In case you've never had one, a spring roll is a rice wrapper that contains ingredients like fresh vegetables (carrots, cabbage, etc.), a protein (usually tofu or shrimp), some rice vermicelli noodles, and various additional seasonings like basil, mint, and/or cilantro. Although I don't have an exact calorie count for a spring roll (they vary), I can tell you that based on my estimates each roll is around 70-100 calories, with about half to one gram of fat. So, they are 2 weight watchers points each.
The issue with spring rolls is that they usually come with peanut sauce that isn't as low calorie. So, I decided to experiment to make my own peanut sauce. I leveraged lite coconut milk and PB2 in the following recipe to create a lower calorie dipping sauce that is pretty tasty if you like the taste of coconut. Here is the recipe:
Low Calorie Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce (~52 calories, 2g fat, 1 WW points for the entire recipe)
- 1 tablespoon PB2
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 tablespoon lite coconut milk (1.25 tablespoons if desired)
- 1/2 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 teaspoon of reduced sodium soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar
- Combine the PB2 with the water and stir until smooth
- Add the coconut milk, lime juice, and soy sauce and continue to stir
- Stir in the brown sugar to taste
You can buy spring rolls at most natural food stores like Whole Foods. Look for them in the prepared food section or near the sushi.