Adventures in Food: Icelandic Skyr + Yogurt Mix-in Ideas!

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Yogurt is a staple food in our house. Not only is it delicious and nutritious (complete with gut loving probiotics and essential mineral calcium), it is such a versatile food. It can be a meal, a side dish, a topping, a snack, or a dessert – just choose how you top it or mix it.

Skyr for dessert!

On our recent trip to Iceland, we tasted the best yogurt of our lives. It’s called skyr [skeer].

A creamy smooth texture and a mildly tart flavor, Skyr is wonderful topped with berries + nuts, in creamy dips and sauces, or in place of sour cream in your families favorite recipes.

Below are the differences between the most commonly consumed yogurt:

 

Traditional Yogurt

Greek Yogurt

Australian Yogurt

Skyr (Icelandic Yogurt)

How it’s made: Regular milk (full fat or low fat) + cultures Traditional yogurt, strained to remove liquid whey and lactose Traditional yogurt (typically whole milk) cooked more slowly and longer than traditional yogurt Traditional yogurt (traditionally made with non-fat milk) + additional straining beyond Greek yogurt

*whole milk is often added to make it creamy and rich

Flavor & Texture: Flavor and texture vary depending on type of milk, culture, and flavor added.  Typically, traditional yogurt is light, mildly sweet and smooth. Tart and tangy with a thick and creamy texture. Lightly sweet and tart with a rich velvety texture. Mildly tart with a slight sweetness, thicker and creamier than Greek yogurt.
Nutrition Info per 100gms of low-fat yogurt:

*based on USDA nutrient database*

5gm protein

7gm carbohydrate

180mg calcium

10gm protein

3.5gm carbohydrate

110mg calcium

7.5gm protein

6gm carbohydrate

190mg calcium

10gm protein

10gm carbohydrate

100mg calcium

Brands: Dannon & Yoplait Chobani & FAGE Noosa & Wallaby Siggi’s & Skyr

 

The winner? It’s all based on your taste and nutritional content preference!

 

Shiloh signing for more yogurt!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few of our favorite mix-in ideas:

Banana+Walnut+Honey+Nutmeg Yogurt

Tomato+Cucumber+Basil+Cream Balsamic+Pepper Yogurt

Pumpkin+Pepitas+Maple Syrup+Cinnamon Yogurt

 

What is your favorite yogurt? What are your favorite toppings?

 

Find more in the hashtag #adventuresinfood 

dani of kid food explorers

Hi there! I’m Dani.

Mama of three, pediatric dietitian, and founder of Kid Food Explorers, a resource hub and learning platform that empowers families on their journey to raising confident, adventurous eaters. We’re on a mission to make food fun, with interactive food play and STEAM activities that help kids learn about food in a playful, pressure-free way.

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