Kencko Organic Instant Smoothies Reviews

Published on January 21, 2021
Last modified on September 14, 2022

For our Kencko organic instant smoothies reviews we were given Kenkco smoothies and gumdrops.  This post contains affiliate links and we may be compensated if you make a purchase.  All opinions are our own.

By Alison Chew     |    Dietitian Verified by Rebecca Housh, MS, RDN

Kencko

Kencko means “health” in Japan, the country with the longest lifespan, and they are on a mission to help people eat healthily and reach the recommended five cups of fruits and vegetables a day with their instant smoothies, gumdrops, and bowls.

Kencko’s 100% organic single-serve smoothies are filled with the equivalent of 2.5 servings of fruit and vegetables and Bowls are filled with 4 servings of fruit and vegetables giving you all of the nutritional benefits, like vitamins and fiber, from fresh produce in an easy and portable packet with no added sugar or artificial anything.

Kencko Smoothie Coupon Code

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Kencko Smoothie Pros

  • Organic fruit and vegetable smoothies, gumdrops, and bowls in portable compostable pouches
  • Smoothies and bowls are shelf-stable; do not take up fridge or freezer space; great for travel
  • Smoothies taste great and easy to make with little clean up (no blender required)

 

Kencko Smoothie Cons

  • Subscription only
  • Smoothies are not a meal (around 85 calories each)
  • Gumdrops are expensive

 

How much do Kencko smoothies, gumdrops, and bowls cost?

The price per Kencko smoothie is $2.49 to $2.99 each depending upon how many smoothies you order and which subscription plan you opt for.

  • 20 Smoothie Packs: $2.99 per smoothie + free and carbon-neutral shipping
  • 30 Smoothie Packs: $2.69 per smoothie + free and carbon-neutral shipping
  • 60 Smoothie Packs: $2.49 per smoothie + free and carbon-neutral shipping
  • Get a FREE Shaker Bottle with code FREEBOTTLE >>

 

Kencko Gumdrops are $2.99 per packet with 16 packets in each box (4 x 4 flavors) for a total of $47.84 with free shipping.

New Kencko Bowls are $6.90 per meal with 12 meals in each box (choose from 5 flavors) for a total of $82.80 with free shipping.

You can subscribe for regular deliveries with the ability to swap flavors, skip months, and cancel at any time.

 

How much is Kencko shipping?

All orders come with FREE carbon-neutral shipping.

 

Where does Kencko deliver?

Kencko smoothies, gumdrops, and bowls are currently shipped to the US, EU member states, and Singapore.  In a continued effort to reduce their impact on the planet, Kenkco monitors, measures and offsets all the emissions from shipping with the help of their shipping partner DHL.

This means that every time you order from Kencko, they invest in certified climate protection and carbon management projects that neutralize the impact of shipping your box.

Past projects include reforestation efforts in Uganda and Panama, alternative irrigation methods in India, and the distribution of efficient cooking stoves in Lesotho.  These projects not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions but also support local communities through social and economic benefits.  Get a FREE Shaker Bottle with code FREEBOTTLE >>

 

Where can I buy Kencko smmothies?

Kencko smoothies, gumdrops, and bowls are only available through their website.

 

Are Kencko smoothies really healthy?

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Kencko’s 100% organic single-serve smoothies are filled with the equivalent of 2.5 servings of fruit and vegetables giving you all of the nutritional benefits, like vitamins and fiber, from fresh produce in an easy and portable smoothie with no added sugar or chemicals.  These smoothies are also free of gluten and common allergens and easy to make (no blender required).

How does Kencko get 2.5 servings of fruit and vegetables in each smoothie packet while retaining the healthy stuff?

All of the organic fruits and vegetables are flash-frozen to retain the vitamins, minerals, fiber, carbohydrates, and protein, then slow-dried to remove water and to preserve taste and color, and finally blended in small batches along with spices to create the healthy smoothie flavors you see below.

Plus, the little packets are compostable!  This means less waste in our landfills and more love for our planet.  Get a FREE Shaker Bottle with code FREEBOTTLE >>

 

Kencko Smoothie Review

Getting started with Kencko is super easy.  Simply select the number of Kencko smoothies you would like to order as well as your desired frequency, one-time, or subscribe for auto-delivery every 2 weeks or 4 weeks.

The more you order, the lower the price per smoothie.  Remember, these smoothies are shelf-stable so you don’t have to worry about them going bad.  We say stock up and save! Get a FREE Shaker Bottle with code FREEBOTTLE >>

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Kencko Smoothie Reviews: Smoothie Flavors

Selecting your smoothie flavors is the fun part!  Each of the 12+ functional smoothie flavors, named after colors, is packed with essential nutrients from organic fruits, vegetables, and spices and is vegan-friendly.

Select “greens” for an energy surge, “reds” for skin health, or “yellows” for immune support.

We recommend trying as many Kencko smoothie flavors as you can, even the flavors that you think you might not like because we were pleasantly surprised. Get a FREE Shaker Bottle with code FREEBOTTLE >>

 

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Do kencko smoothies taste good?

We have listed the flavors that we love below as well as some flavor surprises.

 

Best Kencko Smoothie Flavors

  • Purples, Reds, and Crimsons:  I love berries and all three of these smoothies are packed with a wonderful berry blend and fruity taste.  A nice surprise was the ginger in the “reds” and the cinnamon in the “crimsons”.  These are the BEST kencko flavors and we will definitely order these again!
  • Peaches:  (limited edition flavor) Our favorite Fall flavor!  With the dominant flavor of peaches, sweetness from carrots, and tartness from rhubarb, this is a wonderful and unique flavor combination that we really enjoyed.
  • Beet Reds:  (limited edition flavor)  Our favorite Spring/Summer flavor!  We loved the beet berry flavor in this smoothie and hope it sticks around!
  • Golds: One of the first ingredients in the “golds” is cacao, i.e. chocolate, and we couldn’t believe how chocolatey this smoothie tasted.  Definitely save this one for an after-dinner treat!
  • Scarlets: The “scarlets” is a fun combination of tomato, apple, banana, spinach, dates, chia seeds, cayenne pepper, and kombucha.  We thought it tasted like a healthy alcohol-free bloody mary and would make a great addition to any Sunday brunch.
  • Greens:  As the name or color implies, the “greens” are filled with green veggies like spinach and kale.  I’m not a huge fan of the veggie-packed green smoothies (am I the only one who doesn’t like the taste of grass?), but with the addition of kiwi, pineapple, apple, banana, and ginger it was one of our favorites.  No grassy taste at all.
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How to Make a kencko Smoothie in Less Than 1 Minute

Making a delicious Kencko smoothie is super easy and can be done in less than 1 minute.

Simply mix the Kencko smoothie powder into water or your favorite milk/mylk for a quick and healthy breakfast, snack, or afternoon drink.

Are kencko smoothies better with water, coconut water, milk, or mylk?

We’ve only tried kencko with water, but they do recommend adding your favorite chilled water, milk, or mylk.  On each smoothie packet, they have recommendations or you can check out their mixology page for more details.

Watch the how-to video below for details.  Get a FREE Shaker Bottle with code FREEBOTTLE >>

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Kencko Reviews: Fruit & Vegetable Gumdrops

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Kencko has launched organic fruit and vegetable gumdrops that will satisfy your sweet tooth without refined sugars or artificial sweeteners.

Each gumdrop packet contains one (1) full serving of fruits and vegetables, plus 3.5g of gut-friendly fiber, and is under 100 calories.

These little gumdrops are also vegan as Kencko has skipped the gelatin and instead used pectin, derived from citrus fruit, as the setting agent.  SHOP NOW >>

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Kencko gumdrops come in four flavors including Berrylicious, Passionista, Gingerella, and Bananarama. 

Our favorite is the Berrylicious as it packs a strawberry punch that this berry fanatic loves, followed by the Bananarama, which we found doesn’t actually have a strong banana taste and instead tastes more like an apple.

The Passionista was good as well but had a taste (maybe the turmeric?) that lingered.

And finally, the Gingerella has the spicy ginger taste that ginger lovers will go crazy for.  I’m not a fan of ginger so this one was a pass for me, but my husband loved them. SHOP NOW >>

 

Kencko Reviews: Freeze-Dried Veggie Bowls

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New to the Kencko menu in 2022 are Bowls.  Each bowl is a balanced plant-based meal with no artificial ingredients or refined sugars and contains at least 4 of your 5 daily servings of fruits and vegetables.

The primary ingredients in each bowl are organic freeze-dried fruits, vegetables, legumes, herbs, and spices.

Kencko bowls currently come in five flavors including Wild Mushroom Cousotto, Minestrone, Mediterranean “Couscous”, Beetroot Soup, and Lentil Dhal. SHOP NOW >>

 

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Kencko bowls are $6.90 per meal with 12 meals per delivery.  Plus, you receive a FREE bowl and spork with your first bowl delivery.  You can select delivery every 2-, 3-, or 4 weeks.

To make a Kencko Bowl:

  1. Boil water, add to a bowl, add packet, mix, cover, wait for 6 to 10 min, and enjoy
  2. Add water and packet to a microwave-safe bowl, microwave for 4 – 6 min, stir and enjoy

 

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TIP:  The water measurements on the packets are in grams and the fill lines in the bowl are hard to see.  We recommend keeping your instruction book that includes the amount of water you need in cups until you get the hang of it. SHOP NOW >>

 

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We tried Kencko bowls all week for lunch and found our favorites to be the Minestrone and Mediterranean CouscousWe loved the bright tomato and Italian herbs with the filling pasta spirals in the Minestrone.  And the Mediterranean Couscous was filled with chickpeas, red lentils, lots of veggies, crunchy cashews, and spices including cumin, garlic, and thyme.

Our least favorite bowl was the Beetroot Soup.  For us, the texture was not very appealing and tasted strongly of beets.

One thing to note is that we did add salt and pepper to all of the bowls as most bowls were on the bland side for us.

Overall, these bowls were good, but not great.  they were healthy, packed with fruit and vegetables, and contained no added sugar or artificial ingredients which we love.  The taste of most of the bowls was too bland for us and the texture was a little one note. SHOP NOW >>

 

Kencko Reviews: Free Chat With A Nutritionist

We all know that eating more fruits and veggies is good for us and that we should opt for a salad over pizza or strawberries over cupcakes, but knowing what to do and actually doing it is hard.  Sometimes we need a little support.

Kencko understands and has a registered dietician on staff that is available to offer free nutritional consultations to all active members.  You heard that right!  If you have an active subscription you can speak to a real live registered dietician and get advice on healthy food choices, weight loss, getting in shape, and more.

When you sign up you will receive an email from their Head of Nutrition explaining the service and how to access it.  SHOP NOW >>

 

Kencko Reviews: Bottom Line

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Kencko delivers 100% organic, shelf-stable, single-serve smoothies and bowls filled with the equivalent of 2.5-4 servings of fruit and vegetables directly to your door.  And with over 18 smoothie flavors and 5 bowl flavors to choose from, each giving you all of the nutritional benefits, like vitamins and fiber, from fresh produce in an easy and portable packet with no added sugar or chemicals, you will never get bored.

We love that Kencko smoothies are organic, healthy, and full of all-natural fruits and vegetables without anything artificial.  We also love that they are just $2.49 and can be made in under 1 min, stored in your kitchen cabinet because they are shelf-stable, and clean up is a breeze with the dishwasher-safe shaker bottle.

These smoothies are less expensive compared to many of the smoothie alternatives on the market (or your morning cup of coffee), but they are less filling compared to traditional smoothies made with whole ingredients, fresh or frozen, and I wouldn’t recommend them as a meal replacement.  They are however great for a morning or afternoon snack or in addition to your morning breakfast.

We also enjoyed the new bowls for the same reasons as the smoothies, they are healthy, shelf-stable, portable, and easy to make.  For us, the flavors were a little hit or miss and we ended up adding salt and pepper to all of the bowls.  For $6.90 per meal, they are on the lower end of the price range for prepared meals and we hope that they continue to update their recipes.

I recommend Kencko to anyone looking to boost their intake of organic fruits and vegetables, those looking for a healthy snack or breakfast, or anyone looking for a portable on-the-go smoothie or meal option.  SHOP NOW >>

Enjoy!

Looking for more smoothie options?  Check out our Smoothie and Shake directory >>

This post has been reviewed and approved by our dietitian Rebecca Housh, MS, RDN, LDN for nutritional accuracy.
rebecca-housh-ms-rdn-ldn-registered-dietitianRebecca Housh is a registered dietitian based in Chicago, IL. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology from Boston University and a Master of Science in Human Nutrition from the University of Illinois in Chicago. Rebecca is passionate about the idea of food as medicine in both preventative and therapeutic care. Her current professional interests lie in food security, food access, and nutrition for chronic disease.

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