HOT DOG RECIPES
The Ultimate in Versatility

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America's Favorite Foods Series

Hot dog recipes are abundant and versatile for good reason. I'll bet you can think of at least a dozen ways to prepare hot dogs off the top of your head. Keep reading to see how we turn this American classic into a "low calorie, fast food."

Hot dog recipes with chili, cheese and onions. Photo/B.YarnellI use all beef hot dogs because when you compare nutritional information, low fat and turkey dogs are NOT better.
Hot dog recipes are a part of a healthy diet plan when portion reduction is used. Photo/B.YarnellI left 25% on my plate and enjoyed my lunch.

REGULAR PORTION SIZES
Chili cheese dog with onions = 371 calories
Potato salad = 142 calories
Baked beans = 80 calories
Pickle = 5
TOTAL = 598

25% REDUCED PORTION SIZES
Chili cheese dog with onions = 278
Potato salad = 107
Baked beans = 60
Pickle = 4
TOTAL = 449

CALORIES SAVED = 149

Make a similar portion size adjustment every day for a year and lose 15 pounds with no other changes to your diet or exercise activity.

For my #1 favorite hot dog, see Chicago-style Hot Dog. If you've never had one, I strongly recommend giving it a try.

BONUS TIP -- Quick Diet Plans

The easiest, quickest way to cut calories is to reduce portion sizes. No counting calories, weighing food or eating "special" low calorie, low fat foods. Simply leave 25% on the plate.


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