I have tested a few brands of Veggie Hot Dogs over the years. These Smart Dogs by Lightlife stack up well against the other contenders in that class – which is where they belong– if you ask me.
They look like a hot dog, smell somewhat like one, but they do not cook up the same. On my low-fat kitchen counter grill, Smart Dogs bubble up oddly.
Honestly, this product will not likely wow meat eater or most kids. These, taste-wise, just do not have the flavor of a regular all-beef hot dog. The Smart Dogs are a bit more reminiscent of a turkey dog, perhaps. Adding the usual condiments to these and placing them in buns did nothing to make it seem more like the typical Frankfurter. In fact, the addition was a detraction in my opinion.
When I stopped trying to make them taste like all-beef hot dogs, then I enjoyed them much more. I made a suitable marinade for them consisting mainly of blended veggies. They were better when I thought of them as another entity entirely. I highly recommend a bit of experimentation. It was fun exercising a bit of creativity, too.
Bottom line, I would have given these Smart Dogs a 5 or 6 rating as a knockoff hotdog. As a healthier, lighter, non-meat product, I give it an 8 or 9. Maybe you have a family reunion or other event going on soon. Do not be afraid to offer these to Vegans, Vegetarians, or the health-conscious, etc.
These Lightlife Smart Dogs are good sources of protein, vegan-certified, and non-GMO. I love that these have healthier ingredients than do the castoffs of the meat-packing industry! I rarely eat hot dogs for concern for quality and safety. #AD #GotItFree #Healthier #Lightlife #SmartDogs #SocialNature
This Aicok Single Serve Coffee Maker has a stainless steel body design. It is durable and sturdy and should be around for years. The Aicok is also BPA free.
The machine is compatible with Keurig’s 10oz coffee pods. I have been enjoying many cups now with no issue. I used to have a Keurig maker in the past, but I gave it away to a loved one. It is surprising to me how much I like having one again. It is incredibly handy! I save money often by using a reusable pod filled with coffee my family enjoys.
The size of this machine is so compact that I am toying with the idea of putting it on my desk for even more convenience. At only 8.5 x 4.9 x 9.1 inches and not even 2.5 pounds, it’s got a small enough footprint for sure for all but the tiniest desks. I still love my French press, but this is excellent for those times that only one person wants coffee. If we both do not want coffee, we generally will not make a pot, as we do not want to waste any. This way, we get coffee whenever we like regardless whether the other person is in a java mood.
The cartridge is removable and is top rack dishwasher safe, which makes it easy to keep it pristine. I would not use the sterilizer cycle to be on the safe side, however. It is a definite plus to me that most of my travel mugs fit s
The one button operation makes it simple for even the most bleary-eyed to make their morning brew. This machine has an auto-shut off and protection against overheating. It is UL certified.
The Aicok Single Serve Coffee Maker has a 100% guarantee, as well as a 24-month manufacturer warranty, so there is no risk.
If you are interested in getting your own compact coffee brewer, here is the Amazon product listing.
Should you wish to see my original review, it is here. I hope you find it helpful :-).
These Almond Cranberry Dark Chocolate Protein Bars are among my family’s top three bars ever. This ranking says a lot, as we have a bar of some sort and coffee at least once a day. That is a lot of bars over the years! I appreciate that these are made in Wisconsin right here in the US.
This box has a five-count supply of healthier protein snacks which are coated with delicious dark chocolate, which is just slightly bitter. Inside there are dates, raisins, and rice syrup, but the taste is more like a nougat. It reminds me of a healthier version of a Milky Way with almonds and cranberries and dark chocolate. The texture is amazing. My daughter and I love varied textures, and this one is loaded with them. The taste pairs so well with coffee that I love my morning ritual particularly when I get to have this variety.
The protein is ample, with 16g, and the fiber content is 4g in these 55g beauties. The carb content is 25g, which is considerable. I feel good about this bar nonetheless, as it is packed with real food and quality ingredients. This is clean eating at its finest. There are companies out there that make many health claims about their products, but later the truth comes out about them. Then some products you try and the taste is something akin to tree bark. These gluten-free bars taste better than most candy bars! I highly recommend them.
Here is a link to the product on Amazon if you are interested in checking them out further.
This is my original Amazon review.