Busy mornings need this 2 Minute Green Smoothie.

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Which, let’s just be real, isn’t that like every morning?

This leads me to the question, are you a morning person or a night owl?

I used to one hundred percent be a morning person through and through. Getting up at 5am was no problem, but I was also going to bed at like 9 pm. Over the years of working hard on HBH, I’ve become more of a night owl and have oddly found that I have the most concentration at night. I blame this on the fact that at night I know time is running out and I need to FOCUS. Typically, I leave my writing for the night-time hours because if I write mid day I’ll do way too much scrolling through Instagram or browsing the internet and such.

I guess what I’m saying is, I’ve learned to be both a morning and a night person. I know in the morning my focus is best spent responding to emails, developing recipes, and creating content. At night, my focus is more emails and writing. Not sure how good this is for my sleep, but it’s safe to say waking up at 5 am is much harder and doesn’t happen as often. It’s more like 6 o’clock…ish and pray I don’t sleep through my alarm.

So, morning or night? What do you prefer?

2 Minute Green Smoothie | halfbakedharvest.com #smoothie #mealprep #recipes #healthy

2 Minute Green Smoothie | halfbakedharvest.com #smoothie #mealprep #recipes #healthy

Whether you’re morning or a night person, no one has a lot of time for making breakfast, and that’s when we turn to this 2 minute green smoothie.

I’m just going to be honest here, normally smoothies are not my go-to when it comes to breakfast. I’m a big fan of chewing my food instead of sipping it, it’s just what I prefer. BUT that’s not to say I don’t enjoy a good smoothie on a busy morning. Yes, smoothies are my go-to on busy mornings because they have the potential to pack in so many nutrients.

Here’s the deal though, gathering up all the ingredients for smoothies can actually be pretty time consuming. And washing produce and chopping fruit adds even more time. So I simplified the process by freezing my smoothie ingredients in freezer bags. Then in the morning all I need to do is dump the contents of my bag into the blender, add milk, and blend.

DONE.

It’s a two-minute process and it makes busy mornings a million and one times easier. And not only is it super efficient, but making these “smoothie packs” eliminates almost all chances that you will waste expensive produce throughout the week. Freezing everything ensures that the produce stays fresh for months. You see, it’s really a win, win situation.

2 Minute Green Smoothie | halfbakedharvest.com #smoothie #mealprep #recipes #healthy

Typically when I make my smoothies, they’re loaded to the brim with sweet fruit. You guys know I love my fruit. But I really wanted to make a smoothie that packed in the greens and healthy fats. I’m not into having a huge breakfast early in the morning, but I do love to start my day off with greens. This smoothie makes doing that EASY and delicious.

Instead of filling the smoothie with just fruit, I added nutrient rich avocados and spinach. Yes, yes, yes. I put avocados and spinach into my smoothie and I promise you will love it. OK, well, you’ll love it if you can stand green things. If you can’t do green things (like some of my brothers), I recommend adding in a handful of red berries to change the color to pink. Then I feel confident in saying, you too will love it.

Sometimes it’s all about tricking the mind…

Anyway, the base of the smoothie is avocado and spinach. I sweetened it with a small banana and mango chunks. Then I added in protein packed and omega 3 rich hemp seeds, along with hormone balancing maca powder. If you’re looking for even more of a protein boost, you could also add in some protein powder. Or do a scoop of almond butter!

And that’s pretty much it. When I know I have a busy week ahead, I’ll set aside fifteen minutes on a Sunday to make three or four of these smoothie bags. Then in the mornings, I just grab a bag and dump it all out into my blender, add coconut milk (or goat milk), and blend. Again, it takes two minutes and makes almost zero mess.

Yes, please!

PS. I LOVE topping smoothies with some type of granola. Right now I’m loving this Gr8nola, which is a super healthy store-bought option for when you just don’t have time make a batch of homemade granola.

2 Minute Green Smoothie | halfbakedharvest.com #smoothie #mealprep #recipes #healthy

2 Minute Green Smoothie | halfbakedharvest.com #smoothie #mealprep #recipes #healthy

2 Minute Green Smoothie

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings: 1 drink
Calories Per Serving: 570 kcal

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 small to medium avocado, peeled
  • 1 cup fresh spinach (or 1/2 cup frozen spinach)
  • 1 fresh or frozen banana, peeled and cut into chunks (optional)*
  • 1/4 cup frozen mango or pineapple chunks
  • 1 tablespoon raw hemp seeds
  • 1 teaspoon maca powder
  • 1 scoop protein powder (optional)
  • 1 cup unsweetened nut milk, plus more if needed to thin
  • frozen or fresh berries and granola, for serving

Instructions

  • 1. Fill a sandwich size freezer bag with avocado, spinach, banana, mango, hemp seeds, maca powder, and protein powder, if using. Seal the bag and place in the freezer for up to 3 months.
    2. To make the smoothie, add the contents of your smoothie bag to a blender, then add milk. Blend until smooth, adding more milk if needed to thin. Enjoy!

Notes

If you'd prefer to have a banana free smoothie, add additional 1/4 cup frozen mango or pineapple chunks. 

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  1. 5 stars
    Good morning! I was looking for a green “not so sweet” smoothie to make and take for lunch and this fit the bill perfectly! I ended up leaving out the banana because of calorie counting and added more frozen mango. I cannot believe five hours later at lunch, it is still so creamy and thick! Most smoothies are pretty much water at that point. Yes, it does taste a bit more earthy than other smoothies but I like that and I can always add some sort of sweetener. Thanks for the great recipe!

  2. Hi Teighan,

    This is a wonderful recipe. I loved this so much that I featured it in my best of post 33 HEALTHY Green Drinks For St Patrick’s Day.
    All credits are given to you and linked back to this page.

    Have a fantastic day!

    Katherine from GreenThickies.com

    1. Hi Katherine! I am so glad you like these smoothies! Thank you so much for featuring them as well! Have a great rest of your week!

  3. 5 stars
    This smoothie is delicious! I omitted the maca powder and added a smidge of fresh OJ (just for flavor) but otherwise made it to the letter. Even my husband, who avoids all things green and remotely healthy, thought it amazing!

    1. Hi Mary! I am sorry I do not provide that. I try to use healthy ingredients and personally strive to eat well instead of focusing on calories and fats. I hope you understand! Thank you!

  4. 5 stars
    Thanks for this recipe Tieghan, I really like the avocado in there it makes it nice and creamy. Im still having trouble blending the greens like spinach in my smoothies though, they end up as fine bits but not completely combined into the smoothie so i have to chew it. I was wondering what blender you use? Im looking at upgrading and getting a cheaper refurbished Vitamix after reading this post https://livingfreshdaily.com/vitamix-5200-vs-5300-which-is-best/. Do you have any experieince with either of those blenders or could you point me in a good direction? Thanks

    1. Hi Cassie! I use a Vitamix and I absolutely love it! I find that blending the spinach or leafy greens with the liquid first, before adding other ingredients helps to make the spinach blend all the way and not give you pieces. Let me know if this works for you! Thank you!

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