We're in the thick of BBQ season, peeps. And to make sure you're taking full advantage of hot dog season (without those dogs taking advantage of you!), we've put together a little survival guide. Remember... hot dogs go on buns, but they shouldn't go on yours!
Every one's a "wiener"!
Hebrew National 97% Fat Free Beef Franks - How they made it happen, we'll never know. Hebrew National did away with the excess fat & calories and left the flavor. Only 40 calories, 1g fat, 3g carbs and a PointsPlus® value of 1* per dog. We are truly grateful.
Oscar Mayer 98% Fat Free Wieners - For those who aren't into so much beef, this dog's for you! Turkey's not just for Thanksgiving anymore, and this slim dog is mostly poultry. "Natural beef flavor" is a listed ingredient though. Each link has less than a gram of fat, only 40 calories, and 3g carbs (PointsPlus® value of 1*). Impressive!
Ball Park Bun Size Smoked White Turkey Franks - Some of you out there might be saying, "I want an all-turkey dog... no beef -- not even beef flavor -- allowed!" Chill out, friends! There's a wiener for you too. These fat-free franks feature a scant 45 fat-free calories and 5g carbs each (PointsPlus® value of 1*).
Hoffy Extra Lean Beef Franks - Harder to find than the others, but SO, SO worth it! These pups come in regular hot dog size and a super-ginormous one dubbed the Extra Lean Quarter Pounder Big Dog (we LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that one!). The regulars each have 45 calories, 2g fat, and 2g carbs (PointsPlus® value of 1*). The Big Dog serves up 110 calories, 5g fat, and 6g carbs (PointsPlus® value of 3*).
Their bite is worse than their bark!
Oscar Mayer Fast Franks Hot Dogs - Here's one for the super-lazy! Oscar Mayer whipped up a batch of franks ALREADY IN BUNS. Hope potential chewers aren't too lazy to read the box before biting into one -- each (small) dog 'n bun has 300 calories, 20g fat, and 21g carbs. Eeek!
Ball Park Beef Franks (Original) - This is Ball Park's old standby. Each fatty frank clocks in at 190 calories, 16g fat, and 4g carbs (PointsPlus® value of 5*)... and that's without the bun. SCARY!
Wienerschnitzel Original Chili Cheese Dog - Oh, yikes! This is the most popular item at the hot dog chain, and its stats are really depressing. The thing has 340 calories, 17g fat, and 31g carbs (PointsPlus® value of 9*), and you'd still be WAY hungry if you only downed one (they're not large, people). But wait... it gets WAY more frightening. The Pastrami Dog at Wienerschnitzel weighs in with 640 calories, 34g fat, and 57g carbs. AHHHHHHH!!!
What About the Burgers?! Hot dogs are one thing... burgers are a whole 'nother (delicious!) story. Check out the first HG cookbook for a slew of guilt-free burger-rific recipes! The book's on store shelves and also sold online...
CHEW ON THIS: Today, August 21st, is National Spumoni Day. Celebrate with a light version of the popular offshoot Neapolitan ice cream -- the Dreyer's/Edy's Slow Churned Light one has only 100 calories, 3g fat and 15g carbs. Weeeee!
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*The PointsPlus® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark.