By Kristin Yancy
Baby Girl Amurrica is turning another year older, and when it comes to the official national nosh, there is only one recipe: 1 part bikini, 1 part grill, and 1 part delicious hot dog (add toppings of choice, to taste). Sadly, this summer staple is often a terrible health decision: packed with calories, sodium, and fat, and sometimes processed with harmful additives best left out of your system. But wait! Before the nightmare-daydream sets in (you know, the one where you watch your obnoxiously fit guy friends eat 6 hot dogs in a row in front of your gaping, half-crazed, waterproof mascara-ed eyeballs), there is a solution! You can have your hot dog and eat it too! Here is our list of the healthiest hot dog choices for your Independence Day celebrations: now get to grillin’ girl!
1.) Oscar Mayer Light Wieners
These dogs, made with turkey and pork, will have you barking for more! 90 calories, 6 grams of fat, 30 mg of cholesterol, 380 mg of sodium, and 5 grams of protein.
2.) Applegate Farm UnCured Beef Dogs
Brookynites! We found an organic dog! This all-beef, gluten free hot dog is a shoo-in on our list of healthy franks. 80 calories, 6 grams of fat, 20 mg of cholesterol, 380 mg of sodium, and 5 grams of protein.
3.) Trader Joe’s UnCured Chicken Hot Dogs
Tj’s to the rescue– sneak a chicken dog on the grill and no one has to know the difference! 60 calories, 250 mg of sodium, 2.5 grams of fat, 9 grams of protein, and they come in assorted flavors to boot!
4.) Hebrew National 97% Fat Free Beef Franks
A low cholesterol kosher dog, this choice gets extra points for flavor! 45 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 15 mg of cholesterol, 380 mg of sodium, and 6 grams of protein.
5.) Nature’s Own Whole Wheat Hot Dog Rolls
We didn’t forget about the bun! Made of 100% whole wheat flour, these babies have 20 grams of whole grain, 3 grams of fiber, and 5 grams of protein per bun.