Nana’s Chunky Applesauce

Once you’ve tried this, you’ll never want to go back to canned!

  • 5 lb. Red Delicious apples [figure about 3 apples per pound]
  • 5 lb. Granny Smith green apples
  • 5 lb. golden delicious yellow apples
  • 10 oz. bottle 100% apple juice [or any pure fruit juice you like]
  • ½ cup [+/-] powdered Stevia sweetener
  • 2 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • dash salt

Preparation Time: 60 minutes; cook time 1 ½ hours from beginning of preparation time

Yield: 30 servings Serving size: ½ cup.

Peel, core and slice apples into a 2 quart dish. When the dish is full, transfer the apples to a large Dutch oven, pour in the apple juice, cover and begin to cook the apples down on low heat. Continue preparing the remaining apples, transferring them to the pan as you fill the 2 quart dish. Each time you add uncooked apples, mash the ones that have been cooking in order to make room for the new ones. [I use a potato masher.] If you are really fast at peeling [or if it has become a family project] precook some of the apples in the microwave to speed up the process. When the pan is almost full, add the remaining ingredients and continue cooking and mashing until the applesauce has reached the desired consistency. The whole process usually takes me an hour and a half.

Nutritional information

Per serving:

  • 150 calories
  • 0 g. fat
  • 37 g. carbohydrate
  • 1.5 g. fiber
  • <1 g. protein

Using 3 different varieties of apples imparts differing nutritional value: the green apples are very low in calories while the red ones are twice as sweet! Besides, the tarts green apples combine with the softer yellow apples and the hard, sweet red apples to give the finished product great flavor! To save money, purchase the apples in 5 lb. bags.

Orthodontist Approved Recipes for “After Braces” Dining

The braces are in place and you are on your way to a more beautiful smile…but you are HUNGRY!! Your orthodontist has told you that it is important to avoid certain foods so that broken brackets will not interrupt your treatment progress or sticky, sweet foods that are difficult to remove will not compromise your dental hygiene. So what’s left to cook/eat?

If you are just getting used to your braces, cool smooth foods like milkshakes, fruit smoothies, yogurt [Greek yogurt has twice the protein as regular yogurt,] cottage cheese and pudding will taste good. Not surprisingly, hot foods are also comforting; i.e. clear soups, hot tea and spiced cider. In those early days and really all throughout your treatment, keep a good quality whey protein powder on hand. Start by stirring it into drinks or soups a teaspoonful at a time. One or two teaspoons can be easily disguised.

If you have had your braces for awhile and your mouth is used to the way they feel, you may branch out a bit: chicken salad, baked or mashed potatoes [sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamin A,] mac ‘n cheese, soft warmed tortillas, beans, scrambled eggs, pancakes and quiche are easy to handle. Melt some Muenster cheese onto a slice of whole wheat bread and you will have found a wonderfully easy and healthy treat! Bananas, grapes, applesauce, grilled cheese and avocadoes are also good choices.

Once you get the “hang” of it [“it” being cutting your food into small bites and using your tongue against the roof of your mouth as much as using your teeth,] pasta dishes, chicken tenderloins, fish, steamed veggies, pieces of apple and orange, guacamole, breads without seeds or visible grains, couscous, cheese grits, oatmeal and risotto may be added to the menu. When savory foods are well tolerated, you can easily hide a teaspoonful or so of Brewers’ Yeast. It is pretty disgusting on its own, but packs a powerful punch when stirred into soups or stews.

Be careful about dried fruits [otherwise healthy] because they are sticky and will do as much damage as chewy caramels. Also, “gumming” popcorn is a poor choice. And even though spaghetti with marinara sauce is easy to chew, the acid in the tomato sauce will turn your clear brackets a lovely yellow after just a few bites.

You should not have trouble getting fats, carbs or protein – and the calcium will be easy to work into your diet. However, getting enough fiber, B vitamins and iron might prove to be challenging. I. Try fresh blueberries…they are loaded with antioxidants and fiber!

If you prefer to drink your fiber, there are some wonderful “Naked” drinks that are designed to “fill in the gaps” and create a healthy, nutritious diet.

Eating well will help your body, mind and spirit, and it will be good for your oral health as well. Who knows, you just might develop some good habits that will stick with you long after your braces are gone! These ideas should get your grocery list started, but before you head to the store, check out our “recipes for braces” to get you further along the way to a healthy nutritious diet!