Eating Keto can carry a hefty price tag. Shopping at Aldi can save some you some serious cash if you know what to look for and what to avoid.
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I have made it no secret that I LOVE Aldi! It’s my number one tool for getting quality food on a shoestring budget. For the majority of their products, the quality is as good as, if not better then the name brands.
Anyone following a low carb or keto diet may have felt the strain in their pocketbook. Keto diets are generally heavy in meats, full-fat cheeses, nuts and fresh produce – none of which are known for their low price tag. Plus coupons for these items are few and far between.
If you are new to Aldi, here are a few things that you need to know before you go:
- Be sure to take a quarter. In order to get a shopping cart, Aldi requires a 25 cent deposit. This eliminates the need for the store to pay workers to gather carts and also helps to ensure that the carts aren’t stolen or damaged.
- Along with the quarter, take some reusable bags. Aldi does not provide bags, this is another way they cut costs and provide cheaper groceries. Don’t worry, if you do forget your bags they sell them at the register for 10 cents each 🙂
- On the topic of bags – be prepared to fill them yourself. The cashier will not be bagging your groceries for you, but they do provide a bagging area.
- Expect little to no brand selection. The majority of the foods you will find in an Aldi store are in house generic. As I mentioned above the quality is almost always great, but if generic bothers you Aldi may not be your best bet.
- Produce and fresh meat quality can vary significantly from store to store. I have 2 Aldi stores within about 8 miles from my house. 1 has amazing produce and meat, the other seems to get the short end of the stick. If you try one, and it’s less then ideal, consider trying another store in your area (if that’s an option).
If you are short on time, be sure to check out Instacart to see if grocery delivery or pickup from Aldi is available in your area. To make shopping easier, all of the products on this list are linked to Instacart so you can easily add them to your cart!
Here are my top 20 keto-friendly foods to get at Aldi:
I am not a huge pork rind eater, but I like to have them on hand for a quick snack. Aldi's pork rinds have only 2 ingredients - fried pork skin and salt. They also come in a spicy variety which is really good. Best of all, they are only .99 cents for a full-size bag! That's 50% less than the name brands!
Eggs are a staple in many Keto diets and for good reason. One egg packs a HUGE punch and has perfect keto macros. The price of eggs will vary at Aldi, but they are always far less than my traditional grocery store. The only downside is they usually limit you to 6 dozen at a time, and with a family of 7 - 6 dozen goes fast!
Aldi avocados are my favorite. The organic variety comes in a multi-pack (usually 4-5 per pack) and they are pretty small. That may sound like a bad thing, but I love it. One of these avocados is a perfect serving size, so I can eat it all in one sitting without worrying about wasting the leftover. At my Aldi, the organic multipack is $3.99 - that is an AMAZING price here in Indiana.
We go through an INSANE amount of butter here. I would put money down that we could rival Paula Dean - that's how much butter! Aldi has traditional salted and unsalted butter for $1.75 per pound and they even have their own version of Kerry Gold butter for $3.99 a pound!
Zero Carb Bread
You read that right! Aldi is the first major grocer to offer a generic zero carb bread (at least to my knowledge). Aldi tested this item as a temporary product, but due to the overwhelming response, they will be bringing it back as a regular product.
As of now, it's still a little hard to find and I am sad to say that I haven't been able to get my hands on a loaf yet 🙁 Click the link below to see if it is currently available at your store.
In addition to standard cheeses, Aldi carries lots of gourmet cheeses that haven't let me down yet. My favorite is the pesto marinated fresh mozzarella, but they also have great feta and brie. They are always adding new and seasonal varieties as well.
Aldi offers several varieties of Soybean pasta which average about 7g of net carbs for a pretty large serving. The taste reminds me of whole-grain pasta and with a price tag of just $3.19 - it's quickly become one of my favorite pasta substitutes.
So there you have it! I hope that I convinced you to give Aldi a try! Obviously the price and selection will vary from region to region, but I think that anyone can save money at Aldi. If you go, let me know what you think and if you find any other good deals!
Let me know your favorite Aldi finds and what I may have missed down in the comments 🙂