I had never heard of powdered smoothies or plant-based bowls before being contacted by Kencko for this review. Always curious, I decided to give their organic, vegan, sugar and gluten-free drinks and meals a try and share my feelings about those products with you.
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The powdered smoothies arrive in small packets. They are nutritionally formulated to meet certain body needs such as supplying an energy surge, recovery, skin health, etc. All required is mixing the content with about 10 oz. (1-1/4 cups) of liquid such as water, milk or even juice. Kencko also sent along a bottle for mixing the smoothies in. Though it may save you from bringing out your blender, I found that after I emptied the packet and added my liquids that shaking it vigorously in the bottle failed to totally dissolve some of the powder lumps. It also left some of the powdered smoothie at the bottom of the blender jar no matter how fiercely I shook my bottle. However, the problem was solved just by using my blender.
I give Kencko a lot of credit for how extremely filling these powdered smoothies were. I didn’t taste them all yet because there are quite a few, but the ones that I sampled such as the Purples with blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, cranberry, banana, strawberry, and dates and the Reds with strawberry, raspberry, banana, apple, dates, ginger, and chia seeds were delicious.
When I prepared mine, I used one cup of regular 2 percent milk and 1/4 cup of white grape juice. I didn’t add any fruit after making the first time making the Purples because I was completely satisfied and couldn’t fit more into my stomach.
The other Kencko powdered smoothies flavors are below:
Greens–for an energy surge with spinach leaves, kale leaves, kiwi, pineapple, apple, banana, and ginger.
Pitaya Pinks–to get glowing has raspberries, red dragon fruit, passionfruit, strawberries, banana, lucerna, date, and apple.
Yellows–for immune support has carrot, pineapple, banana, mango, and cinnamon.
Golds–for recovery has banana, strawberry, cacao beans, fates, pea protein, baobab powder, and flax seed.
Tropical Blues–for powering up has banana, pineapple, apple, lucuma, orange, kiwi, coconut water, baobab, Thai lime leaf, and blue spirulina.
Peaches–for skin health has peach, carrot, rhubard, strawberries, sweet potato, coconut water, baobab powder, and flax seed.
Sunny Guava–to get glowing has guava, mango, papaya, banana, sweet potato, carrot, and parsnip.
Ultra Greens –for powering up has apple, green peas, broccoli, sweet potato, alfalfa, kale, spinach, green spirulina, yellow beet, and wheatgrass.
As to the Kencko powdered bowls, I was sent five of them though their invoice stated 10 were provided along with a special bowl for microwave preparation and a plastic spork. The bowls that I received were Easy Chickpeasy Mediterranean couscous, Mush-vroom Wild Mushroom Cousotto Bowl, Green Light Garden Lentil Salad, Curry Up Tropical Curry, and Super-Fast Minestrone Bowl.
The first one that I sampled was the Easy Chickpeasy Mediterranean couscous bowl. The directions stated to use 1/3 cup of boiled water, stir and cover and leave for six minutes. However, this was not enough liquid because after the time was up, this bowl had dry parts to it yet. Therefore, I added more boiling water and gave it a few more minutes to finish it.
I made the Curry Up Tropical Curry bowl in my microwave. I followed their directions using a cup of water, covering the bowl loosely cooking two minutes in the microwave. This also needed a recipe adjustment with a bit more water before returning to the microwave for about a minute longer. This was a fruitier type of curry dish.
These bowls are intended to feed one person. Yet, these dishes that I tried were also very filling and had a good taste to it. This bowl was more like a dinner than just a lunch that would go great with a small green salad. With how filling these bowls tend to be, but they also would make a wonderful side dish to serve the family as well.
Their price for a 12-pack of bowls shipped to the USA was $74.85 and the cost for a 10-pack of smoothies was $49.88 with the bowl and mixer bottle at $9.90 each to give you a basic idea. Prices vary according to the country your products are shipped to from Europe.
If you’re looking to up your nutrition with organic, plant-based choices, then you might want to check out Kencko website. Please if you decide to buy, I would appreciate it if you would go through my link.