Does anyone eat applesauce anymore?
I decided to write about applesauce because it reminds me of my horse Ellie who liked it. In fact, she loved it. When she wasn’t feeling well I looked for comfort foods for her and this was her favorite. As an older mare keeping weight on her wasn’t easy. I watched her neighbor Buddy across the aisle eat his applesauce with lots of enthusiasm, so I decided to try some. She loved it! I immediately went and bought a large jar of Mott’s applesauce (the same applesauce from when I was a kid).
I realized it’s been around forever. In fact, the company was founded in 1842. It brought back memories of growing up eating it. Now, all grown up and a registered dietitian, I immediately checked the nutrition label. It’s low in calories; only 70 for a serving and 50 for the low-calorie version. I admit that most of the carbohydrates come from sugar. But if you buy the natural version, you avoid high fructose corn syrup. The good news is that there is no fat, no sodium, and no cholesterol. It’s also now portable coming in those handy snack packs to take with you anywhere. It doesn’t have to be refrigerated or heated. And did I mention that it’s cheap and can be found just about anywhere? No fancy stores are required. Your neighborhood shop will do.
I know that eating applesauce isn’t really cool. It’s not Greek yogurt that’s high in protein and other nutrients, and it doesn’t tout containing probiotics or trendy vitamins and minerals. It can’t compete with the ever-popular avocado, flaxseed, or almonds which we all know are good for you. But applesauce tastes good, goes down easily, and is the perfect comfort food. Young and old like it, and even better, Ellie loved it. She even nickered when I brought out that old-fashioned jar and started scooping some up for her. She felt better for a time and even started putting on weight, thanks to good old Mott’s. Sadly she took a turn for the worse and I eventually had to say goodbye to her. But I know that applesauce brightened the last of her days. It really is comfort food.
So as you can see, applesauce will forever hold a special place in my heart. Thanks, Ellie for 20 years of special times and memories. I will think of you often.
Did you know that applesauce can replace melted butter and oil in baking for a lower-fat product? Give it a try; it tastes delicious.
Want to make your own applesauce? It’s very easy! Look here: http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/baking-with-applesauce-zmaz09onzraw.aspx#axzz2ohWEtzXN