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Updates on My Collagen Elixir Journey

Yes that is me…..Can you see a difference? I am totally thrilled. Never have I had a product give me results like this, or even any results at all! The key is to take “Before” pictures, so that you have something to compare to. Just when you think you’re not getting any results…you compare pictures…. and YESSSS, WooHoo! At 61 years young, and not one for injectables or surgery (not saying they are bad…but just not for me) I am thrilled with the results I am getting! Are you getting results from the collagen you are taking or applying?

DID YOU KNOW…..

To truly care for your skin, you need to start below the surface. Collagen Elixir™ nourishes your skin from the inside out, promoting enhanced elasticity, firmness, and hydration for a healthy and radiant complexion. 

Beauty starts on the inside 

Skin is the body’s largest organ and is composed of water, protein, and fat. Collagen is your body’s most abundant protein and creates structure, resilience, and elasticity. It acts like a glue that helps to hold everything in its place. Your body builds and repairs collagen every day, but collagen production gradually declines with age. 

Collagen builds the foundation of a smooth and radiant complexion. The deepest layers of skin are made of a dense network of collagen fibers. Over time, the network of collagen fibers can become fragmented and weakened, resulting in wrinkles, fine lines, and thinner skin. 

Good nutrition is essential for collagen production, but ordinary foods may not provide the right nutrients. While fish contains collagen, it’s in the form of long collagen fibers that are hard for the body to use. Collagen Elixir combines highly bioavailable collagen peptides along with vitamins and minerals to quickly deliver collagen’s benefits throughout the body. Studies show that supplementing with marine collagen, alone or when combined with other nutrients such as vitamin C and zinc, may improve skin hydration, elasticity, and thickness; improve physical aspects of hair and nails; and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

Ingredients from land and sea 

Collagen Elixir is made with hydrolyzed marine collagen synergistically blended with powerful botanicals and micronutrients to help nourish your skin from the inside out. These collagen-boosting nutrients are expertly mixed with natural flavors to make a delicious wild–berry–flavored drink to sip and enjoy. 

  • Marine collagen blend: Made with hydrolyzed fish collagen sustainably sourced from deep–sea fish from the cold waters of the Atlantic and Scandinavian regions. Our marine collagen blend provides type I collagen in the form of collagen peptides and is rich in amino acids that support the body’s natural production of collagen.  
  • A proprietary blend: Contains phytonutrient-rich goji and acerola berries, moisturizing aloe vera, and soothing chamomile extracts. 
  • Vitamins and minerals: Vitamin C is an antioxidant nutrient that is required for normal collagen synthesis. Zinc is an essential nutrient and plays a vital role in skin, hair, and nail health. Biotin forms the foundation for skin, nail, and hair cells, and even a mild deficiency can cause dry or itchy skin. 

Make Collagen Elixir part of your beauty routine  

Sip your way to a hydrated and radiant complexion by enjoying one bottle of Collagen Elixir daily.  Collagen Elixir is made with sustainably sourced ingredients and arrives in recyclable packaging for a beautiful daily ritual you can feel good about. It’s soy-free, gluten-free, and non-GMO and has no added sugars.  

****Take a closer LOOK… enjoy the pic’s!

Are you ready to see what Collagen Elixir can do you…enjoy this discounted Link to order yours today! Please contact me for more info.

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Soothe that Sunburn!

Ouch……. It’s definitely the season for sunburns!  Here are two different recipes to help soothe your sunburn. (Thank you Améo/Zija for these recipes.)

Soothe Your Sunburn

Combine….

3 drops AMÉO True Lavender essential oil

2 drops AMÉO Peppermint essential oil

1 1/2 tsp.. pure aloe vera gel

Distilled water

Fill ingredients in a 1 oz. spray bottle.

Shake & Spray on desired area as needed!

OR…..

1/4 cup filtered or distilled water
1/4 cup pure aloe vera gel/juice..you can also use our Fractionated Coconut oil with Aloe
3 Tbsp. witch hazel extract (alcohol-free)
1 Tbsp white vinegar
15 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops tea tree essential oil
5 drops peppermint essential oil

* Combine all ingredients in an 8-ounce glass spray bottle and shake vigorously.  Shake well before each use and spray to affected area(s) as often as desired.  Avoid the eyes!

 

FYI….Do not use any citrus oils topically then go out in the sun (use under clothing or at night before bed)!  They can cause harm!  Some essential oils are photosensitive meaning they react to radiant energy or light such as natural sunlight, sunlamps, or other sources of UV rays. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of photosensitivity may include a pink or red skin rash with blotchy blisters, scaly patches, or raised spots on areas directly exposed to the sun. Itching and burning may occur and the rash may last for several days. Dark pigmentation on the skin may occur as well. “A phototoxic reaction typically shows up as an exaggerated sunburn, usually occurring within 24 hours of sun exposure” as stated by the Skin Cancer Foundation.  The primary essential oil culprits are typically citrus oils: Angelica, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Wild Orange, and Tangerine.  Bergamot essential oil contains bergaptene, a dominant photosensitizer, that can cause severe reactions. Look for products that contain bergamot essential oil that is bergaptene-free. Caution is required when using skincare products that contain these photosensitizing oils.  As stated by Everything Essential Oil, “when using photosensitizing oil, wait a minimum of six hours before exposing skin to UV rays.  The stronger and more lengthy the UV ray, the longer the wait should be.”  For maximum protection, shield skin with sunscreen and protective clothing.

 

DID YOU KNOW????
One of the Rules to follow for topical essential oil use…is the 4/10/75 Rule!
*  Research suggests that when essential oils are applied neat (without carrier oil) about 4% of the lessential oils are absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream.
*  If a carrier oils is used (a 2% dilution), the absorption increased to 10%.
*  If the area of application is covered (with a warm towel or other covering) absorption dramatically increased to 75%! WOW!

XO!

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Rice Cereal for Babies! (First Bites)

Since I am a new grandma with a beautiful baby boy approaching 6 months of age, I would love for him to get the best nutrition he can get.  I have some amazing books, and will share recipes and info so that you can learn along with us!  So fun to see their expressions when they experience new things….especially food!  This first recipe is rice cereal!  Whole-grain brown rice retains the hull, which is removed to make white rice.  The hull not only gives the rice its warm brown color, but also makes it more nutritious and flavorful than its white counterpart.

Ingredients

1/4 cup brown rice

(this makes 1 cup)

  •  Put rice in a blender and pulverize into a powder, 3-5 minutes on medium to high speed.
  •   Bring 1 cup water to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Add brown rice powder and reduce heat to low.  Cook, whisking constantly, until water is absorbed, 4-5 minutes.
  •   Add water, breast milk, or formula to thin the cereal to a consistency your baby can handle.  As baby gets older and tries more foods, combine rice cereal with fruit or vegetable purees.

Notes… Commercially prepared baby rice cereal is usually fortified with added iron.  If you prepare rice cereal at home, discuss your baby’s iron needs with you pediatrician.  Young babies can get iron from a range of foods, including breast milk, formula, meat, poultry, prunes, and dried apricots.  To store, refrigerate cooled cereal in an airtight container for up to 3 days, or fill ice-cube trays or other containers to freeze for up to 3 months.

Thank you Lisa Barnes for this recipe.  Great book Cooking for Baby.

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What Does Your Sleep Pattern Look Like?

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It’s amazing these days with all of our technology…such as the FitBit, Apple Watch, etc… how we can tune into our bodies!  What does your sleep pattern look like?!

Rapid eye movement sleep (REM sleep, REMS) is a unique phase of sleepin mammals and birds, characterized by random/rapid movement of the eyes, accompanied with low muscle tone throughout the body, and the propensity of the sleeper to dream vividly.

The REM phase is also known as paradoxical sleep (PS) and sometimes desynchronized sleep because of physiological similarities to waking states, including rapid, low-voltage desynchronized brain waves. Electrical and chemical activity regulating this phase seems to originate in the brain stem and is characterized most notably by an abundance of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, combined with a nearly complete absence of monoamine neurotransmitters histamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine.

REM sleep is physiologically different from the other phases of sleep, which are collectively referred to as non-REM sleep (NREM sleep, NREMS, synchronized sleep). REM and non-REM sleep alternate within one sleep cycle, which lasts about 90 minutes in adult humans. As sleep cycles continue, they shift towards a higher proportion of REM sleep. The transition to REM sleep brings marked physical changes, beginning with electrical bursts called PGO waves originating in the brain stem. Organisms in REM sleep suspend central homeostasis, allowing large fluctuations in respiration, thermoregulation, and circulation which do not occur in any other modes of sleeping or waking. The body abruptly loses muscle tone, a state known as REM atonia.

Professor Nathaniel Kleitman and his student Eugene Aserinsky defined rapid eye movement and linked it to dreams in 1953 and further described by researchers including William Dement and Michel Jouvet. Many experiments have involved waking up test subjects whenever they begin to enter the REM phase, thereby producing a state known as REM deprivation. Subjects allowed to sleep normally again usually experience a modest REM rebound. Techniques of neurosurgery, chemical injection, electroencephalography, positron emission tomography, and reports of dreamers upon waking, have all been used to study this phase of sleep.

Read more….

The quality of your sleep directly affects your mental and physical health and the quality of your waking life, including your productivity, emotional balance, brain and heart health, immune system, creativity, vitality, and even your weight. No other activity delivers so many benefits with so little effort!

Sleep isn’t merely a time when your body shuts off. While you rest, your brain stays busy, overseeing biological maintenance that keeps your body running in top condition, preparing you for the day ahead. Without enough hours of restorative sleep, you won’t be able to work, learn, create, and communicate at a level even close to your true potential. Regularly skimp on “service” and you’re headed for a major mental and physical breakdown.

The good news is that you don’t have to choose between health and productivity. By addressing any sleep problems and making time to get the sleep you need each night, your energy, efficiency, and overall health will go up. In fact, you’ll likely get much more done during the day than if you were skimping on shuteye and trying to work longer.

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The Big Omega Sandwich

OH YUMMMMM!

This supercharged salmon sandwich gives delicious incentive to ditch its fast-food counterparts. Wild-caught salmon is infused with a wealth of smoky, spicy, and deliciously tangy ingredients before being pan-seared to crisp, golden perfection. We found that broiling the salmon results in the ultimate melt-in-your-mouth, buttery tenderness. In place of standard tartar sauce, we top each patty with a generous dollop of spicy, yogurt-blended aioli. Peppery arugula and nippy red onion add refreshing crunch and welcomed vibrancy, though you can add any toppings you like. Satiating protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fats abound in these flavor-forward handheld stars.

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound (1-in.-thick) boneless, skin-on wild-caught salmon fillets
  • 1/3 cup whole-wheat panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped shallot
  • 1 tablespoon chopped drained capers
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/4 cup canola mayonnaise, divided
  • 3/8 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 3 tablespoons plain 2% reduced-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha chili sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns, toasted
  • 8 thin red onion slices
  • 1 cup firmly packed arugula

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat broiler with oven rack 6 inches from heat. Place salmon, skin side down, on a foil-lined baking sheet. Broil 5 minutes. Set aside until cool enough to handle.

Step 2

Place panko, egg, shallot, capers, parsley, garlic, dill, lemon juice, smoked paprika, red pepper, 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Mix to combine.

Step 3

Remove and discard salmon skin; place salmon in a bowl, and mash with a fork. Add to panko mixture. Using your hands, mix until well combined. Shape mixture into 4 (3/4-inch-thick) patties (5 ounces each). Place patties on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Cover and chill 30 minutes.

Step 4

In a small bowl, combine yogurt, Sriracha, vinegar, remaining 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt. Set aside.

Step 5

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Place salmon patties in skillet; reduce heat to medium, and cook 4 to 5 minutes per side or until browned.

Step 6

Spread aioli evenly on cut sides of toasted buns. Top each bottom bun with 1 salmon patty. Top patties evenly with onion slices and arugula; cover with top halves of buns.

ENJOY!

 

Thank you Cooking Light for this yummy recipe!

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Yellow Squash Pasta with Caramelized Lemon

This gorgeous side goes well with simply grilled meat or poultry. Yellow squash has a high water content, which means that cooking the squash noodles would release a lot of liquid. We opt instead to air-dry them and keep them raw for more freshness and plenty of crunch. Look for lemons with thinner skins (smoother, shinier skins are often thinner); you’ll get a nice citrus hit with each bite, but charring the slices softens the flavor so it’s not overpowering. Serve right after tossing everything together, as the squash will start to wilt.

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds yellow squash (about 3 large squash)
  • 3 medium lemons, divided
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped celery leaves
  • 3/4 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, finely grated (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

How to Make It

Step 1

Trim squash ends, and halve squash crosswise. Using a spoon, carefully scoop out inner seeds from each squash, removing as little flesh as possible. Cut squash into large noodles using a spiralizer. Place squash noodles between 2 layers of paper towels. Let stand at room temperature until dry, about 3 hours.

Step 2

Transfer noodles to a medium bowl. Grate rind from 1 lemon to equal 1/2 teaspoon. Cut same lemon in half; squeeze juice to equal 1 tablespoon. Set aside rind and juice. Trim tops and bottoms of remaining 2 lemons, and slice into half-moons.

Step 3

Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add lemon slices; sprinkle evenly with 1/8 teaspoon salt. Sprinkle sugar over lemons. Cook, stirring occasionally, until lemons are browned on the edges and caramelized, 4 to 5 minutes.

Step 4

Add caramelized lemon slices to squash noodles. Add celery leaves, cheese, lemon rind, lemon juice, pepper, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt; toss gently to combine. Drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Serve immediately.

**Add shrimp to make it a main course!

Enjoy!

Thank you Cooking Light for this yummy light dish!

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Eggplant Rollatini…Yummmy

I LOVE EGGPLANT!  How about you!?  Here is a great Mediterranean/Italian Eggplant recipe that just looks amazing, don’t you think?

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 large eggplants, sliced lengthwise
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1–1½ cups marinara sauce
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups spinach
  • 1 package goat feta (4 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 cups pecorino romano, grated
  • 1 cup raw sheep cheese, grated

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 F.
  2. While your oven is heating up, cut the ends off of the two eggplants and then slice lengthwise.
  3. Place the eggplant slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Bake for 12–15 minutes, remove and allow to cool.
  5. Reduce heat to 400 F.
  6. In a medium bowl, mix the eggs, goat cheese, spinach, oregano, parsley, basil, 1 cup pecorino romano, ½ cup raw sheep cheese, salt and pepper, mixing until well combined.
  7. In a 9×13 baking dish, add ¾ cup marinara.
  8. Place ¼ cup cheese mixture onto one end of the sliced eggplant, then roll it up and transfer to baking dish, continuing until baking dish is full.
  9. Cover with remaining marinara and cheese.
  10. Bake for 25 minutes and allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!

 

Thank you Dr. Axe for this amazing recipe!

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The Scientific Case for Ingesting Essential Oils!

Stop the Insanity: The Scientific Case for Ingesting Essential Oils

by Dr. Scott Johnson

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The essential oil space has experienced tremendous growth over the last five years. This growth generated hundreds of thousands of new essential oils users that are forced to wade through the conflicting ocean of essential oil information that plagues the internet. One of the most hotly contested subjects is the ingestion of essential oils, with traditional aromatherapists bellowing the “dangers” and progressive essential oil experts championing the benefits.

One side largely relies on customary practices, whereas the progressives seek to find the answer to this divisive discussion through science. When you cut through all the rhetoric and objectively analyze the evidence, this dispute can be encapsulated in to four elements: 1) empowerment versus control, 2) potential, 3) knowledge, and 4) comfort level.

Empowerment Versus Control

Let’s start with the empowerment versus control aspect. Traditional aromatherapists seek to maintain control of an industry that has experienced rapid and dynamic change over the last decade. They seek to uphold the status quo and continue their heavy reliance on an antiquated and conservative aromatherapy paradigm established decades ago. By maintaining the status quo, they preserve their dominion and keep clients at their mercy. Of course, this traditional paradigm has merit that is valuable today, but as with Western medicine, new discoveries have enlarged our understanding of essential oils and how we can use them to reach the highest human potential.

Potential

As was mentioned in the previous paragraph, potential is a huge aspect of ingesting essential oils. Progressive essential oil experts advocate the use of all aspects of essential oils to their fullest potential—aromatic, topical, and internal. Oral administration has great advantages and is preferred in certain situations, such as when treating an infection or chronic condition. Waiting for transdermal absorption through the skin could allow an infection to overpower the individual and indeed puts the individual at great risk.

In addition, the number of bacteria in the body eclipses the number of cells, suggesting that human microbiome balance is crucial to overall wellness. It is naïve to think that topical use of essential oils will penetrate inside the stomach to influence any harmful bacteria residing there.

Another important aspect of oral administration is the metabolites (substances produced during metabolism) that are produced when essential oils are ingested. For example, one of the metabolites produced after the ingestion of limonene (found in abundance in citrus essential oils) is the anti-cancer compound perillic acid. Now, not all metabolites are good. Pulegone (found in pennyroyal and other essential oils) is metabolized to menthofuran, which is toxic to the liver and kidneys. This makes it important to understand the chemical make-up of an essential oil before ingesting it.

Knowledge

This leads us right into our third topic — knowledge. Ingesting essential oils requires a greater knowledge of essential oil composition, drug interactions, contraindications, dosage, and metabolism. However, this can all be obtained from advanced essential oil training or found in an evidence-based book. If you choose to take essential oils orally, you should seek this advanced knowledge and understanding first.

Knowledge from published studies is also telling. A review of the literature in PubMed shows that essential oils are administered orally safely and effectively in dozens of clinical studies, with burp back being the most common side-effect.

Comfort Level

Along with knowledge, an individual’s comfort level must be considered. If you are uncomfortable with ingesting essential oils, then limit your use to aromatic and topical use. These two methods still offer fantastic benefits depending on what you are striving to accomplish.

The bottom line is, the overwhelming evidence suggests that many essential oils are safe to ingest, and they produce remarkable systemic benefits that could not be achieved through other methods. It’s time to stop the insanity and endless debate over essential oil ingestion, and embrace the future of essential oils, which includes internal usage.

headshot-johnsonScott A. Johnson is a naturopath, Certified Elite Essential Oil Specialist, Certified Clinical Master Aromatherapist, and Board Certified Alternative Medical Practitioner dedicated to raising healthier generations naturally. His evidence-based approach to natural medicine and enthusiasm for sharing wellness with the global masses makes him a world leader in natural medicine. Join his wellness community to get a free report on essential oils and MRSA.

http://intentblog.com/stop-insanity-scientific-case-ingesting-essential-oils/

Thank you so much for this info Dr. Scott Johnson! My favorite book on essential oils is one that Dr. Johnson wrote.  If you are at all interested in essential oils….this book is a must!  Evidence Based Essential Oil Therapy.  I have a direct link to this book on my website www.food4thoughtwellness.com, or look it up on Amazon!

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Buffalo Chicken Zoodles!

Call me crazy, but……..I LOVE buffalo flavored everything!

Check out this creamy buffalo sauce using Greek yogurt and hot sauce. Easy and delicious!

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Ingredients

  • For the chicken:
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts ( I like Organic, Free Range, no hormones)
  • 6oz nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 5-6 tablespoons hot sauce (depending on how spicy you like it)
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  • For the salad:
  • 2 large zucchini, Use your spiralizer!
  • 1 large carrot, Spiralize this too!
  • ½ cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • ¼ cup crumbled blue cheese
  • ¼ cup organic corn kernels or canned corn, drained, rinsed, patted dry
  • Avocado, optional  (I LOVE AVOCADO on everything!)

Instructions

  1. Place the chicken in a medium pot and cover with water and a pinch of salt. Cover the pot and bring to a boil over high-heat. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low and let cook for 12-15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink on the inside.  Crock pot, pressure cooker, or even grilled is great too!
  2. While chicken cooks, place the Greek yogurt, hot sauce, garlic powder, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper in the bottom of a medium mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Add the shredded chicken, zucchini noodles, carrot noodles, and toss well to combine.
  3. Divide the salad onto four plates and top each with cherry tomatoes, blue cheese, and corn. Serve.

Yummm!

Thanks Inspiralized for this inspiring recipe!!

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Summer Fixin’s!

There is nothing better than summer-time fixin’s!!  These Rainbow Summer Rolls look delish!  Thank you to.. The Tasky K .. for this recipe!!

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Be creative, and make it your own!

RAINBOW SUMMER ROLLS
 
INGREDIENTS
For the rolls:
  • rice paper
  • lettuce
  • cucumbers
  • carrots
  • avocado
  • papaya/ mango
  • pomegranate seeds
  • red cabbage
For the sauce:
  • 1 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ tsp Sriracha sauce
  • 2-4 Tbsp hot water (depends on desired consistency)
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Slice all the vegetables and fruits into thin strips/pieces about 5-6 cm long.
  2. Take a rice paper wrapper and soak it into warm water from both sides until it softens.
  3. Place it on a cutting board and arrange the fresh ingredients in the centre of the sheet horizontally (starting with the lettuce).
  4. Fold the rice paper over the ingredients (pushing them back) and fold the sides in towards the middle like a burrito. Roll it up firmly until the end and put aside.
  5. After you finished the rolls you can cut them in half and place on a serving platter or a bowl.
  6. For the sauce, mix all ingredients together and stir until you get a creamy dip (add more water for desired consistency).
ENJOY!
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