Going Bananas Over My Favorite Finger Food!
Bananas are nature’s perfect finger food! All the news about Harvey and Irma, the recent hurricanes devastating parts of Texas and Florida, made me think of how practical a banana is for a snack.
The flooding causes serious health concerns. For those of us with RA (rheumatoid arthritis) often taking medications that can suppress our immune system, infection is always a consideration. The flood waters are dirty and have all sorts of contaminants in them. Safe water, hand sanitizer, and any other method to clean hands before eating a snack may very well be hard to come by. That is why bananas came to mind as nature’s perfect finger food! The fruit is protected by the thick peel as long as it is kept intact. Since the banana can be peeled and eaten without ever touching the fruit, it would be a particularly good choice for a snack in the post hurricane period.
The nutritional benefits of a banana make it a satisfying, marvelously sweet snack. Let’s list some of the benefits.
- Sweet, but only about 110 calories in a medium banana.
- Potassium rich good for heart health and muscle function.
- Vitamin C boosting the immune system and a powerful antioxidant.
- Vitamin B-6 also called pyridoxine used to grow new cells
- Manganese necessary for bone health and metabolism.
- Dietary Fiber, about 3 grams worth so you feel full and helps the digestive process to run smoothly.
- Water content is 74% so you can eat your water!
That’s a pretty good list of nutritional benefits! Bananas also rank low to medium on the glycemic index, which is a measure (from 0 to 100) of how quickly foods increase blood sugar levels.
“Life is full of banana skins. You slip, you carry on.” Daphne Guinness
I’ve thought a lot about the havoc created by the hurricanes. It isn’t going to be a mess forever but some will be displaced and dealing with the aftermath for awhile. I look at every situation through a different lens since my RA diagnosis. I wash my hands so many times every day taking clean, safe water for granted. Identifying a banana as a great finger food I can peel and eat without ever touching the fruit made it a favorite snack. You could say I go bananas over this finger food! Of course, when I have clean, safe water available, I wash my hands and the banana before eating it. I figure it is just good practice. I wash my hands so often during the day. It is a great way to help prevent the spread of germs and perhaps avoid getting an infection.
The tip of the day is to keep bananas in mind when choosing a grab-and-go snack. Especially if you don’t have a ready source of running clean, safe water or hand sanitizer. Just peel and eat without touching the sweet fruit! That is using Arthritis Wisdom!
Go ahead, go bananas for this wonderfully sweet fruit! It’s my favorite finger food!