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What I Bought at the Grocery This Week {Restock Trip}

I went a little crazy at the grocery store this morning restocking on a lot of items that I like to keep on hand. I like to share these kinds of shopping trips with you so that you get an idea of how I stock my pantry and fridge to be able to consistently cook breakfast, lunch and dinner at home. My ambassador partnership with ALDI is over but I went there for today’s trip. I really meant it when I said that they have converted me as a believer in their brand and business model and I can’t tell you how many of my yoga students and clients are now also shopping at ALDI. It’s kind of crazy.

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I posted a shopping cart picture on Instagram today and and it seems that y’all are jumping on the ALDI bandwagon too! The savings are ridiculous!

So here’s what I bought today…


CHEESE EXTRAVAGANZA! Queso fresco, brie, honey goat cheese, organic white cheddar, blue cheese, feta and parmesan cheese. Also, hummus, prosciutto and uncured applewood smoked bacon.


Artichoke hearts, garlic powder, lemon pepper grinder, organic chicken broth, organic diced tomatoes, canned tuna, organic salsa, pesto.


NUTS AND CHOCOLATE! I have become a huge fan of the ALDI chocolate bars and picked up four different flavors today! Also, light brown sugar, walnuts, pecans, almonds, baking soda, dried cranberries and honey.


Organic vegetable chips and organic blue corn chips along with a multi-grain flax flatbread. (Used this in my lunch today…super good!)


Organic frozen strawberries, frozen mixed fruit, organic frozen blueberries, pineapple greek yogurt, plain greek yogurt.


Two bottles of wine (a malbec and a granacha), almond milk and Bolthouse Farms Green Goodness juice.


Randoms…sponges, egg whites, butter, Frebreeze and onions.


Fresh fruits and veggies…asparagus, avocados, organic carrots, mangos, lemons, cherry tomatoes, baby portobello mushrooms, tri-colored peppers and pineapple.

As I mentioned before, I try to buy all of my meat local whenever possible and if not local, organic, so as a rule I do not buy meat at ALDI. It’s also worth noting that I was already stocked on salad/smoothie greens and bananas. Those are two huge staples for me as well.

Let me know if you have any questions!

What are a few staples that you CANNOT leave the grocery without? Mine would be bananas, avocados, baby spinach and greek yogurt! (in addition to many, many more…including the chocolate bars! :))

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  • 1
    Krystal Sterling March 27, 2014, 2:29 pm

    I have just started shopping at Aldi’s within the past two weeks since your blog posts have been so convincing and let me tell you… it is so cheap AND good quality! Only downside for me is if I don’t go at the right time (first thing in the morning) items tend to get picked over and in the afternoon when they are less staffed, it is harder to get assistance. All I wanted was unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and I searched through all the crates I could reach in the cooler and there was none to be found!!! But that won’t stop me from going back. I am so thankful for your Aldi posts and your blog!
    And it’s an emergency when I run out of bananas and avocados!

  • 2
    Jojo @ RunFastEatLots March 27, 2014, 2:37 pm

    My staples are bananas, almond milk, frozen blueberries, spinach, romaine, egg whites, and avocados. I eat a lot of oatmeal, salads, and smoothies!

    • 3
      elizabeth March 27, 2014, 3:17 pm

      A healthy bunch of staples! How do you like your oatmeal?

  • 4
    elizabeth March 27, 2014, 3:15 pm

    I make my own almond milk, so a staple for me is almonds. In the winter, I also buy organic greens, but in the summer I can live off the garden and pantry for a long time, but since I’m not just shopping for myself, I always have other stuff on the list.

    I don’t think we have ALDI in the west, I’ve never seen it anyway?
    Did you decide on what car to buy, Prius or was it a rodeo or something, I can’t remember?

    • 5
      Laura T. March 27, 2014, 4:37 pm

      Do you find its cheaper to make your own almond milk versus buy it in the store? Where I live, almonds can kinda be expensive, so idk how it would work out financially. but then again, when you make your own you dont have a buncha weird additives in it.

      • 6
        elizabeth March 27, 2014, 4:48 pm

        I’m not sure about the cost comparison, it may well be more expensive to make my own, but I like the taste of homemade so much more, just almonds, water, vanilla a dash of salt and sweetener(I use liquid stevia). I buy the almonds at costco and also use them for making almond butter, biscotti and many other things.

        • 7
          Jen March 27, 2014, 4:50 pm

          i love this discussion. i’ve never tried to make my own.

          • 8
            Cameron April 4, 2014, 7:59 am

            It’s time consuming but a fun activity! I’ve also found it tastes richer/creamier when homemade. I buy cheese clothes, blend almonds and water in vitamix then strain through cheese cloth. Kimberly Snyder has a great you tube tutorial 🙂

  • 9
    Samantha @ The Faithful Runner March 27, 2014, 3:29 pm

    This is great! Good finds! 🙂 I wish we had an ALDI! I can’t leave a grocery store without apples and bananas.

  • 10
    Sara @ LovingOnTheRun March 27, 2014, 3:34 pm

    My must haves at the grocery store: romaine, spinach, bananas, chicken, broccoli, oatmeal and water. I think those are the things I HAVE to have. Usually though I end up with much more!

  • 11
    Elizabeth {Positively Healthy} March 27, 2014, 4:03 pm

    Loving the grocery posts! I love Aldi as well!! I can’t leave without some greek yogurt, apples and oranges!

  • 12
    Julie @ Coastal Runner Girl March 27, 2014, 4:13 pm

    I love seeing what you buy at the store!

    My staples include: greek yogurt, granola, bananas, frozen fruits and veggies, Silk almond milk, coffee and almond butter.

    • 13
      Jen March 27, 2014, 4:50 pm

      we are very similar!

  • 14
    Stephanie March 27, 2014, 4:20 pm

    I never leave without pink lady apples, banana’s, avocado, organic whole milk (for my toddler), frozen blueberries and spinach.

    • 15
      Jen March 27, 2014, 4:50 pm

      love pink ladies! so crisp!

  • 16
    Kim @ FITsique March 27, 2014, 4:53 pm

    My grocery store staples are: broccoli, spinach, brussel sprouts, chicken, peanut butter, and greek yogurt!

  • 17
    Jenn@Mark My Miles! March 27, 2014, 4:58 pm

    Nut butters, apples, bananas and chocolate : )

  • 18
    kristina March 27, 2014, 6:41 pm

    avocados, eggs, and bacon!

  • 19
    wendy March 27, 2014, 7:04 pm

    Howcome you don’t eat whole eggs? Why just egg whites?

    • 20
      Jen March 28, 2014, 9:58 am

      hey wendy – i do eat whole eggs. i buy them at the farmer’s market. anytime i’m cooking eggs to eat (like scrambled, over easy, hardboiled), i eat the whole egg. i get the egg whites to use in smoothies and oatmeal (can’t use a whole egg in that!) for a little extra protein.

  • 21
    Rebekah March 27, 2014, 7:11 pm

    Cheese extravaganza looks good!

  • 22
    Runner Girl Eats March 28, 2014, 6:47 am

    I leave with bananas, avocado and some kind of leafy veggie every trip. I just can’t get enough!

  • 23
    Kim March 28, 2014, 9:28 am

    Gosh, I wish we had an ALDI in NYC. Even the not-so-nice chain stores around me are crazy expensive. Trader Joe’s is way cheaper but I have to take the cross-town bus to get there. If anyone from ALDI HQ is reading this, SOS! The Upper East Side needs your help!

    But in all seriousness, you’re restocking supplies are way healthier than anything I ever purchase, Jen. Way to go! I know you include your price comparison in an earlier post, but I’d be curious to see how much this cost, now that you’re using ALDI in practice.

  • 24
    Laura B. March 28, 2014, 2:10 pm

    Just curious – can you tell us how much you spent on this?

    • 25
      Jen March 29, 2014, 2:11 pm

      i’m going to upload a photo of my receipt so you can see an itemized list.

      • 26
        Mikella March 29, 2014, 6:43 pm

        This is exactly what I was going to ask. Looking forward to it! Sometimes I go on my “major restock” trips to Aldi and only spend about $90 including things like trash bags, paper products, laundry detergent, etc. It never ceases to amaze!

  • 27
    Lindsey March 28, 2014, 6:11 pm

    I’m not sure if this was covered in the comments of your past posts but, how does Aldi’s compare to Trader Joe’s? I usually do my monthly dry goods stock up at TJs (canned good, nuts, nut butters, frozen vegetables) but I’m wondering if Aldi’s would be better for my grad student budget. Thanks for these posts — I’ve really been enjoying the mix of both food and exercise!

    • 28
      Jen March 29, 2014, 2:09 pm

      i love both and i still go to trader joe’s for items aldi doesn’t carry but aldi is cheaper!

  • 29
    Erin March 28, 2014, 6:35 pm

    So great! love all the cheeses – If I could, I’d live on cheese and meat trays and red wine.

  • 30
    Lindsay BB March 28, 2014, 6:43 pm

    I think the organic blue corn chips are really salty compared to other brands.

    • 31
      Jen March 29, 2014, 2:08 pm

      thanks for the head’s up! will let y’all know what i think!

  • 32
    DeeDee April 1, 2014, 11:52 am

    I’m so jealous of how nice your produce looks. The produce at my Aldi is always beat up and half rotten. 🙁

  • 33
    Kia April 6, 2014, 12:19 pm

    I came across your blog while searching for coupon info and you are one of the best discoveries I’ve ever made. I have a desire to cook the way I like to eat on a “regular” basis (instead of eating at Whole Foods all the time) and the way you make it seem doable has given me the boost I need to just do it! This post has also inspired me to find my nearest Aldi (only 10 mins away!), and I’m headed out the door in a few minutes to do some grocery shopping. Thanks for being such an inspiration for so many people.

  • 34
    Holly April 9, 2014, 9:56 pm

    After the blog series that went around I went back to ALDI. I’m shocked with their new products. They have so much more compared to a year ago when I visited their store – and healthier products too. Do you have a Keurig? You need to try the K-cups! I love the gourmet cheese selection and bought that same brie as well!

    • 35
      Jen April 10, 2014, 7:07 pm

      holly – that’s such great news! i’m glad you had a good experience. i’ve definitely become an ALDI shopper through working with them. i don’t have a keurig…tassimo and nespresso but thanks for letting me know!

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