3 Things that Work in the Kitchen This Week – January 5

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3 Things that work in the kitchen


1.  Starting the day with green juice

I’ve seen photos of green juice all over the internet for years.  I’ve heard people rave about it.


And I thought it looked and sounded nasty!

Then I tried it.

And I found out that it’s really good, Sam, I am.  You can’t taste the spinach at all.  I’ve been making ours with 2 oranges, 1 banana, a little orange juice or water, several handfuls of spinach and a few ice cubes.

The Vitamix blends it smooth and frothy.  It tastes like really good fruit juice.

2.  Toasted Marshmallow Milkshakes

In my quest to find anything that will blend, (I love my new blender!) I found a recipe for Toasted Marshmallow Milkshakes.


I thought these were so good! And they’re really easy too. I made enough for us each to have a small glass.

3.  How I’m attempting to cut back on sugar this year.

I know.  I just shared a recipe for milkshakes.  But I am determined to find some way to stop the chronic headaches and migraines  I get.

One of the things I think contributes is eating a lot of sugary treats throughout the day.  I was very bad about this over Christmas, and paid for it with a week long headache battle.  I easily fall into eating too many sweets at other times of the year too.

So this year, instead of going cold turkey like I tried last year, I’m taking a “small is big” approach.  I’m refusing to eat any sweet treats until after dinner.  I don’t tend to graze on things after dinner like I do earlier in the day.

I’m hoping this little rule will make a difference.  I may up my game and reduce sugar even further at some point.  Or not.  For now, I’m focusing on this small goal.


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  1. If you have problems with craving sugar, eat more protein. A scoop of vanilla whey protein would go great in your morning juice. I used to suffer terribly with the afternoon slump and craving sugar and carbs. A personal trainer freind of mine told me to get more protein early in the day, and it totally works. I never have those cravings anymore.. I still get the occasional monthly chocolate craving, but usually a few bites of a candy bar or something else small satisfies it. Good luck! I’m sorry about your headaches. I have a neck condition that used to give me cluster headaches, but physically therapy has helped a lot. 🙂

  2. *friend. . .I haven’t had my coffee yet, lol!

  3. Can you recommend a less expensive blender/ alternative to the Vitamix? I don’t have a blender but would love to try recipes that require one. Thank.

    • Jenny, I’ve had various lower end blenders before. They do an okay job for milkshakes and smoothies (that don’t use whole fruit or vegetables). I don’t have a recommendation for a specific one though. They all seem to be about the same.

    • Although I love my Vitamix (I bought it for much cheaper reconditioned), my friend could not afford even the reconditioned one. She bought a Ninja at BJs and loves it. Says it’s much better than her old Oster.

  4. I’m reading Passionate Nutrition by Jennifer Adler, and she devotes an entire chapter to the protein-sugar connection: the more protein we eat, the less we crave sugar. There’s obviously more science behind it, but that’s the gist.

  5. Johanna @ Lille's Lovelies says:

    I love my smoothies with an orange juice/water base too. I never really cared for a coconut milk base. My goal is to reduce sugar to a minimum as well!


  6. I hate to tell you this, but if you suffer from headaches, you might want to consider cutting out wheat. I have several friends/relatives who have done this and have seen a dramatic decrease in headaches. I’ve been following the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle for a year now and they not only cut out wheat but sugar too. I sub sugar with homemade truvia. I blogged how I make it here: http://sheilaspotpourri.blogspot.com/2014/11/homemade-truvia.html
    and about THM here: http://sheilaspotpourri.blogspot.com/2013/08/trim-healthy-mama-it-works.html.

    Oh, and I love my Vitamix! I use it almost daily! (A yummy shake recipe that’s high in protein, low in sugars but very tasty!: http://sheilaspotpourri.blogspot.com/2014/11/shake-fp.html)

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