more filling and satisfying.”
9. Season’s Choice Smoothies Blends
Roxana Ehsani, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN loves Aldis Season’s Choice Smoothies Blends. “It’s essentially everything you need to whip up a smoothie in one bag, the turmeric one for example contains mango, orange, papaya, ginger puree, and turmeric. All you have to do is throw it in your blender along with a liquid. You can also add a protein source such as a scoop of protein powder or a cup of greek yogurt and you’ve got yourself a balanced smoothie. These are perfect for the person who needs a quick breakfast option or needs an afternoon snack,” she shares.
10. Frozen Avocado Chunks
Ever thought of adding avocado to a smoothie? Aldi’s frozen avocado is an easy and affordable way to include a healthy dose of fat, antioxidants, and fiber into a delicious smoothie, says Kaytee Hadley, MS, RDN, IFMCP, CPT functional medicine dietitian and founder of Holistic Health and Wellness of Richmond, VA. “Pair it with the frozen mixed fruit or berry medley, and the avocado will bring an extra creaminess to round out the texture,” she adds.
11. Frozen Chopped Spinach
Dietitian and Chef, Julie Andrews, MS, RDN, FAND comments on her favorite freezer aisle foods: “I really love the bags of frozen chopped spinach. I add it to nearly everything, from breakfast casseroles to pasta, soups to stews and savory oatmeal to smoothies. It adds a ton of nutrients and is super affordable.”
12. Earth Grow Vegan Classic Meatless Meatballs
“I really like Aldi’s vegan meatballs, they are a great alternative protein for those that are looking for a meat-free meal. Since they are frozen, you can easily heat them and add them to any dish that needs a slightly more filling or protein-packed element, they come in two varieties and have the right amount of spices and is a perfect addition to any meals specifically for vegans,” recommends Moushumi Mukherjee, MS, RDN.