ALDI Really Has It All: Goals and Giveaway!!!

In case we haven’t met,

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I’m Tasha. I work too much, sleep too little, have a husband, a grown son and a pre-teen daughter, am dealing with more of my share of stress, do not make Oprah type money, just turned 40, have had a hysterectomy and am staring menopause dead in the face, teach fitness classes and personal train for a living, have a schedule that would make your head spin and do it all on a plant based diet. 

That’s a mouthful.

Because of these reasons, I am VERY CHOICY about what I eat from where. That’s not to say I won’t have me a piece of vegan cake when offered every now and then but I have, most definitely, been referred to as a “food snob.” Call it what you want but I know that my food is key to dealing with my energy, hormones, fitness performance, weight loss and stress. There is just no way around that. I have goals.  I want to be stronger, leaner and less stressed.

Can anybody relate?

And because I am on a budget, I have to make smart choices. I mean, I love avocados but the way I eat them I cannot spend three dollars on one. Do you know what I can buy with three dollars?

Black Beans Aldi

Three cans of organic black beans and four instant oatmeal cups at ALDI.

True story.

Aldi Madison Alabama

Last year, I took a couple of my girls to ALDI for them to experience what it was like to shop in a store that, in my experience, had always been deemed “low budget, low quality.” It was a MIND BLOWING experience for all of us. You can read about it here.

This time, I went shopping alone, for myself.

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I was in a rush and I needed to get in and out.

First off, the store is clean and everything is clearly marked. The only thing that distracted me was the wine. I really tried to convince myself that a basket full of wine could have solved all of my stress problems and this trip could have been over. I opted to not buy the wine but I just wanted to be honest and say I thought about it.

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I decided to tackle my biggest problem first: BREAKFAST. I usually have to be at the gym by O Dark Thirty and no one in my house is awake at that time. I try to make smoothies in my Ninja that I keep in the garage sometimes but often I just need to grab “something” to take with me to eat after I’m completely awake. I went straight for the oats. Overnight oats is always a great option (never heard of them? Check Pinterest!) and steel cut which I have put in the crock pot overnight and scooped out in the morning. ALDI has an AMAZING gluten free line, as well as a fit and healthy line and organic line!  I found oatmeal bars, trail mixes, nuts and things to go with my banana or fruit in the morning.

Aldi Coconut Oil

I also found coconut oil to go with my Dandy Blend coffee substitute. Score! I need my healthy fats! It was $5.99. DOUBLE SCORE!

As I made my way around the corner, I found my staples for the cheap: tri-colored quinoa, brown rice spaghetti, lentils (yes, I eat carbs for energy and I love EVERY bite!) and then that’s where I found those organic black beans on sale and the oatmeal. I started doing the Nae Nae right there in the aisle (if you know me then you know I’m telling the truth). I found fire roasted tomatoes and tomato paste on sale (chili, anyone? Quick dinner idea when you are short on time but need something filling) and found some high protein wraps (the closer I get to menopause, the more protein I need. I did NOT say eat carbs all day every day). I made myself a vegan BLT with some stuff already had at the house when I got home that afternoon. (By the way, did you know ALDI sold sriracha?)

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On the snack side (heavy snacker over here), I got these big bags of popcorn that weren’t too high calories (got microwave popcorn for my kids even though they are eating my bags) and some edamame that I can steam right in the bag (did I mention I’m short on time?). I packed my car with some items so I can stop making it rain all over town buying food when I’m out teaching all day. I’ve been eating really good and healthy without going broke all week. I even bought a reusable salad container to use for the salads I had planned to make with the spinach, arugula and baby lettuce I bought. Maybe I was too ambitious because the container is still in the pack but, honestly, sometimes I just stick my hand in the bag and eat my greens plain.  Maybe #HealthyHardCore should be my new hashtag?

Photo Feb 18, 11 29 03 AMI have A LOT going on and I need to be simple and smart about my choices. I don’t need a lot of fanfare, just a place where I can get great quality food for the best price. ALDIgets better EVERY TIME I go. I don’t want to pay for decoration. Just give me the basics. I think this is true for our goals as well. Everything is so shiny and we reach for the glitter but the truth is if we define where we want to go and focus on getting from A to B instead needing to worry about everyone else’s A to B or all of the distractions in between, we can focus and get there faster.

And I just automatically feel better when I save money.

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Hippocrates said, “Let thy food be thy medicine” and I’m starting here, trying to climb each mountain, one small step at a time.

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Here’s your chance to let ALDI be a part of your goals! (Want to learn more about them? Connect with them on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and their blog!) Tell me in the comments what your biggest goal is and what you’d really love to buy at ALDI to help you meet that goal. One winner will be selected and awarded a $50 gift certificate to ALDI. Winner will be announced on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Good luck!

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by ALDI. However, as always, all opinions are truthful and are my own.

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19 Responses to ALDI Really Has It All: Goals and Giveaway!!!

  1. Denise says:

    I am so excited! We just got aldi in my area and we are going Saturday for the first time! My goal is to feed my family as healthily as possible. Aldo’s organic line will make that possible!

  2. Nikki says:

    My biggest goal this year is to clean up my eating! I exercise consistently, but am likely falling short because my eating isn’t always the best. My goal is to reduce added sugar and processed food in my diet and eat more real food! Aldi would be a great help for that! I’d love to buy their produce, quinoa, nuts, meats, etc!

  3. sharon says:

    This is my year of healing.. im finally feeling up and ready after a surgery to tie my tubes and removed a large cyst… adding in my daughter is now 9 months.. so i love making healthy foods to share with both of us ( i usually blend my foods up as she s just now getting her first tooth) we get tons of healthy pantry staples at our local discount grocer but fresh veggies and fruits are expensive as we have to go to the more expensive grocery.. so we dont add in as many as id like.. id love to start picking up more fresh at Aldis ♡♡ healing and growing foods for my family

  4. Cheryl Sesler says:

    I love Aldi, and I was thrilled when they opened a store here in Athens! Aldi has really helped me spend less on my fruits and veggies, and honestly, most of them stay fresh WAY longer than those from other stores! Milk too! Aldi is also the only grocery store my boyfriend will willingly go with me… haha! He loves to go buy bulk canned goods (you know, the zombie apocalypse…).

  5. Leslie Lawson Malone says:

    Thank you for reminding me that Aldi is right around the corner, and so cheap! I went to my first Aldi in Germany and thought it was adorable! Good for the Eco-conscious (bring your bags!) and for getting high-quality foods (just no expensive advertising!) for super reasonable prices. I will definitely make a return visit there more regularly!

  6. steph says:

    I need to eat more fruit. Preferably with their maple quinoa granola 😉

  7. Lisa B says:

    Veges and beans. I love their selection of veges and I get my staple beans from there (need the complex carbs). BUT I’ll tell you what…their snacks are the bomb! Plus there’s always something new to try. The variety is awesome!

  8. Jennifer Davis says:

    My biggest goal is to be healthier and starting eating well to be a good example for my children. I am stuck on soooo much sugar and eating out!! Not a great example.

    At Aldi I would love to buy anything I can eat for breakfast since I usually skip breakfast everyday.

  9. Joanna says:

    I would frequently shop at Aldi’s and one day, I realized they had more and more organic items and was surprised but skeptical at the same time because I thought “this is too good to be true”. One reason I thought this was because of the prices being so affordable as compared to the other holistic stores where I would spend so much just to get a few items. I wondered how Aldi’s organic foods could be so inexpensive? What were they doing differently with their products? Was the same quality ingredients as the other stores? In a time where “organic” is the new buzz word, I need to make sure I am buying quality products. I am pleasantly surprised to see Tasha’s post about Aldi’s because on my quest to be healthier, I am eating more organic fruits, veggies and meats and I eat more gluten-free. I also have cut back on sugar and use stevia and agave and I notice Aldi’s sells both now. I am also on a quest to have more money in my pocket by saving in the area of food. I will revisit Aldi’s because if Tasha says their organic items are good, I believe her! I will start back shopping at Aldi’s for my organic needs!

  10. Ashley Hudson says:

    I just recently realized moving out on my own would be interesting with trying to stay on budget with a plant based diet. I’m excited to go to Aldis, to get my basics for myself to build my cabinet with healthy food. My goal is stay on track with eating healthy and also to improve my workout routine and help others learn more about the importance of routine of healthy meals and working out.

  11. Lorraine says:

    I’ve never thought of Aldi as my go-to storey for groceries, but I’ll check them out. One of my main goals is to eat better for less, sometimes you tend to spend too much money in groceries and these end up wasted. 🙁 I can’t wait to see the goodies I will find there!

  12. Cheryl says:

    I’m a runner and biker, so healthy food is a must, I LOVE Aldi’s choices & prices!! Steel cut oats, almond milk and fruit are my go to healthy breakfast -Aldi has all for much less!

  13. Ashley says:

    My biggest goal is to lose 30 lbs this year. So far I have lost 5 lbs. I am looking to get some fresh produce and organic products at Aldi’s for healthier eating

  14. Deborah says:

    My main goal is to eat better and healthier this year..Aldi’s has some great prices on fresh fruits and veggies and healthier options.

  15. manda says:

    My goal is to eat as healthy as possible. I would buy grass fed beef with the certificate.

  16. Chelsea W says:

    I want to start eating less carbs and more veggies. I know ALDI has great produce, so I would like to buy them from there!

  17. ninah Moore says:

    I went to Aldi’s yesterday and was pleasantly surprised with the amount of healthy selections. It was easy to make a smarter choice because it was right next to my normal selection. The fruit selection is economical and of great variety. Yeah its easy to get distracted by the wine and chocolate but if you stay focused your body will thank you. Looking forward to visiting again the near future to prepare for a work trip in which i have to be smart

  18. Carolyn Nash says:

    Im exceptionally gluten intolerant, violently allergic to wheat and barley, and survivor of some serious health problems. Being choosey is mandatory. Clean eating is very important to me. My goal is to eat clean without worrying about breaking the bank. I want to balance the cost so I can attain healthier living.

  19. Ally says:

    My goal right now is to be less tired and I know that healthy eating is a big part of that. They always have kale and spinach at REALLY reasonable prices (especially compared to other grocery stores) and I think both of those could help get me on track!