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Fit & Active Iced Tea with Lemon Drink Mix Sticks (Aldi)

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Not my favorite flavor, but certainly drinkable. I’ve already taken a look at both other permanent offerings in Aldi’s Fit & Active drink mix stick line, so it’s time we turn our attention to one that’s perfectly suited to warm summer nights and hot summer days: iced tea with lemon. I’ve always liked sweet tea, but I’m just now starting to really appreciate a good, freshly-brewed iced tea. I still have to add some sweetener to it (the kind in the pink packets), but much less than I used to; it’s one of those rare flavors that It’s really not a bad taste considering it’s initially in powder form. In fact, I’d honestly say I prefer it to the fakey taste of canned tea beverages with a “brisk” taste, if you catch my drift. The tea is somewhat realistic for what it is - though it’s missing the trademark “bite” of freshly brewed stuff - and the lemon does add some noticeable tartness without overwhelming the other flavors. The thing I don’t like about it - and this one basically comes d

Fit & Active Turkey Sausage Frozen Sandwiches (Aldi)

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I clearly stole this image. Credit: Aldi US I love me some breakfast sandwiches, and it had been a while since I had purchased any from Aldi.  I used to get them to eat as a snack before work, but stopped because they’re so full of cholesterol and sodium. They’re also kind of pricey…I feel like it’s probably a lot cheaper to just buy the ingredients separately, and make them yourself, something that I now want to do. I actually saw these in the freezer case right as we were getting ready to get into the line, and decided they would make a good little snack to eat at home, or for a night that I wasn’t hungry and just wanted a light dinner.  The “Fit & Active” part did make me pause for a little while--that is Aldi’s “healthy” line, and while I realize these still aren’t great for you, I was afraid the little changes they made (egg white, turkey sausage) would make them taste terrible. Boy was I mistaken.  Everything on this sandwich is pretty darn tasty, especially the turkey sausag

Fit & Active Mango Tropical Flavored Water Beverage (Aldi)

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You're better off drinking regular water, no matter how much you hate it. I’ve mentioned it a trillion times in previous reviews, but I hate drinking water. Hate it. So naturally, if I’m drinking a flavored water drink, I don’t really want it to taste like water. At all. That’s what I like so much about Fit & Active's lemonade version of this drink: aside from the info on the label, nothing about the taste screams “water”. It might not be the greatest lemonade you’ve ever had, but for what it is, a calorie-less water-based beverage - and for being sugar free - it has a great abundance of flavor, and even somehow manages to hit that counterbalance of tart and sweet that the fruit is known for. And it's that combination that makes it so inherently drinkable. Fit & Active's Mango Tropical version, however, falters by presenting us with a watered-down version of a flavor that would already be a tough task to translate to a 100% juice, let alone a flavored w

Fit & Active Lemonade Flavored Water Beverage (Aldi)

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Find water to be incredibly boring? Here's a delicious alternative. I hate water. I believe I’ve mentioned this in no fewer than five previous posts, but the nonexistent taste just does nothing to entice me into drinking it. Yet, of course, we must get liquids somehow, and while I do try to force plain water down as much as possible, there are days where I just need some kind of flavor. Hell, let me drink out of an old wheelbarrow so I can enjoy the all-natural taste of earthen rust—even that would be preferred to the boring flavor of water. Enter Fit & Active’s flavored water series, which offer up liter bottles of various flavors, all at a ridiculous $.59 price point. The lot of them are low in calories, low in sodium, and caffeine free, which of course can only mean one thing: artificial sweetener and flavor time! (Well, technically they’re “natural” flavors, which means that the flavor is derived from actual foods, but are still created in a lab and are conside

Fit & Active Chocolate Mocha Protein Shakes (Aldi)

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A Special Buy item that really needs to be added to permanent inventory. I love protein shakes. I’m not sure that I really “need” them--I don’t work out excessively or diet, or even use these as meal replacements--but I like the idea that I’m at least getting some vitamins and minerals in an easy-to-drink, delicious chocolate product. Sadly, the only flavors on hand were vanilla (not my favorite) and chocolate mocha (not my favorite, as I hate coffee); but I generally like chocolate flavors, so that was the one I went with. The one thing I did not think about--I assumed the flavors were artificially created--is that, this being mocha, it might have actual caffeine in it, which it does. I have a certain sensitivity to caffeine, and while the myriad of energy drinks I’ve reviewed certainly indicate I don’t mind drinking it for a good reason (i.e., to stay awake during early morning hours at work), if I would have noticed it sooner, I probably would have just gotten the vanilla

Fit & Active Vitality Cereal with "Red Berries" (Strawberries) (Aldi)

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Um...why are the strawberries referred to as "red berries" on the packaging? One thing you should probably know about me by now: I love cereal. All kinds of them. Whether they're mainly marketed toward children, adults, or even women, I couldn't care less: I will give them a try. In fact, I'd tried the name brand version of this already, and really liked the combination of sweet flakes and strawberries, so when I saw that Aldi carried a knockoff, I was excited to give it a shot. My interest was piqued when my wife, who is not at all a cereal lover, tried and it shot instantly up her list of favorite cereals. I had to have a bowl after that, and was impressed with what I tasted, even though trying the name brand beforehand pretty much prepared me directly for the experience, which is as follows: The flakes are what I would consider “lightly sweetened” and are nice and crunchy right out of the box. There's kind of an odd taste to them—it's real

Fit & Active Chicken Alfredo Florentine Frozen Single Serve Entree (Aldi)

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Did not realize how terribly blurry this picture was when I took it. TV dinners, as disgusting and unfoodlike as they are, still can fill a viable role in the right person's life. Take me, for example. I lost several pounds after being on a certain medication, and these usually offer just the right combination of cholesterol, fat, and sodium to help me get right back on track. They also function as a quick meal, or more likely in my case, a quick snack to hold me over between meals. This reminds me of fettuccine alfredo TV dinners that I've had over the years, and have tended to like (although Aldi's version, which they no longer sell, wasn't very good at all), at least based on look. I was expecting a smell similar to rich, creamy alfredo, but this had a different smell entirely, one that said I should just put the fork down and walk away. But I decided to ignore the ominous scent and dove right in... Sometimes, the nose can be a deceptive force. There a

Fit & Active Five Cheese Lasagna Frozen Single Serve Entree (Aldi)

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"Healthier" than I would have expected, but otherwise not noteworthy. It was crunch time. We were about to get in the line at Aldi, when I realized I didn't have anything for just myself in the cart—we had plenty of family meals, but nothing I could eat just as a snack, or a meal for just me in case my wife was working late.  I will definitely have to say this is better than the Chicken Alfredo Florentine, but it's still with its own set of problems. Can something that literally only has two layers even be considered lasagna? That's right, all you get are two thin noodles with a small layer of cheese sandwiched in between them, and that's the “lasagna”. There are little specks of white on top of the lasagna that I'm also assuming is supposed to be cheese, but there's not enough of it to make any sort of impact anywhere. One big saving grace is that they load you up on sauce—there's plenty of it, allowing you to drench each bite in sauce to

Fit & Active Sour Cream and Onion Cracker Crisps (Aldi)

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Not very impressive when eaten on their own. I stumbled on these during a recent trip to Aldi (one in which we spent WAY too much money and got way too much junk food…that’s what happens when you go hungry!) and, in a fit of hunger, decided to scoop them up.  I had tried their Tomato Basil veggie crisps, and these looked pretty similar, so I figured why not give them a shot? All it takes is one sniff inside the bag to know that you’re dealing with sour cream and onion, and it smells like there is plenty to go around.  These are cracker crisps, which apparently is the name given to awkwardly-shaped crackers; they’re not circular, they’re not square, they’re just bloblike shapes with little cracker holes in them.  True to the aroma, each one is coated with a generous helping of sour cream and onion powders, and it didn’t take me long to dig in. Tastewise, they aren’t bad at all.  My main gripe is that the cracker has its own taste, one that seems to equal, if not slightly overp

Fit & Active Fruit Punch Drink Mix Sticks (Aldi)

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A pretty refreshing fruit punch, in powdered form. Water is the most boring thing ever invented, which makes complete sense that it would be the one thing that we absolutely need on a regular basis to keep us alive: God forbid it would be something that actually tastes good. I think my struggles to drink the stuff are pretty well documented in other reviews on this site, so I'll keep the explanation to a minimum, but I have to force myself to down this stuff most days. My plan is to drink at least a cup of water at work with my lunch, but I've found that I usually just don't drink anything at all with my lunch, because I'm either too lazy to walk to the breakroom to grab a cup, or I just completely forget. Enter these powdered mix sticks, a product that I would view as a completely stupid, unnecessary invention were I not one of the people clearly within the crosshairs of the target consumer. I'm sure these things are bad for you, considering all the chemic

Fit & Active Lemonade Drink Mix Sticks (Aldi)

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Like lemon shakeups? These taste eerily similar to those. If Aldi's  fruit punch drink sticks were any indication, I’m in for a pretty tasty treat here, so let’s see what the lemonade has to offer. Right after shaking it up I took a little sniff to try to get an idea of what to expect: it smells very lemony. Thankfully, not like cleaning product, like some other powdered mixes that I’ve had, but a rather inviting, almost fresh lemon scent. Dare I say, it smells kind of like a lemon shake-up, those tasty beverages that are a staple of fairs and carnivals throughout the nation, featuring fresh lemons shaken up with tons of sugar to create a very sweet, very tart combination. Shockingly enough, that’s a pretty accurate description of how it tastes, too. For some, it will be too sweet, but for me, it was all-too-easily drinkable. I struggle with drinking water in its natural form (honestly, the thought is enough to make me cringe), and so these powdered mixes, while probably n

Fit & Active Southwestern Fresca (Aldi)

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A pretty solid dish for the price. When I saw these in an ad, I knew my wife would want to check at least one of these out. I had my eyes on the Southwestern Fresca; not surprisingly, she opted for the Sesame Lo Mein. Also not surprisingly, she was disappointed with her dish; it was with this mindset that I approached mine. Prepwork is as easy as it can possibly be. I remember actually having to slice open the plastic film covering the food, if not removing it outright. But that was in the old days of television dinners…nowadays, you literally just pull it out of the plastic packaging, and toss it into the microwave as is, film and all. Around three minutes later, and you have yourself a tasty little meal (or in my case, snack), perfectly steamed and ready to eat. Contrary to my wife’s opinion about hers, I actually really liked mine. There is a nice spicy kick, thanks to the southwestern sauce, while the combination of noodles, vegetables, and beans was surprisingly deliciou

Fit & Active Sesame Lo Mein (Aldi)

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If "cheap" and "edible" are your only criteria, this will fit the bill pretty nicely. This bowl has a few things that I’m not super crazy about, but just for the sake of covering the whole line, I opted to get it. As you may have noticed from a previous review, I enjoyed the Southwestern Fresca version (though my wife surprisingly did not) and although I wasn’t really looking forward to this one, I was hungry and figured there wasn’t going to be a time where I’d be more open-minded to this, so I jumped on the opportunity.  This basically is a stir fry, with noodles in it. The teriyaki-style sauce has a little bit of a kick to it…I can’t tell if it’s added spices, or if it’s just a lot of salt, but I’m pretty sure it’s the former, but then there’s also some sweetness to it, which I really enjoyed. The vegetables, for the most part, steam up nice and good in the microwave, and so they taste fairly fresh, taking into consideration the fact that this is a frozen

Fit & Active Crinkle Cut Fries (Aldi)

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Contrary to your thoughts, these low-fat and low-sodium fries are actually pretty good. I almost didn’t buy these.  French fries that are 97% fat free and relatively low in sodium compared to their brethren?  Just the idea feels so inherently anti-American.  But I still wanted to give these a fair shot, so I scooped up a bag a few months ago out of curiosity--and then promptly forgot to review them.  So here I was, chomping at the bit for Aldi to offer them again.  And what better time than during the “New Year’s Resolution” health-inspired special buy cycle?  They really have this down to an almost perfect science… So what did I think of them?  I think the mere reason that I was looking forward to getting them again pretty much tells you that I found them rather enjoyable.  How is it that something as simple as a French fry that simply tastes like potato, is such a foreign concept here in the U.S.?  Sure, compared to most other fries, these would be considered “boring”, but th