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This year has been one steep learning curve! Besides discovering that I actually enjoy smoothies, I’ve also had some solid life lessons from which I have come to understand myself a whole lot better. Some of these lessons have shown me things I need to work on, like my allergy to folding clothes or my sassy attitude and others my likes/dislikes/needs/wants. One of my most important discoveries was realizing how much I enjoy writing.

Black Forest Protein SmoothieBesides math, English was my least favourite class in school. Having done my first 8 years of school in French Immersion, my English grammar skills sucked and continue to suck to this day. I appreciate the fact that I was taught how to properly structure an essay and understand poetry, but I never enjoyed writing. I get the feeling my teachers always sensed this because I never did well in English class. In University I avoided classes with papers. I loved studying psychology, but I also liked the fact that most of my classes involved multiple choice testing, which allowed me to bank on my best asset, my memory.

Despite writing a blog, I never actually look forward to writing posts. But once I sit down, the words just come. In fact it’s probably the easiest part of blogging. I don’t have perfect spelling or grammar and I’m pretty sure my 8th grade teacher, Ms. Rice (who probably still hates me) would throw this Black Forest Protein Smoothie at her screen if she were reading this.

Black Forest Protein Smoothie 2I never really appreciated how much I enjoyed the writing part until I started working on the cookbook. There are so many things I want to say about each recipe, but I can’t. I don’t have the room for it and if I allowed myself full creative range I’d probably end up with more of a novel than a cookbook.

It’s been fun discovering a whole new side to myself. I’m not about to publish my memoirs or anything but I think it might be nice to start doing more personal writing. I just laughed at the thought of me having a diary, but if I’ve learned anything it’s to “never say never!”


Black Forest Protein Smoothie

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  • Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 cup frozen cherries (pitted)
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I use North Coast Naturals Chocolate Whey)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • a couple drops of liquid stevia or preferred sweetener, to taste
  • optional: Scoop of coconut cream (from top of full fat coconut milk)


  1. Add all ingredients above in the order they are listed.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Serve immediately


  • Serving Size: 1

Black Forest Protein Smoothie 4Do you enjoy writing? What’s something new that you’ve recently learned about yourself?

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  1. Mannnn I had frozen cherries on my grocey list but I didn’t buy them because they were like five bucks! Kicking myself now. That coconut cream on top….ohhhhhhh the foodgasm.

  2. English has always been my weak point, so I never thought I would want to pursue writing or at least incorporate into one of my favorite activities (blogging). But I’ve discovered that I have a knack for writing both research papers and blog posts…I think. You’re right though— starting the post is the hardest, but once I get going, my mind just spills out words.
    Also, this smoothie looks BOMB.

  3. This looks awesome! I used to make the idiot’s version of this (just chocolate protein and cherries with almond milk) post workouts. Cherries and chocolate are such a beautiful combination. I also say that about peanut butter and chocolate and mint and chocolate, but for summer, cherries are where it’s at!

  4. Cherries in a smoothie are such a good idea! And cherries and chocolate is just about the best combo ever.

    I do like to write and English was always one of my favorite subjects, but I can totally relate to not looking forward to writing posts until I’ve actually started, and that’s what keeps me coming back to it. Kind of like a workout.

    I do not think your teacher would be throwing your smoothie at the screen because you’re actually a very good writer, so if she did that it would be solely due to a jealous rage 😉 You write in a very conversational tone and it works – I feel like I’m talking to you!

  5. i actually don’t like writing, until i start typing, then i do. weird. But this smoothie? ALWAYS LIKE!

  6. Blogging has definitely spurred a passion for writing in me which I never knew existed- this is the only time I’m in my life I’ve ever had the desire to be creative haha! Love the sound of this smoothie- it takes me back to my childhood. Black forest cakes were a family favorite when we were growing up! Have you tried white forest (white chocolate with peaches)- to die for!

  7. For me, blogging sometimes comes super easy, and other times I struggle to find words. It totally depends on my head space- if I’m happy, the words flow. If I’m not, I’m stuck. I think it’s because I try and keep the blog fairly positive!

    Words are flowing though for how much I looooove this smoothie. Looks so creamy and delicious and I love when breakfast tastes like dessert!

  8. Love the flavour of chocolate and cherries together!

    I was never a big fan of English either – that’s why I stuck to the maths and sciences! I like writing blog posts when I feel inspired, but my true passion is the cooking side of blogging rather than the writing.

  9. I’m dieing over this smoothie right now! My grandmother used to always make us black forest cakes when we were younger for birthdays. I’m pinning this right now!

  10. Uber impressed you got avocado in here without it turning green! And, black forest?! I need asap. And that is so neat that you’ve discovered your love for writing! I agree, blogging is much more fun than an essay. Actually, my blog was an English assignment, so I have my teacher to thank for it! Your teachers would definitely thank you if you gave this to them, I know it.