Hummus Rice Cakes

How many times have you polished off a bag of Doritos and felt AMAZING afterwards? As though you could just lace up your sneakers and go for a run while all the birds chirp for you. Never? Me either.

But it's not our fault! Those processed bags of shit leave you feeling bogged down and unmotivated due to their chemical laden 'food-like' ingredients (see below). The next time you're feeling snacky why not one of these little guys? With fiber, protein, veggies and a little fat, they will leave you much more satisfied while feeding your cravings on a nutritional level.

You will need:

  • Rice cakes
  • Mixed greens
  • Basil leaves
  • Hummus - I usually make mine, but in a pinch store-bought roasted red hummus works SO well
  • Tomato, sliced
  • Balsamic glaze (optional)

Layer all ingredients and you're done!

Nutritional Comparison to 1oz of chips, but really who eats only 1 oz?:

Last notes:

Let's quickly take a look at what actually comprises Doritos.

Whole Corn, Vegetable Oil (Contains One or More of the Following: Corn, Soybean and/or Sunflower Oil), Corn Maltodextrin, Salt, Tomato Powder, Corn Starch, Lactose, Whey, Nonfat Milk, Corn Syrup Solids, Onion Powder, Sugar, Garlic Powder, Monosodium Glutamate, Cheddar Cheese (Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Dextrose, Malic Acid, Buttermilk, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Sodium Acetate, Artificial Color (Including Red 40, Blue 1, Yellow 5), Sodium Caseinate, Spice, Citric Acid, Disodium Inosinate, and Disodium Guanylate.

Without this post being 20 years long I am going to call out Monosodium Glutamate. This is the same MSG added to Chinese food, and the reason that your favorite takeout food and chips are so hard to put down once you start eating them.

"Many processed foods contain monosodium glutamate (MSG) and other sources of glutamate — a powerful, taste-enhancing amino acid. When foods taste this good, they activate the pleasure centers in the brain, which are also regulated by glutamate neurotransmission.

This can produce the same powerful addiction impulse as cocaine and other addictive drugs. So, we have a dual force, a sense of hunger and addiction, driving our appetites."

You can read the entire article here.