Ideas for Rice Cake Toppings

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Ideas for Rice Cake Toppings
Chips and soda are delicious but can destroy your diet. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Snack time can be a healthy eater's nightmare. Rice cakes are a great way to snack on the go, or tide kids over until dinnertime. And since most plain rice cakes are under 45 calories each, a healthful snack can usually be created for around 100 calories. Here are some fun, healthful ways to top a plain rice cake.

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Kid Friendly

Kids can be picky, and getting them to choose a healthy snack can be almost impossible. Try topping a rice cake with a few tablespoons of chocolate flavoured whipped topping and a few strawberry or banana slices. The chocolate topping will satisfy their sweet tooth, and the fruit will make this treat something you can feel good about.

Ideas for Rice Cake Toppings
Healthy kids will most likely be healthy adults. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Savoury

Top a plain rice cake with a tablespoon of light mayonnaise. Use freshly ground black pepper and salt to add seasoning. Then place one slice of turkey or ham on top of the mayonnaise, as well as a slice of reduced fat Swiss cheese. This snack is a bit more caloric, but the protein from the lunch meat will help power through a workout or late meeting.

Vegetarian

A vegetarian option would be to top a plain rice cake with a few tablespoons of hummus. Add a few vegetables like cucumber, tomato or green pepper, and it's a low-calorie, high flavour snack. Low fat herb cream cheese or cottage cheese could be used instead of hummus.

Sweet

Spread a rice cake with your favourite yoghurt, and add a few fresh berries. Peanut butter and jelly or trail mix is also a good topper before or after a workout; just be aware that this choice will be higher in fat and calories than yoghurt or hummus. Another sweet topper would be a few tablespoons of reduced fat cream cheese, a teaspoon of sugar (or sugar substitute) and a dash of cinnamon.

Ideas for Rice Cake Toppings
Miniature rice cakes can be used in place of crackers. (Ciaran Griffin/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Splurge

Once and a while, a snack can be a splurge. If you're in the mood for something more indulgent, top a rice cake with refried beans, cheese and salsa for a Mexican-style treat. Use mini rice cakes as dippers for guacamole, sour cream or vegetable dip; they impart a great crunch. For a sweet snack, top a rice cake with peanut butter and chocolate-hazelnut spread or chocolate chips. Greek yoghurt with a drizzle of honey is also delicious.

Ideas for Rice Cake Toppings
Chocolate chips add sweetness to an otherwise bland snack. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

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