For these Kencko reviews we were given a sample. This post contains affiliate links and we may be compensated if you make a purchase. All opinions are our own.
By Alison Chew
Kencko means “health” in Japan, the country with the longest lifespan, and they are on a mission to help people in the US eat healthy diets and reach the federal recommended five cups of fruits and vegetables a day with their instant smoothies. Did you know that only 1 in 10 US adults reaches the recommended 5 servings each day? I know that I sometimes have a hard time reaching this seemingly simple goal.
Kencko’s 100% organic single-serve smoothies are filled with the equivalent of 2 cups 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. They are also free of gluten and common allergens and easy to make (no blender required). Simply mix the smoothie powder into water or your favorite milk for a quick and healthy breakfast, snack, or afternoon drink. Plus, these smoothie-packet-miracles are shelf-stable minimizing food waste and the plastic packaging is compostable minimizing regular waste. A win for you and the environment!
Sounds too good to be true? We tried Kencko smoothies for 20 days and share all of the details below in our Kencko smoothie flavor reviews.
Getting started 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!
How much do Kencko smoothies cost?
7 smoothie packs – $5.29 per smoothie or $37.03 per delivery + free shipping
20 smoothie packs – $2.95 per smoothie or $59 per delivery + free shipping
60 smoothie packs – $2.49 per smoothie or $149.40 per delivery + free shipping
With your first order, you will receive a free shaker bottle (a $9.90 value). This bottle is not only easy to use, but it also comes apart so that you can easily clean it, and it’s dishwasher safe. Score!
Next, you select your smoothie flavors. This is the fun part! Each of the twelve functional smoothie flavors, named after colors, are packed with essential nutrients from organic fruits, vegetables, and spices. 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.
How does Kencko get 2 servings of fruit and vegetables in each smoothie packet while retaining the healthy stuff? We are glad you asked. 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.
Kencko Smoothie Flavors We loved:
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: This is a limited fall flavor and we hope it sticks around! 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.
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.
Kenkco Reviews: New Fall Smoothie Flavors
Kencko has released three new fall limited-edition flavors including Pumpkins, Mochas, and Peaches.
Ingredients include pumpkin, mango, dates, pea protein, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove, and vanilla.
This flavor will be going away to make room for new flavors.
For mental focus.
Ingredients include coffee, cacao beans, maqui berries, dates, strawberry, shiitake mushroom, chaga mushroom, baobab powder, and cinnamon.
This flavor will be offered for the time being but may be replaced in 2021.
For skin health.
Ingredients include peach, carrot, rhubarb, strawberry, sweet potato, coconut water, baobab powder, and flax seeds.
Make a delicious Kencko smoothie in less than 1 minute. (We used scissors and realized later that each packet includes a little tear making it easy to open without scissors. Amazing!)
Kencko Reviews: Bottom Line
After 20 days of Kencko smoothies, I am definitely a believer. These smoothies make it so easy to get organic, healthy, all-natural fruits and vegetables every day. They 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. They also taste fantastic and at just $2.49 per smoothie they are less expensive than many of the smoothie alternatives on the market (or your morning cup of coffee). Plus, they now offset carbon emissions, reducing their impact (your impact) on the planet!
I’m looking forward to trying the new “aquamarines” and “ambers” in my next box. Which flavor are you excited to try? Need more reasons to try Kencko? Read on to learn more about their free advice from a registered dietician and how they offset carbon emissions from shipping.
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. A little push in the right direction.
Kencko understands this and has got your back! That’s why they have 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.
In a continued effort to reduce their impact on the planet, as of August 2020, Kenkco now monitors, measures and offsets all the emissions from shipping their amazing smoothies with the help of their shipping partner DHL.
What does that mean exactly? This means that every time you order healthy Kencko smoothies, 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 they also support local communities through social and economic benefits.