Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Lightlife Smart Dogs Review & Giveaway #MomsMeet

My family and veggie dogs, take them or leave them?

I was excited when I was contacted by MomsMeet to do a review of Lightlife Smart Dogs.  I am always interested in finding healthy alternatives to what we currently consume and hot dogs are one of our more frequent selections.  

The product I received to review:

Let me tell you a little bit about Lightlife.

The company began in Massachusetts in 1979, with the idea that they would create tasty and vegetarian dishes.  They have stuck to their roots, grown in size and products and have continued to make their products from plants and not animals, thus they are meatless.  Their products are Non-GMO and they continue to grow.  Their products vary from Smart Dogs, Sausage and deli meat as well.  

They also like to GIVE BACK to the communities and they contribute 5% of their profit to organizations that promote healthy people and a healthy planet. 

About the Smart Dogs Veggie Hot Dogs:

*Certified Vegan and Non-GMO project verified.
*7 grams of protein and only 50 calories per Smart Dog (there jumbo dogs have a bit more).
*All the Lightlife products can be found in the refrigeration section of your store (right next to the salads).
*Prices for this product range from $2.99 to $3.99 (I found mine for $3.49).

What did we think?

Cooking them up on our griddle.

Product reviewers:

Me and the kiddo!!

Please note, this is our first attempt at trying a veggie dog of any kind, so we had to take that into consideration.  

To start with, they did have a pleasant aroma to them, but to me, the texture was a little rubbery by touch.  I was worried that because of that, they wouldn't brown up very well, but as you can see from the one picture above, they did brown.  I would bet that they would really cook up well on a outdoor grill.

They cooked quickly.  The aroma was still pleasant, truthfully, smelled like a hot dog to me and if I set them next to regular meat hot dogs, I think that most people would have a hard time telling them apart.  

As for taste, to me, they are okay.  They tasted somewhat like what you would expect a hot dog to taste.  No after taste.  Not chewy. But you could tell that they were a little different then a regular hot dog.  Not a bad different, but just different.  

Kiddo eating hot dogs is always an adventure.  She doesn't like them on hot dog rolls, she doesn't like any condiments on them, just wants to eat them whole. Her thoughts, to be truthful, she wasn't impressed at first.  Said that they didn't taste like hot dogs, but tasted like vegetables.  

Thus her toothless first bite look

She took her bites, swallowed what she had and declared that, "no, I don't like them."  So, I told her that was fine, it was something new and it is okay not to like a product.  

Ten minutes later, she gets up, gets her plate and continues to eat the Smart Dogs.

She changed her mind and says that she does like them, but would love to try them next time cooked out on the grill.  I told her, me too. I bet they would be wonderful cooked on it. 

In the end on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the best hot dog we have had (based on all hot dogs, not just veggie dogs), we gave them a 7 1/2.  Would we purchase them for our family?  Yes, no doubt that I would purchase Smart Dogs to replace the hot dogs that we currently use.  It is nice to have a healthy alternative to the foods that we already consume.

To learn more about Lightlife, please feel free to check them out on their social media accounts:

Disclaimer:  I received this product, free of charge from the Moms Meet program, who in turn, received it directly from the sponsor. As a Moms Meet Blogger, I agreed to receive this product and post my honest opinions about said product.  My opinions of this product do not reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or LightLife, and as always, all opinions are 100% our own.  

Time for a giveaway!!! YAY!!!

Four winners will each received two coupons for FREE Lightlife products.  


*Open to residents of the US who are 18+
*Please, only one entrant per household.
*Giveaway will end on 7/12/16 at 11:59 p.m.
*Winners will be emailed by me at the end of the giveaway and have 72 hours to respond with address so that I can get the coupons mailed out.  
*Please make sure that if you take credit for doing an entry on the rafflecopter form, you actually do what is requested.

Good luck! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway



Liz June 22, 2016 at 1:16 PM  

No, I have never heard of the product but definately would love to try!

Denise S. June 22, 2016 at 1:21 PM  

No, I've never heard of this.

Serena Powell June 23, 2016 at 12:07 AM  

I've ate a lot of Lightlife products. I'm a fan of their Gimme Lean Sausage, which I use when I make biscuits and gravy. It's not perfect by any means, but it's pretty good.

cindiizzy June 23, 2016 at 2:52 AM  

I have never had any of these.

RICHARD HICKS June 23, 2016 at 3:48 PM  

This is first time I heard of them but look forward to trying.

Marty C. June 23, 2016 at 4:29 PM  

Nope, I've never heard of them before. I'm guessing thay're sold mainly at Whole Foods-type places, instead of the cheaper Trader Joe/Costco/Aldi where I do most of my grocery shopping.

Lauren-Olivia Wood June 23, 2016 at 5:33 PM  

I have never tried Lightlife.

Barbara Brooks June 23, 2016 at 8:18 PM  

No I have never heard of Light life products but are excited to try always looking for healthy alternatives.

iggysaysno June 24, 2016 at 11:52 AM  

I haven't tried this brand but they do sound better than any veggie hot dogs I've ever eaten.

Brandy C June 28, 2016 at 2:23 PM  

Yes, I've tried a few of their products. They're reasonably priced and taste good.

Unknown July 3, 2016 at 9:01 PM  

I have never tried Lightlife.

susan1215 July 5, 2016 at 10:04 PM  

No I have never heard of Lightlife or tried any of their products.

Marianna July 6, 2016 at 4:22 PM  

I've never heard of Lightlife before today

Aubrey Briskin July 7, 2016 at 3:15 AM  

I have never heard of them or tasted them.

sue14625 July 7, 2016 at 9:54 AM  

I have seen Lightlife products at my local grocery but have not tried any yet

Pat July 7, 2016 at 3:25 PM  

I've eaten Lightlife hot dogs and like them. I buy them at Meijer.

joenkristy5 July 7, 2016 at 8:37 PM  

I have heard of them, and have purchased them myself. I love them, the kids cant even tell there vegan either!!

Erica C. July 8, 2016 at 9:51 AM  

I've never tried it.

Positive Buzz July 9, 2016 at 1:08 PM  

I have never heard of them but I usually do like veggie products. I want to try them. Thanks for the contest!

Susan Smoaks July 10, 2016 at 8:52 AM  

this is the first i have heard of them. i do want to try them though. sounds perfect for me.

Hotsnotty2 July 10, 2016 at 11:21 AM  

I have never had any of these.

Philip Lawrence July 11, 2016 at 11:35 AM  

No, the product is new to me.

Philip Lawrence July 11, 2016 at 11:37 AM  

No, the product is new to me.

skkorman July 11, 2016 at 1:39 PM  

I had not heard of Nightlife nor have I ever tried any of their products, but I would love to!

skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

saturdaynightfever July 11, 2016 at 8:26 PM  

This is my virgin time concerning this.

Amy Deeter July 11, 2016 at 9:08 PM  

Nope i have never heard of Lightlife and never tried them before.would love to though

Amy Deeter July 11, 2016 at 9:08 PM  

Nope i have never heard of Lightlife and never tried them before.would love to though

Clair Freebie July 12, 2016 at 1:51 AM  

I have not tried any of their products before but definitely willing to give them a try!

Janine h July 12, 2016 at 3:26 AM  

Yes, we are vegetarian so have def heard of and tried lightlife!

Crystle Tellerday July 12, 2016 at 11:13 AM  

I heard of them but never tried them

kathy pease July 12, 2016 at 12:24 PM  

I have heard of them but have never purchased them.

Breanne July 12, 2016 at 12:46 PM  

I haven't heard of them.

- Epic Fail July 12, 2016 at 7:55 PM  

Yes! I love their veggie sausage! It's the best!

dlhaley July 12, 2016 at 7:55 PM  

I have never heard of them nor tasted their products

lilyk July 12, 2016 at 8:07 PM  

I haven't heard of Lightlife before.

Jerry Marquardt July 12, 2016 at 8:23 PM  

I haven't heard of Lightlife yet, but from the review, it looks well worth checking out.

Buddy Garrett July 12, 2016 at 10:45 PM  

This is my first time hearing about them.

laurasloves July 12, 2016 at 11:03 PM  

I have heard of them but have not tried them yet.
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