I’ll be honest, I’ve never been a big fan of rice cakes but shrink them down to bite-size, and you’ve got my attention. I often peek at nutrition facts and ingredients of the “popped” snack cakes because the mini versions seem like a good alternative to chips or other crunchy snack foods. Unfortunately, the big brand mini rice-cakes or “popped” snacks are either mostly dried potato and rice flour, are not whole grain, and/or contain artificial sweeteners. Meh, I’ll pass.
Skinny Pop’s version is 100% whole grain (made from popcorn), giving them 4 grams of fiber (other brands’ mini-cakes have 0) per 20 mini-cake-serving. The same 20 cake serving has 3 grams of sugar, which, for a sweet snack, is almost unheard of. Quaker’s Popped Rice Crisps, for example, have 8 grams of sugar per serving and that’s WITH artificial sweeteners.
Point is, decent kid-friendly snacks are hard to come by. Skinny Pop Popcorn Mini Cakes are a delicious and nutritious crunchy snack option. So far, we’ve tried the Cinnamon & Sugar variety (see pic) and Sharp Cheddar (according to their website, they also come in Sea Salt). We liked the Cinnamon & Sugar variety more than the Cheddar but if you (or your kids) are a fan of cheese flavored snacks, they’re worth a shot.
Where to buy: They are a new item so keep your eyes peeled. Look for them in health food stores, Superstores and some traditional grocery stores.