Summer is here! One main concern through this hot summer is staying cool and hydrated. My favorite part about the summer is the wide variety of fruit that is in season. Choosing fruits that are in season can cost less money and provide produce that is fresher and tastier.
Fruit is a wonderful snack not only is it high in water content to help keep you hydrated, but it also has fiber, vital nutrients, and it’s delicious!
Spring rolls are an easy versatile snack that even the kids will love. Traditionally, spring rolls are made with a variety of vegetables and is great served with a peanut sauce. Fruit spring rolls are a fun finger food snack that you can modify to be your own! It is often deceived that the rice paper sheets are an uncommon ingredient, but they are readily available at most groceries stores on the “Asian” or “Ethnic” isle. These fruit springs roll will help keep you fueled, cool, and hydrated during this Texas summer.
Fruit Spring Rolls
Yeilds 5 Spring Rolls
½ Lemon, juiced
1 Bunch Mint
1 Small Container Blueberries
1 Small Container Blackberries
2 cups Spinach
5 Rice paper
Bowl of water
- Cut fruit into desired shapes. Have fun here though! You can take the fruit and use small cookie cutters to form fun shaped you will see through the spring roll.
- Toss the fruit in lemon juice, this will help prevent the fruit from browning. Especially if the spring roll is not being consumed immediately.
- Start by grabbing a sheet of rice paper and dipping the entire sheet into the water just for a second to coat the entire sheet.
- Lay sheet on a wood or ceramic surface to minimize sticking to other surfaces.
- Lay down in the middle a few different pieces of fruit in desired assembly you will see through the spring roll on top. Make sure to leave about 1-2 inches on each side so we can roll them up!
- Top off with spinach. Make sure to put enough fruit and spinach to have a substantial spring roll, but be mindful that you have still have to roll it up!
- Fold in the two sides over the fruit. Then take the bottom and fold over the fold ensuring everything is tight in the roll. Continue to roll going up the cutting board until the roll complete!
Often when consuming fruit it is consumed alone, but its more filling of a snack if you pair it with some protein. Hence, cashew cream dipping sauce! If this seems too much of a hassle you can always dip your spring rolls in your favorite yogurt.
Cashew Cream Dipping Sauce
Yields: 1 cup of sauce
½ c Soaked Cashews
4 Small Medjool Dates
1/3 c Almond Milk
1 Tbsp Vanilla
Alternative: yogurt for dipping sauce
Directions: Add all ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth.
Recipe Contributor: Melissa Poindexter is a progressing student at Texas Woman’s University finishing up her Masters in Nutrition and working on her dietetic internship in order to become a RDN. The love for food has also existed but before finding the passion for dietetics, her experience resided in culinary arts and foodservice. Melissa hopes one day to take this love for food and turn it into a career as a Dietitian.