Healthy rice cake toppings recipes
When I started eating healthier and losing weight (read my weight loss story here), bread was the first thing I limited. It’s still a huge weakness for me and I enjoy it so much that I’ve never cut it out of my diet completely. I realized, however, that oftentimes a piece of bread was used as more of a vessel for the topping or the sandwich ingredients, so I started substituting rice cakes for bread slices when I could.
Are Rice Cakes a Healthy Snack?
The crunch of rice cakes is very satisfying and the calories are thrown out the window (along with the heavy feeling bread can leave behind). Rice cakes cut out the carbs of bread and the crunch provides a satisfying eating experience similar to chips or popcorn – crunch, crunch, crunch!
While rice cakes come in a variety of flavors, I prefer to add my own toppings to brown or white rice cakes that are a bit heartier.
These are my five favorite healthy rice cake toppings for snacks and small meals – with a list of a few more ideas at the bottom. The options are endless really – just try to avoid anything warm as it softens the popped rice easily.
I’m a big fan of Lundberg Rice Cakes as they’re sturdier than Quaker and other store-brand varieties. I also love supporting a great company from Northern California! You can find them on Amazon in a variety of flavors. I also buy them at Trader Joe’s.
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Quick healthy snacks | PEANUT BUTTER + JELLY
Replace your favorite pb&j sandwich with all the stick-to-your-teeth flavor! The peanut butter is a delicious bit of protein that will stick with you and the jelly is a tasty treat. A great snack for kids and adults without all the bread. And no need to cut off the crusts!
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What to put on rice cakes for breakfast | GREEK YOGURT + GRANOLA
One of my favorite ways for how to eat rice cakes for a heartier snack to get me to dinner. This is also good for a breakfast. The protein from the yogurt and chia seeds will keep you full for a while! The honey, dried fruit, and granola make it a delectable treat that will fill you up in the morning without guilt!
Healthy afternoon snacks | AVOCADO + CHILI FLAKES
The substitute for avocado toast. This doesn’t need much explanation – mix avocado chunks with salt and pepper. Top with chili flakes for a kick! Obviously you know this one is amazing! As are all of these healthy rice cake ideas. Depending on what you’re craving and how hungry you are, these rice cake toppings are great morning, noon, and night. They’re great as healthy afternoon snacks. No need to worry about getting hungry again before the next meal if you pack enough protein and flavor on top!
Healthy snacks to make | HUMMUS + CUCUMBER + HOMEMADE EVERYTHING SEASONING
An easy, savory snack that’s great for lunch with fruit or before dinner, this combo has a little protein from the hummus and some great antioxidants and nutrients from the cucumbers. The everything seasoning is really just the icing on the (healthy snack) cake!
Healthy lunch snacks | TUNA w. GREEK YOGURT + SPINACH + LEMON
One of the heartier rice cake snack ideas with the tuna and greek yogurt. Add some spinach for veggie and top with lemon zest, salt, and pepper for tons of flavor without any extra added calories. The perfect healthy lunch snack that will fill you up!
OTHER RICE CAKE TOPPING IDEAS:
Nonfat Greek Yogurt + Jam
Turkey Sandwich (turkey, mustard, greens)
Cream Cheese w. Everything Seasoning
Peanut Butter + Banana Slices + Honey
Thai Style (Peanut Butter + Hoisin Sauce + Sriracha Hot Sauce + Cilantro)
Herbed Goat Cheese
Peanut Butter + Shredded Coconut + Chocolate Chips