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April 20, 2012 2:52 AM
Need to know what to definitely go for in there and what to avoid please with regards to eating as cleanly as possible. also what sort of meals can i expect to make? is it all pasta based? i imagine they have a large pasta section and not much else going on.

i like to cook real food all from scratch, for my family of 4, no ready meals or just bits of this and that you can sling together to make a meal. i'm a bit of a control freak about my food that way. for example, i can't have artificial sugar, since it sends my appetite through the roof. that kind of thing.

so. Aldi. good for weight loss and clean eating, or no?
April 20, 2012 2:58 AM
Have you looked on their website? http://www.aldi.co.uk/

I get my cat litter from there as its under £2 for a MASSIVE bag. I know that doesn't help you with the food question... lol

They do fruit and veg and fresh meats etc so not all pasta
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April 20, 2012 3:03 AM
I don't know about Aldi in the UK, but in the Netherlands they have a lot of good stuff. Including rice and vegetables.
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April 20, 2012 3:05 AM
I do the majority of my shopping at Aldi here in the US. They have cheese (good cheese, not just packaged crap), fruits, veggies, meat. Their variety isn't huge, but they do have chicken, beef, pork, and turkey. Most of the fruits and veggies are seasonally based, which I think is pretty cool.
April 20, 2012 3:07 AM
I mainly shop in aldi and i hardly ever buy their pasta lol. Lots of fresh fruit and veg (including their super six, promoted items each week... I think pineapples and kiwi are included atm), fresh meat and check out their frozen section for the fish they stock!
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April 20, 2012 3:10 AM
We do most of our shopping at Aldi in the US. They are good for cheap basics - sugar, flour, bread, meat, etc. But we do have to be careful with the fruits and veggies. Maybe it's just our area but things go bad very quickly, so you may want to plan on shopping at least twice a week if you want to get produce there.
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April 20, 2012 3:11 AM
Aldi here in the US is my "go-to" store. Love it! They have amazing prices on their foods. They have a wonderufl variety of fruits and veg at the best prices around! I refuse to buy my produce anywhere else now. Only Aldi and farmer's markets when they are open. Good meat selection and frozen fish, too.
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April 20, 2012 3:11 AM
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Have you looked on their website? http://www.aldi.co.uk/

I get my cat litter from there as its under £2 for a MASSIVE bag. I know that doesn't help you with the food question... lol

They do fruit and veg and fresh meats etc so not all pasta


hahaha cat litter! :D

i have looked at their website, but it's not very good, i don't think. i may mosey down for a look this afternoon so i can plan the weeks shopping properly.
April 20, 2012 3:12 AM
BTW i had no idea they had Aldi in the US as well.... :D
April 20, 2012 3:13 AM
I don't know if there is a big difference between the states and europe, but here I go to aldi's once a week, they always have super deals on produce. Like last week I bought mushrooms for 69 cents a pack, cucumbers for 29 cents, large container of strawberries for 1.49, avocados for 69 cent. This coming sunday another good sale, 1.39 for a 3 pound bag of apples, I forgot what else, I'd have to get the flyer, but there are several things on there that I want to get. I eat loads of fruit and veggies so I will be heading there again to stock up !!!
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April 20, 2012 3:17 AM
Their frozen veg has always been good!
April 20, 2012 3:23 AM
Aldi in the UK is great! (I'm in the Sout East), although I don't get all my shopping from there, excellent on fresh fruit and veg (cheaper than leanding brand supermarkets). Fresh meats as well as frozen (chicken, port, beef), excellent value! Wonderful selections on chesse and different cuts of cooked meats i.e. smoked ham, etc, sugar (I only like brown, they sell cheaply). Juices, water, etc, etc, all your food shopping if you want can be purchased there! But like I mentioned, I'm one for brand named goods, so will buy all my fruit and veg there, along with their water, sometime meats (prefer my butcher)! and everything else I'm a Sainsbury's girl!

As you stated you'll take a look this afternoon, go fo it, you'll be pleased with what they have, suggest you take your own carrier bag(s) as you'll pay for them there!
Godo luck and enjoy the shopping!
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April 20, 2012 3:24 AM
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Maybe it's just our area but things go bad very quickly, so you may want to plan on shopping at least twice a week if you want to get produce there.


I found this with one of the Aldi's in the UK too. We have recently moved towns and I haven't tried the Aldi's in my new town. Might have just been that store as they were massively under staffed in there!
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April 20, 2012 3:29 AM
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As you stated you'll take a look this afternoon, go fo it, you'll be pleased with what they have, suggest you take your own carrier bag(s) as you'll pay for them there!
Godo luck and enjoy the shopping!


YES! Own bags and a pound/trolley token :) - They don't have baskets!
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April 20, 2012 3:34 AM
I went to aldi this morning and bought

mini chicken fillets £1.99
White cabbage 59p
Wholemeal Pittas 49p
Cucumber 59p

They had baskets :)
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April 20, 2012 3:41 AM
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QUOTE:

Maybe it's just our area but things go bad very quickly, so you may want to plan on shopping at least twice a week if you want to get produce there.


I found this with one of the Aldi's in the UK too. We have recently moved towns and I haven't tried the Aldi's in my new town. Might have just been that store as they were massively under staffed in there!


I have noticed this too, most of my fruit goes bad after a couple of days but the veg is usually fine
April 20, 2012 3:44 AM
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BTW i had no idea they had Aldi in the US as well.... :D


Sure do! My favorite store!! SUCH good prices and awesome assortment!!
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April 20, 2012 3:49 AM
Their fruit and veg is very well priced but I agree don't buy it too far ahead. I think they are a German company, there's always a lot of German style meat products, but you'll also find the usual meats and their fish fingers are the best ever in my opinion. Also like their part baked dinner rolls and tampons are the cheapest I've ever seen them - not that you should be eating too many of those ;-)
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April 20, 2012 3:52 AM
i shop aldi us and you have to be very careful...read the labels. i mostly buy fruit , veggies, milk, eggs, canned beans, frozen veggies, cheese...not too much of the packaged foods because they add lots of fillers, like: sugar, high fructose corn syrup, potato starch, msg, malodextrin, etc....in stuff you wouldn't believe, or maybe you would. my rule of thumb on labels...the less ingredients the better and if there is hidden additives or stuff i can't pronounce i won't buy it.
hope this is helpful :0)
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April 20, 2012 3:54 AM
QUOTE:

I went to aldi this morning and bought

mini chicken fillets £1.99
White cabbage 59p
Wholemeal Pittas 49p
Cucumber 59p

They had baskets :)


Emma is going to the same Aldi that I go to, hence the baskets comment :)
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April 20, 2012 3:55 AM
As your best friend I can HIGHLY recommend.

I cook from scratch EVERY DAY and I only shop at Aldi. (In fact my Jewish Grandmother, you know how picky she is, LOVES aldi and only shops there)

Their frozen fish is AMAZING.

I never buy pasta, I don't like it.

Their veg is good but fruit is not...but I only go siansburys for fruit anyway.

Their variety of cold meats is GREAT, they have tonnes of variety at low prices compared to other supermarkets. Where Aldi's is standard other supermarkets have it in their *finest range...FAR MORE EXPENSIVE.

I don't buy frozen veg anyway, apart from peas and their petit pois are lovely.

They have a massive variety of cheese too including a goats cheese which is nice.

I honestly swear by Aldi... xx
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April 20, 2012 3:56 AM
If it's like Lidl, take some carrier bags with you else you gotsa buy them :-((
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April 20, 2012 3:57 AM
Oh and their free range meat is TOP quality and cheaper than anywhere else.
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April 20, 2012 4:03 AM
I sometimes shop at Aldi here in Germany. I didn't know they had Aldi in the US either. Anyway, the stores vary. Some are very good and others not so. They have decent pre-packaged deli meats and I buy their water. I buy their bolognese sauce occasionally but I only get their pasta if they have whole grand and the one nearest to me usually doesn't. Like another poster, I find that their fruit and veggies go bad very fast so if you're not going to use it in the next 3 days or so, don't buy it. That's my 2 cents anyway. Between Lidl and Aldi I can get almost everything I need. Except lactose free milk. I go to Rewe for that.
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April 20, 2012 4:07 AM
I LOVE ALDI!!!!!!!!! <3

They've got a line of "Fit & Active" foods that I basically live on. I've tried just about every item in the line now, and I haven't found one I didn't like yet.

Besides that, as others have said, they have produce and meats. I buy their bagged chicken breasts, turkey burger meat and my all my fruit/veggies there. EXCELLENT prices.
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