yogurt

Yogurt – Icelandic Style

Has anyone else tried siggi’s? I noticed it for the first time the other day and I was curious. I decided to go with the Pomegranate Passion Fruit.  My jury is still out on this one… I like that it’s sweetened with agave and hence not very sweet. There is a fruity tartness that seems to be more passion fruit than pomegranate. It is thick. Very, very thick. As with Greek yogurt, I’m shocked how a nonfat yogurt can be so thick. However, this Icelandic style is unfortunately lacking in the consistency department. A fork would be an option. Well maybe that’s extreme, but it is really thick.  A plus – this skyr (aka the traditional yogurt of Iceland) has 2-3 times the protein of standard yogurt. Pretty cool, but I would definitely take a little less protein and a little more creaminess.

Will Skyr follow the Greek variety and be the next yogurt craze? I don’t think so, but it’s quite interesting and worth a try!

Yogurt 101

Some of the basics & benefits of yogurt:

  • If you want to avoid high sugar content just go with plain! Even the plain varieties naturally have 12 g of sugar. The sweetened have up to 35 g!
  • Greek yogurt, which is much thicker, can contain up to twice the protein of a non-Greek brand, but it has less calcium.
  • Yogurt contains probiotics, which is healthy bacteria. Probiotics are linked with a healthy digestive system and a stronger immune systems.
  • Do not drain out that top watery layer! That liquid is pure protein (specifically whey protein).
  • Some of my favorite additions to plain yogurt: a drizzle of honey (a prebiotic which encourages the activity of probiotics), walnuts, fresh berries, sliced banana, and wheat germ.
  • Since yogurt has probiotics, a lot of people that are lactose intolerant do not have issues with consuming it!

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