This week’s recipe of the week is a pre-or post-workout meal and it’s super easy – peanut butter raspberry topped rice cakes. I tried this when I got home from cardio day this past weekend and I’m loving it! It’s honestly quite a simple recipe and I’m not breaking any new ground here, but I love when I find a macro friendly and delicious food I love eating. It makes everything better! My rice cakes recipe also includes one of my favorite sweet treats, this AMAZING cookie filled trail mix that I get at my local grocery store. Use any trail mix or candy you like for a little extra sweetness, but this one is delicious because of the little cookie bits in it. Honestly you could make this if it’s not available in your area with monster trail mix and adding in crushed cookies.
Rice cakes have become one of my favorite snacks and are incredibly macro friendly – 1 rice cake is 35 calories, 7 carbs, 0 fat, 1 protein. Rice cakes are a great add to a recipe to get a little more of that full filling without adding a ton of extra calories – sometimes I snack on one or two when I’m “bored hungry.” Rice cakes are also a great base for foods and I love putting toppings on plain ones rather than buying flavored ones which can have more sugar added to them. The Flexible Dieting Lifestyle (@FlexibleDietingLifestyle on Instagram) uses rice cakes for just about every meal – pizza, sandwiches, desserts, as a base for layering.
what you’ll need
Place the rice cakes onto a plate. For the peanut butter spread, add one scoop of your favorite vanilla protein powder and a half a serving of the peanut butter powder into a small bowl. Add almond milk to the powders and mix together to get a spreadable paste like mixture. If you like a little more of a peanut butter taste add in the full serving of peanut butter powder. This is great alternative, but not exactly the same, as peanut butter which sacrifices a lot of calories and macros. I find that peanut butter powder is a great for baking, adding to oatmeal, or mixing with almond milk for spreads. Adding the protein powder to the custom spread makes it more macro friendly.
Top the two rice cakes with the peanut butter spread and immediately rinse out the bowl you used, otherwise it’ll harden and be difficult to clean. Add the raspberries on top – I arranged mine in a cute circular pattern for photo purposes. Finally add on as much, or as little, of the trail mix as your macros allows. I used about a half of a serving and it filled out the rest of the empty spaces on the rice cakes.
Calories and macros on this meal: 238 kcal, 27g carbs, 9g fat, 20g protein. For me this is perfect for a pre- or post-workout meal. If you eat more carbs for your pre-workout then add in more trail mix which is a lot of simple carbs.