Trim Healthy Mama Budget Menu

Looking for a Trim Healthy Mama Budget Menu to help keep your food costs down? Read on.

I’ll be honest here and admit something. Since I started Trim Healthy Mama, my grocery spending has gone up. I’m not gonna lie. It’s worth it. The sustainable weight loss I’ve experienced and the non-scale victories are totally worth it! I know that long-term, spending a little more on a better diet will cost less than the chronic disease that results from a standard (crappy) American diet.

Recently I’ve begun thinking more about how to lower my monthly bills. Since I have 7 kids, grocery spending is our biggest expense after housing. Therefore, spending less on the food budget has a quick impact.

When we think about creating a budget menu for Trim Healthy Mama, sometimes our first thought is, “How can I spend less on the food I’m buying?”. Truly, however, that’s backwards. What we should be asking is, “Which foods are inexpensive to start with and are on-plan?” Do you see the difference? The first approach will have you scouring for sales, coupons and coupon codes. The second is far less stressful.

Trim Healthy Mama Budget Menu

Trim Healthy Mama Budget Menu: Start with Protein

Since Trim Healthy Mama meals are anchored with protein, let’s start with that. Which protein sources are least expensive?

A Google search turned up the following information on quite a few pages (most of them about bodybuilding, lol!). Budget sources of protein include:

  • Canned tuna
  • Eggs
  • Whey protein (this surprised me – maybe bodybuilders are using cheap whey protein. The THM whey protein is around .89 a scoop, hardly cheap – so instead, use cottage cheese or half a scoop instead. The Trimmy drinks only call for a teaspoon of whey protein powder.)
  • Ground beef
  • Frozen chicken breast
  • Cottage cheese
  • Ground turkey

(You know what’s NOT on the list that should be? Gelatin! A tablespoon of gelatin has 11 grams protein. (A can of Great Lakes gelatin has 38 servings, making it around .50 a serving. The Trim Healthy Mama gelatin is a little cheaper. )

See anything cool here? These are all on plan! Try forming the bulk of your meals around these protein foods. Canned tuna is especially cheap and it’s a Fuel Pull. I love it with hot sauce sprinkled on. You can make it an S food by mixing it with mayo. A half can of tuna along with sides will fill you up for hours. Around here, eggs have been around a buck a dozen. That’s a dime for almost a complete meal!

Cottage cheese is also cheap. I love it with sweet potatoes instead of meat. (If you mash it into a hot sweet potato, it sort of melts and gets gooey!)

Trim Healthy Mama Budget Menu: Now for the sides

What about produce? We THM types like to eat a lot of non-starchy vegetables. Check out this list of the cheapest vegetables by month. Because there’s no way I’m going to remember this list when I’m at the store, I simply have a price per pound in my head that I’m willing to pay for fresh fruits and vegetables, and I don’t go over it. That price dictates what I buy. For fruit, it’s .99 a pound. That means I buy apples and bananas more than anything else unless something’s on sale.

Do the same for meat. Vow to never spend over .99 a pound except for special occasions. If you shop loss leaders, you can accomplish this easily. You might not have as much variety, but who needs a different type of meat each day of the week to be happy?

Frozen! Frozen veggies and fruits are almost always cheaper than fresh in my area.

Don’t forget your E meals and snacks. Since they’re fueled with carbs, and carbs are inexpensive foods, E meals and snacks help the THM food budget. See how to get enough E meals and snacks here. Oats, brown rice, sweet potatoes, fruit: all cheap!

Ease up on the fats. Since fats are the most expensive, ounce for ounce, of any foods we buy (nuts are more expensive than steak), try eating more Light S meals. Avocados, nuts, cheese are all delicious, but they’re easy to overdo and can cause weight loss plateaus or stalls (which is why they’re not on the Fuel Cycle plan!).

Bulk it up. If you eat a lot of a particular food, say brown rice or oats, price that food in bulk quantities. I get my oats, brown rice and beans in 25-50 pound buckets. This is a bit of an investment up-front, but the price per pound is better than what I can get at the cheapest grocery store. I get my bulk stuff from Amazon. Two good brands are Augason Farms and Honeyville.

Trim Healthy Mama Budget Menu
My 50 pound bag of oats. Because we eat oats in some form every day.

I haven’t investigated warehouse clubs. Many frugal bloggers love them though, so it’s worth checking their prices.

Go NSI. No Special Ingredients – these recipes are marked in the Trim Healthy Mama cookbook because they contain no special, fancy ingredients (just an on-plan sweetener in the case of desserts).

Shop your local Scratch ‘n Dent. I don’t have one nearby, but I do have a Bargain Hunt, and I find THM-safe food there every time I go! I’ve bought flavorings, teas, canned food, protein bars and other things, all at a discount.

Shop at ALDI if you have one nearby. ALDI prices just plain beat everyone’s. If you have to drive a long way to get to an ALDI, it might be worth it to stock up once a month. They have awesome prices on unsweetened almond milk, 0% Greek yogurt, eggs, shredded cheese, produce and meat. Here is a free ALDI shopping list for THM. See all the pages tagged “ALDI“.

Eliminate Convenience. Anytime a human or a machine does something to process your food, you’ll pay. So romaine hearts are cheaper than bagged salads. Whole fruit is cheaper than cut. Blocks of cheese are cheaper than shredded (though not always – check prices per pound!). Riced cauliflower is more expensive than whole. Salad dressing can be whipped up in a minute and is cheaper and healthier than store bought. A large jar of Slim Belly Jelly is a fraction of the cost of all-fruit jelly. When eggs are cheap, it’s less expensive to separate them yourself rather than using boxed egg whites. Etc.

Learn to love pure stevia. THM pure stevia powder is the most budget-friendly sweetener they offer. It’s fine to start with Gentle Sweet if you begin THM as a sugar addict, but slowly acclimate your taste buds. Put your big girl panties on!

Stock up when the Trim Healthy Mama store offers a sale. Guess who ordered 3 bags of Baking Blend when it went on sale for 3 for 16.99 even when she already had two bags in her pantry? Yeahme. If you’ve ordered from the girls before, you’re on their list and they’ll email you when a sale hits. Take advantage!!

Eat smaller portions. Yeah, I went there! Just because we’re on Trim Healthy Mama and have food freedom doesn’t mean we need to eat on plates the size of a small parking space. Look at your grandma’s plates from the 50’s. They were probably 9″ in diameter, whereas modern plates are up to 15″! This is insanity. SIZE MATTERS. French women don’t get fat, and neither did our grandmothers – because small portions! Keep in mind that a portion of protein should be the size of a deck of cards. A portion of cheese? Two dice. Etc. Here’s a nice visual using your hand to help you remember this.

Fill your plate with non-starchy vegetables! The THM authors don’t just tell us this because it helps us stay thin. It also costs less!

Start a price book and use it to guide purchases and meal planning. This can be as simple as keeping grocery receipts for a few weeks. Write in a notebook or computer document the items you buy most often and the price you pay. You’ll start to see patterns – what’s a good deal (stock up!), and what’s not (eat something else).

Since the THM E pancakes/waffles are made with cottage cheese, egg whites and oats, the contain no special ingredients and are budget friendly
Since the THM E pancakes/waffles are made with cottage cheese, egg whites and oats, they contain no special ingredients and are budget friendly. Maple syrup is expensive, but the faux syrup recipe is cheap!

Sample Trim Healthy Mama Budget Menu

Budget THM Breakfasts

  • Oats with berries and 0% Greek yogurt or cottage cheese for protein (I like to blend my cottage cheese with a dash of vanilla extract and stevia to make it extra-creamy, almost like cheesecake!). E fuel.
  • 2 scrambled or fried eggs with sauteed vegetables or greens – hold the expensive cheese! Enjoy your eggs Deep S.
  • 1 large ground turkey patty with stewed apples (cook them in a very small amount of butter and a bit of water, add cinnamon and stevia). E fuel.
  • Leftover brown rice, warmed with a dash vanilla, cinnamon, almond milk and stevia for Hot Breakfast Rice. (Add a protein source like a Trimmy with collagen and whey protein, or put egg whites in the brown rice while you’re warming it.) E fuel.
  • Any of the smoothie recipes (sub 1/3 cup cottage cheese for whey protein)
  • Trim Healthy Mama E pancakes (made with oats, egg whites and cottage cheese)

My week on Trim Healthy Mama: a Fuel Pull lunch

Budget THM Lunches

  • Waldorf Salad from the cookbook
  • Any of the single serving soups from the cookbook
  • Tuna prepared how you like it, with a side salad and homemade dressing
  • Sweetie on steroids (cottage cheese, cooked chicken or ground turkey for protein)
  • Cajun-style rice and beans (with ground turkey or low-fat chicken sausage for protein)
  • Creamless Creamy Chicken (over cabbage)
  • Egg Roll in a Bowl – especially if you buy your cabbage whole and cut it yourself! Cabbage is super cheap.
TrimHealthyMama Popcorn Recipes!
Popcorn is an E fuel and is on plan! And it’s VERY budget friendly.

Budget THM Snacks

  • Glucomannan, since only a tiny amount is required, is quite cheap. Therefore, recipes that call for it are usually inexpensive. Gluccie Pudding is an example. – FP
  • Apple slices with peanut flour/0% Greek yogurt dip – E fuel
  • Celery sticks (chopped yourself!) with peanut flour/0% Greek yogurt dip – FP
  • Peanut flour is also very budget-friendly. A tablespoon only costs about a dime! Use it instead of peanut butter. It’s cheaper and has far fewer calories.
  • Oat flour is less expensive than Baking Blend, so find recipes using it.
  • Cottage Berry Whip is a Fuel Pull, inexpensive and very filling.
  • Popcorn!! Popcorn costs pennies per serving. Find Trim Healthy Mama popcorn recipes here.

Budget THM Dinners

  • Buy large bags of frozen chicken – these are often priced far lower than fresh. You can throw them straight into the slow cooker (or Instant Pot) too.
  • Any of the bean soups from the cookbook are budget-friendly.
  • Egg roll in a Bowl
  • Lentil soup
  • Cowboy Grub (with plenty of veggies, rice and beans, less meat)
  • White Chicken Chili
  • Sweet Potato Bar
  • Vegetable Soups (add ground turkey or shredded chicken for protein, or enjoy them with a Trimmy or Collagen Tea)
  • Chana Dahl
  • Main dish salads

Some more ways to save money on Trim Healthy Mama:

  • Try using cash-back apps to save money on groceries. There is a list of those here: Trim Healthy Mama Saving Money with Cash-Back and Coupon Apps
  • Try re-growing vegetables. No planting of anything required.
  • Your kids need crossovers! Have a pot of rice and/or beans on the table with every meal to fill growing bellies.
  • Make your own baking blend. You can buy coconut flour and almond flour in bulk on Amazon and mix them to create your own.
  • Make your own almond milk for pennies!
  • Since you only use a tiny amount of glucomannan per serving and it fills you up, it’s budget friendly. Gluccie Pudding made with homemade almond milk would cost you pennies per serving.

 Follow my Budget Trim Healthy Mama Pinterest board for more ideas!

Your favorite posts in 2016

Hi everyone!

I hope you had a wonderful year and met your weight loss goals with the help of TrimHealthyMama. I thought it would be fun to share the most popular posts on this blog for 2016. If you’re new here, you might have missed one of these.

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Most Popular Posts in 2016

How to do TrimHealthyMama when you hate cooking or don't have time!

How to do TrimHealthyMama if you hate cooking or don’t have time (boy do you guys love this post! It’s the most highly trafficked post by far.)

Trim Healthy Mama ALDI

What does a TrimHealthyMama buy at ALDI?  Aldi is how I stay in budget while eating THM. This one has a free meal plan.

Banana -Cream- Oatmeal THM "E"

Banana “cream” Oatmeal THM “E” – this recipe got lots of positive feedback. I used to have trouble filling up when eating E breakfasts, but this one keeps me satisfied for hours.

What's on plan at Starbucks #THM

What’s on plan with THM at Starbucks? For the coffee addicts like myself!

THM-Safe Starbucks Copycat Recipes

And part two, THM-safe Copycat Starbucks recipes – so you can save money, stay on plan and enjoy your yummy coffee drink too (or snack!)

Enjoy and thanks for reading – and if you like this blog, click on one of the share buttons and spread the love. 🙂 Thanks!

Seen at ALDI: sugar free cookbook

The last time I was at Aldi, I spotted this sugar-free cookbook.

Sugar-free cookbook at ALDI

Curious, I flipped through the pages and discovered that the recipes are sweetened with stevia!

The cookbook is only $3.99.

I have purchased two cookbooks from ALDI in the past, and have been impressed with both of them.

If you are a fan of ALDI, you might want to check out this cookbook the next time you are there!

More about TrimHealthyMama and ALDI:  what does a Trim Healthy Mama buy at ALDI ?


New: A Free THM-friendly ALDI Meal Plan

Before I began my TrimHealthyMama© journey, I wrote an ebook about how to save money and still eat a whole foods diet by shopping at ALDI.

Even after becoming a THM, I still do almost all my shopping at ALDI. I don’t have to worry about coupons because I’m always getting a great deal there. Shopping is far less stressful, and ALDI’s selection of organic and natural foods grows all the time.

Today I turned 41 so I decided to share a free TrimHealthyMama-safe ALDI meal plan I just created. It has a week’s worth of dinners and a printable shopping list.

All you have to do is enter your name and email in the box to the right and I’ll send it out to you instantly.

Bon appetit!

P.S. You might also enjoy reading this post: What does a TrimHealthyMama buy at ALDI?


See also: a Frugal TrimHealthyMama meal plan (with recipes!)

This week’s BUDGET menu, Trim Healthy Mama approved

My husband had our annual visit with the accountant last week. The good news is, he had a record year, income-wise. The bad news is, we owe Uncle Sam a ton of money. Thankfully we have most of it in savings, but this month he’s working extra hard to pay the difference.

Trim Healthy Mama approved meal plan

I decided to do my part by, among other things, getting creative with the grocery budget. It’s good for me to challenge myself every once in a while to see how cheaply I can feed my family and still maintain a healthy, whole foods diet. Now I have the additional challenge of keeping myself “on plan”.

“E” meals tend to be less expensive than “S” meals. Fruits, grains, sweet potatoes – these foods cost less than meats, butter and cheese! So E meals are showing up more prominently this week (and for the rest of the month). I also plan on using up food from my freezer and pantry this month. By the end of it, my cupboards will be bare, but we will have saved a couple hundred bucks, so it’s worth it.

My BUDGET Trim Healthy Mama menu for the week:

Sunday:  We had *Sweeties on Steroids for supper. I served it with brown rice and ground turkey for the protein. I wasn’t crazy about this recipe, so if I make it again I’ll tweak it somehow to make it “mine”.  “E” meal

Monday: Roast chicken – since a whole chicken is almost always cheaper than cuts, I decided to roast a whole chicken and use some of the meat (and the bones for broth, bien sur) for other recipes. Sides: roasted Brussels sprouts, gingered carrots for the hubby and kids “S” meal

Tuesday: Salmon croquettes – these are a healthy, high-protein main dish that are very inexpensive, from canned salmon. Sides: green peas, broccoli. “S” meal

Wednesday: Taco Salad – a good way to stretch ground beef: serve it with beans, on top of lettuce, with cheese, sour cream and all the fixin’s. “S” meal

Thursday: *Bangin’ Ranch Drums – Drumsticks are super cheap at .89 a pound at ALDI. Side: cucumber salad “S” meal

Friday: Dirty Rice – the Coers website had this recipe. Looks good and very inexpensive. I’ll probably serve this with a dessert or muffin to increase the “wow” factor, since beans and rice dishes can be a bit boring. Maybe chocolate banana muffins, these are one of our family favorites. Or perhaps Briana Thomas’ new Apple Muffins.  “E” meal

Saturday: *Sweet potato-oat soup. I made this last week and everyone loved it, which suprised me. A soup with oats in it sounds weird, but it had a lovely sweet and savory flavor. With *Swiss bread for a side. “E” meal

We usually eat a lot of eggs for breakfast, but this week we’ll have more oatmeal since it’s a more frugal option. Baked oatmeal seems to go over well with my kids. Adding egg whites makes it heartier. I’m also making a green-chile egg bake since I have a couple of cans of chiles in my pantry.

Recipes with an asterisk * come from the Trim Healthy Mama cookbook.

Note: everything I bought for my menu this week came from ALDI. If you want to save money on groceries, I highly recommend checking out your local ALDI store!

You may also like: A Frugal TrimHealthyMama menu (with recipes)

A Frugal TrimHealthyMama Menu

When I wrote my “What I Ate Last Week, Trim Healthy Mama style” post, I promised to share recipes. Here goes: a frugal TrimHealthyMama© meal plan.

Last Friday when I made my meal plan for the week, I decided to challenge myself to use up everything in my fridge, pantry and freezer. Instead of making a menu from scratch, I took a closer look at what I have hanging around in my kitchen already that I could use to build meals, buying only the bare minimum of ingredients from the store. (I’ve gone a wee bit over our grocery budget in recent weeks and wanted to rectify the situation!)

I am also motivated to demonstrate that eating on Trim Healthy Mama™ plan doesn’t have to explode the grocery budget. It isn’t necessary to eat meat with every meal, and you don’t have to purchase special ingredients from the THM store (although I will say that, after buying similar ingredients elsewhere for years, THM does have great prices!).

Here’s what I came up with. Recipes follow.

Chicken “No-Tilla” Soup – (E meal with S variation) I had homemade chicken broth in my freezer and a ton of red, yellow and green bell pepper. What to do? I love chicken tortilla soup, but since corn tortillas aren’t on plan unless they’re sprouted (and sprouted corn tortillas are pricey!), I decided to skip that ingredient. Serve with your favorite toppings (pico de gallo, cilantro, Greek yogurt to keep it an E fuel, or sour cream, cheese and avocado for Crossover).

Red Lentil Stew with Socca – (E meal) I happened to have a bag of chickpea flour in my freezer leftover from an Indian dish, but if you don’t, just skip that and use any on-plan bread. Pictured below.  It was delicious and so filling. Socca is a flatbread made from chickpea flour that hails from Nice, France (bien sur!) and is commonly sold as casual street fare. It’s naturally gluten-free and stays in “E” mode if you only use a couple of tablespoons of olive oil for the entire recipe and eat just one slice (about 1/8 of the recipe).

Red Lentil Stew with Socca - a frugal TrimHealthyMama meal

Cheesy Green Chile Egg Bake – (S meal) I bought several cans of green chiles at ALDI recently. They’ll be put to good use in this easy, yummy egg dish. I’ll serve it with a salad.

Black Beans over Sweet Potatoes – (E meal) If you have homemade or sugar-free BBQ sauce, it’s delicious on top of this dish. If not, it’s good without too. Serve with veggies (broccoli or other greens).

Homemade Pizza – (S meal) Homemade pizza is actually a very frugal meal, especially if you use just enough meat to add flavor. The protein comes mostly from the cheese. The pizza crust recipes from the THM cookbook are excellent. If you don’t have the THM cookbook (or Baking Blend), make a cauliflower pizza crust instead.  Serve with a green salad.

White Bean and Cabbage Stew – (E meal)  Cabbage is incredibly cheap and filling, not to mention healthy, and with the addition of white beans you’ll have a hearty meal in a bowl. Serve with on-plan bread or crackers.

Now for recipes!

Chicken Tortilla Soup (E meal)

1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, sliced
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 each red and green bell peppers, chopped
1 zucchini, sliced
1 tsp. minced garlic
2 tsp. cumin
6 cups chicken broth
1/4 c brown rice
1 can black beans
1- 2 cans diced tomatoes (use regular or Rotel style with green chiles)
1 1/2 cups diced cooked chicken breast
half bunch cilantro

toppings: pico de gallo, 0% Greek yogurt, baked tortilla chips to stay in E mode

Or avocado, sour cream, shredded cheese (this will take the meal into Crossover mode)

2 T olive oil
Sea Salt and Black Pepper to taste

In a heavy bottomed pan, warm 2 T. olive oil over low-medium and saute vegetables. Add seasonings and cook for another minute, then add broth, rice, beans and tomatoes. Cook until vegetables are soft and rice is done, about 40 minutes. Add chicken, stir and heat until warmed through. You can also put everything (including raw chicken) into the slow cooker and cook on high for 5-6 hours. Remove chicken, chop or shred it, and stir back into the soup.

Red Lentil Stew  (E meal)

(This recipe is similar to Indian Dahl, only I have left out the coconut milk to keep it in E mode.)

2 cups red lentils
4 cups water or broth
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 lb fresh spinach, rinsed and chopped
2 tbsp butter
1 onion, chopped
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp garam masala
Sea salt to taste

Place lentils into a bowl, cover with water and soak for about 30 minutes.

Bring the water or broth to a boil, add salt, lentils, turmeric and chili powder and stir. Cover and bring to a boil again. Then reduce heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes. Add the spinach and continue to simmer for a further 5 minutes or until the lentils are tender. If necessary, add some more water.

In a small frying pan, melt the butter and stir-fry the onion and cumin. When the onions are soft, add to the lentil mixture. Stir in the garam masala and cook until heated through.

Here is an easy recipe for socca.

Cheesy Green Chile Egg Bake (S meal)

3 tablespoons butter, melted
5 large eggs, beaten
1 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 4 ounce can diced green chilies
1/4 cup THM Baking Blend (if you don’t have this, substitute 1 T coconut flour or a slice of on-plan bread, processed into crumbs)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Sea salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees . Grease an 8-inch square baking dish with 1 tablespoon butter and set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, cottage cheese, cheddar cheese, chiles, baking blend, baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt and the remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Pour into the prepared dish and bake until set, about 35 minutes.

Black Beans over Sweet Potatoes (E meal)

A mom gave me this easy recipe years ago, and whenever I make it, it gets rave reviews. For each person eating, you need one sweet potato. So simple!

Sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced thinly
2 cans black beans
Garlic powder, chili powder, sea salt
Sugar-free BBQ sauce, optional

Preheat oven to 375F. Spray one or two large baking sheets with coconut oil spray and place a layer of sweet potatoes on them, spraying more coconut oil on top, then sprinkling with garlic powder, salt and chili powder. Bake sweet potatoes until soft, then pour baked beans on top, and then BBQ sauce if you have it. Return to the oven to warm beans.

Homemade Pizza  (S meals)

We love the Perfect Pizza Crust recipe from the Trim Healthy Mama cookbook. If you don’t have the cookbook or Baking Blend, try this cauliflower crust. We love our pizza topped with Italian cheeses, sliced black olives, a little bit of pepperoni, lots of onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, spinach and tomatoes.

White Bean and Cabbage Stew (E meal)

Here is a very filling but budget-friendly classic Irish recipe (but without potatoes!): White Bean and Cabbage Stew


What are some of your favorite, frugal, on-plan Trim Healthy Mama meals?

What does a Trim Healthy Mama buy at ALDI?

Looking for a Trim Healthy Mama ALDI shopping list? Look no further. THM and ALDI are a match made in heaven as far as I’m concerned. Why?

One of the objections I hear about Trim Healthy Mama™ is that “I’ve never spent more on groceries!“. That may be true. Unfortunately, real, whole foods are often more expensive than junky, fake, cheap carb-loaded ones.

One of the ways I keep my grocery budget under control is by doing the bulk of my Trim Healthy Mama food shopping at ALDI.


Trim Healthy Mama ALDI shopping list

What does a Trim Healthy Mama buy at ALDI? I’m so glad you asked! I’ll lead you through a virtual tour of my local ALDI store, aisle by aisle, and list what I purchase there that is “on plan”.

(Note: I do buy more than these items at ALDI each week, because my family isn’t strictly on plan as I am, and my (seven) growing kids need lots of crossovers.)

Your ALDI store may be laid out a bit differently, but you’ll get the general idea. Most ALDI stores have the same floor plan, I’ve noticed.

Trim Healthy Mama ALDI Shopping List

Aisle One

  • 85% dark chocolate – may as well start with the most important things! Ooh la la la…
  • Organic salsa – chips aren’t on plan, but you can enjoy salsa with many other things. One of my favorite ways to eat it is inside an avocado (remove the seed, fill with salsa), or on top of fried eggs.
  • Spices – ALDI has wonderful prices on herbs and spices. They’ve ruined me!
  • Extracts – ditto
  • Cocoa powder
  • Chia seeds and flax seeds (these are seasonal)
  • Nuts – all on plan, in moderation. Buy regular old nuts without any sugary coatings.
  • Mustard and mayo – Duke’s mayo is on plan, and we love the Dijon mustard
  • Coconut oil and coconut oil spray – coconut oil, that metabolism boosting super oil!
  • Natural peanut butter – no sugar added, bien sur.
  • Steel cut oats and old-fashioned oats
  • Pickles – a pickle wrapped in lean meat is an on plan Fuel Pull snack.
  • Olives
  • “Tabasco” style hot sauce
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Sweet Additions Stevia packets! – I keep these in my purse for convenience. The large bagged stevia “baking blend” is NOT on plan, but these packets ARE.
Aisle Two
  • Organic canned tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, Mexi-style tomatoes
  • Tomato sauce and tomato paste
  • Mexi-style corn – ok in small amounts
  • Diced green chilies – available seasonally, stock up!
  • Broth: chicken, vegetable, beef – the Simply Nature line have no added MSG
  • Beans, dried and canned – you need these healthy carbs for your “E” meals
  • Chickpeas and lentils – ditto
  • Corn tortillas – ok in small, infrequent amounts
  • Canned tuna (packed in water) and salmon
  • Brown rice – (Brown Basmati is my favorite, so fragrant and flavorful)
  • Spaghetti sauce – a few varieties are sugar free
  • Quinoa and other ancient grains
  • Plain seltzer water and La Croix flavored seltzer water
  • Unsweetened applesauce
Aisle Three
  • Sprouted whole grain bread (available seasonally)
  • Paper products – haha, you don’t eat these, but the prices on paper towels and toilet tissue are low.
Refrigerated Items
  • Sour cream
  • Heavy cream
  • Butter
  • Eggs and egg whites
  • Shredded parmesan / colby / mozza
  • Cheese: block / sliced / cubed
  • Happy Farms light cheese (spreadable cheese similar to Laughing Cow)
  • Bacon, sausage, turkey bacon
  • Spinach / bagged salad
  • 0% Greek yogurt
  • 1% cottage cheese
  • Unsweetened almond milk (be careful, Aldi has two types of almond milk, one sweetened, one not)
  • Neufchatel (low fat) cream cheese
  • Artisan cheeses that would meet the approval of une fille francais: take a look as they are “special buys” and seasonal.
  • “Never Any!” lunch meats (free of preservatives and additives)
  • Grass-fed ground beef
  • Meats – nearly all if they’re unprocessed and have no frills – ground turkey, whole chicken, chicken breasts and tenderloins, pork tenderloin, stew beef, chorizo, beef roast, etc


  • Frozen fish fillets and wild-caught salmon, scallops, shrimp, clams
  • Frozen non-starchy vegetables including broccoli, peas, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, California mix, and more
  • Frozen berries


  • Nearly all (except white potatoes) – what I buy most regularly at ALDI is cauliflower, sweet potatoes, organic tomatoes, cucumbers, organic apples and bananas, berries, avocados, lettuces, cabbage, lemons, limes, asparagus, onions, radishes, zucchini, celery, bell peppers, garlic
And there you have it. A shopping list fit for a Trim Healthy Mama!

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What does a Trim Healthy Mama Buy at ALDI?