Let me provide some full disclosure here – I love a good hot dog. Being from NYC, I spent many a days lunching on hot dogs from street vendors, better known to true New Yorkers as “dirty water dogs”. I have no idea what went into those hot dogs, or the exact ratio of rodent to pork in a NY hot dog – but they sure went down easy!
Boy, those Kids Can Sure Change Your View on Things
As I am now a Dad, I tend to care a little more about what my kids eat. It turns out those hot dogs I had been living on – not the most healthy option for kids. Since giving up hot dogs never even entered my mind as an option, I decided to look for a “more healthy hot dog” for the kids.
Smart Dogs – The Uncrappy Hot Dog Alternative
Guess what, there are lots of hot dog alternatives! Guess what else… most of them taste like crap! Then my wife brought home a package of Smart Dogs (by LightLife). A quick read of the label tells you that Smart Dogs have:
- 0 Grams of Fat
- 0 Grams of Cholesterol
- 45 Calories
- Made with No Meat – Certified Vegan
- 8 grams of Protein
But here is the amazing part – they actually taste pretty good! While I am a little embarrassed to admit this, my 8 year old son actually prefers Smart Dogs to regular hot dogs.
Smart Dogs – The Trojan Horse of Hot Dogs
If a hot dog has no pork, beef or meat and is not bad for you – is it a hot dog? I don’t know – this is a question that philosophers will ponder for years to come. What I do know is that Smart Dogs allow Moms and Dads to give their kids something that looks and taste like a hot dog, but provides a good amount of protein and no fat.
I think this Trojan Horse concept should be applied to more foods. How about a hamburger that delivers your daily dose of vitamins? Maybe french fries that deliver penicillin when your kid is sick?
Don’t forget we are off to the Natural Products Expo on 10/13/10 – 10/16/10 in search of more great healthy food options. Jump over to our Natural Products Post and let us know what samples we can bring back for you!
Conclusions on Smart Dogs:
I have to admit that Smart Dogs are pretty tasty for something that has no ingredients in common with a hot dog. As I said, my son now prefers Smart Dogs to hot dogs. Myself, if I was going on just taste alone – I would still give the edge to the hot dog. In addition, Smart Dogs just don’t grill up the way hot dogs do (I am sure this is because they have no fat). However, as a parent, when I factor in taste AND nutrition – Smart Dogs are a clear winner!
Smart Dogs Get 4 D’s (scale of 1 to 5) -
FULL DISCLOSURE: We received absolutely nothing for doing this review – not even a free Smart Dog! We buy our Smart Dogs just like everyone else. In addition, if you do decide to purchase Smart Dogs, we don’t make anything! This is a real review, by a real Dad!
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