It's been a year of podcasting over here, which feels kinda awesome! I wanted to do a fun episode to celebrate, and I also know there are many new listeners and new social media followers around here lately (THANK YOU), so I'm bringing you some of my favorite things!
My friends Sam and Christine from the podcast “Compassion & Cucumbers” do fun "top 5 favorites" kind of episodes, s0 I wanted to play too!
Read on to discover some of my favorite: Grocery Stores, business products/hacks, snacks, "impulse purchases", meals you can prep & freeze, & finally, my favorite quotes!
My Favorite Grocery Stores!
Aldi: I do most of my grocery shopping here! You really just can't beat Aldi's prices. Compared to any other grocery store, in my experience Aldi always wins - with a great organic section, lots of produce, and a great mix of specialty shelf-stable items.
Wegmans: More expensive, but a great selection of vegan and plant-based products, huge variety of cultural groceries, basically a great one-stop-shop if you can spend a little bit more for convenience.
Trader Joe's: I could easily spend half a day in this store. I love the unique groceries they have, the convenience that a lot of the options are pre-cut and ready to cook, lot's of prepared frozen meals that are actually healthier, and a great selection of plant-based options that aren't super expensive.
Tops Markets: I started going back to Tops recently because they are affiliated with the APP Flash Foods - which is an amazing way to get discounted food that might be close to the end of their shelf life, but it's still good & saves on food waste at the same time. It's a win-win! PS: use the code: STEP1B2K for $5 off Flash Food!
The Vegan Grocery Store: ONLY in Tonawanda, NY - This is a rare occasion for me, because they don't carry a ton of the staple kitchen items. HOWEVER they offer some of the most amazing specialty vegan & plant-based items that taste AMAZING. So, it's a really fun place to check out once in a while to try something new!
Products or hacks for running my business
Canva: I use this for any of my graphic content on social media. It's a really affordable online software (also has a free version!) and you can make pretty much anything you need on here.
Trello: this is great for managing my tasks. It's basically an online to-do list. You can make different categories, add links or photos, and it's shareable so you can invite other people to your board & keep up-to-date on where everyone is at. This is also FREE!
Google Drive: I probably don't need to go into much detail about this, but I'm just saying I use google drive for EVERYTHING! It's the best way to keep all my information together, easily share & edit documents among multiple people, and keep track of my own work.
Focus Mode: This is a phone setting which lets you choose which apps are available for you to open during certain times which you set. For example, in my focus mode I keep open text messages, phone calls, podcasts, & my walking tracker. This way, I can't just start mindlessly scrolling when I really need to focus (iPhone info here / Android info here)
Tab Groups: I was 33 years old when I learned how to use tab groups. If you're on your computer right now, how many tabs do you have open? I keep so many tabs open so I don't lose my pages or forget something. But, I recently found out that I can group my tabs according to category - like, email pages together, all business pages together, and research pages together!
Snacks on the go
Froozeballs: date, nut, & fruit, energy packed, whole food snacks!
Raw fruits & veggies: in any form, these are so easy to grab & take with you. I keep some pre-cut in the fridge to make it even easier!
Protein shake: Check out KOS Protein! I love them because it is fully plant based, organic, GF, aka safe for all diets (be aware of allergens like nuts!) It's literally delicious enough to just mix with water, too. PS: Use code BEWELLWITHSTEPH for 15% off!
Meal prep you can freeze
Chili or any kind of stew: so easy to make a huge batch, that you can divide, freeze in containers, and they thaw & reheat really well.
Smoothie bags: plain & simple - Ziplock bags with your individual smoothie ingredients (maybe: chopped banana / berries, handful of spinach, flax seed or protein powder) so it's all chopped, ready to blend and go, saving you a bunch of time in the morning!
Batches of grains: Great if you are meal-prepping on a budget, or just cooking for 1-2 people. It takes pretty much the same amount of time to cook a batch of rice, quinoa, or pasta for 10 servings as it does for one, right? So make a larger batch, and just freeze the extra so it's ready to go