Sunday, March 17, 2013

Sunday Snack - Hot Dogs

Alright so there's nothing healthy about a hot dog but for the time being I didn't have any gourmet or nitrate free hot dogs, there wasn't a ton of money until pay day, and I was really hungry!

Doing a search about if a diabetic is allowed to have a hot dog or not can feel confusing. Important matters when it comes to eating hot dogs:

The fact that what you just ate can turn into sugars that will spike your insulin
Can you eat the bun?
What condiments are okay?

You may be able to avoid your body metabolizing your hot dog or hot dogs as sugar by checking your levels first. I didn't have anything to do this but keep very, very, very, close eye on what I was eating throughout the day.

A hot dog cooked on a grill or a grill pan is preferable over one that's been cooked in a pan (like mine was) because of the extra oils you're now just adding on.

When it comes to hot dog buns, basically the answer is no. If you're going to eat just one like so many people urge then it seems eating half of the bun is permissible. There was no way I was going to eat only one hot dog.

You should generally steer clear of ketchup because it contains high fructose corn syrup, which will of course leave you with an insulin problem. Mayonnaise is another sugary danger to you. If you really feel you really must have ketchup or mayo - go very, very light on it! 

Mustard is a great condiment to use and you can load up on veggies that haven't been sauteed. Grilled veggies would be okay but you need to steer clear of the oils that in the end would rob your veggies of extra vitamins you need anyway.

The relish you see here was made by me, not pre-packaged.
How to solve the bun issue? I peeled leaves of red cabbage off and did my best to keep them as whole as possible and used those as a bun.
How was it? Not the same as if I were allowed to eat a bun but still pretty good.

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