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How to Make a Better-For-You Hot Dog

The Works Hot Dog

Healthy isn't exactly the first word that comes to mind when you think of a hot dog. And for good reason. Most hot dogs on the market these days are made with so many ingredients - many of them unrecognizable - that it's hard to know what you're even eating when you sit down to take a bite. Add to that all the recent news of pink slime and mad cow disease, and even the most avid hot dog fans may be tempted to swear them off forever.

Thankfully, there's no need, because Applegate offers the perfect solution: The Great Organic Hot Dog.

As a life-long hot dog lover who is also passionate about buying sustainably-raised meat, I practically collapsed from joy when I found this tasty wiener. Not only is the ingredients list exactly what you'd hope for, Grass-fed beef, Salt and Spices...but the taste is truly superb. And with only a small amount of effort, these dogs can be turned into a healthy family meal.

Here's how I like to serve them:

  1. Pick a great bun. There are a handful of delicious organic and artisan buns available now, and it's really worth picking one of these. What good is a great dog if you hide it in a mediocre bun?
  2. Chop up your favorite hot dog toppings and place in little bowls. You can mix up the traditional: relish, onions, cheese, grilled peppers, with the nontraditional: avocado, salsa, tomatoes, corn kernels, pineapple, etc.
  3. Add your favorite condiment or two. Resist the urge to add too many, since you will want the delightful taste of the dog to shine through!
  4. Serve alongside some produce. Whether you prefer a simple green salad, a lightened version of potato salad, or a platter of mixed fruit, aim to fill half your plate with fruits and veggies.


Amelia is a nutritionist, food-lover, and new mom who believes healthy eating should be easy and fun, not stressful or overwhelming. That’s why she started Eating Made Easy, a site that answers your food & nutrition questions and offers practical tips to make eating at home easier. Next time you feel confused about what to eat, what to buy, or how to cook, head to Eating Made Easy to get Amelia’s trusted, science-based advice.

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