Sometimes all it takes to convert a meal that would have too much sugar and too many carbs into one that would meet the recommendations for Jorge Cruise’s Belly Fat Cure are some minor tweaks. Take for example of a lunch consisting of a hot dog. A lot of Americans will grab a hot dog at their local Costco Membership Warehouse, and why not? It’s a great deal as the hot dog includes a soda in addition to the hot dog all for the amazingly low price of $1.50
Between the bun and the dog, it would have a Belly Fat Cure Sugar/Carb Value (S/C Value) of 11/3, based on the nutritional information found at TheDailyPlate.com. The information doesn’t specify if any of the condiments Costco makes available are on the hot dog or not. The condiments available are ketchup, mustard, relish, and onions. Whether or not these condiments are included in the nutritional information, the Belly Fat Cure program recommends a meal consist of no more than 5 grams of sugar and two carb servings or an S/C value of 5/2. (To learn how to figure out an S/C value, download the free Belly Fat Cure Report from JorgeCruise.com). This means the Costco hot dog has more than double the allowed sugar grams and slightly too many carb servings.
The most likely cause of the overage in the Costco hot dog is the bun. A lot of bread products are loaded with sugar as a lot of bread is made with High Fructose Corn Syrup. And the bun is also the cause of the carbs as the wiener in the hot dog is an all beef meat product. And of the condiments, if those are included in the nutritional information, the ketchup, relish, and onions would be the cause of additional sugar. If the ketchup is made by Heinz, then the ketchup has 4 grams of sugar per serving and since a single serving of ketchup (about 1 tablespoon) isn’t going to cover much of a Costco hot dog, most people would pour on considerably more than one serving. So how do we turn this into a Belly Fat Cure acceptable meal?
Go to your local supermarket and check out the bread aisle and bypass the usual buns and look for Tortillas instead. I know San Diego is practically next door to Mexico so San Diego is going to have a huge tortilla section compared to other parts of the country, but your supermarket should have a selection. The ones I’ve purchased are made by Mission and are part of their “Carb Balance” line. Things to look for on the nutrition label is to make sure there is no sugar at all in them. You want total carbs to be less than 20 grams as that will be one carb serving for the Belly Fat Cure. Ignore the information about Net Carbs, the figure for total carbs and sugar are all you need to pay attention to. Another thing that helps is look at how many grams of fiber are in the tortilla. The higher that number, the better as fiber is very beneficial for your diet. I personally bought the Whole Wheat tortillas in the fajitas size, they have 8 grams of fiber per tortilla which is awesome. (Just compare it to the average hot dog bun and you’d be surprised how little fiber is in them.)
Next, as for condiments, your standard yellow mustard is naturally sugar free, so pick whatever kind is your favorite. Just watch out for honey mustards as that introduces sugar to the mustard. If you like Mayonnaise, then go a head and use it. As a lot of relish tends to have sugar, not to mention is quite messy when used with tortillas, what I find works best are Dill Pickles in the “sandwich slice” style because they can be laid out flat and still let the tortilla be easy to wrap around the hot dog. They will taste just like relish but come in a flat slice. Ketchup is going to be a little bit more difficult to find in a sugar free variety, but not impossible. The one I have featured in my ingredient photo below is made by Nature’s Hollow, and it can be found in natural food specialty stores, and if you use mayo and mustard, you may not necessarily want to add ketchup. Just make sure not to use a lot of the liquid condiments as tortillas aren’t nearly as absorbent as hot dog buns. They can get messy if you use too much of the condiments.
As for the meat, I like to recommend hot dogs made by either Nathan’s or Hebrew National. Both companies make great quality hot dogs with no fillers. The Hebrew National ones in particular come in a variety of sizes ranging from average hot dog sizes to the quarter pounder size wieners. I think their medium size ones (Jumbo Beef Franks) work best as they’re bigger than the small ones, but don’t cost a small fortune like the quarter pounder sized ones and are perfect for the fajitas sized tortillas. And cook them in your favorite method, whether it be microwaved, boiled, or grilled. I personally tend to boil them more often than any other method. When all put together each hot dog has a S/C Value of 0/1. So you could even have 2 of them and not use up any of the allowed grams of sugar per day.