Healthy Food Review: Siggi’s Icelandic Style Skyr

This post is NOT sponsored by Siggi’s (but if they see this and decide to contact me, I’m game)!

20170202_143617I first heard about skyr on an episode of Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods, and I immediately wanted to try it. On his show, skyr is described as being a form of fresh cheese, so I was initially confused when I saw it marketed as strained non-fat yogurt. According to an article from Cook’s Science, skyr is a form of cheese that’s marketed as yogurt in the US (Take a gander at the actual article, it goes into a much greater depth as to what differentiates yogurt and skyr).

Now I’ve loved Greek yogurt for years, and the more I eat it, the less I’m able to eat regular yogurt, which feels so soup to me texturally. Ick.

But Siggi’s? Siggi’s is exactly what I want in a protein rich dairy product. It has FOUR ingredients:

Pasteurized Skim Milk, Organic Agave Nectar, Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla, Live Active Cultures

20170202_143629100 calories, 14g protein, 9g sugar. That’s pretty darn low in sugar for yogurt! There are lower but this is a pretty good ratio for 100 calories. That’s for 5.3 oz.

20170202_143624Siggi’s also touts itself as the following:

  • All natural
  • Milk from grass-fed cows
  • No aspartame
  • No sucralose
  • No gelatin
  • No artificial colorings
  • No preservatives
  • No high fructose corn syrup
  • Certified gluten free
  • and they use milk produced without the use of recombinant bovine growth hormone

That’s quite the list!

20170202_143803I had mine with a little bit of fresh passion fruit on top, but I made sure to taste it plain so I could give you the salient flavor information.

Siggi’s is SUPER THICK, which I love, but it’s also very smooth and creamy, despite being fat free. It doesn’t have any of that chalkiness that some Greek yogurts have. The vanilla is marginally sweet, with a very nice tartness. The vanilla flavor is light, but you can tell it’s real Madagascar vanilla because you can see the specks. And with a super short list of ingredients, you know just what you’re ingesting.

20170202_143636There is one downside to Siggi’s: it’s not cheap, but it does occasionally go on sale for $1 each at my local Shoprite, so when it’s on sale I stock up. Regularly it’s $1.69 each, which is definitely more than I’d want to spend.

I really love the taste of Siggi’s Skyr. Have you tried it? Will you? Let me know in the comments!

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