At only 35 calories, rice cakes can create the perfect base for some high protein toppings.
I started eating more rice cakes during my bodybuilding and weight loss the past 6 months. Many fitness enthusiasts such as bodybuilders like rice cakes because they are low in calorie but have just the right amount of carbs to fuel a workout, without going over on their macro nutrients.
Are rice cakes healthy?
Rice cakes are extremely healthy with only two ingredients: Rice and salt. You’ll find very few people who have allergies or an intolerance to rice. Rice cakes are easy on the stomach, they’re easy to digest, they don’t cause bloating, they’re gluten free, dairy free, low in calories, no sugar, low in carbs, and taste pretty good too.
- 35 calories
- 7 grams carbohydrates
- 0 grams fat
- 15 mg sodium
Now, you can find a variety of rice cake flavors, but for a clean eating, low sugar food, stick with the plain, lightly salted.
The best list of protein to add to your rice cakes!
Adding protein to top off your rice cake is a delicious way to meet your protein needs for the day. Some of my favorite include:
- Turkey BLT: 115 calories, 7 g protein, 8 g carbs, 6 g fat. 2 slices turkey bacon, lettuce, tomato, and laughing cow wedge as a spread.
- Cottage cheese and avocado: 115 calories, 10 g protein, 12 g carbs, 4 g fat. 1/4 cup cottage cheese with 25 grams of avocado.
- Ham and cheese: 165 calories, 16 g protein, 7 g carbs, 8 g fat. 2 ounces deli ham, 1 ounce Colby jack cheese, lettuce and slice of tomato.
- Tuna salad: 95 calories, 6 g protein, 8 g carbs, 5 g fat. 1/2 cup tuna (packed in water) with 1 tablespoon light mayo, and lettuce.
- Chicken salad: 115 calories, 10 g protein, 8 g carbs, 5 g fat. 2 ounces canned chicken, 1 tablespoon light mayo, and lettuce.
- Egg salad: 142 calories, 7 g protein, 8 g carbs, 9 g fat. 1 hard boiled egg and 1 tablespoon light mayo (lettuce optional)
- Peanut butter powder: 105 calories, 7 g protein, 12 g carbs, 2 g fat. 2 tablespoons peanut butter powder mixed with water, and spread on rice cake.
- Cashew butter: 130 calories, 3 g protein, 12 g carbs, 8 g fat. 1 tablespoon cashew butter, spread on rice cake.
- Hummus and cucumber: 113 calories, 3 g protein, 13 g carbs, 5 g fat. 2 tablespoon hummus, 1/2 cup cucumber slices.
- Refried beans and cheese: 130 calories, 13 g protein, 18 g carbs, 0 g fat. 1/4 cup fat free refried beans, 1/4 cup fat free cheddar cheese.
- Pizza: 103 calories, 6 g protein, 7 g carbs, 6 g fat. 4 slices pepperoni, 1 tablespoon pizza sauce, 1/2 ounce low fat mozzarella cheese.
- Taco: 123 calories, 16 g protein, 9 g carbs, 1 g fat. 1 ounce 97% lean ground beef, 1/4 cup fat free cheddar cheese, taco seasoning, lettuce, tomato.
- Sloppy Joe: 100 calories, 8 g protein, 11 g carbs, 1 g fat. 1 ounce 97% lean ground beef, 1 tablespoon sloppy joe sauce.
- Greek Yogurt and berries: 72 calories, 7 g protein, 10 g carbs, 0 g fat. 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt, 4 raspberries.
- Fried egg sandwich: 187 calories, 12 g protein, 7 g carbs, 12 g fat. 1 egg, fried. 1 ounce cheese.
- Peanut butter and banana: 170 calories, 5 g protein, 22 g carbs, 8 g fat. 1 tablespoon peanut butter, 50 g banana slices. 1
- High Protein peanut butter spread: 70 calories, 5 g protein, 12 g carbs, 1 g fat . 1 tablespoon of this protein spread recipe.
And those are my favorite high protein toppings for rice cakes!
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