Oh hot dog! We’ve all heard those rumors that start a curdling in your stomach and leave you vowing to never eat meat again, even at the most desperate of ball games.
Fear no more, Applegate Farms is here to rekindle your love for hot dogs and, once again, make you feel good about feeding them to your kids. They promise that “there is no mystery to our meat,” and offer smoky cocktail pork franks, turkey hot dogs, beef hot dogs, chicken hot dogs, and stadium-style hot dogs — all organic.
Although we encounter the term “organic” quite often, it still can be somewhat ambiguous. In this case, Applegate’s organic meats mean that there are no antibiotics, no animal byproducts, no hormones or artificial growth promatants and it’s all minimally processed. That can be crucial if your child is sensitive to certain allergens. The absence of extra additives makes their hot dogs safer for children because it means they are all gluten-free, casein-free and dairy-free.
All of the meat provides an adequate amount of protein, which is essential for your child’s healthy growth. Protein aides in ensuring your child’s body tissue and muscles build and repair correctly. Fat is also an important element, because it aides in brain development, although it should be ingested in moderation. Turkey and chicken are lower in fat, but the beef and pork dogs are still healthier alternatives than other versions.
Hot dogs you can feel good about serving to your child? This calls for a BBQ! In keeping with Applegate’s healthy take on the All-American classic, we’ve included alternatives for the often less-than-nutritious sides like potato chips. Following is a list of five options so tasty that your child won’t even realize they’re healthy.
Carrots, sugar snap peas, celery, sliced red and yellow peppers, broccoli, and cucumbers are all good options, and for a fun presentation you can make colorful “bouquets” of them in little glass cups. Your kids can help chop and arrange these. Serve with this hummus for dipping.
These yummy fries satisfy cravings and provide the body with vitamins B6, C, beta-carotene, and fiber. Let your child sprinkle the seasoning on them before they’re put in the oven.
This is the perfect homemade substitute for processed potato chips. Kale is a vegetable that provides many nutrients and a substantial amount of fiber. Your kids can help remove the ribs on the kale and tear the leaves into pieces.
Anything on a kabob is automatically more fun to eat. Plus this is the perfect job for your kids in the kitchen. Buy wooden skewers and place bowls of fruit on the table, and let the kids design patterns and pick and choose the fruit they want on theirs. Some examples include: raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, watermelon, pineapple, mango, banana slices, apples and grapes.
It’s hard to find a more classic kid favorite, and so ZIsBoomBah has added butternut squash to cut down on the cheese and add more nutritional value. Your kids can help by mashing the squash and pouring the breadcrumbs on top.