Hot Diggity Dawg

September 17, 2009

Got my secret video project done this AM, so Friday is looked much more wide open :)

Then it was off to the gym. I met Victoria in the cardio area for 20 minutes of Stairmaster before we went into Sculpt class. Yet again, the class left me shaking. I can’t stand that burn when your muscle is SOOOO tied and you think you’re done and she says “One more set!!  16….15….14…” ARGH! So much pain!! But I survived :mrgreen:

Oatmeal fueled me well this morning and by 1PM I was ready to eat –

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Yep, that’s a good ol’ hot dog!!

Applegate Farms sent me some dog-shaped goodies! Um, a LOT of goodies!!! Most are going in the freezer to be enjoyed throughout the fall.

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I started the taste exploration with a good old fashioned nitrate-free, organic, grass-fed hot dog. There’s zero guilt in this dog! They are 110 calories each and come with a piece of mind. Sure hot dogs are a bit high in fat + saturated fat, but consider I do not dine on red meat, whole milk, sausage, french fries etc. on a daily basis, no worries here. The nutritional info can be found here.

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I didn’t have time to grill him, so I nuked until hot and put on a toasted fresh Great Harvest bun (which Matt made for me this morning – otherwise I would have just had it wrapped in a slice of bread!) + ketchup and mustard. It was totally awesome!!! I can’t tell you the last time I had an old fashioned hot dog. What delicious flavor! Could have been the grass-fed beef, which I actually prefer to regular these days. (I can’t describe the difference – it’s almost gamier (is that a word?))

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Served with grapes

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And a salad

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Greens dressed in olive oil topped with some leftover sweet potato fries, carrot, green beans and the very last of my hummus.

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My dog was very filling, though, so I only ate half of the salad (and of course all the good toppings!) and am saving the rest for later.

Beverage –

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Sleeping Beauty. He loves his floor naps!!

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I’m off to a walking study session, then test + class, then home to a husband-made soup.

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1 Mara @ What's For Dinner? September 17, 2009 at 1:03 pm

Applegate farms have some of my favorite chicken sausages! it’s funny Matt sleeps like that…my dad used to “power nap” on the floor.


2 Leianna September 17, 2009 at 1:08 pm

I love applegate farms products, but never tried there hot dogs, looks pretty good!
Another great LaCroix! Love the napping picture!


3 kay (eating machine) September 17, 2009 at 1:08 pm

oh man, that’s quite a spread!
we got some yummy chicken garlic sausages at costco-i never knew i’d like a sausage (not in a bun) for dinner till we got them…
which reminds me, i think there are still two hiding in the freezer!


4 Recipes for Creativity September 17, 2009 at 1:09 pm

My boyfriend would be SO JEALOUS of all the Applegate farms stuff you got!! He loves their sausages so much more than any other brand and bought a pack of their hot dogs a couple weeks ago – he hadn’t eaten a hot dog in years prior to that because of all the junk in most of them. Enjoy everything!


5 rhodeygirl September 17, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Wow I can never eat that few grapes. Multiply that by 5 and that’s what I eat in a sitting.

I am still obsessed with your photos and look forward to see them getting even better with practice! The food is seriously delectable.


6 talesfromtwocities September 17, 2009 at 1:23 pm

I rarely eat red meat but I much prefer grass fed beef- I can totally taste the difference too.


7 Angela September 17, 2009 at 1:23 pm

That assortment looks fabulous. Applegate farms isn’t readily available in my area. Looks like something else I need to track down when I travel! :)


8 Julia September 17, 2009 at 1:24 pm

You’ve got a lot of hot dogs to try, ha ha!
And what a sleeping beauty:)

xxx Julia (Taste of Living)


9 Barbara September 17, 2009 at 1:25 pm


That was me this morning…took me everything I had to get in those last few reps. It helps to have a coach screaming at you though:)

Lunch looks nummy!



10 Liz September 17, 2009 at 1:34 pm

So I made my first ever “kerf” inspired oatmeal…oats, strawberry, a little kashi go-lean and almond butter – a first using the almond butter, and it was SOOOO delish!! I think your blog is starting to rub off on me!


11 Anne [email protected] New Weigh September 17, 2009 at 1:35 pm

I’ve never tried any of applegate’s products, but they sure do look good!


12 Sheila | Live Well 360° September 17, 2009 at 1:36 pm

Aww. Sleepy guy!

I love Applegate hot dogs as well, and I totally know what you mean about the grass fed taste being different.

Ryan and I love using them to make homemade chili dogs. Yummmm…… Hot dogs remind me of summer and backyard evenings.


13 Sheila | Live Well 360° September 17, 2009 at 1:36 pm

PS Kick ass photos!! 😉


14 Courtney September 17, 2009 at 1:37 pm

YUM!! I usually only have a hot dog about once a year at a sporting event! I doubt they are nitrate free there…I would love to try Applegate. All the varieties looks amazing! Can’t wait to read your reviews on the rest.

Adventures in Tri-ing


15 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is September 17, 2009 at 1:39 pm

What a yummy looking hot dog! You photos are great!


16 Julie September 17, 2009 at 1:41 pm

ooooh hot dog sounds great right now! it looks like they sent you lots of yummy varieties to choose from in the future. YUM.


17 TXMommy2 September 17, 2009 at 1:50 pm

I just found Applegate hot dogs last night at our local HEB. The only other place around here is Whole Foods in Austin that carries the products, so I thought I was out of luck! I saw the regular hot dogs, but opted for the turkey hot dogs to try out. They are 40 calories each, and since I’m watching my calorie intake, I decided that would be suitable! Got the La Croix too which I’ve had for lunch!

PS, love your blog!


18 Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now September 17, 2009 at 1:55 pm

I will admit that I do love beef hot dogs. It’s great to know there’s another great option out there.


19 christie, honoring health September 17, 2009 at 1:58 pm

I agree that grass fed beef does taste a big gamier. I have been trying to put my finger on the taste and I think you nailed it on the head. The sad part is that for years and years, I believed that it was supposed to taste the other way! But, now I know better!


20 kathleen September 17, 2009 at 2:01 pm

As a graphic designer/artist – I’m loving your photos. Wasn’t craving hot dogs…now I want one :o) Awesome Kath, so excited for you and your new camera.


21 Jenn (www. ) September 17, 2009 at 2:01 pm

WOW! 😯 That’s an awesome package from Applegate Farms, they rock!

Your hot dog looks soo yummy!



22 C. September 17, 2009 at 2:03 pm

mmm i totally need a hot dog now!! looks delish!


23 Rose September 17, 2009 at 2:04 pm

Love Applegate products!

PS: Loving your new pics with your new camera :)


24 Dawn September 17, 2009 at 2:11 pm

I’ve never had any Applegate products–sounds great!
I’m loving your side salad though, sweet potato fries are great on top of anything!


25 Marisa (Trim The Fat) September 17, 2009 at 2:14 pm

Oooh, I’ve been avoiding hot dogs, even the light ones, because of all the “stuff” in them, but these sound really good! The nutritional info is great for a hot dog! I’ll have to look for those!

I really like the Cran-Raspberry La Croix, too :)


26 brandi September 17, 2009 at 2:14 pm

wow, I didn’t even know Applegate Farms MADE that many products! We must not have many here.

I need to find them – the flavors sound great!

have a great afternoon!


27 Kristin (Kristins Nibbles) September 17, 2009 at 2:27 pm

I love hot dogs, but they’re generally SUPER unhealthy! I need to find those healthy, organic ones! Yum!!



28 Claire September 17, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Hey! Thank you for the info on Applegate Farms.I just found out they sell them where I live.I living cooking dogs on my Foreman Grill:-)


29 Whitney @ Lettuce Love September 17, 2009 at 2:48 pm

That salad looks wonderful!


30 Food Makes Fun Fuel September 17, 2009 at 2:54 pm

I don’t think I’ve had an Applegate hot dog before, I’ve always gone with Al Fresco or trader joe’s. But as long as they’re all natural I definitely want to give them a try


31 Amelia September 17, 2009 at 2:56 pm

Quite a selection of hot dog flavors! I’m a fan of the ones with a little spice to them.


32 Angharad (eating for england) September 17, 2009 at 3:24 pm

Umm your boy slayed out on the floor like that is about the cutest thing ever! Haha.
Yay for Applegate Farms – love them :)


33 Erin September 17, 2009 at 3:34 pm

I love hot dogs and never get to eat them since I started ethical eating.

Now that Applegate makes ethical-eating-friendly ones, I’ve got to try them out!


34 Christy September 17, 2009 at 3:40 pm

My husband sleeps just like that! He especially likes it when he can lay in the spot where the warm sun has been.

I agree that there is a different taste to grass-fed beef. I feel like it’s eating a whole carrot instead of baby carrots. It tastes like it’s “supposed” to taste like! That’s one of the main reasons I like to eat organic whole foods…the taste is “true”!


35 Cynthia (It All Changes) September 17, 2009 at 3:46 pm

Yummmy! I used to love hot dogs but I don’t like the ingredients. I’ll have to check these out at the grocery or TJ’s :-) So fun to be a kid again!


36 Nicole (dishin') September 17, 2009 at 3:52 pm

I love the occassional hot dog. I’ll have to check those out since you gave them a good review. The other stuff looks good too!


37 Susan September 17, 2009 at 3:58 pm

Yum, I’m a sucker for an old school hot dog!! I also love floor naps too 😉


38 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope September 17, 2009 at 4:04 pm

I love Applegate farms, and what a great review of this product. I’ll definitely look for it in stores.

LOVE that side salad. Sweet potato fries?? YUM! 😀


39 Jenna September 17, 2009 at 4:10 pm

i am not a big hot dog fan :/
hope you do well on your test tonight!!


40 Scott September 17, 2009 at 4:28 pm


did you have to ruin your hot dog with ketchup?

If you couldn’t tell by my comment, I’m from Chicago. Here in Chicago, Ketchup and hot dogs don’t mix. Seriously, please only put mustard on your hot dog.

If you’d like more condiments, I suggest pickle relish, sliced onions, celery salt, cucumber, tomato, mustard, and sport peppers. Now, that’s a hot dog.


41 lynn (The Actors Diet) September 17, 2009 at 4:45 pm

those dogs look great! as does sleeping on the floor….


42 whitney September 17, 2009 at 4:59 pm

hey kath,
I have a research conference coming up soon and have an abstract brewing on my blog but would love your input as well as anyone interested on how to make it better. If you or anyone who is interested in women and nutrition (everyone) don’t mind just stopping by my blog to give your opinion it would be greatly appreciated!


43 Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries September 17, 2009 at 5:25 pm

Sometimes I get weird cravings for hot dogs–odd since I really hate the taste of beef! I’ve been turning to turkey dogs when I need a fix–but I think I’ve realized its the toppings (by that I mean sauerkraut!) that i crave, not the dog itself…

Love the sweet potato in the salad btw


44 whitney September 17, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Thanks for catching that. I re-posted and hopefully it should make more sense now. I really appreicate you taking the time to check my blog out.


45 Jemima September 17, 2009 at 6:23 pm

Those grapes look so good! Where I live (New Zealand) it’s not the season for anything like that and I live on fruit! Lol! Can’t wait for late summer/autumn!


46 angieinatlanta September 17, 2009 at 6:54 pm

Yum! A hot dog sounds so good right now; I can’t remember the last time I had one! Some veggie chili on top would have sent that lunch over the edge for me!


47 grammie2maddie September 17, 2009 at 7:16 pm


i know a zillion people have asked you, but can you please do anything about the extra extraneous characters that keep popping up??

thanks – still love the blogging!!


48 rhonda September 17, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Enjoy your blog.
I have to be honest and say I find it a bit pretentious to have a list of blogging awards on the blog though.
It’s pretty obvious you are angling for votes….
anyways I am sucka and did vote for ya,but I am sure you would win some without the “helpful hint”!


49 Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) September 17, 2009 at 7:42 pm

I just had their Chicken and Turkey Sweet Italian Sausage….so good!!! You will love it! :)
I have also oddly enough had a hankering for hot dog, maybe I’ll get those next time!


50 Lizzy September 17, 2009 at 8:02 pm

a spinach and feta hot dog sounds awesome! what a cool package!


51 Kath September 17, 2009 at 8:32 pm

How dare you even consider putting ONIONS on a hot dog!!! 😉

I thought they had all cleared up :( I really don’t know how to fix them. Perhaps a browser update?



52 Jac September 17, 2009 at 9:51 pm

hi kath.. just wondering.. the sweet poato fries.. how do u store them if you don’t finish ’em? fridge? Will it still be good?



53 Lauren September 18, 2009 at 5:59 am

Applegate Farms is a great company… lucky you!

I tossed some leftover sweet potato fries on a salad earlier this week, and was impressed by what a fantastic addition they made. I’ll have to keep that in mind!


54 Kath September 18, 2009 at 6:20 am

Just in a tupperware in the fridge. They get a little soggier but are still good.



55 Caroline September 18, 2009 at 8:24 am

Those are my favorite hot dogs by far! I found them early this summer and they made an appearance in every BBQ and Cookout we had!


56 Samantha September 18, 2009 at 11:15 am

I just looked into the Applegate Farms website and I was EXCITED when I found out they actually sell these at my local grocery store!! I am so excited to buy some tonight!!


57 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 18, 2009 at 5:10 pm

haha that is so Eric on the floor too. I should post the pic tonight or tomorrow on the blog.


58 emily September 19, 2009 at 7:35 pm

I love those great uncured hot dogs!

How do you *deal* with some of these comments? haha!


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