Yesssss!!! Blue skies, blossom and sunshine! Have been looking forward to the spring feeling like spring for what seems like too long now. I've been eating very wintery foods still, lots of soups and stews but not today! Today I feel like eating raw veg and so I've made these super simple little rolls with the best peanut butter dipping sauce, ever!! 

I love listening to my body and feeding it the things it needs...

But this train of thought, listening to our body, takes me into a quick segue into 'intuitive eating'. I've heard and read quite a lot about this term - 'intuitive eating' lately, with some really quite shocking advice attached. Listen, I'm a huge advocate for trusting our intuition, and I think an occasional slice of cake is totally ok, but... there needs to be some clear understanding that we can't pivot directly from a typical Western diet into 'intuitive eating'. Reason being, is that we firstly need some knowledge and education around nutrition and how this impacts our body and secondly our taste buds take some time to re-train to the subtler flavours of real whole foods. Also, there is often much emotion attached to foods, and a lot of work to be done here too, before we can go out telling people to 'eat intuitively'. That said, on the other side of things there is a lot of obsessiveness around healthy eating too (again emotions play a huge part), so a balance is definitely needed, where we can truly trust our intuition. I just think it's a journey of learning, not just a matter of arriving at 'intuitive eating', because for some this could look like doughnuts every day and for others salad leaves all day long, neither option being nutritionally viable for the human body. 

I am now six years down the path of learning and trusting that my body wants and needs certain nutrients at certain times of the year, month, week or day. With this knowledge behind me, I can start trusting my intuition. And of course, it is my joy in life to support you if that's what you feel you need. 

Well.. wasn't expecting all that to come out in my little blog post about Spring rolls but hey, there it is.

So.. back to my veggie spring rolls... I sometimes make these using rice paper, but today I thought I'd experiment with wrapping up the veg in lettuce leaves and I can tell you, it's so yummy! 

Lettuce Wrap Spring Rolls

1 round lettuce

Include any veggies you like:

  • red pepper
  • spring onions
  • carrots
  • avocado
  • red cabbage
  • cucumber

Thinly slice all your veggies and wrap them up in lettuce leaves. You can use a tiny bit of the peanut butter sauce to hold the rolls together. 

Peanut Butter Sauce

  • 2 heaped tbsp peanut butter
  • 2tbsp tamari sauce (or GF soya sauce)
  • 1tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2tsp sesame oil
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup water
  • sprinkle of chilli flakes

Add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl and stir well. Slowly add the water to obtain the desired dipping sauce consistency. Sprinkle chilli flakes on top to serve.

Get napkins at the ready for a messy but delicious meal. 

Enjoy! 

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