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Does anyone here eat rice cakes?

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Updated September 16, 2014 at 7:35 PM
Created December 12, 2011 at 4:46 PM

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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0 · April 19, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Amen. I associate them with being a pudgy little kid always on a diet. This dreadful "snack" was allowed in our lowfat household - especially with margarine spread on top. Just the thought makes me want to gag now.

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0 · April 19, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Last time I ate rice cakes I gained 20 lbs in 3 weeks and added 50 lbs to my deadlift. Either that, or it was the Superdrol I took. Not totally sure which. Probably the rice cakes.

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0 · April 19, 2012 at 8:34 PM

dude. processed grain/eating crap/dextrose syrup/clelery sticks/sex life. good grief. that's a lot of stuff you just came up with all over some rice. just relax man. a lot of people here eat rice.

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0 · April 19, 2012 at 7:56 PM

And if you like things crunchy as a vehicle for other things (like almond butter?) celery sticks work great. there is anecdotal evidence it's good for your sex life too. I would imagine the opposite for rice cakes.

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0 · April 19, 2012 at 7:54 PM

oh... it's because they're a "safe starch." hahaha. If you're going to be eating crap like that you'll get way more bang for your buck by just pounding all of your carbs post workout in the form of glucose syrup (dextrose) with a protein shake, and then eating nothing but meat/veg for the other meals.

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0 · April 19, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Rice cakes are a processed grain. Why would anyone on here be eating these?

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0 · April 19, 2012 at 7:16 PM

I don't eat rice cakes, but sometimes I snack on any excess packing material I have leftover from ordering stuff online.

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0 · April 19, 2012 at 7:15 PM

I don't eat rice cake, but sometimes I snack on any excess packing material I have leftover from ordering stuff online.

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0 · April 19, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Yeah, but Ritz taste a lot better.

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0 · January 08, 2012 at 7:14 PM

I don't like maple and really liked this. It's obviously not for everyone but for those doing higher carb or those needing a "fix" of some sort this might be a recipe to keep handy. Better than a bag of Doritos I guess. I need to hunt around for some white rice cakes. Haven't been able to find those yet.

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0 · January 08, 2012 at 6:40 PM

That stuff looks and sounds GOOD. I've never been a big rice eater but I'm definitely a maple/cinnamon eater.

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0 · December 14, 2011 at 4:51 PM

hey, that does sound good!

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0 · December 14, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Yeah, it was probably Gnolls. But Jack, calorically speaking, *2* ounces of rice cake is about equal to *4* ounces of sirloin. The Quaker rice cake website says one cake is about 9g. So 2 ounces of rice cake is about 6 cakes. Therefore, 6 rice cakes = 4 ounces of sirloin.

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0 · December 13, 2011 at 7:53 PM

Add coconut flakes and nuts, hold the cereal!

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0 · December 13, 2011 at 7:52 PM

If you have that hunger for styrofoam.

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0 · December 13, 2011 at 7:50 PM

Good sub for rice! Unless you're low carbing rice isn't so bad.

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0 · December 13, 2011 at 3:16 PM

do you know how many rice cakes 4 ounces is? pick up a single rice cake an hold it in your hand.

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0 · December 13, 2011 at 11:10 AM

was it J.Stanton on Gnolls.org?

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0 · December 13, 2011 at 5:36 AM

for any sane person, there's not much reason to say ritz is on level with rice cakes. have you looked at the ingredients of ritz?

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0 · December 13, 2011 at 2:02 AM

Only if they are made of 100% Grass Fed Ground Beef

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0 · December 12, 2011 at 6:55 PM

oooh - good idea i usually use cucumbers for pate but it gets messy

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0 · December 12, 2011 at 6:46 PM

I use them for my kids too! Very good for getting pâté into them!!!

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0 · December 12, 2011 at 5:27 PM

I made the egg-in-pepper idea that was shown on Food Renegade].(http://www.foodrenegade.com/fried-eggs-in-a-bell-pepper-ring/) and it was fun; I'll definitely try this as a "paleo pizza."

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0 · December 12, 2011 at 5:13 PM

tl;dr: as a snack, rice cakes are sustenance but leave much to be desired but as a cubicle-land microwave meal filler they're great.

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0 · December 12, 2011 at 5:06 PM

to clarify, actual rice was a cost / convenience problem. places around here sell cooked rice for at least a buck so the rice cake method was cheaper than buying it cooked and our office kitchen isn't good for cooking or storing food.

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0 · December 12, 2011 at 4:51 PM

I wonder is the method of cooking (like popping corn I think?) these undergo matter

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0 · December 12, 2011 at 4:50 PM

new tag insipred by Matthew :)

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0 · December 12, 2011 at 4:49 PM

I don't like the taste and texture personally but I don't see anything wrong with eating the plain rice ones.

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0 · December 12, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Low-reward food FTW :)

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37177 · December 12, 2011 at 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.

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8979 · December 12, 2011 at 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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0 · December 14, 2011 at 4:51 PM

hey, that does sound good!

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0 · December 13, 2011 at 7:53 PM

Add coconut flakes and nuts, hold the cereal!

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12359 · December 12, 2011 at 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

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0 · December 12, 2011 at 6:55 PM

oooh - good idea i usually use cucumbers for pate but it gets messy

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0 · December 12, 2011 at 6:46 PM

I use them for my kids too! Very good for getting pâté into them!!!

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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.

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922 · December 12, 2011 at 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.

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0 · December 12, 2011 at 5:13 PM

tl;dr: as a snack, rice cakes are sustenance but leave much to be desired but as a cubicle-land microwave meal filler they're great.

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0 · December 12, 2011 at 5:06 PM

to clarify, actual rice was a cost / convenience problem. places around here sell cooked rice for at least a buck so the rice cake method was cheaper than buying it cooked and our office kitchen isn't good for cooking or storing food.

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24271 · January 08, 2012 at 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.

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0 · January 08, 2012 at 7:14 PM

I don't like maple and really liked this. It's obviously not for everyone but for those doing higher carb or those needing a "fix" of some sort this might be a recipe to keep handy. Better than a bag of Doritos I guess. I need to hunt around for some white rice cakes. Haven't been able to find those yet.

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0 · January 08, 2012 at 6:40 PM

That stuff looks and sounds GOOD. I've never been a big rice eater but I'm definitely a maple/cinnamon eater.

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9812 · December 12, 2011 at 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.

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17005 · December 12, 2011 at 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.

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0 · December 12, 2011 at 5:27 PM

I made the egg-in-pepper idea that was shown on Food Renegade].(http://www.foodrenegade.com/fried-eggs-in-a-bell-pepper-ring/) and it was fun; I'll definitely try this as a "paleo pizza."

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4632 · December 13, 2011 at 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.

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2936 · December 12, 2011 at 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.

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2056 · April 19, 2012 at 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.

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0 · April 19, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Amen. I associate them with being a pudgy little kid always on a diet. This dreadful "snack" was allowed in our lowfat household - especially with margarine spread on top. Just the thought makes me want to gag now.

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683 · December 13, 2011 at 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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0 · December 14, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Yeah, it was probably Gnolls. But Jack, calorically speaking, *2* ounces of rice cake is about equal to *4* ounces of sirloin. The Quaker rice cake website says one cake is about 9g. So 2 ounces of rice cake is about 6 cakes. Therefore, 6 rice cakes = 4 ounces of sirloin.

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0 · December 13, 2011 at 3:16 PM

do you know how many rice cakes 4 ounces is? pick up a single rice cake an hold it in your hand.

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0 · December 13, 2011 at 11:10 AM

was it J.Stanton on Gnolls.org?

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2291 · December 13, 2011 at 5:36 AM

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

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5838 · December 13, 2011 at 4:42 AM

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

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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.

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0 · September 04, 2013 at 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.

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0 · April 19, 2012 at 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.

Tara

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8239 · December 13, 2011 at 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.

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0 · April 19, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Yeah, but Ritz taste a lot better.

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0 · December 13, 2011 at 5:36 AM

for any sane person, there's not much reason to say ritz is on level with rice cakes. have you looked at the ingredients of ritz?

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3717 · December 13, 2011 at 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.

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235 · December 12, 2011 at 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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