Power Snacks!

January 30, 2014 – When I think about having just three square meals a day, I know I would never make it without my snacks in between! For me, mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks are just as important as the main meals. They help keep me going, especially on my busy days.

Being a registered dietitian keeps me so busy, in fact, that I often find myself needing to eat on the run. That’s why I always stash snacks that are balanced, affordable and, most importantly, provide energy I need to power through the day.

Here’s a list of my five favorite power snacks to always have on hand:

Whole Wheat Breakfast CerealWhole wheat breakfast cereal. Cereal doesn’t have to stay at the breakfast table. I like Millville Get Balance for its satisfying crunch; not to mention nutrients from whole grains.

String CheeseString cheese. At 50 calories and 7 grams of protein per serving, the Fit & Active Light String Cheese makes the perfect, nutritious on-the-go snack. Low-fat dairy is an easy way to cut calories without sacrificing taste.

Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt. Friendly Farms All Natural Nonfat Greek Yogurt is loaded with protein that will keep you fuller, longer. For a sweet snack, stir in a teaspoon of SimplyNature Agave Nectar or SimplyNature Organic Honey and top with raisins, granola or berries.

Almonds and AppleNuts with whole fruit or veggies. Many varieties of nuts, such Southern Grove Natural Almonds, provide healthy fats and protein to help fight off hunger. Make sure to keep an eye on portion control: grab about a handful, or 1/4 cup. Pair with whole fruit such as an orange or apple for a zip of extra energy.

Blueberry SmoothieSmoothies. This simple Blueberry-Lemon Smoothie from the ALDI Test Kitchen whips up quickly and has lean protein from nonfat yogurt. Serve as an after school snack and let the kids pick their favorite fruit. A great way to help keep smoothies affordable is to buy frozen fruit that can be kept in your freezer for longer periods of time.

What’s your favorite on-the-go snack? We’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Tara GidusTara Gidus, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN, has served as a National Media Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for five years and motivates groups on various topics such as achieving a healthy weight, maximizing energy, enhancing sports performance and creating a positive body image.

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12 thoughts on “Power Snacks!

  1. Richard Barr

    I purchased Southern Grove honey roasted sunflower seeds twice at my Aldi’s in Lafayette, In.
    They no longer have then. I would love to be able to buy these again and would like to know
    if they will be available again. Please respond. These are very tasty and a good snack for me
    to have.

    1. ALDI USA

      Hi Richard, glad to hear you enjoyed the Southern Grove Honey Roasted Sunflower Seeds! The inventory in our stores can vary by location, and our Special Buy items are only available for a limited time. We encourage you to reach out to our ALDI customer service team to share your feedback: http://bit.ly/aldicustserv.

  2. Andy Johnson

    Why has Aldi discontinued their Millville GetBalance cereal? GetBalance was a uniquely healthy alternative offering both wholegrains and high protein. My friends and I are heartbroken and cannot imagine how this could happen.

  3. Jeff Brandenburg

    Please add my voice to the chorus for bringing back GetBalance. Yes, I can get Kashi GoLean, but GetBalance was BETTER, in both taste and texture. Even when GoLean was on sale at a lower price than GetBalance, I’d stick with GetBalance. Our local Aldi staff said it sold well. I hope you’ll bring it back.

    And yes, I’ve filled out the Customer Service form. 🙂

  4. Patricia Thomas

    Please bring back the get balance cereals. I usually buy 2 boxes a week and can’t get them at my store in Matthews, NC. Thank you and love Aldi.

  5. Stevie

    I bit down on a rock while eating Southern Grove honey roasted sunflower seeds. Ouch!!!! Why are there rocks in this? I’m going to have to get my molars checked now because I bit down hard on it.

      1. Danielle Grant

        YO! About that rock. This is no laughing matter. I was happily riding down the interstate with my friend, listening to Sade, on what had started off as a very pleasent road trip. He dips his hand into a bag of ALDI Sourhern Grove unsalted whole almonds, tosses back a nice handful and OUT OF NOWHERE- HE SCREAMS!!! (PROFANITY HAPPENED, FOLKS). “OUCH!” He exclaims loudly, as he pulls a FREAKING ROCK out of HIS MOUTH. Yes, a ROCK. And there were more chunks of rocks, he had to spit out along w a mouthful of half chewed almonds. We saved it, by the way- the mouth specimen and the initial, half inch wide rock he painfully bit down on. We would like to have it analyzed for not only the obvious rock chunks, but for fragments of tooth enamel. Nowhere on your packaging did it mention that it may contain rocks…your facility handles other products which could potentially make their way into other products- wheat, milk, tree nuts, peanuts, soybeans and shell traces. Please investigate this matter, because this doesn’t make any freakin sense ALDI.

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