Here is another staple for our school lunches: applesauce.

Of course you can always go to the grocery store and buy a bunch of jars of applesauce and/or those small plastic containers with just enough applesauce for one serving. However, if you are at all concerned with your children’s health and the state of the environment, you will make your own applesauce at home, just like we do 😉

Have you ever taken the time to look at the applesauce label at the store? Have you noticed the amount of sugar and all the other unnecessary “ingredients” that are in the jar you’re buying? Applesauce is such an easy snack to make. You can make it fresh everyday or you can make a bigger batch, divide into sealable containers and save them in the fridge/freezer.

  1. Peel and slice some apples. I prepare an average of two per person.
  2. Place the apples in a microwave safe bowl.
  3. If the apples are not naturally sweet, add a tablespoon or two of honey.
  4. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of water.
  5. Microwave until the apples are tender.
  6. Add a few drops of lemon juice and throw them in the blender.
  7. Divide into individual containers.

For older children (that don’t really like to take mashed foods to school) just leave the apple pieces whole. Sometimes, when we want a little variety, I add blueberries, peaches, strawberries and even banana and pears. Have fun making this healthy snack with your children! They could even help you make it 😉