Is Skyr Yogurt Better Than Greek?

by Rachael Collier
What comes to mind when you think of a probiotic dairy that is thick, creamy and full of protein? Most people are likely to say the ever-popular Greek yogurt. But look out; there’s a new yogurt in town that is becoming so popular, even the cows can’t keep up with the demand!

The Story of Skyr
Strangely, skyr (pronounced "skeer") is not actually a yogurt at all. It’s technically a type of cheese with a yogurt-like consistency, but is marketed and used like a regular yogurt.
Skyr originates from Iceland, where it has been a favorite for thousands of years. Traditionally, skyr is made with raw milk, however modern skyr is made with pasteurized skimmed milk.
Unlike some dairy products, it is naturally fat-free as it’s made from skim milk after the cream has floated to the top to make butter. Unflavored skyr packs a protein punch, and is approximately 12% protein, 3% carbohydrates, and 0.5% fat.
One of the most popular brands of skyr, Siggi’s, was introduced to the U.S. by an Icelandic immigrant. The story began in 2004 when Siggi Hilmarsson felt homesick for a taste of his childhood and went on the hunt for a similar mild flavoured dairy treat. Faced with overly sweet, artificially flavored yogurts on so-called “health food” shelves across the country, he began making skyr in his small New York kitchen. It’s now widely available at Whole Foods.

Health Benefits of Skyr
Studies have shown numerous benefits of skyr and other high-protein yogurts, including:
Good-for-your-gut probiotics
A boost for your immune system
Elevated mood
Added protein, which can help you keep on track for your healthy weight goals
An increase in calcium intake, which leads to stronger bones and may even help to combat cancer
All of that, and with a lower sugar content so you can indulge guilt-free (psst, the average fruit-flavored yogurt containing close to 32 grams of sugar per 6-ounce serving).
Skyr vs. Greek
Like Greek yogurt, skyr is a strained yogurt with a creamy, taste, but Skyr has several advantages including:
A milder flavour all ages can enjoy
Two to three times more protein
An even thicker, creamier taste
How thick is thick? Try a quick experiment at home and stick a spoon in skyr upside-down. You’ll be shocked when it doesn’t fall out.

How to Use it
You can substitute skyr in any recipe that calls for regular yogurt, like a morning smoothie bowl, or try one of these quick tips to get more skyr in your life as the summer heats up:
Freeze in ice cube trays with popsicle sticks for healthy skyr-popsicles
  • Mix skyr with pineapple, coconut water and a hint of rum for a more healthful pina colada cocktail twist.
  • Frost cupcakes with vanilla skyr instead of icing – it’s that thick.
  • Substitute plain skyr for mayonnaise to add even more protein to your egg or tuna salad.
  • Swirl it into a vegetable soup for added creaminess.
Have you tried skyr? Tell you if you loved it in the comments below! 

Images Credit: Siggi’s
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