Aldi: Happy Farms Preferred Cranberry White Cheddar
“This is one of my favorite products, averaging at $3.29 for the 8-ounce round,” says Stefanie Dove, RDN, a private practice dietitian in Ashburn, Virginia. “I’ve purchased it for as low as $2.79! Not only does it brighten up a charcuterie spread, it is affordable, tastes great and is a wonderful way to promote increased calcium intake—which is essential for bone health. The unexpected surprise of the added cranberries is a unique way to incorporate this berry that many do not consider outside of the holiday season. Since white cheddar tends to have a stronger flavor than a mild cheddar, you can use a little less, helping to cut down on calories.” Check out more things you should always buy at Aldi.
Target: Archer Farms Simply Trail Mix
This store-brand Simply Trail Mix combines peanuts, raisins, M&Ms, almonds and dried cherries. “I love this trail mix for snacking post workout or to fight off hunger in between meals,” says Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, author of Healthy, Quick & Easy Smoothies. In addition to trail mix, you can find quality nuts in Target’s aisles. “The nut we eat most of is Archer Farms Unsalted Raw Almonds,” says Maria Adams, MS, MPH, RDN, a private practice dietitian in Boston. “It’s available in an economical and convenient 32-ounce jar. Nuts are packed with heart-healthy fat, as well as important nutrients such as vitamin E and magnesium.”
Target: Archer Farms Chicken Tortilla Soup
“The Chicken Tortilla Soup is perfect for a hot meal on the go,” says White. “It comes in a microwaveable, re-sealable container and is filled with flavor. I try to bulk it up by adding extra beans for a protein boost or some more vegetables. I like to wilt in some spinach when it’s hot.” See what other things you should always buy at Target.