If you take a look at my pantry, you will always find at least one bag of rice cakes. They are my daughter and my favorite snack, and we go through a pack each week.
I started buying them last year as a quick and healthy bite that I can give Belle when I pick her up from school. She is usually famished, which means going to the grocery store to get something is not a good idea. All the distractions in the grocery store will bring the worst in everyone when they are hungry, don’t you agree? 🙂 Belle’s weakness is sugar waffles. They are so good but not something you want to have every single day. It’s all about balance, right? So I try to avoid the trip to the grocery store right after school. Instead, I prefer to bring a snack with me.
The first rice cakes I bought were lightly salted with paprika flavor. They were delicious. Nowadays I buy plain ones with brown rice instead of white. Also, I will go with salt-free instead of lightly salted.
I go for the salt-free version because I like to add my own toppings, which are sometimes sweet other times salty. And I know many people find rice cakes boring but trust me, it’s all about the toppings.
Rice cakes have no nutritional value, they have very few calories – between 35 and 60 calories per cake (depending on the brand), which makes them a perfect post workout snack.
If you don’t have time to add your own toppings, get a chocolate covered rice cake but opt in for the dark chocolate, instead of milk chocolate.
So here are four different topping ideas for your rice cakes. My favorite one lately has been #4, but it depends on the day and what I’m craving 🙂
#1 PEANUT BUTTER + STRAWBERRIES + BLUEBERRIES
#2 GREEK YOGURT + BLUEBERRIES + CHIA SEEDS
#3 PEANUT BUTTER + BANANAS + CHIA SEEDS
#4 HUMMUS + CUCUMBERS + CHILLI POWDER
#5 AVOCADO + SALT + PEPPER + CHILLI POWDER
Do you like rice cakes? Tell me how you eat them, I would love to try some new toppings.