If you don't have time to sit down to a real breakfast, the next best thing is a breakfast fruit shake. Banana is an especially good ingredient, because it makes the shake thick. With so many interesting fruit juices and fruit juice blends available, you can use the basic proportions here and try this shake with other flavors. For an easy flavor twist, use maple syrup as the sweetener instead of honey. Or use one of the darker honeys available, like buckwheat.


1/2 cup tangerine juice
1 medium banana, cut into chunks
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ice cubes


In a blender, combine the tangerine juice, banana, honey, and vanilla. Add the ice and blend until thick and smooth. Makes 1 serving

Nutrition Facts

per serving:
calories 189
total fat 0.8g
saturated fat 0.3g
cholesterol 0mg
dietary fiber 3g
carbohydrate 46g
protein 2g
sodium 3mg
good source of: potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C

Many of the recipes in this book contain off-the-shelf foods to help keep recipe prep effort to a minimum – a benefit for your arthritic hands.

From The Johns Hopkins Cookbook Library: Recipes for Arthritis Health, edited by John A. Flynn, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.R. and Lora Brown Wilder, Sc.D., M.S., R.D.

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at HealthCommunities.com

Published: 20 Oct 2011

Last Modified: 06 Apr 2015