Grab Your Quarter…Shopping Paleo/Primal at ALDI

Feb 26th
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In the last few months I have become reacquainted with ALDI. Anytime that I have lived anywhere near a store, I have utilized it for a pretty decent produce selection and great prices.  If you don’t mind having to bring a quarter to get your cart, bringing your own bags &  picking up boxes while shopping so that you can bag your own groceries, it really is a pretty decent shopping experience.  (I found it really interesting that ALDI is a “sister company” to Trader Joe’s!)

Along my journey of eating “clean,” gluten-free & now Paleo, I have shopped at ALDI less and less, but also because I don’t live or work near one.

I spent some time in January prepping for a Paleo workshop in my rural hometown.  I knew it would be a waste of time unless I was familiar with what my friends and family could access in town.  I went shopping at WalMart, the local grocery store, the local health food store & ALDI.  I was pleasantly surprised with the clear Gluten-Free labeling that ALDI offers.

(Take note: If you want to act as the “Paleo Police,” please go to another site.  The meats are not pastured & grass-fed, there is no organic & I have some snack foods at the end of the list.)

I am going to share a few pictures of my ALDI shopping trip.  Keep in mind that (just like any other grocery store) you have to watch for a few things:

  • There is still LOTS of junk food. Avoid it!
  • Read labels carefully.

Special considerations at ALDI:

  • They have special buys.
  • Each store does not have the same inventory.
  • What they have one visit, they may not have at the next.
  • Bring a quarter so that you can get a cart, your quarter is returned.
  • Bring your own bags unless you want to purchase them for 10 cents
  • They usually only have 1-2 checkers, so be patient.
  • This is a great place to shop first, then fill in missing grocery list items at a regular grocery store.
ALDI has an excellent produce, meat, dairy & frozen aisle.  I don’t buy much dairy, but when I do I prefer that it is pastured and/or grass-fed.  ALDI doesn’t have that option, of course.  However, they do carry some cheeses that my kids enjoy, such as Babybel & Laughing Cow wedges which are under their Happy Farms brand.  I also like their salami & they often have a great frozen fish selection.  I have heard that the Gluten Free Chicken nuggets are good, but I have yet to find them at any location that I have shopped.  The Mashup Mom has a review of them here that includes pictures so you know what you are looking for!
I have also heard from friends that occasionally Free Range Chicken Broth (gluten free) has been a special purchase option and unsweetened coconut flakes were available, just haven’t found it myself!

 

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  • Dried Fruit Medley$1.49
  • Dried Figs $2.49
  • Dates $1.99
  • Dried Apricots $ 1.99

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  •  Almond Packs $1.99
  • Whole Almonds $3.99
  • Pistachios $5.99
There are lots of other nuts at ALDI, but these are the cleanest ones.

 

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  •  Fruit Strip (Value Pack) $4.99
  • There is also a strawberry & raspberry version with 8 strips per box for $1.99

I find the ingredients to be very similar to a much more expensive brand of fruit ropes/twists that I buy for my picky eater.  She loves these!

 

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  •  Maple Syrup $3.99
  • Mustard $1.19
  • Wild Alaska Pink Salmon $2.69
  • Olives $1.19
  • Pumpkin 99 cents

Watch the ingredients closely.  The salmon had a “clean” label, but none of the tuna did.

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Make sure that you buy the “Natural Applesauce,” because the other applesauce contains HFCS.  Nobody really likes to eat applesauce at my house, but I like to buy it in these small containers so that when I run across the occasional baking recipe that uses it, I have it on hand.  No waste.

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Produce! Great selection, although it varies from trip to trip.

 

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  •  Salsa $1.69
  • Guacamole $2.99

These little chocolate bars are some of my husband’s favorite and he has a habit of picking up chocolate bars wherever he is and bringing them home for me.  Sweet, huh? Sometimes he brings home some pretty expensive stuff and in all honesty, he likes these better.  They do contain soy lecithin as an ingredient, but so do most of the really nice chocolate bars.  It is one of those things I don’t get too tripped up about.

  • $1.89 for each bar

I have also seen the Green & Black’s chocolate bar as a special buy for $2.49, but it isn’t always there.

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 What? This isn’t PALEO! In the spirit of “keeping it real,” I thought I would show you the items we keep on hand for when we have guests over or need to take something to a party.  I also let the kids snack on these gluten-free “treats” from time to time.  Worse things have happened.

  • Sweet Potato Chips $1.99
  • Pork Rinds 89 cents
  • Tortilla Chips $1.19
  • Vegetable Chips $1.79

 

If you have any other tips for shopping at ALDI, please comment on FB or send me a message at laci@picketfencepaleo.com.  I love to improve my posts so that they are of maximum benefit to my readers! Thank you!

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