50+ Rice Cake Toppings for a Healthy Snack Win

Sometimes its all about easy and healthy snack options

I am all about home cooked meals, but let’s face it, sometimes we just need some easy, healthy options that are made with real food ingredients. 

When things are crazy busy, having easy snacks on hand that are easy to throw together quickly is a must.

An easy go-to that my family enjoys is Sprouts Brand organic brown rice cakes. They really come in handy when you need something fast and portable and they’re especially delicious when you top them with beautiful food!

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Are rice cakes preferred for any special diets?

Rice cakes are gluten-free, so they are ideal for those battling celiac disease, someone that has another form of gluten intolerance, or anyone who simply aims to avoid gluten in their diet.

One study found that rice and rice cakes have a high glycemic index between 64 and 93 (source), so rice cakes may raise your blood sugar.

Additionally, creating a calorie deficit is the only way to lose unhealthy body fat. Because rice cakes are low-calorie, they are often an easy choice for dieters.

Still, even if you’re not dieting, these cakes make it easy to whip up a quick treat or an on-the-go snack.

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Furikake + Fish + Sesame Oil

Available at your local Asian market or sometimes found in the international aisle of grocery stores, furikake is a Japanese seasoning blend that can elevate even the simplest of grains. Containing a mixture of dried fish, seaweed, sesame seeds, salt, and sugar, it's a serious flavor bomb. Toss your rice with a pinch of furikake, a few omega-rich canned sardines, and top with a drizzle of sesame oil to complete the dish. 

Greek Yogurt with Pistachios Honey

Get some creamy, whole milk, thick Greek yogurt, slather it on top of the rice cake and top it with shelled pistachios and a drizzle of honey for a delectable snack. This flavor combo is absolutely divine!

Lentils + Plain Yogurt

Ultra cheap to make (and extra satisfying!), this easy combination creates a quick Indian-inspired dinner. Top cooked rice with a scoop of cooked lentils and a dollop of plain yogurt. When it comes to choosing lentil varieties, go with brown lentils if you want them to stay firm or opt for red lentils to create a creamier dish. Be sure to cook the lentils in a flavorful broth to create a tasty addition to your rice. 

Make a Meal of Rice Cakes

Why not? It’s a low-calorie starch to round out any meal.

29. Rice Cakes and Chili

30. Croutons

31. BLT

32. Peanut Sauce

Thai-inspired! Top a rice cake with a layer of peanut sauce. Add cooked, cleaned shrimp and chopped cilantro. (See also: Scrumptious Shrimp Recipes)

33. Ahi Poke

34. Loco-Moco!

Caramelize sliced Spam in medium-heat frying pan with shoyu (soy sauce). While you are heating the Spam, fry an egg. Assemble in layers of rice cake, Spam, and fried egg. If I were really making it correctly, I’d add gravy on top.

35. California Roll

Place crab mixture on rice cake and add some chopped avocado, a little grated carrot, a drizzle of sesame oil, and sprinkle with chopped nori (sushi wrapper).

Caprese Salad

Ingredients (for 4 rice cakes):

4 rice cakes 100g bocconcini, sliced 3 roma (plum) tomatoes, sliced 4 olives, pitted and sliced fresh basil leaves, to garnish

Basil & Avocado Pesto 30g fresh basil leaves 50g avocado 1 garlic clove 1 tbsp pine nuts 2 tsp lemon juice 1½ tbsp water 15g grated parmesan cheese sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste

Method:

1. To make the basil pesto, place the basil, avocado, garlic, pine nuts and lemon juice in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add the water and process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. If the pesto is a little thick, add 1 teaspoon of water at a time until the desired consistency is reached. Transfer to a bowl, add the cheese and stir to combine.

2. To serve, place the rice cakes on a serving plate and spread over the pesto. Top with the sliced bocconcini, tomato and olives. Garnish with fresh basil leaves.

Are rice cakes healthy?

That boils down to your definition of healthy, but, for the most part, they are not bad for you. The following list shows breaks down the stats of a typical plain rice cake flavored with sea salt:

  • Calories: 35 calories per cake
  • Fat: 0 grams of fat per cake
  • Carbohydrates: 7 grams of carbohydrates per cake
  • Protein: 1 gram of protein per cake
  • Fiber: 0 grams of fiber per cake
  • Ingredients: whole grain brown rice, salt

The flavored rice cake options may have higher calories, but, according to the Quaker Oats website, all rice cakes options have less than 60 calories.

Note that unsalted versions of rice cakes are available, as well, if you’re avoiding salt.

As noted below, rice and rice cakes generally have a high glycemic load, which may not be preferred for those with blood sugar illnesses.

Overall, rice cakes do seem to be a healthy snack, in moderation.

The best list of protein to add to your rice cakes!

Adding protein to top off your rice cake is a delicious way to meet your protein needs for the day. Some of my favorite include:

  1. Turkey BLT: 115 calories, 7 g protein, 8 g carbs, 6 g fat. 2 slices turkey bacon, lettuce, tomato, and laughing cow wedge as a spread.
  2. Cottage cheese and avocado: 115 calories, 10 g protein, 12 g carbs, 4 g fat. 1/4 cup cottage cheese with 25 grams of avocado.
  3. Ham and cheese: 165 calories, 16 g protein, 7 g carbs, 8 g fat. 2 ounces deli ham, 1 ounce Colby jack cheese, lettuce and slice of tomato.
  4. Tuna salad: 95 calories, 6 g protein, 8 g carbs, 5 g fat. 1/2 cup tuna (packed in water) with 1 tablespoon light mayo, and lettuce.
  5. Chicken salad: 115 calories, 10 g protein, 8 g carbs, 5 g fat. 2 ounces canned chicken, 1 tablespoon light mayo, and lettuce.
  6. Egg salad: 142 calories, 7 g protein, 8 g carbs, 9 g fat. 1 hard boiled egg and 1 tablespoon light mayo (lettuce optional)
  7. Peanut butter powder: 105 calories, 7 g protein, 12 g carbs, 2 g fat. 2 tablespoons peanut butter powder mixed with water, and spread on rice cake.
  8. Cashew butter: 130 calories, 3 g protein, 12 g carbs, 8 g fat. 1 tablespoon cashew butter, spread on rice cake.
  9. Hummus and cucumber: 113 calories, 3 g protein, 13 g carbs, 5 g fat. 2 tablespoon hummus, 1/2 cup cucumber slices.
  10. Refried beans and cheese: 130 calories, 13 g protein, 18 g carbs, 0 g fat. 1/4 cup fat free refried beans, 1/4 cup fat free cheddar cheese.
  11. Pizza: 103 calories, 6 g protein, 7 g carbs, 6 g fat. 4 slices pepperoni, 1 tablespoon pizza sauce, 1/2 ounce low fat mozzarella cheese.
  12. Taco: 123 calories, 16 g protein, 9 g carbs, 1 g fat. 1 ounce 97% lean ground beef, 1/4 cup fat free cheddar cheese, taco seasoning, lettuce, tomato.
  13. Sloppy Joe: 100 calories, 8 g protein, 11 g carbs, 1 g fat. 1 ounce 97% lean ground beef, 1 tablespoon sloppy joe sauce.
  14. Greek Yogurt and berries: 72 calories, 7 g protein, 10 g carbs, 0 g fat. 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt, 4 raspberries.
  15. Fried egg sandwich: 187 calories, 12 g protein, 7 g carbs, 12 g fat. 1 egg, fried. 1 ounce cheese.
  16. Peanut butter and banana: 170 calories, 5 g protein, 22 g carbs, 8 g fat. 1 tablespoon peanut butter, 50 g banana slices. 1
  17. High Protein peanut butter spread: 70 calories, 5 g protein, 12 g carbs, 1 g fat . 1 tablespoon of this protein spread recipe.
And those are my favorite high protein toppings fo

And those are my favorite high protein toppings for rice cakes!

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