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Kencko (Powdered Juice Smoothies) Review

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Trial and Eater’s review for the plant-based powdered fruits and veggies packets from Kencko! Organic, vegan, gluten-free, no-sugar-added smoothie options that each provide 2 of your 5 recommended produce servings a day. They now have gummies (called “gumdrops“) packed with organic produce too!

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Kencko packets with shaker bottle

*Related product reviews: superfood powders from Your Super and fruits and veggie blender pods from Vejo.

I bought these Kencko smoothie packets right before they launched a few new flavors (the jades, scarlets and golds), so while I haven’t tried them all I can tell you there’s truly something for everyone!

These are not only perfect for the people who don’t like all vegetables or fruits and want to get more nutrients into their body, but also for those of us who are just busy and don’t always have the opportunity to eat them as much as we’d like.

Since I travel so much, these are great to pack for times I don’t have access to fresh produce – and I still know I’m getting my fill of organic fruits and veggies.

Kencko packets - 6 flavors

The Kencko Flavors and Ingredients

Purples – blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, cranberry, banana, strawberry and dates. Labeled as “anti-inflammatory” from the berry antioxidants and polyphenols.

Greens – spinach, kale, kiwi, pineapple, apple, banana and ginger. Labeled as “energy surge” from the iron and B vitamins.

Corals – beetroot, apple, carrot, orange, mango and ginger. Labeled for “performance” from the post-workout benefits.

Yellows – carrot, pineapple, banana, mango and cinnamon.  Labeled for “immune support” from the mix of Vitamins A+B+C.

Reds – strawberry, raspberry, banana, apple, dates, ginger and chia seeds. Labeled for “skin health” from the vitamin C and omega-3’s.

Crimsons – açai, banana, strawberry, mango, chia seeds and cinnamon. Labeled for “brain boost” from the antioxidants and fiber.

Jades – lime, apple, matcha, zucchini, banana, kombucha, spirulina, dates and chia seeds. Labeled for “mental focus” from the natural caffeine in green tea. Benefits: Omega-3’s, L-theanine, Probiotics

Scarlets – tomato, apple, banana, spinach, dates, chia seeds, cayenne pepper and kombucha. Labeled for “invigoration” for the antioxidants and metabolism boost.

Golds – cacao, banana, strawberry, pea protein, hemp protein, dates, goji berry, flax seeds and vanilla. Labeled for “recovery” from the protein and B-vitamins.

Ambers – passion fruit, banana, dates, apple, baobob, yellow beetroot, chia seeds, turmeric. Labeled for “repair” from the healing properties of the tropical fruits, and antioxidants.

Aquamarine – pineapple, peach, zucchini, parsnip, dates, lime, blue spirulina, fennel seed. Labeled for “endurance” for the iron and flavonoids.

Rubies – raspberries, sweet potato, apple, goji berries, orange, dates, pumpkin, red pepper, maca. Labeled for “balance” for the mood-stabilizing maca and antioxidants.

A few of the newer flavors are mint greens, golden plums and beet reds. I love that each packet labels what the benefits are: like focused attention, digestion support, and anti-inflammatory.

mint greens, golden plums and beed reds kencko smoothie packets

Buy any of the flavors here.

They also have limited edition flavors from time to time, like pumpkin, peaches, and mochas.

You can currently buy them in a 7-pack to try different flavors, or go all in with a 20 or a 60 pack.

Note that you will need to put in your zip code and an email address before picking the flavors you wish to order.

How to Eat the Kencko Mixes

Remember that they have *no sugar added* so it won’t be super sweet, but if you follow the directions and shake it up with water (thoroughly) for 45 seconds or so, it does not taste powdery. If you like fruit infused water (or cucumber “spa water), this is what the subtle flavor reminds of.

The starter kit does come with a BPA-free shaker bottle, but you can mix it in anything with a secure lid – one packet to 10 oz. liquid.

I recommend you start with the color(s) that have the most fruits and/or veggies that you already know you like and work your way through from there.

Each flavor has it’s own recommended mixer, though it’s great that they can all be mixed with water for when you’re truly on the go. Some of the mixes also taste good with milk (or nut or oat milk) or juice. Think golds in milk (like golden milk!) and berries with juice (like the reds or purples!). It’s fun to play around with them!

Kencko shaker bottle with the purple mix
Kencko shaker bottle with the purple mix - before mixing

Gumdrops

Kencko recently released 4 flavors of gummies for another delicious way to get your fruits and vegetables in during the day.

Still the same certified organic produce with no refined sugars or artificial additives.

kencko gumpdrops in bags

With fun flavors like “gingerella” and “bananarama” these are perfect snacks to take with you anywhere. My current favorite is berrylicious!

berrylicious gumdrops from kencko

Final Thoughts

While fresh is usually best, I love the options that Kencko provides for powdered fruits and vegetables on the go. Knowing that I can still get my *organic* produce in this form is so amazing, and makes me feel healthier when I’m on the road or not able to get to the store for whatever reason.

Their new gumdrops are delicious and a great alternative to drinking your produce.

Each packet has its own unique flavor, and while they are totally drinkable in simply water (shaken really well) you could also “hide” the flavor a little more in a smoothie, oatmeal, or in other creative ways.

Not all of the flavors are super delicious tasting with just water but the options are almost endless with what you can mix them into.

If you choose to use the mixes in a smoothie, Daily Harvest is a great choice for prepared frozen smoothie mixes!

Some of the flavors can also be blended with ice (like the jades), mixed with milk (like the golds), or mixed with juice (like the reds). Take the suggestions from their site and once you learn the flavor profiles, experiment!

*ALSO* I love that the packets are made from COMPOSTABLE plastic!

There’s something for everyone, with more than a dozen flavor options named by color. Shake up with just water or add to drinks or food! Great for on-the-go options while traveling, or if you simply can’t seem to get enough veggies in your daily diet.

My current favorite is the “purples”- I do love my berries!

Buy them here!

Kencko packets - 6 flavors horizontal
 

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Gloria Warren

Tuesday 31st of August 2021

Can you order by phone

Yollie

Thursday 24th of June 2021

For my first box I wanted to sample all the flavors. I totally forgot to choose my flavors for the second month so I am stuck with a couple of the flavors that were a little less desirable but nothing that a little organic honey can’t fix. Not all the flavors need a boost but again that is just personal preference. Last year I made the investment of purchasing a juicer I did a lot of research naw I cheated I just watched the discountjuicer on YouTube, made my selection and started on my journey of cold press juicing. Now that I’m back to work I didn’t want to stop being health and I saw this review and tried Kenko and fell in love. Is it an investment yes but getting your nails done, going to the gym or buying Starbucks is too. You have to change your mindset of what’s important to you. I do my own nails now and spend the money on this. Hope my review helps someone. Here is to a healthy life style and thank you for reviewing this company or I would have never used them.

Faith Allen

Monday 10th of May 2021

Absolutely love the Scarlets packet with tomato - I whizzed up with just hot water and it was like a delicious spicy soup. Did the Crimsons today with 200g Greek yoghurt but needed a little wetness so added some almond milk. Yum!

Claudia

Tuesday 4th of May 2021

hello, great review. I am on my second box now. I was always using water but when I mixed them with Simply almond milk unsweetened, wow it was another level. I myself do not like my smoothies too sweet so I like how it is just right not too bland but not too sweet. I actually appreciate that these have a straight forward flavor, nothing added but just the fruits and vegetables. A real smoothie should taste just like plain produce. The only bummer is that sometimes popular flavors sell out. However, I do love the convenience. I am guilty of buying too much produce and wasting half of it. I love the variety so I plan to stick with it.

Sherry

Wednesday 28th of April 2021

This company is really wonderful, can’t say enough about them! Recently I made an error regarding payment and ended up paying twice in order to get one month free as of a promo deal they are running currently. They refunded me right away and sent my order immediately. I mentioned that I had lost the rubber rim of the top of the shaker bottle so it was leaking. The representative also sent me a new rim and top along with a new, updated shaker bottle. The shakes are so easy to make and so healthy, all organic fruits snd vegetables. I add some sweetener to mine but that is personal preference. They are delicious and refreshing.

Lastly, everything comes in recycled cardboard attractively packaged with no plastic waste to the environment. They are a fraction of the cost of Daily Harvest which I never tried because I found Kencko which is much more affordable. You can skip, update or cancel deliveries very easily. Am extremely satisfied even though customer service is managed via email, no phone number. The shakes come from Portugal (DHL) and is very efficiently run. A top notch company, thank you!

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