Not Your Mother’s Rice Cake

I remember eating rice cakes back in the day when Weight Watchers still had exchanges!

They looked like cardboard and they tasted pretty much like cardboard too! More to the point, they were just about as appetizing as the cottage cheese and salsa mixture that they tried to pass off as dip! Shudder. Thank goodness those days are over!

So, you may be wondering why I’d try rice cakes again given my oh so fond associations?

Well, to tell you the truth, I was desperate.

For those of you who don’t know, I am exploring the possibility that I may have a wheat sensitivity, which means that I am cutting gluten (that is, WHEAT) out of my diet. Unfortunately, I had recently become addicted to whole grain (that is, wheat!) pita bread and hummus, which prompted me to investigate my options.

(Though I must admit, I felt pretty darned virtuous that I had given up wheat and all I really missed was pita bread! It could have been much, much worse!)

None of the gluten-free bread looked particularly interesting and, sadly, there was no gluten-free pita to be found.

Sucking it up, I decided to check out the rice cake section. I figured with enough hummus it couldn’t be that bad, could it?

Much to my pleasure and surprise, I discovered Lundberg Organic Rice Cakes! Made with brown rice, these are very tasty. I am currently loving the Toasted Sesame and am also quite fond of the Flax and Tamari and the Tamari and Seaweed!

The good news is that there are so many different flavors – and they are so sufficiently different – I’m going to be hard pressed to ever get bored. And I haven’t even scratched the surface on the sweet ones!

So far, I have eaten them plain and topped them with hummus or homemade refried black beans and salsa. Pretty darned good.

I’ll be writing more about my new gluten-free diet as time passes. I started on September 29 and after the massive sugar withdrawals subsided, it really hasn’t been too bad. In fact, it’s been absolutely fine.

You know, it only takes 21 days to make a habit. I’m two-thirds of the way there!

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