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If sticking to your healthy New Year's resolutions hasn't been the easiest task, don't be too discouraged. The accessibility of packaged snacks and fast food can make healthy eating seem impossible, especially if you're on-the-go.
However, it looks like Amazon customers have found a potential solution in the Oberly Portable Blender. We haven't had the chance to try it ourselves, but over 1,000 verified customers have left a five-star review.
The key feature of the battery-powered blender is that it can be charged with a USB cable and used wherever you take it — no outlet required. The brand says the gadget should blend most recipes in just 90 seconds and can produce 10-12 cups per charge.
We reached out to Tracy Lockwood Beckerman, registered dietitian in New York City and author of “The Better Period Food Solution," to find out what she thinks of the personal blender trend. Though she hasn't had experience with this particular model, she did give us some tips on what to look for when shopping for one of these gadgets.
"You want to find a portable blender that is compact, lightweight, BPA-free and can hold its charge for several hours," Beckerman told TODAY. "If you are traveling with a portable blender, it’s best to find one with only a few pieces because the less parts, the easier to carry!"
What exactly can you make in a blender of this size? Beckerman says the possibilities are endless when you use the right ingredients.
"My simple smoothie may include some fresh fruit like pineapple or berries, spinach, protein powder, alternative milk and a splash of water to make sure it becomes liquefied," Beckerman said. "Also, I opt for fresh fruit and vegetables instead of frozen to ensure I don’t dull out the blades."
Beckerman suggests using ingredients like watermelon, oranges and strawberries since their high water content makes for easy blending. She also advises against using oversized ice cubes since they can cause wear and tear on the blades.
Many reviewers have credited the blender for making their morning routine a bit easier.
"This is super convenient. I followed the instructions and charged a few hours before I started using it," one verified purchaser wrote. "I have been using it for five days now and the battery hasn't died yet. It is very compatible, but very strong and powerful."
Some reviewers pointed to the small form factor as a highlight.
"I use this primarily for making fresh fruit juice to make smoothies, it’s very easy," one verified Amazon reviewer wrote. "Makes great smoothies and blends evenly and quickly. Easy to clean and takes up little to no room on the counter, and l love it."
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