Since April 24 is National Pigs in a Blanket day, we thought we should offer an alternative that’s delicious and kid-friendly, but won’t put a damper on your healthy lifestyle. If you’ve visited our center for nutrition counseling, you’ve probably learned by now that weight loss isn’t about deprivation—it’s about creating habits that you can sustain during your busy life and making proper nutrition a focus. So skip the guilt associated with the traditional recipe that includes hot dogs and carb laden biscuits, and try a low-fat, fiber-rich alternative that eliminates the pudge.
A great alternate to the fattening sausage or hot dogs that are usually used in Pigs in a Blanket are turkey dogs! They’re a great source of lean protein, which is essential to those following programs for weight loss and management. Lean protein helps us boost our lean muscle mass, which burns more fat and takes longer to digest—it’s a fundamental component of a healthy diet that you should incorporate into your life on a regular basis. If turkey dogs are not an option, then try fat-free or reduced fat hot dogs. For the blankets, use reduced-fat crescent dough, or preferably, make your own! The staff at your center for nutrition counseling will most likely approve…
3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup melted butter
1 cup plain yogurt
Mix the flour, sea salt, butter and yogurt together. Knead ingredients on a floured countertop until the mixture is ready to be rolled out. Using a flour-covered rolling pen, roll the dough to a 1/8 inch thickness and then cut into small rectangles.
8 turkey dogs, or fat free or reduced fat hot dogs
If not making dough from scratch, 1 can Pilsbury Reduced Fat Crescent Rolls refrigerated dough
2 slices reduced fat American cheese (optional)
Cut the turkey dogs in half. Place one piece of cheese (if desired) and one turkey dog half on each rectangle.
Roll them up and place them in a baking dish that’s lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
Serve with mustard and catsup for dipping.
This recipe is great substitute for everyone—including those following programs for weight loss and management.