In honor of yesterday’s National Hot Dog Day, today’s recipe is all about how to cook a healthy hot dog and a number of delectable condiments you can put on top! Hot dogs are often on the list of worst junk foods for the summer, but there are a few tricks you can use to make them more nutritious. And delicious! Use these ideas for your next barbecue or cookout.
- Choose an uncured all beef hotdog, check out this list for a variety of brands. (link to: http://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/wellbeing/11-best-hot-dogs)
- Switch out the hot dog for a sausage. A chicken sausage is a great bet!
- Whole wheat buns are a good alternative to the starchy white bread.
- A whole wheat tortilla or pita bread is great if you want to add some cheese to the mix later.
- Lettuce is a nice and crunchy hot dog wrap if you plan to have carbohydrates in other parts of your meal, like corn on the cob or a side of beans.
- Sugarfree ketchup and mustard. Traditional toppings like ketchup and mustard are all well and good, but make sure you choose sugar free options.
- Spicy or Dijon mustard. These are both great yellow mustard alternatives, with a whole lot more flavor!
- Fresh cucumber slaw. Skip the relish and try mixing shredded cucumbers with a teaspoon of olive oil mayo.
- Guacamole and cilantro. For a Mexican-inspired dog, toss some guacamole and cilantro on top of a hot dog wrapped in a tortilla. Add a bit of cheddar cheese and salsa to round out the dish.
- Iberico cheese. The tang of sheep’s cheese pairs well with a savory all beef hot dog. Shred some on top for a bit of a punch!
Do you like an unorthodox hot dog topping? Share yours in the comments!