Fitness & Wellness

Wellness Wednesday: Mental Catharsis Clearing out your Mind

The Holiday season is upon us and it can be stressful. Plenty of family gatherings will be smiles laced with disappoints and hurt. Although your can’t for someone else to resolve their issue, you can however working resolving your own. Mental catharsis is the process of purging your mind of emotions that you may find stressful. There are often times in which we are in situations in which we may not have gotten the opportunity to truly vent our feelings, whether its out of shyness or just remaining silent to keep the peace for the sake of everyone else. However bottling our feelings can result in physical manifestations like loss of sleeps, stomach ulcers, sore muscles, headaches and so much more. Part of maintaining our physical well-being is maintaining our mental wellness. Writing down a list of the hurts that you have chronicled at the forefront of your mind onto a sheet a paper can be a very cathartic way to release yourself from them. Another step that is also beneficial is to take that same list and to trash it.  The symbolic process is a way of purging your mind of that hurt, and hence benefiting your body. This is not a replacement for seeking professional help, however you may find it to be very beneficial. Stop re-living the same frustrations and hurts. Try it out today. Happy health and happy savings!! 🙂

Food and drink

3 Steps to make your own Seasoning blends while saving money in the process

Being fully stocked on all the basic spices and seasonings that you need can save you money. I know a lot of us go out and buy specialty seasoning like taco, jerk, Italian, garlic herb, Cajun and chili seasoning. I will admit I am very guilty of buying my favorite Cajun seasonings the like Tony Chachere and… Continue reading 3 Steps to make your own Seasoning blends while saving money in the process

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Prepping Fajita Style Veggies

Fajita strip covereditIt is extremely convenient to use pre-prepped vegetables for meal preparation. Cooking at home is a big money saver. However sometimes some of the pre-prepped items can still cost quite a bit more than if we had prepped the items are ourselves. In some cases I highly recommend buying prepped veggies like frozen spinach and okra. However there are times that you will see a price difference of 50 to 75%  more  than if you were to prep your veggies yourself.

For example, I found a fajita mix of veggies that appeared to  be a little less than 2 cups of veggies for $3.99.  I purchased the same components: 1 green bell pepper, 1 red bell pepper, 1 onion, and 1 jalapeño for $2.14.

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After slicing the veggies I still had an entire half of onion remaining. In addition to that I made 4 cups rather than 2 cups for the $2.14.  If we did the math on two cups then my actual price $1.07 for 2 cups of fajita style veggies that were prepped by me. That is more than a 70% price difference for something that would take less than ten minutes or so to do (less than 3 minutes if you are really handy with a knife)

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Wanna talk about streamlining things a step further?

1. Prep enough veggies for another meal
2. Freeze them in a freezer-safe bag
3. Use the frozen veggies in a future meal

Self-Prepped frozen veggies allow you to:
1. Have control over your ingredients-you can add as little or much as you like
2. Saves money
3. Saves time

Extra tip: If I know that I am going to be using the same veggies later in the week but (Maybe diced instead cut into strips) for something like a soup or casserole, then I go ahead a pre-cut more veggies and then refrigerate them in a container to use that same week.

Don’t know how to make fajitas? First check out some Basic Knife Skills and then check out this great recipe Oven Baked Sheet-Pan Fajitas