Rice cakes can make fantastic healthy snacks. They are both low in calories & points, and come in a variety of flavors so you never feel bored. My favorites are popcorn flavor and plain. I like the popcorn flavored ones when I feel like having a salty snack late in the evening or while watching my favorite series on Netflix. The unflavored ones are great to dress up. Those I have when I can indulge in something healthy and filling at the same time.
One of the things I use rice cakes for, is to make myself a TREAT! I love treats because they feel like dessert and are usually healthy enough to enjoy without the guilt of an actual store bought treat (think KitKat bar). Typically, I would spread a TBS of almond butter and top it with whatever fruit I have available at home. My most favorites are berries. These are not only delicious, they are also nutritious, high in fiber, vitamins and full of antioxidants. They also come in such pretty colors that make dressing up a plain rice cake so much fun...almost as much fun as I used to have dressing up my Barbie doll with different outfits (OK, not quite the same...I agree). You can also use other kinds of butters like peanut or cashew butter if you would like to experiment. Just be careful how much you use to spread on your rice cakes as all nut butters are high in fat and therefore calories. I usually spread 1 TBS real wide on the rice cake so I don't have to use too much. An interesting trick you might want to try, is to heat the nut butter in the microwave for a few seconds (10-30 secs. ) before hand, to ease the spreading on the rice cake. You'll see...that tablespoon will go a long way once slightly heated.
Another fantastic idea for having rice cakes is as a light between meals snack. Take 1/4 of an avocado and slice it thinly. Then spread the slices across the rice cake. Top the avocado with some thin slices of tomato, sprinkle with some sea-salt, and enjoy! Mmmmm...talk about YUMMY. You can even spread some fat-free mayo and top it with baby spinach, tomatoes and cumber slices. Sprinkle some salt and pepper and you've got yourself a vegan open face BLT. What about adding a slice of extra lean turkey or even an actual slice of bacon? Now we're talking. Catch my drift? Let your imagination go wild on these lovely babies and dress them up with whatever else that would make your tummy happy.
Finally, I'd like to invite you to share with me any other ways you like to have your rice cakes. All ideas are good and are welcome. So please comment below and let me know what's your favorite way of having rice cakes.
With much love and healthy obsessions,