Who doesn’t love rice cakes?!
I know I do.
I eat them in my daily diet and I simply love them, and the combinations are countless.
Not only they are a fast and easy way to have a healthy snack but they are also fast and easy healthy breakfast ideas.
However, not all rice cakes are healthy, and not all toppings are equally clean and weight loss approved.
That’s why I decided to prepare 10 healthy rice cake recipe ideas for all of you that want to spice up your meal plan.
Learn my favorite weight loss recipes with rice cakes, and try them out today – I promise you are going to LOVE THEM!
Let’s get started right away!
Are Rice Cakes Healthy?
Many people is mainly because of the fact that rice cakes are highly processed and low in fiber and other important nutrients.
While nutritionists may argue about the question are rice cakes healthy or not, my answer is yes.
There’re a few reasons why they are healthy and can help you lose weight.
First of all, most rice cakes tend to be made from minimal ingredients.
Meaning, unlike other processed snacks that can come with a long list of ingredients we can’t even pronounce, rice cakes can be made with one single ingredient and that is brown rice.
Also, rice cakes are super low in calories, around 35 kcal per cake.
This means that you can use them as a base for almost anything without feeling guilty and without ruining your weight loss efforts.
Just be smart and pick out a brand that’s only made from brown rice and has no added sugars or other unhealthy ingredients, and you are all set.
Also, you should ALWAYS choose a healthier topping, and that’s actually what we’re going to do today!
Let’s get started right away!
1. Greek Yogurt + Blueberries
I personally love Greek yogurt, and I can’t imagine my diet without it.
In my 28-day meal plan Burn Baby Burn, you’ll find it a lot, paired with both sweet and sour combos.
Plus, the combination of the yogurt and the blueberries is a win-win for me, since that’s one of my favorite snacks ever.
In this case, what you’ll need to do is just spread a tablespoon of nonfat Greek Yogurt, and top it with blueberries, and you are all set.
2. Peanut Butter + Green Apple + Cinnamon
I just LOVE the taste of peanut butter and fresh green apple.
If you read my article What I Eat In A Day To Stay Fit, you already know that this combo is my all-time favorite healthy snacks.
However, if you add them on top of a rice cake, you can get a perfectly balanced healthy breakfast.
Just spread (100% peanuts) peanut butter on top of a rice cake, top it with thin slices of green apple and sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon.
You can have it for breakfast or as a snack between your meals.
3. Almond Butter + Strawberries
Almond butter is my favorite nut butter out there.
However, if you don’t like it for some reason, you can change it with any other nut butter you prefer better.
The strawberries will lighten up the creamy taste of the almond butter, giving you a fresh hint.
I like them fresh, but feel free to add frozen strawberries too.
4. Tahini + Banana + Raspberries
If you haven’t tried this combo yet, you have to do it right now!
Most people are a bit skeptical when they hear tahini, however it tastes amazing paired with bananas and frozen raspberries.
This was my #1 healthy rice cake recipe for so long, it’s even a part of my healthy breakfast ideas to lose weight in my BBB 28-day meal plan.
It’s the perfect balance of healthy fats and proteins from the tahini, complex carbohydrates from the banana, and extra fiber from the raspberries.
Just give it a try.
5. Pumpkin + Almonds
The most fall-ish combo ever, but I like it so much that I have it in the middle of summer too.
I usually do a pumpkin puree and spread it on my rice cake.
However, if you don’t have or don’t want to use a food processor for this recipe you can just bake a piece of pumpkin and spread it on top of your rice cake as I did for this recipe.
Then add a few crushed almonds and you’re all set.
I like my almonds baked, but you can use fresh ones too – they are even healthier that way.
6. Hummus + Cucumber + Sunflower Seeds
Who doesn’t love hummus?!
It’s the healthiest yet tastiest spread indeed.
This is basically the fastest fix up when I feel hungry but am too lazy to cook.
I just spread hummus on top of a rice cake, add a few fresh cucumber circles and sprinkle sunflower seeds on top.
If you are looking for a hummus recipe, you can check out my recipe here.
7. Avocado + Tomatoes + Tahini Dressing
Another one of my fast and easy weight loss recipes with rice cakes is avocado and tomato one.
Now, the tahini dressing is one of my newest inventions, and I love it!
To do the tahini dressing you will need:
- 1/2 freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon tahini
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- sprinkle of salt and pepper.
Just mix them together until you get a compound mixture and pour a bit over your rice cake.
I add this dressing over salads, vegetables, even meat, and it tastes absolutely amazing.
8. Greek Yogurt + Prosciutto + Arugula
Here’s one for the prosciutto lovers.
Some will argue if the prosciutto is healthy or not mainly because it’s high in sodium and fat.
However, I have it every now and then, and just make sure to pick out a brand that’s the lowest in sodium and made it’s made from clean beef meat.
Now, I know it’s a ham at the end of the day, but due to the way it’s made I believe it’s as close to meat and any other piece.
Also, a single piece of prosciutto weights no more than 10 grams, so we’re talking about less than 40 calories.
Just spread non-fat Greek yogurt, add a thin slice of prosciutto and top it with arugula, and you are all set.
9. Basil Pesto + Tomatoes + Parmesan
Now, with this next one, we are taking the rice cake recipe to the next level.
I’m talking about bringing the Italian kitchen on top of a rice cake, while still making sure we keep it healthy and clean.
Basil pesto with tomatoes and a little bit of parmesan on top is another combo I absolutely love.
I love to do my own basil pesto, however, nowadays you can find lots of healthy options on the market too.
Just make sure to read the ingredients carefully before reaching out to buy one.
Double-check for added sugars and other hidden ingredients, and make sure it’s made with olive oil.
10. Avocado + Boiled Egg
And last but not least, another weight loss recipe with rice cake featuring one of my favorite superfoods – avocado.
This time, we’re spreading it on top of the rice cake, adding a boiled egg on top.
The egg makes it a bit more than a snack.
I usually have this combo for breakfast, or right after my workout.