This may be a little "out there" as a posting, but I just have to share my latest find for helping to make nutritious drinks and soups. I have been trying to boost my nutrition and weight since surgery, and now into chemo. Fruit smoothies (OJ, banana, frozen strawberries and a little plain or vanilla yogurt) have long been a family favorite, but it sure is a drag getting out and cleaning up the blender. I bought an immersion blender, and this thing is quick and easy---just wash out one beaker and rinse the detachable blade part. You can also puree soups right in the pot (squash soup and carrot soup are my current favorites). It feels like so much less bother than old blender/food processor mess. It seems that we all probably have more important things to focus on than dirty dishes.
So, sorry if I sound like a late night appliance commercial, but I love this thing. I understand they've been around for a while, but I usually steer clear of kitchen gadgets. Judy