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Old 08-11-2010, 03:42 PM   #11
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Those are all great alternatives, PrincessFionna. I bought a whole pile of sugar-free puddings knowing he likes them so much as an alternative to the applesauce. Only problem is he can't take dairy with some of the medications. Also thanks for the tip on freezing.
My nursing specialty is in Geriatrics...I work Geriatric Rehab and have the same problems of trying to find what works for taking pills. My med cart looks like a snack vendor's cart, with all the different purees and puddings. I even have one fella that likes his pills in spaghetti sauce at this time! I do my best to accomodate everyone!

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Old 08-11-2010, 04:02 PM   #12
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Try a little nutmeg along with the cinnamon. Also, a touch of vanilla extract.
Ginger is another option, although it may not be to his taste.

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Old 08-11-2010, 04:03 PM   #13
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I don't know if anyone mentioned the cooking method....I make my applesauce in the microwave, takes no time, and then I use a potato masher to mash it either chunky or smooth. I don't usually add sugar or splenda, and I do use a variety of apples.
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:03 PM   #14
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I like Grannies best. They have the most flavor IMO. To sweeten, I'd try a little splenda stirred in just before serving. That way your apples render nicely and you can make it plenty sweet for serving. I toss a dash of lemon juice in all my applesauce too for keeping it light coloured and it brightens the flavor I find.

Would you be open to tossing in some raspberries or blueberries or BLACKBERRIES (YUM!) to the sauce? That would give him a lot more flavor without a lot of sugar.
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Old 08-11-2010, 11:30 PM   #15
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Thanks, Alix. Unfortunately he doesn't eat any of those berries "because the seeds get under my dentures". Translation, he really doesn't like them but won't admit it

Yeah, I love grannies too. I just wondered if they would be a little tart and a little harder to puree smooth. But I went shopping and I got some grannies, goldens, mac, spartans, jona golds, pears, peaches and strawberries. I should be able to come up with some great combinations tomorrow and will try all the spice and sweetening suggestions, though he doesn't do well with a lot of splenda.

Oh, and I am going to freeze them in one cup containers as PF suggested so I can pull out a variety.

I will report back my results.
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Old 08-12-2010, 09:06 AM   #16
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Does he have to specifically use applesauce? I have to eat something with my morning meds, and I use low-carb yogurt. This is a relatively new product, different from the low-fat type. It has no actual sugar, and only 80 calories. There are several brands that make this product. I usually buy the store-brand.
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Old 08-12-2010, 11:20 AM   #17
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Thanks, Constance, I will look for that yogurt here - for me!

No, it isn't necessarily applesauce but can't be dairy or soy based due to several of the medications he takes. I am about to experiment with apples and strawberries.

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