July Is National Hot Dog Month. The Ultimate Summer Treat

July seems to be a special month for declarations. One of my favorites is the fact that July is National Hot Dog Month

Who doesn’t love hot dogs? I love hot dogs on the grill and served southern style. (My personal favorite is Ballpark Franks…shhh). 
Since I mentioned Ballpark, did you know there are only 180 calories in a Ballpark frank? Gimme 2 I say. 
I care about what’s in my dog and I’m sure you do too.
According to Forbes, 77% of American are concerned about what’s in their hot dog. It’s always been sort of a mystery. 
It seems that whenever we have family gatherings, hot dogs are always on the menu. I don’t think we’ve ever had any leftover after the kids and the men discover them on the serving table. 
Personally, I like to take the bun and spread a little butter on the inside and drop the bun for a few minutes in a hot pan on the stove. I want it to get brown, toasty and buttery. It gives a slight crunch when you bite into your hot dog.
Next, I like ketchup, mustard, sliced onions, homemade chili and sometimes thinly sliced jalapeno peppers to give it a punch. 
Sometimes I’ve even been known to wrap my dogs in bacon. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it. When’s lunch? 
Here’s a weird little fact that I found on the internet. From Memorial Day to Labor Day in the USA, 818 hot dogs are eaten every second. Wow! 
Could you even imagine going to a ballpark in the summer and not getting a hot dog? It’s the American Way I say. 
Even though the month of hot dog celebration is nearly over, I know that on at least 3 occasions this month we’ve had hot dogs. It seems to be the perfect summer food and quick too. We stocked plenty when the family went to the beach over 4th of July. 
We have some friends who are vegetarians. Our hot dog cookouts don’t stop them at all. They like to bring their own veggie hot dogs and we pop them on the grill. They are actually quite good and I couldn’t really tell the difference much once I added all my favorite condiments. 
Veggie Dogs are part of their healthy diet and part of their weight loss program.
Dieticians would recommend everything in moderation. If you are looking at labels, it’s recommended that you buy hot dogs that are less than 150 calories and fewer than 14 grams of fat. The sodium should not exceed 450 milligrams. 

Here at Spivey Insurance, we want you to be happy and healthy at the same time. It’s ok to splurge every now and then don’t you think? We’re all human. 

Being healthy and eating healthier can actually save you money on your Charlotte health insurance premiums. However, one should not deprive themselves of a delicious hot dog every now and then. 

What is your favorite topping on your hot dog? We want to know. Here’s to happy grilling.

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