Summertime Smoothies

Blender Safety

Denver-based Sticky Fingers Cooking® founder and “mompreneur” Erin Fletter writes in her cookbook, “Smoothies are fun, fast, and easy to make.” Spend time this summer teaching your kids how to use a blender and how to make their own smoothies. Before you know it, they will be creating new flavor combos and serving them to you. Try this “smooth” take on a pineapple upside-down cake and enjoy.

Downside-Up Pineapple Smoothie

Prep time: 15 minutes | Yield: 1-2 servings


Upside Down Pineapple Smoothie

  • ½ c pineapple chunks (canned, fresh, or frozen)
  • 1 c milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 banana
  • ½ c ice cubes
  • Honey to taste (optional)
  • 1–2 maraschino cherries (optional)


Toss + peel + add Toss the pineapple into your blender. Add the milk and vanilla. Peel the banana and add it to the blender. Add the ice.

Blend + taste + adjust Put the lid on the blender and blend until smooth. Taste it. Does it taste too sour? If so, blend in a little honey.

Pour + top Pour the smoothie into glasses, and top off with maraschino cherries — YUM!

Blending Safety Tips

  • Put a lid on it (the blender, that is).
  • Start slow to go fast to ensure a smooth blend.
  • Play keep-away (when blender is on, keep everything away from it). Always turn blender off and unplug before removing the lid.
  • Keep the base dry – water and electricity don’t mix.
  • Don’t force it – if the blender isn’t working, turn it off and call an adult.


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Recipe and tips from Kid Smoothies: A Healthy Kids’ Cookbook by Erin Fletter. Photography by Clare Barboza. Book available on Amazon here.