February 18, 2010 at 8:15 am 2 comments

When it comes to snacks, sometimes it gets tedious trying to find a good healthy snack for the little ones. Making your own snacks are great, but isn’t it nice when you can grab something prepared & throw it in your purse to take with you?  One of the staples in our house is applesauce.  Tasty, it’s easy to take on the go and usually you have a satisfied child.  Although it may be a little messy at times!

Yes, you can make applesauce yourself, easily, but the packaged applesauce in grocery stores works great. I always pick unsweetened applesauce because I don’t think that sugar needs to be added.  If you want a sweeter product, pick an unsweetened apple-mango, apple-peach or apple-strawberry combo.  I sometimes get the organic one, but it honestly depends on what I see at the store.

Applesauce (unsweetened) is great for kids from 6 months of age!

I caution you to stay away from applesauce with added ingredients.  Mott’s has an applesauce + calcium product that I do not recommend.  There is a lot of hoopla around calcium and it seem to be added to a lot of things.  But here are a few facts about adding Calcium

  1. To be absorbed properly there should be a mix of Calcium and Magnesium – I have yet to find any food with both of these nutrients
  2. To absorb calcium you need fat.  There is no fat in applesauce
  3. If you get too much calcium and it is not absorbed properly (because of the lack of the above) extra calcium is stored along artery walls and eventually hardens.

I am against ‘enriched’ foods in general.  When nutrients are added to ‘enrich’ or ‘fortify’ food, nutrients are added with little thought about the natural combination of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients present in food.  Which is why I stay with whole foods.  When it comes to calcium child should be getting this important nutrient from whole milk, cheese, yogurt, almonds, sesame seeds, broccoli and other dark greens.

When picking an applesauce look for a simple ingredient list: apples (and other fruit, if it is a mixed applesauce).

Here is my question for you… Although I love the packaged applesauce, what do you do with the little cups other than recycle them?  Do you have a practical use you can share?


Entry filed under: 6 & 7 months, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Fruit, Healthy Sweets & Treats, Toddlers. Tags: , , , , , .

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Andria  |  March 15, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Mott’s are recyclable in our area which is great. The apple sauce cups also make great paint pots and recepticals for glue when doing crafts.
    Or, fill one with beans or beads, glue another on top and your child has a maraca.

    • 2. lkmnut  |  March 16, 2010 at 3:42 pm

      Thanks Andria! I like the maracas!


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