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Should You Eat Rice Cakes?

By Lana Bandoim

Rice cakes have become a staple diet food. They are large, round, crunchy and bland. They promise a quick snack that can satisfy cravings without the guilt. However, are they a healthy option and a good choice for people on a diet?

Diet Food

Most people consider rice cakes to be a safe diet food because they do not have fat or many calories. They tend to be free from saturated fat. The total calories will vary based on the brand and type of rice cake. In general, one rice cake tends to have 60 to 70 calories. People on a diet often eat these cakes to fight cravings for crunchy food such as chips.


Rice cakes may have a small amount of fiber. Although this is an important part of the diet, eating a couple of rice cakes may not supply enough of this nutrient. Make sure your diet includes other sources of fiber such as vegetables or beans.

Unfortunately, rice cakes do not have protein. If you are on a diet, protein can help fight cravings and create a feeling of fullness. Simply eating a plain rice cake will not provide this essential nutrient.

Dress Them Up

The key to using rice cakes on a diet is to dress them up with healthy ingredients. This makes them easier to eat and makes them more nutritious. Consider adding a layer of protein to the top of a rice cake. Peanut butter and cheese are good sources of protein and a little bit can improve the taste of the cake. Another option is to spread hummus on top of the rice cake. It also provides protein and fiber.

Use a rice cake as a base for vegetables. Mash some peas, carrots and tomatoes into the rice cake. Sprinkle a little salt, black pepper and olive oil on top for a delicious snack. Consider using spices such as cumin or cayenne for an extra kick.

Avocado is another popular rice cake topper. Simply spread the flesh of the avocado on top. Add some salt, chopped onions and olive oil to finish it. Garlic powder and onion powder also go well with an avocado rice cake.

Consider making rice cakes a small part of your diet plan. They do not offer protein and can taste bland. Try to dress them up with peanut butter or other things to make them healthier and tastier.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Arnold, Mo.

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