Meet the world’s first pod-based blender, the Vejo. When we first heard of this new gadget, our testers were a little wary of the “pod-based” aspect, eliciting visions of mounding landfills, but our minds were put at ease when we learned the Vejo pods are actually made of corn, making them 100% biodegradable, BPA-free and soon to be water-soluble. Our interest was piqued.
So, how does Vejo work? This lightweight, handheld blender is all about convenience and targeted nutrition. Whether your focus is getting an instant juice, smoothie, a protein boost or hit of caffeine on the go, simply pack your water-filled blender and pod of choice and when you’re ready to drink, remove the lid, drop in your pod, twist on the cap for a quick blend and sip with ease. We tested the Vejo from home, where most of us are these days, but we still reaped the benefits of not having to buy (or waste) produce, not to mention the cleaning, chopping, and tedious clean-up of regular juicing or smoothie prep. But if you’re more of a take-away juice/ smoothie consumer, pre-made convenience is often pricey and packaged in wasteful single-use materials. Whether your reasons are convenience- or eco-driven, there’s no denying this nifty little gadget solves a few of our modern-day problems.
The Vejo Starter Kit comes with your handheld blender, a USB-C charger and an 8-pack of pods with flavor blends ranging from Clean Greens, Banana Almond, Pina Greens, and Tart Berry. Just take a spin through the Vejo app (we’ll get to that in a minute) or their website to shop the broad selection of pod options ranging from protein shakes, coffee, matcha, sleep-inducing tea, immunity boosters, collagen, pre-workout, post-workout and even stress support. There’s an instant bevvy for all your daily needs, and our testers agree, they were well balanced from a flavor profile perspective—and delicious. Each pod’s contents is a mash-up of freeze-dried whole foods, superfood boosts, vitamins, minerals, and in some cases, adaptogens (herbs that help the body adapt to physical, emotional, and environmental stress) with health benefits listed by ingredient online and in the app. Sweeteners used are clean-eating approved stevia and monk fruit—and just a hint—the way we like it.
There’s much to be said about this tool’s bright pop of color, clean, pleasing design and matte velvety finish, plus it’s intuitive to use. Simply plug in it’s USB-C charger base and place the bottle cap over it to charge. A full battery will get you 30 blends, a month’s worth of daily juices with a single charge. It’s quiet too, similar to your smartphone on vibrate mode. And cleanup is easy with the bottle cleaner included in the starter kit (as you may have already guessed, this tool is not dishwasher safe). Sync your Vejo up to the Vejo app to track consumption, monitor battery life, auto-order pods, add drink-time reminders and more.
Clean Eating Reader Review
The design of the Vejo is sleek, light and easy to hold. I was impressed by the packaging, it reminded me of how an iPhone is beautifully presented.
The pods are an interesting mix of regular and hard-to-find ingredients. The Clean Greens, for example, had ingredients that would be difficult to find. It would be a lot of work to individually buy apples, cucumbers and spinach and clean, prep and chop for smoothies. And where can you find the Sea Buckthorn that’s in it? “Clean and green” and lives up to the description of “tastes like it was plucked straight from the garden.”
The Sleep Tart Cherry is another one that would be worth the cost for me. There are so many vitamins and ingredients that I do not have the desire or time for to go out and buy to add to my smoothies. It contains L-Theanine, a natural relaxer, which I’ve taken in pill form before. The Immunity pod is another flavor combo I would buy, as I would have a hard time getting all the exotic ingredients.
Ultimately, the Vejo is great for on-the-go use. I found I used my Vejo mostly in between meals and as snacks. As I am not going to the gym or the track like I usually do, I did not use it as much as I probably will in the future. You cannot take your huge blender with you, but it would be so easy to put water or milk in your Vejo and bring along your favorite pod. For the super busy person on the go, this is the perfect addition. — Pamm Haslebacher
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