Recently, we have discovered an awesome snack. I never thought that I would be a fan of rice cakes, but...I now totally am.
Here was the scenario: kids are on their way home from school, and I know they will be coming in hangry. What's a mom to do? I scavaged the cupboards and found a pack of rice cakes. 1 rice cake is 40 calories, but only 1 gram of protein. I searched Pinterest and found some awesome ways to jazz these bad boys up to get some great protein staying power and created a variety plate for the kids.
Let me tell you, the plate got demolished and I had to make 5 more rice cake snacks!
The possibilities truly are endless, but here are the varieties that I made, with calorie counts based on what I used - recall that I quoted 40 calories per rice cake, which factors in to the totals below:
1. Skinny Elvis: spread 2 tbsp organic peanut butter (200 calories) and slice half of a banana (50 calories) on top. TOTAL: 290 calories.
2. Pizza party: a big favorite - spread 1/4 cup of pizza sauce (30 calories) with 1/4 cup of mozzarella (70 calories) and pop in the toaster oven until cheese is melty. TOTAL: 140 calories
3. Nana: spread 2 tbsp nutella (200 calories) and slice half of a banana (50 calories) on top. TOTAL: 290 calories.
4. Chunky monkey: spread 2 tbsp organic peanut butter (200 calories) and sprinkle 1/2 tbsp mini chocolate chips (35 calories) on top. TOTAL: 275 calories.
5. Porky: spread a light cheese wedge (25 calories) and place two slices of ham (30 calories) on top. TOTAL: 95 calories.
Super easy! I would recommend the rice cakes that just contain whole grain brown rice. A pack of 14 cakes should only run you about $2 so it is a pretty sweet deal. In the future I would like to try spreading hummus and topping with cucumber and peppers.
|The entire sampler platter.|
This was gone within 10 minutes of placement on the table.
|The Skinny Elvis.|
|My daughter tends to be picky about bread.|
But she had no problem eating these!