I’m excited about today’s post, because I get the chance to feature a recipe of a fellow blogger. Lisa Goodwin, from 2 Share My Joy is all about plant-based eating, and doing it in a healthy way. I’ve been focusing on doing a better job with that myself. It’s fun to learn about recipes like this one, that sound so decadent, but are actually made with healthy and delicious ingredients. I’m happy to share with you her recipe for a black forest cake smoothie.
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Plant Powered Health
First, this book, Plant Powered Health by Lisa Goodwin teaches you how to eat a healthy vegan diet. I’ve been trying to incorporate more plant-based food into my own habits, and it’s so important to learn how to do it in a healthy way. When you read the full book, you’ll learn a ton, like: how to get all of your nutrients while eating vegan and how to transition to a plant-based diet without side effects.
And then there are the recipes. The book contains 48 full vegan recipes, many of which are gluten free and/or oil free, or can be adjusted to be. The recipes are practical too — simple and budget friendly. Plus, there are meal plans, guides, and more.
Black Forest Cake Smoothies
I found this recipe to be very quick and easy to make. I have been eating a lot of smoothies for breakfasts lately, and I was anticipating this one for days before I whipped it up. As a chocolate lover, I was interested to see how the cherries lent their flavor. Plus, I’d never added chia seeds to a smoothie before.
The recipe calls for a few ingredients that may have different sources, so I’ll break down how I put it all together. For the cherries, I used frozen, pitted cherries, and I used Hershey’s dutch-processed cocoa powder. I added a little bit of shredded coconut on top for some extra texture as well.
About the Author
Lisa Goodwin is the creator of the website 2 Share My Joy, where she shares vegan nutrition and weight loss tips, easy plant based recipes, and meal plans. Her website started out with non-vegan budget recipes in 2016. When she switched to a plant based diet in 2018, her blog took a big turn. Her recipes have been featured on many popular sites including Women’s Health Magazine.
She dedicates her time researching vegan nutrition and experimenting with new vegan recipes to ensure her family receives adequate nutrition. Each family member enjoys all of the featured easy, budget friendly recipes. Lisa grew up in Germany where she earned her degree at the University of Saarland in Education, Sports, and Theology.
She currently lives in the United States with her husband,son, and two dogs. As a vegan nutrition nerd, she earned certification in Vegan Nutrition. You can find her new book “Plant Powered Health” on Amazon.
Black Forest Cake Smoothie
- 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
- 1 Banana
- 1/2 Cup Almond Milk
- 10 Cherries, pitted
- 2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder (unsweetened)
- 1 Cup Spinach (or one hand full)
- Add everything into a high quality blender and mix until smooth.
- Serve immediately in a tall glass with a straw, or as the base of a smoothie bowl.