beetroot_summer_rolls-1Oh ok.. It’s not quite summer yet, but the sun poked his head out so it was tasty summer rolls for lunch today shared with my lovely friend Sarah. My diet has drastically changed in the last couple of years but I’m very lucky to have a great bunch of friends around me who are all willing to try new things and support me in my new way of eating, and actually really enjoy it too! Where some might see my diet as full as restrictions, I see it as an opportunity to be creative and discover new things.

I love the way the bright red of the beetroot shows through the rice paper, so pretty.  Not only is it pretty and tasty but beetroot has many wonderful health benefits. Beets posses a unique mix of antioxidant phytonutrients which are being studied with regard to their benefits for eye and nerve tissue health. They also have anti-inflammatory properties making them especially beneficial for cancer prevention and chronic inflammation. They are rich in vitamin C, folate and potassium. (see links below for further reading)

As well as the grated beetroot, there is also grated carrot, celeriac and apple, some wrapped in rice paper and others in nori sheets, both really yummy!!

beetroot_summer_rolls-2For the insides of the rolls I grated 1 large beetroot, a chunk of celeriac root, 1 large carrot and 1 apple with the juice of 1/2 lemon and a pinch of himalayan salt. Wrapped them in rice paper and nori sheets, on a bed of spicy green leaves.

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The dips are really so good with these rolls! Humous (store bought on this occasion) with some extra avocado oil – easy peasy! The second dip is just amazing!! A mix of 2 tsp cashew butter, 1/2 tsp tahini, good squeeze of lemon, 1 tsp of water and 1 tsp of gluten free tamari sauce.
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Over the next month I will be researching, studying and eating a raw diet for my college project (recipes of which I will be posting here), this can definitely be included on a raw diet if the rolls are made only with the nori sheets.

Articles used for reference:

articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/01/25/beets-health-benefits

whfoods.com beets