Siggi's Dairy Review
Hey there, yogurt lovers! If you're like me, you love yourself a good loaded yogurt bowl for breakfast, or crave one at snack time.
I'm not talking any type of yogurt though...I'm talking thick, creamy, delicious SKYR! Chances are you've either tried or at least heard of skyr before, but in case you haven't, I'll give you a brief overview.
What is skyr (and filmjölk)?
Skyr is an Icelandic dairy product made from pasteurized (skimmed) milk, that has been eaten in Iceland for thousands of years. Technically, it's a strained cheese made from skim milk, but you can usually find it in the yogurt aisle. Skyr is very similar to Greek yogurt with its high protein content and thick, creamy texture, but what makes them different is the cultures (healthy bacteria) that are used. Just like Greek yogurt, skyr is naturally low in sugar because of the lactose that gets strained out during the creation of the yogurt.
Skyr is siggi's most popular product, but they also make filmjölk, a Swedish-Style drinkable yogurt. Filmjölk is made by fermenting cow's milk with a variety of bacteria that actually metabolize lactose into lactic acid. This means people who are lactose intolerant (like me) can tolerate filmjölk better than other dairy products.
The story behind siggi’s
It all began in 2004 when Siggi Hilmarsson felt homesick for a staple of his childhood diet, skyr, a thick, creamy, high-protein yogurt from his native Iceland. The yogurts he found on shelves in the US were much too sweet and artificial for his liking. Using a recipe his mother sent, Siggi's started making his onw skyr in his small New York City kitchen. Within just a few months, Siggi quit his day job, bought a lot of dairy equipment, and siggi's dairy was born.
‘simple ingredients, not a lot of sugar’
is siggi's claim to fame. This is truly what I love about siggi's, because the claim is so TRUE! Their nonfat plain yogurt is made simply with Pasteurized Skim Milk and Live Active Cultures. Two ingredients? That's what I like to see! Even their flavored yogurts have minimal ingredients, whereas other brands tend to go crazy on their ingredients list. Take siggi's nonfat vanilla skyr, for example. The only other ingredients (besides the Pasteurized Skim Milk and Live Active Cultures) are Organic Agave Nectar, Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla, and Fruit Pectin. I absolutely LOVE that sugar isn't even on the ingredients list.
Another thing I love about siggi's is that it's all natural and made with milk from grass-fed cows. I eat a mainly plant-based diet, and really only ever consume animal products when I know that they are coming from honest sources. In this case, siggi's totally fits into my diet because I know it's coming from grass-fed cows, and so I feel good about putting it into my body. Moreover, siggi's is super high in protein, making it the perfect mid-day snack or a base for a yogurt bowl breakfast! Unlike sugar-laden yogurts, I know I can rely on siggi's to fuel me with all-natural, properly sourced protein to get me through the day or curb those afternoon cravings.
How does it taste?
I'm just gonna cut to the chase here, because I honestly can't hold my excitement in: siggi's skyr is honestly the best yogurt I've ever had. It's super thick and creamy, and very satisfying. It has a tartness to it (the plain) which I personally love. The plain makes the perfect base for any yogurt bowl, and the vanilla is my favorite mid-day snack. The vanilla is sweet without being overly sweet, and has a real, genuine vanilla flavor. The filmjölk is obviously a little different, because it's a drinkable yogurt. Similar to the skyr, though, it has a tartness to it, and is much thicker than other brands of drinkable yogurt due to the way it's made.
I highly recommend siggi's products to anyone looking for flavorful, high-quality dairy products that make you feel good about what you're putting into your body!