10 Delicious, Healthy Finds from Discount Groceries Aldi and Lidl

By Katie Garrity 
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August 18, 2022
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There’s no question these days that grocery bills have been skyrocketing. When the last item in our cart is scanned, we’re usually in total sticker shock — so it’s no wonder we’re racking our brains for ways to save the next time we go grocery shopping.

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One answer: it might be time to try a different place to stock up on food. While we love the fun options you can find at places like Trader Joe’s, two German discount grocery chains have been popping up across America in the past few years, and they’ve got some seriously good values: Aldi and Lidl. These grocery chains are two of the most affordable options out there, and their quality of items is just as good. We sought out the highest-quality, healthy finds from both Aldi and Lidl so you don’t miss out on the best items these stores have to offer. 

Prices vary by location, but we can share from experience that they are notably less expensive than many competitors. 

Aldi

1. Coconut Cashew Crisps 

These delicious, snackable treats come in a bunch of different flavors (vanilla, caramel sea salt, and chocolate) that will satisfy any sweet tooth. But they also fit a wide variety of dietary needs: these crisps are gluten-free, paleo-friendly, and vegan. Snack on them on their own, or better yet, create a super-satiating dessert by crumbling them up and sprinkling on a bowl of Greek yogurt. 

2. Southwest or Mediterranean Chicken Quinoa Bowl

When you want something quick and easy to whip up for lunch or dinner, frozen meals are always a good go-to, but it can be hard to find options that make use of high-quality ingredients and aren’t filled with additives. These quinoa bowls from Whole and Simple solve that problem. They’re packed with fiber and protein to keep you full and satisfied, and they’re also seriously tasty — win/win.

3. Sea Salt Popcorn

Craving a salty snack? Aldi has you covered with their organic sea salt popcorn. At just 30 calories per serving, this popcorn packs a punch of flavor without the added oils or faux butter that traditional bagged popcorn offers — plus, it has plenty of fiber and whole grains to satisfy your snack craving. 

4. Organic Hummus Dip

The organic hummus dip offered by Simply Nature is available in three different flavors — Classic, Red Pepper, or Garlic Hummus. This hummus, which is Good Housekeeping Nutritionist Approved, is one of the most affordable of its kind out there. Pair it with some crudites like sliced bell pepper, green beans, and carrots.  

5. Edamame Spaghetti 

Don’t let the admittedly fairly unusual color turn you off: Simply Nature’s edamame spaghetti, another Good Housekeeping Nutritionist Approved item from Aldi, is one of the most popular Aldi products, and for good reason: With 13g of fiber, 24g of protein, and only 20g of carbs per serving, it makes total sense that Aldi shoppers love it as much as they do. This spaghetti is a fantastic healthy swap for everyday pasta, which is largely made from refined flour.

Lidl

1. Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Sausage

If you’re looking for a versatile protein that you can prepare meals with all week, you can’t go wrong with the chicken sausage from Lidl. They’re pre-cooked, made with clean ingredients, and at just 70 calories a link with no nitrates, antibiotics, and no added hormones, they’re a great option. 

2. Creamy Almond Butter

We all know how pricey nut butters can be when we’re not dealing with inflation. So how do we enjoy an almond butter toast these days without going broke? Enter: Creamy almond butter from Lidl! This protein monster packs 7g of protein per serving with no added sugar or cholesterol — it’s a single-ingredient almond butter, just at Lidl prices.

3. Frozen Skillet-Ready Seasoned Vegetable Blend

This bag of frozen vegetables has zero artificial preservatives, artificial flavors, or synthetic colors, but it does boast tons of vegetable power. Available in a variety of flavors, this vegetable blend is the perfect starter for a stir-fry or protein bowl.

4. Frozen Organic Roasted Vegetable Pizza 

There’s no shame in a frozen pizza every now and again: sometimes we’re exhausted at the end of the day and take-out is just so expensive. If you want to satisfy a pizza craving without going overboard, Lidl’s roasted vegetable pizza is the way to go. Packed with zucchini, spinach, eggplant, peppers, and broccoli, not only are you getting a serious serving of organic vegetables, but you’re also not depriving yourself of a food you really want.

5. Blueberry Lavender Organic Kombucha

The idea of making kombucha from home — while ambitious — can be daunting. Thankfully, Lidl has a delicious blueberry lavender kombucha that is USDA Certified Organic, filled with live and active probiotics, and has no artificial flavors. While the kombucha itself might be similar to something you’d pick up at Whole Foods or another grocery store — you can’t beat Lidl’s price.

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