Laura Schmidt, RD, LDN

Category: Recipes

6 Reasons to Visit a Dietitian

6 Reasons to Visit a Dietitian

Have you recently received a diagnosis of diabetes? Do you suffer from daily symptoms of IBS? Have you been diagnosed with PCOS and struggle to maintain your weight? These are a few of the conditions a dietitian can help. Here are a few common reasons […]

Lower Carb Swaps + Italian Spaghetti Squash Bake

Lower Carb Swaps + Italian Spaghetti Squash Bake

If you are curious about ways to cut back on some of the starchy carbs in your diet, here is your guide. The trend of spiralizing veggies and turning them into noodles has really taken off, as well as rice substitutes like riced cauliflower. There […]

Aldi Week 3

Aldi Week 3

This week we decided to get out with the rest of our small town and make our Aldi run as the snow started to fall Saturday afternoon. Well this was a mistake. Aldi was stripped and not just of milk and bread but the produce section was bare bones. This put a little bit of a damper on my grocery list for the week so I am sure I will have to go back one day to grab a few more things. They are also remodeling our local Aldi so it is a little more chaotic than normal right now. But very excited about the new expanded store.

Last week we stuck to our menu plan pretty well and I documented just a handful of meals to share.


Banana pancakes, plan yogurt, defrosted blueberries and peanut butter

Green Smoothies

1 frozen banana, 3/4 cup almond milk, 1 TBSP peanut butter and 1 handful of spinach


Smoked chicken (thanks to my husband), greek salad and roasted vegetables

Salmon salad with strawberries, feta and avocado

Chicken sausages, potatoes and aspragus 

This week my husband came with me to the store and he needed to stock up on snacks for work. So we may or may not have spent about $15-17 on nuts alone so he should be set for a few weeks. Aldi has such a great selection of nuts. I am in love with the sea salt black pepper cashews. Best of all they have no added oils. I like to have a handful and a mandarin together, something about that sweet and salty that is satisfying, not to mention it is a great protein+healthy carb snack!

Here is what our cart was filled with this week. Like I said I am thinking I will have to go back to get a few more things like hummus and shrimp but we got the basics covered for the week. Avocados were $1.99 a piece! I could only bring myself to buy one. There must be another shortage.

Avocados-Bananas-Organic Pears-Organic Kale-Frozen Blue Berries- Green Beans-Sunflower Seeds- Cocoa Almonds-Black Pepper Sea Salt Cashews-Sunflower Seeds-Pistachios -Organic Peanut Butter-Sweet Chili Chips- Blue Corn Chips- Organic Medium Salsa-Mango Salsa-Almond Milk- Organic Whole Milk-Grass Feed Ground Beef-2 lbs Ground Turkey-Nitrate Free Bacon-Nitrate Free Ham-Colby Jack Cheese-Mozerella Cheese-Feta Cheese-Black Beans-Chicken Broth-Fire Roasted Tomatoes-Organic Apple Juice-Gluten Free Pasta- Gluten Free Mac n Cheese-Half and Half


Meal plans for the week ahead:

Breakfasts: Ham and Egg Cups, Oatmeal and Smoothies

Lunches: Leftovers, Tuna Salad or Soup


Taco Soup
Feta Turkey Burgers & Sweet Potato Fries
Spaghetti & Salad
Shrimp, Rice and Veggie