Did you have a good Christmas? (If you celebrate, of course.) Did you gather around the tree and sing songs? (We did. My brother had an iPad app with a karaoke machine, so we sang All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth at the top of our lungs for the benefit of my 9-year-old nephew.) Did you enjoy the giving? Open a few presents you really love? I hope so.
My guess is that you probably ate more cinnamon rolls, sugar cookies, and bits of candy canes than you do on an everyday basis. Your first Christmas gluten-free might be hard for the lack of sweetened carbs. But once you figure out how to bake gluten-free, your Christmas can be just as laden with sweets and too many baked goods as the rest of the culture.
A couple of days of eating that way? No big deal. But once Christmas is done, I’m ready to take down the tree. And I’m ready for cucumber-avocado smoothies.
1/2 long cucumber, diced
1/2 large avocado, peeled and diced
1/2 cup whole-milk yogurt
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon honey
5 ice cubes
Put all the ingredients into a blender. Turn it on. Blend until everything is fully incorporated. If the smoothie is too thick to move much in the blender, pour in a little watered-down yogurt. If the smoothie is too thin, add some more avocado.
But if you let the smoothie sit for a few moments, you’ll find that the chia seeds will thicken up the smoothie. So, make this a bit on the liquidy side and sit for a few moments.