Green Machine Smoothie (+ Freezer Pack Instructions)


This easy, healthy Green Machine Smoothie is a great way to start the day, especially if you’ve worked ahead and made a few freezer smoothie packs. Simply blend up your powerhouse ingredients (avocado, mango, kale, chia seeds, and liquid of choice), and you’ll be charged up for a great day.

green smoothie with mango and chia in mason jar with straw

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Did you know that, according to the CDC, only 1 in 10 adults gets the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables per day?? Since we all (at least 9/10 of us) need a little boost in the produce department, this green smoothie is a great jumpstart to getting all of the nutrition your body needs. And the best part is, it tastes good doing it!

green smoothie with mango and chia in mason jar with straw

7 Easy, Healthy Smoothie Recipes

To get all those recommended vegetables day in and day out, we’ve found that daily smoothies and make-ahead freezer smoothie packs are a huge help. That’s why we’ve been sharing 7 easy, healthy smoothie recipes this month that you can make ahead and freeze as freezer smoothie packs.

We’ve loved hearing how you all are using these in your homes! Some are making them for new mamas. Others are stocking up for afternoon snacks. We’ve heard from two stellar grandmas who made packs for when they watch their grandsons. We love this feedback, so thank you!

In addition to Green Machine, don’t miss out on these other healthy smoothie recipes that we’ve shared so far, too…

Be sure to Pin those for later to have them on hand!

What Are Freezer Smoothie Packs?

green smoothie with straw, freezer smoothie pack

Having the main ingredients for your smoothie on hand in the freezer in individual packs means healthy eating is right at your fingertips anytime. Both of us have become smoothie addicts since starting to prep freezer smoothie packs ahead. Just be sure to follow our instructions in the recipe to layer them perfectly.

If you’re trying to cut down on plastic bag use like we are, try these reusable silicone bags. We’ve personally tested these bags for weeks now. I’ve found them to be easy to rinse out and dry, and they do not leak. They seem well made and worth the investment.

Reusable quart sized bags. Great for smoothie packs.

About The Green Machine Smoothie

OK, now that we’ve thoroughly convinced you to join the smoothie pack revolution, lets get back to the smoothie at hand, our Green Machine Smoothie.

green smoothie with mango and chia in mason jar with straw

As mentioned above, even though it is packed with superfood veggies, the mango and orange juice (or coconut water) bring in a perfect balance of sweetness to this veggie smoothie. Thanks to the virtually tasteless avocado and the sweet mango that drowns out the kale, you’ll hardly know you’re consuming a hearty amount of leafy green vegetables in the morning. You’ll also be getting healthy protein and fats from the avocado and chia seeds to keep you satiated for hours.

Toss in a cute biodegradable paper straw to make the smoothie sipping even more fun!

green smoothie with mango and chia in mason jar with straw

As with all of our healthy smoothie recipes, if you like things sweeter, just add a dollop of honey, pure maple syrup, or agave nectar until you get the flavor you desire. I encourage you to start with no added sweetener, though, and see if you can train your taste buds to love the natural sweetness of fruit and veggies first.

Ready to turbocharge your day? Let’s do this!

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green smoothie with mango and chia in mason jar with straw

Green Machine Smoothie

  • Author: Polly
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: One (16 ounce) smoothie
  • Category: Smoothies

Description

This easy, healthy Green Machine Smoothie is a great way to start the day. Especially if you’ve worked ahead and make a few freezer smoothie packs. Simply blend up your powerhouse ingredients and be charged up for a great day.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened plain almond milk
  • 1/41/2 cup orange juice (sub: coconut water)
  • ½ large avocado, chopped (preferably frozen for great smoothie texture)
  • ½ cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (sub: favorite raw nuts)

Instructions

Make It Now:

1. Start by adding 1 cup almond milk and 1/4 cup orange juice to a high-powered blender. Then, add all the other ingredients.

2. Blend until smooth. You may need to stop and stir/shake the blender or add up to 1/4 cup more orange juice, as needed, to make sure it gets smooth.

Make Freezer Smoothie Packs for Later:

1. Layer ingredients in small freezer bags (or reusable silicone bags) in this order:

  • ½ large avocado, chopped
  • ½ cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (sub: favorite raw nuts)

2. Seal tightly, squeezing out the air, and freeze for up to 3 months.

3. To Blend: Start by adding 1 cup almond milk and 1/4 cup orange juice to a high-powered blender. Then, add all the other ingredients. Break up the ingredients in the bag by hitting it on the counter or crunching it with your hands. Dump the ingredients from the bag in and follow blending instructions above.


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