Saturday, November 1, 2014

How to Cook Healthy Food for Kids : Make Homemade Applesauce

I was recently fortunate enough to join Colin on a class field trip to a farm.  I dropped him off in the morning as per my usual routine, then showed up fifteen minutes later to surprise him.  When he saw me, he smiled broadly then he shouted, "Daddy!"  Boy did that feel good.

I took his hand in mine and together we boarded the bus.  On the ride over to the farm, we sang songs together and I let him play with my iPhone for a short while.  When we arrived, the kids, teachers, and I    all excitedly got off the bus and headed over to the farm.  

The kids enjoyed stomping around in the corn bin, seeing the animals, and picking out pumpkins.  We even got to go on a hayride.  As I sat on a bale of moving hay with my son, I thought to myself, "It doesn't get better than this."

When it was time to go, each kid received an apple from the farm.  On the ride back to daycare, Colin and I shared pieces of the apple.  It was a sweet ending to a sweet trip.  

Apples are a great way to add some natural sweetness to your dishes.  One particularly useful way of using apples is making your own homemade applesauce.  Not only is homemade applesauce easy to make, you can be assured that there are no added sugars when you make it yourself.  Take a look at how you can make your own homemade applesauce in the following video:


  1. Hello Dr. Chris Ko,
    this must have been a really nice trip with your son. It is great to share experiences with your kids and they are happy to have their dad or mom around (until they are getting older =P)
    And you are right: apple sauce is very easy and quick to prepare, and very tasty.
    Have you ever added a banana to the apples? Or a handful of strawberries? If you also add a few millet flakes, you get a sweet nutritious meal.

    1. Hi Wonni, thanks for your comment and your suggestion! I will try mixing in some other fruit and millet flakes. Sounds delicious!

    2. I have only one Question. I have always peeled apples. In your video you do not cut off the peel of apples. Is the apple sauce healthier with peel on apples?

    3. Most definitely! Eating your carbohydrates along with the natural fiber is always better. While not as good as eating whole apples with unadulterated fiber, including the peels into your applesauce does have benefits. The soluble fiber in the apple flesh keeps the glycemic index low and the insoluble fiber in the peels promotes satiety and bowel motility.

    4. Hello Hello Dr. Chris Ko,
      Thank you for your very detailed and informative reply. I've learned something new and from now on I will let the shell on the apples, =)
      You are really helpful and you answer on all questions. So a willingness to help is very rare. I have another question for you. Would you be so kind and click on the next link? It appears a survey, which I have created. I perform it for my bachelor thesis. It's about blogs on the internet. The survey is short and completely anonymous. Would you do me that favor?
      And anybody else can click on that Link, too. It would help very much.

  2. Hi Wonni, I completed the survey. If you come across other blogs that you think I would be interested in or would be receptive to a guest post, let me know. Good luck with your thesis!

  3. Hi
    thank you that you have filled out my questionnaire. The more people fill it, the more knowledge I can gather on the general blogging behavior.
    When I was searching for blogs on healthy cooking for children, I have made sure that the blogs are not outdated and that the posts are commented by someone. Your blog is the only one left. So if I can recommend a blog, then only yours =)


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