Apples are traditional remedies for diarrhea. But do you know that raw grated apples are used to treat constipation whereas stewed apples for diarrhea? No, not me. I was totally ignorance about this fact until last December when my son was hit by a stomach virus. When I read up on what food to offer for kids with diarrhea, I found out that we should avoid raw apples!! This is because they contain high fiber which may irritate the kid’s digestive tract. It is better if we cook or blend the apples first to take advantage of the pectin and other nutrients in them. In this case, applesauce should be offered as it is high in pectin, which helps to naturally firm very soft or liquid bowel movements. Applesauce is also one of the highly recommended foods for kids with diarrhea besides rice, bananas, toast, tea (herbal) and yogurt. (Source: Wisegeek)
Looking at my son’s loss of appetite for regular food after recovering from stomach flu, I decided to cook for him my own applesauce. Making homemade applesauce is not difficult at all. The applesauce recipe I featured today was adapted and modified from both Cook Like Your Grandmother and Simply Recipes . You can choose any type of apples you like. The amount of sugar should only be used as a guide. Feel free to adjust according to your personal preference. The lemon juice and lemon strips are to enhance the flavor, and balance off the sweetness of the applesauce. Since sugar and lemon juice compliment each other, if you want to reduce the amount of sugar, you should correspondingly cut down on lemon juice too. Cinnamon stick is an optional ingredient, but it can certainly give the flavor of the applesauce a lift. If you don’t have it, you can substitute by adding a pinch of ground cinnamon at the end of the cooking process. I pureed my applesauce in a food processor to obtain a smooth texture. If you like chunky texture, then just lightly mash it with a potato smasher.
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When I served the applesauce to my son as a dip for his toast, I was surprised to see him enjoying eating it, and finishing in no time. He even requested me to make more for his snack in future. Ever since then, applesauce has become a hit in my family. Applesauce can be used in a variety of ways, either as a side dish or dessert. Our favourite way now is to use it as jam spread. What is your favourite way of eating applesauce?