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Travel Blenders That Crush Smoothie Making



If healthy shakes and smoothies are a part of your daily meal plan, you shouldn’t have to give it up when traveling.

One challenge is packing the right tools since a shaken smoothie doesn’t always prove as satisfying as one made with ice or frozen fruits. Choosing the right blender that brings high power in a smaller, lightweight package is the key.

Here are some of our two favorite compact blenders:

The Nutri Ninja

This is our favorite! At 7.5 pounds, it may be a little bulky and heavy for some travelers but you can’t beat the 1100 watts of power. If you’re looking for some lighter alternatives that take up less suitcase space, keep scrolling.

FreshVac Technology – the easy-to-use, one-touch, FreshVac Pump is designed to preserve vitamins, flavors, and colors by removing oxygen before blending.

  • Enjoy long-lasting drinks, smoothies, and shakes with less foam and separation as compared to traditional blending mode.

  • The Next Generation of Nutrient & Vitamin Extraction* – Unlock the full potential of your fruits and veggies. *Extract a drink containing vitamins and nutrients from fruits and vegetables

  • Auto-iQ Technology – Features intelligent programs that combine unique timed pulsing, blending, and pausing patterns that do the work for you.

  • The digital countdown timer displays how much time is remaining on the selected Auto-iQ blender program or counts up to track blending time when using the two manual speeds.

  • 1100 Watts of Power.

Nutri Ninja Blender with FreshVac Technology, 1100-Watt Auto-iQ Base, 2 Manual Speeds, and (2) Single-Serve FreshVac Cups with Lids (BL580), Dark Gray



The NutriBullet

Weighing under 1 1/2 pounds, it still delivers a good deal of the power you’ll need to create delicious smoothies on the road.

Effortlessly pulverizes fruits, vegetables, and superfoods for nutritious protein shakes and green smoothies

  • High-torque power base and 600-watt motor

  • Powerful, patented stainless steel blade design with cyclonic action

  • Includes power base, 1 tall cup, 2 short cups, 1 flat blade, 1 emulsifying blade, 2 re-sealable lids, pocket nutritionist and manual with recipes

  • Includes 1-year warranty and access to hundreds of smoothie recipes

NutriBullet Pro – 13-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System with Hardcover Recipe Book Included (900 Watts)


When on the road, you may want to opt for a chocolate or peanut butter shake that can be made with our favorite Quest Protein Powders and either water or almond milk. We are using Quest powder and Aldi Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk in the smoothie pictured in the article.

Chocolate Shake Smoothie with Nutri Ninja Quest and Aldi.jpg

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Amtrak Offers BOGO Valentine’s Day Tickets



Amtrak has announced a Valentine’s Day Buy One Get One Free Sale. From Thursday, February 13, through Monday, February 17, customers can buy one coach ticket and get the second free for nationwide travel between March 9and August 30, 2020, with no blackout dates. Customers can receive discounted tickets by using the code V214 at checkout or at

Amtrak is offering a great way for customers and their loved ones to travel for a weekend away or on a leisurely vacation. From couples to moms, to friends, to every loved one, Amtrak encourages individuals to give more than chocolates, flowers, and valentines this year. Instead, consider gifting a trip on Amtrak with a two for the price of one, Buy One Get One Free Sale.

Amtrak Fare Sale

The discount is valid for travel across the national network including most long-distance routes as well as the AcelaAdirondackCarolinian/Piedmont,CascadesDowneasterDownstate Illinois Services, Empire ServiceEthan Allen ExpressHeartland FlyerMaple LeafMichigan ServicesMissouri River RunnerNortheast RegionalSan JoaquinsValley FlyerVermonter and reserved sections of the Pennsylvanian and Keystone Service. Two customers can travel together in coach for as low as:


New York – Washington, D.C (Acela) $183

Los Angeles – Seattle $126

Washington, D.C. – Boston (Acela) $192

Seattle – Portland, OR $36

Washington, D.C. – Chicago $105

San Francisco – Denver $149

San Francisco – Los Angeles $66.50

New York – Atlanta $164

New York – Washington, D.C.$98

Chicago – St. Louis$31

Los Angeles – Albuquerque $86

St. Louis – Kansas City $36

Portland, ME – Boston $29

Richmond, VA – Charlotte $54

Detroit – Chicago $40

Washington, D.C. – Orlando $139

Fares will vary by train

Being able to easily travel to/from city centers, Amtrak has one of the most generous baggage policies in the travel industry, applicable for two personal items and two carry-on bags. Amtrak also offers the freedom to use phones and electronic devices at all times (no “airplane mode”), the ability to travel with small pets on many trains, large spacious seats with ample legroom and no middle seat.

This sale is valid for one free companion rail fare traveling on the same reservation as one full adult coach fare. This offer is valid for travel on all reserved service except the Auto Train. Adults must travel together and be booked in the same reservation. Valid for coach seats only; no upgrades allowed. This offer is not combinable with any other discount offer. All prices will be automatically discounted from the standard fare when accessing this promotion at or by using the discount code (V214) when booking their trip. Other terms and conditions apply.

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