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I hope you agree with me that fruit is the Earth's candy, and not just candy but healthy candy with an immense variety of colours, sizes, shapes, flavours, textures, and of course nutrients that should be included in ones daily diet.
When I was growing up, mum wouldn't allow me to have much sugar, it was only on special occasions that I could eat candy and have sugary drinks, but always in moderation. She would always find a way around my sugar cravings with fruit, and boy! was she good at selling us that idea.
After dinner, mum would put a big bowl of chopped fruit on the table and with a really excited voice she would announce that it was time for dessert. My response as a kid was a resigned eye roll, I was not that amused but now having a kid of my own I understand what she was doing and I try to do the same for my son.
Looking for ways to have my son eat more fruits as snacks through out the day, especially when he goes to school, I came up with the idea of making summer rolls that I can fill with a bunch of different fruits and he can take them with him in his lunch box.
Having the fruit contained in a rice paper roll is a true life saver, let me tell you why. My son loves mango, so I used to cut it and put it in a container so he could eat it at school, some how this was incredibly messy; mango is slippery and juicy, so chunks of fruit would go everywhere and then I would have to clean mango stains which are not fun to deal with!
Someone suggested to make little fruit kebabs but I'm afraid he can hurt himself or someone else with the pointy sticks, that idea didn't go far. Keeping everything contained seems like the safest, easiest way to go about it.
I used mango, because it's my son's favourite but you can mix it up and stuff this rolls with any other fruit you like, or what's in season. Apples are great for this because they make the rolls a bit more sturdy and they add a crunchy texture to it, the flavour is not overpowering and you can find them in season year round.
To have a well rounded healthy snack we need to get some protein in there and add something with a creamy texture, this seemed like a job for peanut butter, or any other kind of nut butter for that matter, a teaspoon should be enough and it will help you keep the fruit in place while you are rolling the rice paper.
Before you run to the kitchen to get your rolling going, just one last thing, make sure you don't get any oils from the butter in the water where you are soaking the rice paper, it wont stick anymore and all the fun will be gone!
For the fruit
For the rice paper
|Amount Per Serving|
|Calories 290||From Fat 130|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 14g||22.15%|
|Saturated Fat 3g||14.44%|
|Trans Fat 0g|
|Total Carbohydrate 41g||13.76%|
|Dietry Fiber 5g||18.56%|
|Vitamin A 993.93IU||19.88%|
|Vitamin B-12 0µg||0%|
|Vitamin B-6 0.31mg||15.38%|
|Vitamin C 41.77mg||69.61%|
|Vitamin D 0IU||0%|
|Vitamin E 3.46mg||11.52%|
|Vitamin K1 (phylloquinone) 15.2µg||19%|
|Pantothenic acid 0.56mg||5.62%|
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Calories per gram:
Fat 9 • Carbohydrate 4 • Protein 4
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