Rice cakes have a bad reputation. It’s perceived as a diet food, low in calories, with little to add nutritionally– just the kind of snack that Creative Delites tries to avoid. But it’s not reason enough to ban the snack from the Creative Delites test kitchen. I decided to look beyond the cardboard surface and try Lundberg Rice Cakes. I discovered that these cakes come in a variety of creative flavors, such as Sweet Green Tea with Lemon, and Mochi Sweet. The snack provides a satisfying crunch and actually taste good. But are they worth a place in your pantry when it comes to nutrition? The CD rating goes 1 to 10 (10 being the best).
Lundberg Honeynut Rice Cakes
Appearance: The amber color and speckles of brown rice make the cakes look less processed than the conventional brands.
Texture: Crunchier than most rice cakes; less air, more dense than conventional; they also crumble more easily so handle your cake with care
Flavor: In addition to the honey nut flavor, which has just the right amount of sweetness, there are toasted sesame, buttery caramel, brown rice, lightly salted, tamari with seawead, mochi sweet, cinnamon toast, cinnamon apple, popcorn, and sweet green tea with lemon cakes.
Cost: One 9.5 ounce bag costs $ 2.79 at WFM
Health: It’s first ingredient is Eco-Farmed Whole Grain Brown Rice. The other ingredients are evaporated cane juice syrup, natural honey flavor, sea salt– that’s it. These rice cakes are gluten free, organic, and vegan. Unlike some of the conventional brands, which have as few as 35 calories per cake, note that these cakes have 80 calories per cake! But they are also twice as filling. While the cakes are low in fat and sugar, they lose a few points for their nutritional content– they don’t offer much in the way of vitamins or minerals.
How to eat them: Try topping the cakes with peanut butter and sliced banana, reduced-fat cream cheese and strawberry jam, or ricotta cheese, a drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Resolution Stats: 15 new food stuffs tried, 90 more to go
Final Verdict: I know it’s not easy giving rice cakes a second chance, but this brand makes the snack worth revisiting. I don’t, however, recommend this snack to grab and go– the cakes crumble easily. Nutritionally, this snack is not so great on its own, definitely benefits from some fresh fruit and peanut butter.