Does anyone here eat rice cakes?

by 18236 · September 04, 2013 7:52 AM

Some have atrocious ingredients. But some are just rice and sea salt. Although most use whole grain brown rice.

Do you think the whole grain aspect of some puffed rice is all that terrible? I ate one the other day and these things are as light as a feather. Incredibly bland and boring by themselves, but the crispy-ness aspect is sometimes appealing to use as a vehicle.

Do you ever eat rice cakes? If you do, what do you eat your rice cake with?

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37013 · December 12, 2011 4:48 PM

I tasted one once. IMO, you might as well chew on a piece of the nearest cardboard box. But then, if I slathered it with butter I might feel differently about it.

8890 · December 12, 2011 4:56 PM

Never! A diet food from my past, and not worth it, not tasty, not satisfying, not cheap. If I needed puffed rice ever again, I think I would prefer a bowl of cereal with cream.

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12362 · December 12, 2011 5:26 PM

My toddler loves them - they are a great vehicle for nut butters at our house - or cream cheese and some homemade apricot honey preserve. I don't particularly like them plain, but they are a good vehicle for things. And they are easier than homemade kale chips and the likes - which are great, but sometimes you have to choose the easy option

1281 · December 13, 2011 at 10:10 AM

I do eat them sometimes. I switched to eating high carb(starch) a few months ago and I really need to get my calories in somehow.

I'm one of those weird people that thinks plain white jasmin rice tastes heavenly on its own but those rice cakes need some topping, for sure! I feel like I'm choking when I eat them bland.

I top them with liverwurst (a LOT) and lingonberry jam.

922 · December 12, 2011 5:03 PM

I used rice cakes for a while as something to make my former staple work lunch of Trader Joe's tuna curry less soupy. I'd store a bag in my desk and crumble one into a bowl before pouring the tuna curry sauce over it. I'd throw dry seaweed and/or dried shredded coconut in there sometimes too. The rice cake made for a good portion-controlled substitute for actual rice. And much cheaper and less hassle than trying to bring/store salad at work to eat those curry pouches over. This weird dry pantry in my cubicle was all good ingredients and good shelf-life which is important for work especially if you're in a place that empties out the fridge every week.

These days I'm not eating lunch regularly and still recovering from tuna curry burnout but I'm sure I'll go back to this meal at some point.

24012 · January 08, 2012 6:32 PM

I had a bite or three of this over the holidays and it was very good. If I could find cakes made from white rice I might try making it.

9796 · December 12, 2011 8:34 PM

Doesn't get much less rewarding than rice cakes! When I was gluten-free pre-paleo, I actually did enjoy rice cakes topped with almond butter, cinnamon, and some chopped apples or banana on top for breakfast.

16858 · December 12, 2011 5:22 PM

Why? If I need the carbs, I'd rather eat a teaspoon and a half of honey or better yet Nutella. The effect on insulin is similar. And at least there's a taste reward in that. :)

If you need a vehicle for toppings, use lettuce leaves, or better yet, just put things in a pyrex container and eat with a fork or a spoon. For crunch make kale chips. Or munch on some carrot or celery sticks.

If you like bell peppers and aren't troubled by them, cut one in half, clean it out, and fill with stuff like ham, roast beef, turkey, lettuce, bacon, etc. If you do cheese you can put a slice of cheese in there too. Makes for a nice crispy filling "sandwich." Wrap in plastic wrap and keep in the fridge. They're awesome.

4612 · December 13, 2011 6:12 PM

I used to love these in college with loads of butter on top (it has to be room temp otherwise the rice cake can't take the spreading of cold butter!).. I would probably do the same if I were to eat them now.

2923 · December 12, 2011 7:06 PM

I used to have one for breakfast just to get my morning pills down. Then I went zero-carb and switched to sardines or eggs or anything. Hopefully I'm now off the BP pills, so I won't need any breakfast at all.

Aldi's has the best price and shortest ingredient list.

They never gave me a problem that I can single out, I just quit them as a matter of zero-carb policy.

2056 · April 19, 2012 9:42 PM

As God is my witness, I'll never eat rice cakes again. Not even with butter. Give me the butter, hold the rice cakes.

671 · December 13, 2011 9:44 AM

I put the following foods into the Fitday calculator and got the following results for 4 ounces:

Sirloin, top sirloin, 1/8" trimmed fat:

total calories: 214

fat calories: 113

Puffed rice cakes:

total calories: 439

fat calories: 27

I just read in some paleo blog (can't remember which) that said that rice cakes and other 'processed' foods have an awful lot of water removed so their caloric density is quite high.

Of course the fat calories will scare a lot of people away from the steak!

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2327 · December 13, 2011 5:36 AM

once in a great while they help if I am nauseated.

5852 · December 13, 2011 4:42 AM

I occasionally use them as vehicles for various fresh salsas. Sometimes I eat them with some good stone ground mustard.

25 · September 07, 2013 at 12:44 AM

I eat them when I'm really craving something crunchy/snacky/salty. They keep me from cheating with worse things. The only kind worth buying are Lundburg (they make a wild rice version now too). I toast them in an dry iron skillet til browned, then slather them with ghee and a bit of salt, or nut butter- toasting is VERY important, really brings out a delicious flavor. The little Quaker rice cakes are the worst- tasteless styrofoam discs that one would feed to prisoners to hasten their deaths.

0 · September 04, 2013 7:52 AM

I actually LOVE the taste of rice cakes. Seriously. They taste like popcorn and are ridiculously moorish. Amazing covered in a super thick layer of butter or avocado. I don't eat them though (unless I'm at my mum's place) because I can't find a white rice version.

0 · April 19, 2012 6:22 PM

Im not Paleo but stumbled upon this chat on my quest for white rice cakes (Im on a bland, white diet for health reasons). Do they exist and does anyone know where I can find them if they do?

PS - they are amazing with sliced avocado.


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8187 · December 13, 2011 4:54 AM

Used to. Back in the days when I assumed anything "rice" or "brown rice" was "good for me." Especially when smothered with tahini. I was never a Hippie per se, but I had the stupidity of one, for a while.

Seriously. For a nutritionally sane person there's as much reason to eat rice cakes as there is to eat Ritz crackers.

3697 · December 13, 2011 2:40 AM

I don't but I have a desk job and find myself wanting some mindless salty snacking in the afternoon. Not looking for much but a crunch of something with some salt. Not sure why I usually get this craving but it's daily. I usually turn to a handful of cashews, but this could be a relatively non-offensive option. I don't know that I would turn to it for any reason other than this.

235 · December 12, 2011 8:35 PM

I put almond butter and jam on them for a snack sometimes. I get the organic wild rice kind.

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