Eating is more than a biological need but rather a psychological gratification particularly among Filipinos. Although, the Philippines is a small country, most of its people are fond of food consumption. However, from an outsiders perspective, they describe the Philippines culinary culture as somehow unhealthy. Perhaps, they refer to delicacies that they found too oily, too sweet, too exotic, etc. There might be truth in their observation. Nonetheless, they neglected one of the many dishes that can help also in maintaining or slimming down ones body the fresh spring roll or also known as Lumpiang Sariwa.
If you haven''t seen or tasted one, this dish could be described as a wrapped vegetable salad. Basically, the recipe contains tomato, garlic and onion sauteed to give its soothing aroma. Once, it is cooked up, one could add freshly chopped carrots, cabbage, singkamas (also known as jicama or Mexican Potato) and ubod (or coconut heart) to add additional flavor. Furthermore, you can add cooked ground pork, beef, chicken, tofu or shrimp as additional extender depending on your preference.
Avoid overcooking, in order to keep it fresh, flavorful and nutritious. Prepare then your lumpia or spring roller wrapper. Place two tablespoons of the sauteed vegetables over the wrapper. To add extra color, place a fresh lettuce leaf (before wrapping).
Imagine, the individual nutrients that each ingredient provide: lycopene (from tomato), polysulfides (from garlic), quercetin (an antioxidant from onions), fiber (from carrots, lettuce, cabbage and singkamas). In fact, lumpia itself should be included in any weight loss menu.