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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.