A ballpark favorite, hot dogs are also popular with kids for lunch and dinner. These processed meat products can have around 150 calories and more than 10 grams of fat per serving [source: Ball Park Products, Kraft Foods, Vienna Beef]. Krieger recommends that, much like hamburgers, hot dogs should be only occasional foods, around once a week or less, because even the low-fat or veggie versions can be very high in sodium.
For a more balanced meal, skip the usual side of fries. Instead, Zied recommends pairing the hot dog with a fruit or vegetable that is high in vitamin C, such as an orange, to help the kids absorb the iron in the hot dog. Low-fat coleslaw or pineapple chunks are also good options [source: Zied].