Alchemy Juice Bar + Cafe on Parsons Avenue is our new favorite place to eat when we're feeling weak. Manager and nutritionist Alexis Joseph steers us in the right direction with healthy smoothies, toast and sandwiches that actually taste good.

It's January. Chances are you've recently received some bad news from the bathroom scale or pinched at the little extra love in your love-handles. It's time to trade the cookies for carrot sticks, but kicking the sugar habit is no easy task. Alchemy Juice Bar + Cafe on Parsons Avenue is our new favorite place to eat when we're feeling weak. Manager and nutritionist Alexis Joseph steers us in the right direction with healthy smoothies, toast and sandwiches that actually taste good.

Here are three ways to satiate your stomach and sweet tooth at Alchemy:

Snickerdoodle smoothie ($6): Yep, it tastes just like the cinnamon-sugar cookie. Unlike most smoothie bars, Alchemy doesn't add any ice cream or yogurt, so all you're getting are nutrient-packed calories from banana, almond butter and flax. Add whey or brown rice protein for extra punch.

Banana Cacao Avocado Acai Bowl ($6.50): Think slightly melted chocolate ice cream. Brazilian acai is mashed with rich avocado for a chilled base (like a smoothie eaten with a spoon) and then topped with bitter and crunchy cacao nibs, granola and slices of banana.

Butter and Bourbon Toast ($3): For the salty-sweet snackers out there, this quick bite is your jam. Jacobs proves something as modest as a slice of wheat toast can be dressed up. This version comes with a healthy spread of organic butter and a smoky sprinkling of sea salt and is finished with a drizzle of Ohio maple syrup. alchemyjuicecafe.com