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Green Machine Smoothie (+ Freezer Pack Instructions)

By Polly Conner

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 machine 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 machine 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.

Overhead shot of 7 smoothies

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 machine 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.

Smoothie packs in ziplocks

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 machine 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 machine 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 Machine Smoothie

  • Author: Polly
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: One (16 ounce) smoothie
  • Category: Smoothies
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: American

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.

7 Delicious Frozen Smoothie Pack Recipes (+ Free Printable with Shopping Lists)

By Polly Conner

Learn how to save time and money and eat healthier by prepping Freezer Smoothie Packs ahead of time. Use our 7 different delicious frozen smoothie pack recipes to start filling your freezer today.

7 Delicious Frozen Smoothie Packs (+Printable Recipes & Shopping Lists)

Why Make Frozen Smoothie Packs?

Smoothies are the bomb! I can think of no tastier way to get TONS of fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods into you and your family every single day.

They’ve become the norm in our homes for breakfast, lunch, or snacks since developing these 7 delicious, healthy smoothie recipes AND learning how to make freezer smoothie packs.

We’ve created one smoothie for every day of the week, so you never get tired of the same one and so you include a variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet throughout the week.

7 delicious smoothie recipes

About Our Frozen Smoothie Pack Recipes:

All of our 7 easy, healthy smoothie recipes we are sharing below have a few things in common. Each recipe:

  • Tastes good! Yes, these smoothies are SUPER HEALTHY but we wanted to make sure they didn’t taste like grass from the backyard. Even our kids like them.
  • Includes only simple real food ingredients that you can find in just about any grocery store.
  • Makes a single-serving (approx. 16 ounce) smoothie, which can work as a meal replacement. Or, divide it up among family members.
  • Includes fruits and/or vegetables and a source of protein and healthy fats to keep you full and satisfied.
  • Includes freezer smoothie pack instructions so you can prep several of them ahead of time to have on hand.

Download Our FREE Smoothie Pack Printable!

To make smoothie pack assembling SUPER easy for you, we’ve created a FREE printable.

In this PDF, you’ll get:

1) 7 delicious smoothie recipes

2) Shopping lists for single smoothies

3) Shopping lists for making packs in bulk

4) Four freezer pack labels per recipe

Just pop in your email address below to snag it!

7 Delicious, Healthy Frozen Smoothie Pack Recipes

smoothies in mason jars

Smoothie #1: Chocolate Covered Cherry Smoothie

This easy, healthy Chocolate Covered Cherry Smoothie recipe tastes like a chocolate shake (seriously!) but is chock full of antioxidants and protein thanks to spinach, dark cherries, almond butter, cocoa powder, and more. 

chocolate cherry smoothie in mason jar with straw

Smoothie #2: Green Machine Smoothie

This easy, healthy Green Machine Smoothie is a great way to start the day. 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 straw, freezer smoothie pack

Smoothie #3: Blueberry Muffin Smoothie

With sweet blueberries, banana, rolled oats, a few walnuts, and milk, the easy, healthy Blueberry Muffin Smoothie blends to a beautiful shade of purple and makes kids and adults alike happy. After all, who doesn’t love a Blueberry Muffin?! Psst…it’s also packed to the brim with gluten-free, dairy-free nutrition!

freezer smoothie pack, blueberry smoothie in mason jar with straw

Smoothie #4: Strawberry Pina Colada Smoothie

Frozen strawberries, pineapple, and banana combine with coconut milk and almonds to create the most luxurious, healthy smoothie you’ve ever had! This easy Strawberry Piña Colada fruit smoothie has party time written all over it.

strawberry smoothie in mason jar with straw, freezer smoothie pack

Smoothie #5: Orangesicle Smoothie

Sweet potato, clementines, carrots, and bananas create the base of this easy smoothie that’s a healthier version of the orange sherbet push-up pops from childhood. Yum! 

Smoothie #6: Very Berry Smoothie

The Very Berry Smoothie, which includes strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, and some hidden spinach starts your day with a tasty super food punch.

berry smoothie in mason jar with straw, freezer smoothie pack

Smoothie #7: 4-Ingredient Tropical Smoothie

This easy, healthy 4 Ingredient Tropical Green Smoothie recipe tastes like you’re sitting on the beach in the Caribbean. (Yes, that’s a flavor.) Try this dairy-free, gluten-free, low calorie way to pack in some extra Vitamin C, fiber, and protein into your diet.

pineapple, mango, spinach, cashews on cutting board

Wouldn’t it be fun to have your freezer stocked with all these different flavors as freezer smoothie packs?

What Are Frozen Smoothie Packs?

how to make freezer smoothie packs

One of the best parts of these recipes, in our humble opinion, is that you can make them into frozen smoothie packs ahead of time to have on hand for quick breakfasts and snacks. Freezer smoothie packs are simply individual packs of the solid ingredients of your favorite smoothie.

It makes so much sense to use your time and resources wisely by prepping smoothies in bulk. Plus, having these on hand means healthy eating is right at your fingertips anytime!

How to Make Frozen Smoothie Packs

Having a pack of the frozen solid smoothie ingredients on hand means all you have to do is pour the required liquid in your blender, dump in the bag’s ingredients, and blend. You’ll be walking out the door with a tasty, nutritious breakfast in just minutes! Take a look at how easy it is…

Making freezer smoothie packs isn’t rocket science, but we have found some tricks to freezing the components so that they stay fresh and don’t clump together and some fruits don’t turn brown. Just be sure to follow the instructions in our recipes and use our tips below.

Download Our Free Smoothie Pack Printable!

To make smoothie pack assembling SUPER easy for you, we’ve created a FREE printable.

In this PDF, you’ll get:

1) 7 delicious smoothie recipes

2) Shopping lists for single smoothies

3) Shopping lists for making packs in bulk

4) Four freezer pack labels per recipe

Just pop in your email address below to snag it!

What Should I Store Frozen Smoothie Packs In?

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You have several options for storing your freezer smoothie packs in the freezer.

1 – Quart-sized BPA-free freezer bags work quite well, since they are smaller and made for the freezer. Consider saving these bags and restocking them with more freezer smoothie packs.

2 – Sandwich-sized BPA-free storage bags will work if you place them inside a gallon-sized freezer bag. Consider saving these bags and restocking them with more freezer smoothie packs.

3 – We also like these high-quality silicone storage bags. They are the perfect size for smoothie packs but also work well for any food storage. We’ve found that they are easy to clean (even dishwasher safe!), easy to use, and leak-proof. Silicone is one of the safest materials to store and even bake our food in, as it does not leach any chemicals into the food.

4 – We tested using mason jars and found that they can be difficult to get the ingredients out of after being frozen. Plus, they are bulky and take up a lot of room in the freezer. They work in a pinch but aren’t the best option.

What Kind of Blender Should I Use for Freezer Smoothie Packs?

Now, let’s talk blenders for a minute. Not all of them are created equal. I’ve owned a lot of brands over the years–Frigidaire, Cuisinart, Ninja, Vitamix, and Oster. To really pulverize the freezer smoothie packs, you’ll need a high-powered blender. The two blenders that stand out as clear winners from my experience are:

1. The Vitamix (of course!) because it is very high-powered, super simple, and will last for an eon. I saved up for and owned a refurbished version that lasted over five years with daily use. I could have sent it in to Vitamix to get fixed but instead opted for the blender below (and am very happy). Polly and I both just bought new Vitamix’s during a recent sale (eeek!). Very much worth the investment.

2. A more affordable option is the Nutri Ninja Personal and Countertop Blender. The best feature in my opinion is that it allows me to make single serving smoothies that get very smooth. Love the single serving blend-and-go design! If you just want that feature only, consider getting just the Nutri Ninja Pro option, which is much cheaper. The big blender doesn’t pulverize as well as the smaller containers do, just so you know. We use the single-serving blender daily!

We hope these smoothie recipes and freezer smoothie pack instructions help your family eat better and save time and money. We’d love to hear from you: What’s your favorite smoothie flavor??

7 smoothies in mason jars

Want to Stock Your Freezer with 6 Meals in 1 Hour?

Try our SUPER POPULAR 1 Hour Freezer Prep sessions. We give you everything you need to throw together 6 delicious, family-sized freezer meals in just 1 hour! Anyone can do it with our simple instructions, organized shopping list, and pre-filled out freezer labels.