I love hot dogs! Yes, I know all of the old jokes about hot dogs being “mystery meat” and how they are so horrible for me. I can’t help it though, I love a good frank every now and again.
Since beginning my weight loss journey, I’ve pretty much stuck with the light or fat-free hot dogs. Some were ok, but some were pretty bad. Some lacked in flavor, some had an odd texture, and most just weren’t very appealing so I had kind of given up on hot dogs.
Enter the Applegate Farms Organic Uncured Hot Dogs. Notice I didn’t say anything about light or fat-free. While they may not be labeled that way, they are definitely a lot lighter than a typical hot dog. They come in at only 90 calories and 6g of fat per dog. How cool is that?!
But wait, it gets better! Not only are these dogs lower in fat and calories than a traditional hot dog, but you can even eat them without feeling guilty. They’re made from beef from humanely raised, grass-fed cattle that have never been given any antibiotics or growth hormone and are free from added nitrites and nitrates. Even the grass they feed on has never been sprayed with any pesticides or fertilizers. It just doesn’t get much more natural than that!
I will say the texture is a bit different than a typical hot dog. These are actually more like a sausage, but I think that’s due to the fact they are less processed. It really brings me right back to childhood memories of biting into a nice juicy hot dog right off the grill.
I bought mine at Whole Foods, but you can also buy them online or search for store locations on their website. I will admit they’re a bit more pricey than a traditional hot dog, but I think it’s worth it given all the amazing facts about these dogs. It’s worth the extra couple of bucks to have a hot dog I can eat and not feel guilty about in the process. The only criticism would be that they are still pretty high in sodium (380mg per dog), but that’s just kind of nature of hot dogs.
What’s your favorite hot dog? Do you opt for a light version or do you just go for the “real” thing when you indulge?