Day 5: Banana avocado chia smoothie + spiced carrot quinoa

Tuesday was a much better day, nutrition-wise! We were woken early by the real estate, buyer and builder arriving for a building and pest inspection (we had been given the wrong time… argh!) so we had to make ourselves scarce for the next 90 minutes. We ended up going for a drive to the point at Cleveland, and parked to watch the ocean.

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The buyers then advised that they would only offer $10K less than their contract offer, due to issues with the roof (frustrating, because their own builder had previously told us they plan to build a second story on the existing house!). The real estate owner put on a lot of pressure for us to reduce our price or ‘lose the sale’, and he even rocked up unannounced while I was home alone to press the case… just a wee bit intimidating! After an awful afternoon of stress, the deal was finally done – the price was dropped $4K, but our agent (the nice one, not the owner) agreed to a cut in her commission so it didn’t impact the amount we received. That was super nice of her and we were very appreciative!

I had an anxiety attack after the agency owner visited (while I was doing the washing in my yoga pants…) so I took some medication. A major reason for selling the house – apart from not being able to afford it! – is that we will have enough cash to form about 1/2 the amount we need for our surrogacy journey, and renting will allow us to add savings to this. That meant that losing $10K would essentially push back our dreams of a family by years.

Breakfast: I ‘pimped up’ my morning smoothie with the addition of 1/2 avocado, as the bananas are so small, and it was delish! I also upped my calorie intake and good fat intake, yay!

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See? Small bananas! My smoothies have been shrinking 🙂

Lunch: Cucumber salad with tahini and salad (recipe and photo to come tomorrow).

Dinner: Spiced carrot and sweet potato quinoa with almonds, coriander and parsley.

I borrowed very heavily on this recipe from the “Happy Hearted Kitchen” blog – thanks! http://happyheartedkitchen.blogspot.fr/2014/04/moroccan-carrot-quinoa-salad.html

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup organic tri-coloured quinoa
  • A few rocks of pink Himalayan salt
  • A pinch of fennel seeds
  • 1/4 tsp or so of dutch cinnamon powder, coriander powder, paprika powder and cumin powder. It was more like 1/3 tsp but next time I’ll do at least 1/2 tsp.
  • 5 carrots
  • 1/2 large sweet potato, or 1 whole smaller one
  • Two handfuls of sultanas (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1/3 cup raw almonds
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Juice of one lemon (ours are really juicy – add more if your ones don’t yield much)
  • 1/2 tsp local / natural honey
  • Big handful of parsley, roughly chopped
  • Big handful of coriander, roughly torn

I just popped the quinoa in the rice cooker, pounded up the salt and seeds with the spice powders, and chucked them in as well.

In the meantime, I peeled the sweet potato and popped it into the oven to lightly cook / warm. I peeled the carrots (quite time consuming!) and put them into a large serving dish, covering them with the oil, lemon and honey pretty quickly to prevent discolouration. Then it was just a matter of chopping the almonds into halves or quarters, adding 1 cup of cooked quinoa, adding the sweet potato and prepping and adding the herbs. All up it took about 20 – 30 minutes (all that peeling!) but it was worth it.

I served it in a big dish and we helped ourselves (with fresh herbs on hand to garnish). It made two huge meals but could stretch to 3 – 4, especially if it’s a side dish. I plan on making it again, with a few possible tweaks: more spices, and the addition of some fresh rocket.

In case you’re wondering, I made extra quinoa because we like to have it in the fridge to snack on.

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Alcohol: I had some red wine after dinner (many hours after the medication) to celebrate finally signing the deal (no more negotiating!) and I don’t feel bad about it – selling a house is cause to celebrate!

Meds, supps and makeup: Anxiety medication (prescribed), all supps, and no makeup.

Exercise: None, apart from packing.

Symptoms: My headaches and cold are gone (yay!) and my skin is clearing up (double yay!). I had some pretty hardcore anxiety but that was reactive to the situation and I feel much better now.

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