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Happy National Hot Dog and Vanilla Ice Cream Day!

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Hot Dogs and Vanilla Ice Cream Feature

Today is a very special day in the world of food. Today we celebrate not just one, but two summertime staples: hot dogs and vanilla ice cream. That’s right – July 23rd serves as both National Hot Dog Day and National Vanilla Ice Cream Day! So in celebration of this ultra special day (and what may even qualify as holiday to some), we are bringing you a recipe roundup that features ways to spice up both of these summer classics.

While neither of today’s highlighted items tend to scream “health,” there are ways to avoid going overboard while still enjoying these summer treats. When choosing the perfect hot dog, look for lower sodium or “lite” options. Chicken, turkey, and vegetarian hot dogs have can have significantly less calories and fat than traditional beef or pork franks. Also beware the bun – instead of going for a classic roll, opt for low-calorie wraps or tortillas, or try using lettuce as a carb-free alternative. When it comes to ice cream, there isn’t too much you can do to escape the ingredients. Cream and sugar are, after all, what makes the frozen treat delicious. Fat-free frozen yogurt is a great alternative, but once in a while it’s okay to indulge – just make sure you pay attention to portion sizes!

So before your next summer barbecue or other outing, make sure you check out these ways to make these delicious All-American favorites even tastier and healthier!

Hot Dogs: 

1. The California Hot Dog from EatingWell 

Topping your dog with sprouts, avocado, and other veggies adds a nutritious boost to your meal. Swap out the bun for a tortilla or lettuce wrap for an even bigger health benefit!

California dog

2. Banh Mi Dog from Big Girls Small Kitchen

Turning a hot dog into a Vietnamese sandwich is a playful (and tasty!) spin on the classic frank

Banh Mi Dogs

3. Gyro Lamb “Hot Dogs” from Food52

Tzatziki made with Greek yogurt adds flavorful zing to these lamb “hot dogs”

Gyro Lamb Hot Dog

4. De-Pudged Pigs in a Blanket from The Food Network

A party classic gets a slimdown – four of these adorable bite-sized goodies only add up to 134 calories!

Pigs in a Blanket

5. Carrot Dogs from Vegan Victuals

Using a roasted carrot in place of a hot dog is an entirely new spin, and it’s vegan friendly!

Carrot Dogs

Vanilla Ice Cream: 

1. Vanilla Bean Ice Cream from Cooking Light

This lighter version of the classic dessert sacrifices calories and fat, but not flavor

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Cooking Light

2. Four-Ingredient Ice Cream from Chocolate-Covered Katie

Sometimes simple is better – this no-fuss ice cream is healthy and delicious, and can be made in any flavor

Four Ingredient Ice Cream

3. Low-Fat Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt from Skinnytaste

Greek yogurt adds creaminess and richness without piling on the fat and calories

Frozen Yogurt Skinnytaste

4. Pear Vanilla Sorbet from Food52

Sorbet can be a light and refreshing alternative to ice cream on a hot summer day

Pear Vanilla Sorbet

5. Vegan Cake Batter Ice Cream from Munchin with Munchkin

Frozen bananas serve as the base for this decadent – but still healthy – vegan treat

Cake Batter Ice Cream

What are your favorite healthy ways to serve up hot dogs and vanilla ice cream? 

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Asia just finished her sophomore year at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where she is majoring in Public Health Studies with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Management. From food trucks to juice cleanses, she absolutely loves everything having to do with food, but especially how it is such an important element of everyday health and wellness. Asia also loves staying active. She ran her first half marathon this spring, and has recently become hooked on spinning.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I’ve made Chocolate Covered Katie’s ice cream before-that girl knows her stuff! Although I confess a less-than-healthy need to cover my ice cream with fat free reddi-whip. I’m sure it’s full of preservatives and stuff but I have to balance out the healthy versions of ice cream I’m eating, haha.

  2. Well I definitely don’t like hot dogs mixed with ice cream, LOL! But I do ADORE Applegate Farms 100% Grass-Fed Beef hot dogs, those things are my jam, BUT…… I could definitely eat a WHOLE package, and they’re kind of expensive. lol

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