Swap your traditional hot dogs for a veggie dog (for some sneaky greens) and set out a selection of the best plant-based toppings. That way, everyone can create their ideal dog! And you’ll feel at peace knowing that your friends and family get to enjoy all the flavour and nutrition that comes with plant-based eating.
A lot of kids stick to the traditional ketchup or mustard and that’s about it. However, there are ways to encourage kids (and veggie-averse adults) to choose healthy toppings for their plant-based hot dog. Just add one fun, fresh new thing for kids to get excited about—like this wild and wacky watermelon relish! Loaded with flavour, it’s sweet with a little bit of heat, and the perfect summertime topping for your plant-based hot dogs. Or for the more adventurous eaters in your home, try adding a sprinkle of sprouts. Invite your kids to give their hot dog a dash of healthy greenery. Let them dress their dogs to their liking and make it fun! Even if as few as four teeny, tiny sprouts make it onto their otherwise nearly naked dog, it’s still a win. You can work up to more the next time you have a hot dog day at your house.
Get your kids thinking with more than just their stomach and grow your own sprouts at home. This fun STEM activity can be done easily at home—and sprouts make for a unique and nutritious topping to any hot dog! Connecting with food by nurturing it and watching it grow has inspired many kids to overcome their fear of all things green. (Download our FREE Why Sprouted Handbook and find a complete how-to sprout at home guide in Part 3).
Better Hot Dogs Deserve Better Buns
Veggie dogs are just the beginning—try it on an Organic Sprouted Whole Grain Hot Dog Bun for and additional 14 grams of whole grains, 5 grams of protein, and 4 grams of fibre! Why should you choose a sprouted bun over a traditional one? Simply because sprouted whole grains are easier to digest. And since sprouted grains are packed with prebiotic fibre1, our sprouted hot dog buns (and breads) are a fantastic way to help maintain a healthy gut microbiome. You can boost the gut health benefits of these veggie dog ideas even more with a fermented plant-based topping like sauerkraut—check out our Healthy Gut Hot Dog below.
Winning Combinations: Plant-based Hot Dog Topping Ideas
Don’t know where to start? We’ve got plant-based hot dog topping combinations for just about everyone. Try these four plant-based hot dog topping ideas and find your new favourite! Since the order of your toppings is usually bound to personal preference, these combos are more suggestions than they are recipes. Use them as a starting point, and dress them to your liking. Check out our full list below for inspiration.
Plant-based Lentil Chili Dog
Enjoy a plant-based take on this ballpark classic—a chili dog made even better with the addition of fresh sprouts and shoots. We used our easy High-Protein Lentil Sloppy Joes recipe to make the chili. Double the batch and freeze extra servings for perfectly sized portions—it makes the next round of veggie dogs or sloppy joes so much easier!
- Lentil chili
- Alfalfa sprouts
- Pea shoots
Healthy Gut Hot Dog
Enjoy the flavour of a veggie dog with the gut health-boosting benefits of sauerkraut.
- Gala apples
Tangy Watermelon Relish Dog
Bet you’ve never had a veggie dog like this before. This unique plant-based creation is a must-try! This incredibly creative topping will tantalize your tastebuds! Sweet with a kick of heat—this surprisingly refreshing condiment is the ultimate summertime topping for your plant-based hot dogs.
- Grainy mustard
- Watermelon relish
Can’t go wrong with this trifecta of toppings. Picky eaters will love this one, and you’ll love that they’re eating plant-based! (Top your veggie dog with a one, two, or all three of these condiments.)
Which one of these ideas is your favourite? Share your makes to social media and tag us @silverhillsbakery.