In Conversation with Emica Penklis | LOCO LOVE
It’s very rare you when meet someone in everyday life who understands the full spectrum of determinants on our health and wellbeing. Emica Penklis is one such person, a super raw chocolatier, model, naturopath with a special interest in eating psychology. Emica discovered whilst practising naturopathy that the treatments would help heal her clients on a physical level however there is a much deeper level of healing required also integrating the mind and spirit. This revelation lead Emica to study food psychology and mind body nutrition. Our health is determined by so much more than food we eat and exercise we do and or don’t do. We embody our thoughts, feelings and emotions and this manifests physically into our general state of wellbeing and emotional fitness.
In this conversation Emica gives us the lowdown on her healthy handmade love infused chocolates…
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Last autumn, I bought some cake pop sticks on the occasion of a kid’s garden party at friends – however, the idea of sweet tartlets crossed my way at the very last minute, and I soon forgot about the sticks. Seems like I’m not the biggest cake pop fan in the world…
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I have just come back from attending a Vegan Cooking Workshop at Healing House Cusco (one of my new favourite places in Cusco!). It was run by Christine from christine eats the world and it was awesome! Christine has a background in traditional chef-ing and catering but has recently embraced vegetarianism and alternative cooking.
Not only did we discuss cooking tips but also the ethical reasons that generally motivate people to eat a plant-based diet. As a vegetarian it’s easy to feel I’m not a part of the cruelty and environmental damage caused by the meat industry, so it’s always a bit confronting for me to hear negative facts about the diary and egg industries that I am still involved in. Christine recommended a couple of documentaries – Cowspiracy and Food Inc – for more information.
During the class we made raw vegan cashew coconut cheesecake, vegan pesto, raw gluten-free…
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Oh these are seriously good. Really quick to make too.
But the added bonus is that you can keep the left over chocolate and pour it over your ice cream, just like “Ice Magic”, but so much better with none of those additives that you can’t even pronounce!
These little beauties are reminiscent of a tea sandwich but are made with yummy fresh vegetables instead of bread.
Simply use a vegetable peeler to make long “ribbons” with your cucumber or zucchini, spread a thin layer of hummus and pesto (if you’re feeling perky!), roll up gently from one end. And voila! A tasty and nutritious appetizer, snack or fancy meal accompaniment.