Smoothie Tips for Parents of Picky Kids

WaringPro Blender

Product Reviewed:
Waring Pro Food & Beverage Blender

Lately my daughter — the picky eater of the family — has been asking me to make her smoothies. While she will sometimes request what goes in it, often she has no input. I always view this as an opportunity to serve her some green, leafy vegetables and other good-for-you things like oats, flaxseed and protein from Greek yogurt. (By the way, if she ever reads that last sentence, my daughter would stop requesting smoothies, I am sure!)

The experiment has been a success — the proof being the empty glass that returns to me. My husband and I also have smoothies for breakfast a couple days a week, so the blender gets used a lot in our house. Smoothies, blended soups and other sauces are always being tested and proven in our kitchen.

The Waring Pro Blender is my go-to blender these days. It is a slimmer version of a traditional blender, even though it has a powerful motor and heavy-duty cord. I love that it tucks away next to my pots and pans in a small space. The glass carafe and cloverleaf shape seem to help the food inside make its way down to the blades easier, while the measurements on the outside are helpful for estimating blended volume.

I like the simple switch with only two speeds. Generally, the lower speed works just fine for most recipes including soups and sauces, though some soups have to be blended in batches as the carafe seems smaller than other blenders I have used.

It’s also very easy to wash. The blades on the Waring Pro do not unscrew, so cleaning just involves a drop or two of dishwashing soap and a few pulses before rinsing. With a stylish, red retro-looking base, the Waring Pro is good looking enough to leave out on your counter. Ours has been out for weeks! If you are going through the smoothies like we are, you might just need to clear some counter space.

Kid-Approved Hidden Goodness Smoothie

Recipe by Carole Havrila, RD, CSO


  • 1 handful of baby spinach
  • 1 frozen banana
  • ⅛ cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 handful fresh or frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup vanilla fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup low-fat or fat-free skim milk
  • ½ teaspoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons unflavored whey protein powder or powdered milk
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons agave nectar


  1. Put all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve.
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Carole Havrila
Carole Havrila, RD, CSO, is an oncology nutrition specialist at the University of Virginia's Emily Couric Cancer Center. Follow her on Twitter.