Have you ever eaten something thinking it's healthy and then later read the label or somehow found out it really wasn't? Don't you hate that? Like the Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds I had for breakfast. Yep, high fructose corn syrup in it. For real? I try to not let that wretched stuff in my cabinets! Grrrrrrrr....
I've even had that kind of an experience with applesauce lately. I always feel so good and proud when serving it to my toddler. We always buy unsweetened and sometimes even organic. Oh how health savvy we are, right? In my eyes, the fewer ingredients, the better. So when the label reads: apples and water, I'm happy. It's not like applesauce is bad by any means, but I was hoping that there was more good stuff in it. You know, apples are high in fiber, vitamin A and vitamin C. So that's good stuff. Except that the label isn't showing that those things are present. Hmmmm.... I guess that's what happens when you take the skins off and boil and process the crap out of it. Bummer!
I've come to find that food in its purest form, how it was created to be (you're a smart one God!), is simply the best.
So does that mean out with applesauce in the Martin household? Not by any means! We'll just tweak it a little. Here's what I did to give our boring old sauce a power boost:
Dumped one large jar (50 oz) of boring, unsweetened applesauce in a mixing bowl
Took 1 bag of frozen organic blueberries and pureed them in a food processor
Measured out 4 tablespoons of ground flax seed
Add them all together and you've got some Powersauce, baby.
The blueberries add a boost of antioxidants and the flax seed adds some serious fiber and Omega 3 fatty acids. That's more like it!
I was afraid it might be a bit tart, but it tasted really good. Most importantly, the little man gobbled it up! We may never eat plain applesauce again!