While reading my Health magazine, they recommended a number of appliances that are great in order to help you maintain a healthy diet. One of the items they recommended was a hand blender. After researching, I found an inexpensive blender made by Sharper Image. It comes with a compact portable blender, a chopper, a heavy duty whisk and a 3 cup capacity mixing and measuring cup. I LOVE IT! I use it daily for smoothies and it works wonderfully. Easy to use and clean! And it doesn't leave any mess.
You can search for "Stainless Steel Hand Blender" at http://www.sharperimage.com, or they are also available at Bed, Bath, & Beyond.