11 Aldi Breakfast Foods Dietitians Swear By
When it comes to stocking up for the most important (or at least first) meal of the day, there’s no need to overextend your grocery budget. Aldi, the discount grocery store with a cult following, has plenty of healthy breakfast options to choose from. Whether you’re in the mood for savory or sweet, you’ll find budget-friendly nourishing breakfast foods on the shelf or in the freezer.
Dietitians agree that starting the day with a protein-packed, fiber-filled breakfast is one of the best ways to set your day up for success. Not only will eating a nutrient-dense breakfast help you meet your goals for the day, but it will help curb cravings and keep you energized throughout your morning. So grab your quarter, and read on for the breakfast foods dietitians recommend from Aldi!
1. Earth Grown Veggie Breakfast Patties
“If you’re looking to cut back on your red meat intake without sacrificing flavor, Aldi’s Earth Grown Veggie Breakfast Patties are a delicious meatless alternative,” says Catherine Karnatz, MPH, RD, Rhode Island-based dietitian and owner of Nutrition Education RD. Each patty has 2 grams of fiber and 8 grams of protein. Pair it with eggs and a whole-grain English muffin for a balanced and filling breakfast!
2. Breakfast Best Protein Buttermilk and Vanilla Waffles
If you’ve written off waffles as a sugary, low-nutrient breakfast, these whole-wheat waffles from Aldi are sure to change your mind. “Packing in 12 grams of protein and only 4 grams of added sugar per serving, these higher protein waffles can help keep your blood sugar levels at bay, minimizing that mid-afternoon sugar crash,” says Jamie Adams, MS, RDN owner of Mamaste Nutrition. “Enjoy them with your favorite nut butter and fresh or frozen (then thawed) berries for a complete breakfast packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fats,” recommends Adams.
3. Simply Nature Sprouted 7 Grain Bread
A slice or two of bread can be a great addition to any breakfast, whether you’re slathering it with peanut butter or using it for a breakfast sandwich. But not all bread is created equal. Simply Nature Sprouted 7 Grain bread is made with sprouted wheat berries, sprouted millet, sprouted rye, sprouted barley, sprouted corn grits, and sprouted whole wheat flour. “I love sprouted grains because they are higher in certain nutrients, including protein, fiber, B vitamins, vitamin C, and antioxidants,” says Wan Na Chun, MPH, RD, CPT of One Pot Wellness.
4. Millville Old-Fashioned Oats
“Oats make it easy to pack many of my favorite breakfast foods with soluble fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals and can be used to make everything from oatmeal, baked breakfast casseroles, blender pancakes, muffins, and energy balls, to even smoothies,” says Malina Malkani, MS, RDN, CDN owner of Malina Malkani Nutrition and author of Safe and Simple Food Allergy Prevention. In addition to Millville’s old-fashioned oats, you can find plain steel cut and instant oats. Don’t forget about the high fiber add-ins like ground flax and chia seeds, which you can also find at Aldi for a great price, adds Amanda Lane, MS, RD, CDCES founder of Healthful Lane Nutrition.
5. Whole & Simple Turkey Sausage & Spinach Omelet Breakfast Bites
“When you need a quick breakfast, you can pop the Aldi’s Whole & Simple Turkey Sausage & Spinach Omelet Breakfast Bites in the microwave,” says Sheri Berger, RDN, CDCES, consultant for Consumer Health Digest. Just two omelet bites have 12 grams of protein and only 180 calories. “Serve them with a slice of whole grain toast and a piece of fruit for a balanced breakfast,” Berger adds.
6. Friendly Farms Whole Milk Plain Greek Yogurt
“Aldi’s whole milk plain Greek yogurt makes an excellent base for a personalized parfait any morning,” says Jessi Holden, MS, RDN Culinary Dietitian and owner of The Kitchen Invitation. A 3/4 cup serving has 16 grams of protein and 17% of the daily value of vitamin A and calcium. “Also available at Aldi are nuts, granola, flax meal, fresh fruit, and a drizzle of honey to add to your parfait for a filling and satisfying breakfast bowl,” adds Holden.
7. Earth Grown Firm Tofu
The Earth Grown Firm Tofu can be used for dinner meals and to make a tofu scramble for breakfast as a vegan alternative to scrambled eggs, says Rhyan Geiger, RDN owner of Phoenix Vegan Dietitian. Half a block has 18 grams of protein to help power you through your morning!
8. Breakfast Best Meatlovers Breakfast Bowl
If you need a complete and filling breakfast option, Aldi’s Breakfast Best Meatlovers Breakfast Bowl does the trick. “This delicious bowl is loaded with potatoes, eggs, sausage, bacon, cheddar cheese, and 24 grams of protein to satisfy your morning hunger,” says Katie Schimmelpfenning, RD, founder of Eat Swim Win.
9. L’oven Whole Wheat Bagel
The L’oven Whole Wheat Bagel at Aldi are packed with nutrients beyond carbohydrates and added sugars, which is typical for many bagel varieties. Two mini bagels equates to 12 grams of protein and 12% of the DV for iron, a common nutrient deficiency for teens and women, says Lisa Andrews, MEd, RD, LD. Andrews recommends pairing the bagel with natural peanut butter and fruit for a balanced breakfast on the go.
10. Simple Nature Oats & Flax Instant Oatmeal
If you love starting your day with a hot bowl of oats but hate waiting for them to cook, Aldi’s Oats and Flax Instant Oatmeal is a delicious and hearty choice that cooks in just 2 minutes. “It has no added sugar and is a blank slate for other flavors, like fruit, spices, nut butter, nuts, and maple,” says Chef Julie Andrews, MS, RDN, FAND.
11. Goldhen Pasture Raised Large Brown Eggs
Eggs are an easy way to get your protein in each morning, whether you enjoy them poached, hard-boiled, or scrambled. The pasture-raised eggs at Aldi may offer more nutrition benefits than traditionally farmed eggs available. “Pasture-raised eggs have a more pigmented orange hue – an indicator that the hens have roaming access to the outdoors (minimum 108 square feet) to eat their natural diet of grass, seeds, and bugs,” says Madeleine Putzi, MS, RDN. Some research has found that pasture-raised eggs can have up to twice the amount of vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids than conventional eggs.