Whilst I am enjoying my new work challenge as a lecturer and clinic supervisor at the College of Naturopathic Medicine, I may have a come across a little too keen to impress the boss. I made the rookie error of happily volunteering to take 167 exam papers home to mark. Don’t get me wrong, that’s a nice little bit of remuneration, but boy is it monotonous. I’ve taken to timing myself. My personal record is 9 minutes 42 seconds, but that poor student had left so many blank spaces, I’m not actually sure they turned up on the day. And then there’s the super-students who have clearly revised so hard, they want to make sure they fill every line, even if the information they are providing is a little superfluous. Sadly, there are no extra marks for extra knowledge. Just answer the question.

ANYWAY! (can you see how I’m procrastinating?)

I needed a break from the marking, and something delicious and energy-boosting to get me through the rest of the pile (which doesn’t really seem to be shrinking), so I made myself this rather indulgent smoothie which tastes ever so naughty but is actually packed of full brain-boosting anti-oxidants and good fats. The ingredients are:

  • 8oz dairy-free milk of your choice (I like Koko milk)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 dessertspoon raw cacao powder
  • 1 dessertspoon peanut or almond butter

Whizz them up in a high speed blender and enjoy straight away. Then get back to work.

Hi ho, hi ho. Better get the red pen out…