Elder Care in Greenville, PA: Banana Lovers Day

Every day should be banana lovers day; but since it isn’t, August 27th has been declared the day that banana lovers can rejoice in the delicious and versatile fruit. Of course, a banana day just wouldn’t be complete without a recipe for the best banana bread ever. This could be a fun activity for the elderly home care provider and their elderly adult – make up a batch of delicious banana bread and then slice and freeze the leftovers for a rainy day.

Best Banana Bread Ever

½ cup shortening

1 ½ cups white sugar

2 eggs

1 cup mashed banana (3-4)

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

Elder Care in Greenville, PA2 cups flour

½ cup sour cream

¼ cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Cream shortening and add sugar gradually, mix in eggs and banana.
  • In a separate bowl sift the dry ingredients together and add them to the creamed mixture.
  • Then add the milk, sour cream and vanilla and mix till all ingredients are combined.
  • Grease 1 Bundt pan or 2 bread loaf pans, and pour in batter and bake for 1 hour or until done.

Bananas – nutrition and fun facts

  • Very low in sodium, cholesterol and saturated fat.
  • Bananas are a very good source of dietary fiber.
  • They also provide a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, potassium and manganese.
  • A large portion of calories from bananas comes from sugar, so diabetics must take note.
  • Quick and easy healthy snack for seniors.
  • Can be frozen after peeling and put in Ziploc bags to make banana bread later. They will not turn black if frozen this way. The whole unpeeled banana can also be frozen for banana bread, but the banana will turn completely black when frozen.
  • Can be mashed and fed to someone who has a sore mouth or is having trouble chewing or swallowing. Ripe bananas mash easily with a fork.
  • Are a heart-healthy food
  • Bananas don’t actually grow on a tree. They grow the largest flowering herbaceous plant in the world. Incredibly, the plant dies back after banana season and then grows all over again the next year.
  • Bananas add a sweet creaminess to baked goods and help to prevent breads from drying out.
  • Although bananas are mostly known for being a rich source of potassium, they also offer a decent amount of a variety of other nutrients, like manganese and magnesium.

The caregivers at CareGivers Plus are available to talk with you and your family about all of your elder care needs. CareGivers Plus is an elder care agency providing quality and affordable home care in Greenville, PA and the surrounding areas. Call 724-638-7110 for more information.

About Robert Devine

Robert Devine is Owner and Administrator at Caregivers Plus Home Health Care of Hermitage, PA.

Whether it’s conversation and company, or just eating a meal together, having someone to sit and visit with can help make for a happier, healthier life.

Caregivers Plus has been operating as a locally owned family-operated home care agency in Mercer County since 1994.