7 Healthier Snacks for 2016: Spice Up Your Rice Cakes
If you’ve made the resolution to lose weight in 2016, consider the typical snacks you eat, not just your meals. Mindless snacking can add up to hundreds of extra calories per day. If you tend to overeat on the same snacks, find healthier replacements. Remember that thin begins in the supermarket. So skip the candy aisle and check out your store’s selection of healthier snacks, like rice cakes. Rice cakes have a well-deserved reputation for being a dieter’s best friend; most of them are about 50 calories or less, and they provide a satisfying crunch. But they also have a reputation for being bland. You can dress them up with pretty much any topping you choose, just remember that those toppings will add to the calorie count. Check out this list of healthy, diet-friendly toppings for your rice cake snacks. And remember to choose rice cakes made of brown rice, not white.
1. Cinnamon & Stevia
If you like cinnamon toast, try this healthier spin: top a rice cake with sprinkles of cinnamon and zero-calorie stevia.
Tahini is made from sesame seeds, and it’s packed full of calcium to help encourage your weight loss; spread just 1 tbsp. on a rice cake for 89 calories, plus the calories in the rice cake.
Select a low-fat hummus for a kick of protein and belly-trimming fiber.
4. Greek Yogurt
Choose plain, low-fat Greek yogurt and add your own berries if you want more flavor.
5. Reduced-Fat Nut Butter
Peanut butter is very high in fat; instead, try a brand like Better’n Peanut Butter for 85% less fat and 40% fewer calories.
Salsa is a great way to get the cancer-fighting nutrients of tomatoes; just make sure you select a low-sodium brand.
7. Lentil Pate
This vegetarian pate is sure to turn heads at your next party; in the meantime, use it as a healthy, fiber-packed topping for your rice cakes.