For our Kencko 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
Reviewed by Rebecca Housh, MS, RDN
Kencko means “health” in Japan, the country with the longest lifespan, and they are on a mission to help people in the US eat healthily and reach the federal recommended five cups of fruits and vegetables a day with their instant smoothies and gumdrops.
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).
Simply mix the Kencko 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! Save 10% with code MEALFINDS2021 >>
What We Like
Organic fruit and vegetable smoothies and gumdrops in portable compostable pouches
Smoothies are Shelf-Stable; do not take up fridge or freezer space; great for travel
Taste great and easy to make with little clean up (no blender required)
No subscription needed
What We Don’t Like
Not a meal (around 85 calories each)
Some flavors are for “members only”
Gumdrops are expensive
How much does Kencko cost?
The price per Kencko smoothie is $1.66 to $2.99 each depending upon how many smoothies you order and which subscription plan you opt for. You can subscribe to the “Flexible” plan for monthly deliveries with the ability to swap flavors, skip months, and cancel at any time. Or you can try the “3 for 2 Deal” where you subscribe and commit to at least 3 months of smoothies for the price of 2 months! All orders come with FREE and carbon-neutral shipping.
The new 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.
20 Smoothie Packs
Flexible Plan: $2.99 per smoothie + free and carbon-neutral shipping
3 For 2 Deal: $1.99 per smoothie + free and carbon-neutral shipping
Kencko smoothies and gumdrops 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 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 also support local communities through social and economic benefits. Save 10% with code MEALFINDS2021 >>
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! Save 10% with code MEALFINDS2021 >>
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Kencko Reviews: Smoothie Flavors
Selecting your smoothie flavors is the fun part! Each of the 18+ 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.
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.
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.
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. Save 10% with code MEALFINDS2021 >>
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 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. Save 10% with code MEALFINDS2021 >>
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.
Kencko delivers 100% organic, shelf-stable, single-serve smoothies filled with the equivalent of 2.5 servings of fruit and vegetables directly to your door. And with over 18 flavors to choose from each 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 you will never get bored.
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 compared to many of the smoothie alternatives on the market (or your morning cup of coffee). Plus, they now offset carbon emissions and the smoothie pouches are compostable, reducing their impact (and your impact) on the planet.
And while you are getting 2.5 servings of fruits and vegetables in every smoothie, 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.
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 option. Save 10% with code MEALFINDS2021 >>
This post has been reviewed and approved by our dietitian Rebecca Housh, MS, RDN, LDN for nutritional accuracy.
Rebecca 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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