One thing that never changes at ALDI is the affordable prices, but you can always count on finding a new treasure trove of items every seven days at your local supermarket. The low-cost retailer, which is in the midst of a huge store expansion, calls these weekly additions its “ALDI finds”.
The latest version of ALDI Finds includes various additions to our readers’ favorite sections of the grocery store: the bakery and frozen food aisle. While some of these groceries make a delicious and nutritious addition to any pantry, others are loaded with significant amounts of carbohydrates and sugar.
We have reviewed the nutritional information of the latest generation of items from ALDI’s premium brand “Specialty Selected”. Next, we’ve created this useful list of the healthiest and least healthy items in the pack.
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10 pieces: 400 calories, 16 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 610 mg sodium, 54 g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, 15 g sugar, 10 g protein
Two servings are included in these $ 2.99 packages of Goat Cheese & Caramelized Onion Ravioli, which hit store shelves this week at ALDI. However, for adults looking to control their blood pressure and heart health, one serving alone contains almost half of the ideal daily sodium limit recommended by the American Heart Association.
Be careful, this is before adding sauce or other ingredients. Beware of sauces that are high in salt, as this could easily bring this meal closer to the excess sodium many Americans consume each day – roughly 3,400 milligrams.
1/2 cup dry: 350 calories, 7 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 770 mg sodium, 60 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 11 g protein
Similar to ravioli, two servings of pasta are included in these $ 1.99 packs of Risotto with black pepper and arugula cheese. If you cook the whole batch, there would be 700 calories, 120 grams of carbohydrate, 15 grams of fat, and 1,550 milligrams of sodium (which is just more than the daily recommendation) on your plate.
Although often eaten as a starter, risotto is sometimes served as an accompaniment. This risotto won’t pair well with a main course that’s already high in carbohydrates and sodium. Consider sharing a small portion among several guests.
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1 slice (1/4 of the cake): 400 calories, 24 g fat (10 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 220 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 23 g sugar, 5 g protein
This “worst” ALDI article is a good deal at $ 4.99, especially since it can easily be cut into four slices. Just one slice contains 50% of the Recommended Daily Value for saturated fat, plus more sugar than two frozen foods. Krispy Kreme Original Frozen Donuts.
1 slice (1/4 of the cake): 440 calories, 23 g fat (9 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 250 mg sodium, 55 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 30 g sugar, 5 g protein
Although this other new cheesecake contains less saturated fat per slice, it contains more carbohydrates, sugar and sodium. For a less heavy holiday treat, consider cutting this cake into eight instead of four.
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1/2 cup: 200 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 240 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 8 g protein
The list of ingredients for these noodles contains only four elements: durum wheat semolina, egg, spinach powder and salt. As well as being low in fat and sodium, they even contain 8 grams of protein and some iron (since spinach is a high iron food). Pair it with a sauce rich in vitamin C for better absorption.
1/2 cup: 130 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 370 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g sugar, 2 g protein
Anyone with dietary restrictions knows how difficult it can be to find foods that are right for them. In this week’s ALDI finds there is a Sensitive recipe pasta sauce made only with dried basil, olive oil, salt and some vegetables (Italian tomatoes, mashed carrots and celery).
Thanks to these whole food ingredients, the sauce is low in calories, carbohydrates and fat. It would be a good option to pair with pasta that is higher in sodium.
1/6 cake: 200 calories, 5 g fat (5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 42 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate,
New Tiramisu available from ALDI contains six Slices of Paradise. As with most desserts, it is still high in carbohydrates and sugar. However, one serving (1/6 of the cake) has half the calories, 1/3 the fat, and considerably less sodium than pumpkin-brown butter cheesecakes.
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