Try something new for spring: discover one of our nutrition superstars, the quirky but versatile tomato juice ringer, scarlets. Find out why scarlets deserves a place in your next box, with these delicious recipe ideas.
I say tomato, you say tomato
As long as we’re talking about it...you may not realize that the tomato is a total nutrient powerhouse, as well as a tangy flavor-bomb. That fiery scarlet color comes from lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that works to fight free radicals - compounds that occur naturally in our bodies, causing cell damage and skin aging. It may also reduce the risk of cancer and promote heart health, and some research suggests it may even protect your skin from UV damage.
In kencko scarlets, ripe tomatoes are paired with cayenne pepper for a classic Virgin Mary vibe. The active ingredient capsaicin doesn’t just make cayenne pepper spicy, it may also help support weight management by revving up your metabolism and regulating your appetite. We also add some apple, banana and dates for a flavor that’s veggie-forward but still nicely balanced.
This unique smoothie is also one of our most versatile flavors, leaning more sweet or savory depending on how you serve it. For instance, did you know that you can stir it into hot water to make a tasty base for soups and sauces? Try these three great recipe suggestions with your next scarlets refill.
It’s brunch time, somewhere
Bring that Sunday brunch mood into the workweek, like kencko member Cyndi: “Think Bloody Mary with a kick of spice. Yes, I’m drinking tomatoes and spinach. Sure, I’m getting protein with these chia seeds. Don’t tell my brain that thinks I’m being slightly naughty on a work day morning.”
- Shake up a pack of scarlets with chilled water.
- Add a squeeze of lemon and a dash of your favorite hot sauce.
- Finish off with a celery or cucumber stick and some ice.
- (Shot of vodka - optional)
Souper-fast (healthy) snacking
If you’re a fan of tomato soup, how’s this for a quick, hot snack? Use water for a fresher taste, milk to make it creamier.
- Pour 10oz of either boiling water or hot, unsweetened milk (plant or dairy) into a large mug.
- Using a small whisk or fork, carefully stir a pack of scarlets into the liquid until it’s smooth.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Use your noodle
For a quick, light lunch or supper, scarlets makes a great sauce for pasta or noodles.
- Grab a handful of pasta or a nest of ramen noodles and prepare according to package instructions.
- Add a handful of frozen peas 1-2 minutes before the end of cooking time (optional).
- Stir one packet of scarlets into 8-10oz of boiling water (depending how thick you like your sauce).
- Add the cooked noodles to the sauce and top with soy sauce and crispy tofu (for ramen) or grated parmesan and black pepper (for pasta).