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The Cleaner Wiener: Applegate #Healthy Eating #Weekly Menu Plan

dog and hot dogs: simplelivingeating.com

This post was sponsored by Applegate. All opinions are my own.

When I was in college I went to a lecture by Ralph Nader titled "What's in your Hot Dog?" I didn't know then what "animal by-products" really where, and I was horrified to hear that string was allowed in hot dogs too! Sales of hot dogs pretty much stopped on campus after that lecture. I don't think he was ever asked back to the school.

cleaner wiener frisbee and dog: simplelivingeating.com

I decided then that I would only eat all beef hot dogs. As I got older and learned more about healthy eating, I found out that nitrates, used to cure meat, can cause cancer, and that the problem with antibiotic resistant bacteria is primarily caused by the meat industry feeding antibiotics to healthy animals just to fatten them up quicker.

grilling hot dogs: simplelivingeating.com

I pretty much gave up on hot dogs, until I tried Applegate's Cleaner Wiener. Their hot dogs are nitrate free and made with meat from animals that were not feed antibiotics or growth hormones.

hot dog mustard and relish: simplelivingeating.com

My kids know that additives are not good to eat, but what really sold them on Applegate's hot dogs was the taste.

eating hot dogs collage: simplelivingeating.com

I have to agree you actually taste fresh seasoning and the meat just seems REAL...  My kids agreed these hot dogs are REAL FOOD!

hot dogs: simplelivingeating.com

I still won't give them to my dog even though they are "Hot DOGS" I just don't think table food is good for her... she'll have to just enjoy the smell... sorry pup!

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Weekly Menu Plan:

Sunday: Slow Cooker Chicken Stew made with leftover veggies from the week. 

Meatless Monday: Broccoli Quiche and Tomato Salad

Tuesday: Eggplant Parmesan with Polenta

Wednesday: Quesadilla with Cheddar, Avocado and salsa on Corn Tortilla. 

Thursday: Seared Scallops, Green Salad and Quinoa

Friday: Pasta with Olive Oil and Mixed Vegetables. 


  1. Love this post. Made me laugh. I do eat hot dogs and will look for these.

    1. Thanks Mary... our dog with dogs can be pretty amusing. She pines for them because there is a lady who gives pieces of hot dog out to dogs where we walk, so occasionally she does get to have some.
      Definitely worth picking up a package. You can actually taste fresh seasoning in these hot dogs.

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    1. I had only had some of their cold cuts before, but now I am planning on trying their bacon and other meats. Glad to hear from a fan.

  3. Dear Diane, Sounds like something to try. I love a good hot dog!! Blessings, Catherine

    1. These are the best I've tried in a while. Good to her from you Catherine.


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