To say our family eats a lot of yogurt is an understatement. Every morning my husband and I have some yogurt sprinkled with fruit, granola or nuts. When I’m craving something sweet after dinner I add a touch of honey to plain yogurt and presto, a dessert that satisfies. Our 18 month old must have inherited our yogurt-loving genes. On those days when he refuses to eat everything I put in front of him, he’ll always at least eat some yogurt. (By the way, that's not my family in the image to the left. That's a family that produces Icelandic skyr. I'm pretty sure they eat a lot of yogurt, too. Read on to find out more about skyr.) Don’t love yogurt quite as much as my family or are your dietary restrictions keeping you away? Well, here are some interesting new products that just might change your mind about yogurt. There’s even a non-dairy option! If you are a yogurt fan, then you’ll definitely want to give these unique yogurt styles a try. Greek yogurt is thicker and creamier than the standard yogurt found in U.S. supermarkets. It has a mild flavor, not too tangy, and is a delicious treat mixed with fruit. The consistency and plain flavor is similar to sour cream, so it makes a great substitute. In fact, the classic Greek condiment, tzatziki sauce, is yogurt mixed with cucumbers, garlic and spices. Try something similar with this Creamy Cucumber Side recipe.
Crafted in Sonoma County, California, exclusively for Whole Foods Market® stores; you won’t find it anywhere else
Uses organic 2% milk from cows raised without added growth hormones
Try these flavors: Plain, Honey, Vanilla or fruit-on-the-bottom Blueberry or Strawberry
OIKOS Organic Greek Yogurt
Authentic recipe makes for a rich flavor and creamy texture with 0% fat
Fresh, organic milk comes from family farms and organic fruits are hand-picked and prepared the same day
Five live active cultures: S. thermophilus, L. bulgaricus, L. acidophilus, Bifidus, and L. casei
The larger 32-oz size is sold only at Whole Foods Market®
Skyr (pronounced skeer) is Iceland’s traditional non-fat dairy specialty made with skim milk and live active cultures. The whey is strained from the milk which means you get a thick, creamy, concentrated yogurt. Less liquid, means they need to use 3-4 times more milk to produce a regular cup of yogurt, which means skyr has more protein per serving than standard yogurt.
Skyr.is Icelandic Skyr
Packed with protein and calcium and naturally fat free
Produced by a cooperative of family-run dairy farms and milk producers in Iceland
Production facilities use only 100% carbon-fee electricity
Member farms are compliant with Iceland’s progressive standards for domestic livestock welfare
Available in Plain, Vanilla, Blueberry and Strawberry flavors
Siggi’s Icelandic-Style Non-Fat Skyr
A minimal ingredient list that includes real fruit
Made with milk from family farms in Chenango County, New York
Two new flavors, Peach and Strawberry, just added to the stellar lineup: Plain (available in 6-oz and 16-oz sizes), Vanilla, Acai, Blueberry, Grapefruit, Orange & Ginger, and Pomegranate & Passion Fruit
Read about the spread of Siggi’s New York-made Icelandic-style skyr in this Whole Story blog post from 2009, Siggi’s Skyr Going Nationwide, and grab a coupon for Siggi’sin the January/February issue of The Whole Deal value guide
All this yogurt talk got you down because you don’t eat dairy. Cheer up! Here is a really interesting new product for you, or anyone else who wants to change it up a little. It’s yogurt made from almondmilk. I have to admit, I haven’t had this yet, so I can’t give you the lowdown on the flavor or texture. I really like almondmilk, so I definitely plan to give this a try.
Amande Cultured Almondmilk
A Whole Foods Market exclusive!
Made with organic California almonds and sweetened with fruit juice
Contains billions of live active cultures and is naturally low in saturated fat and cholesterol-free
Gluten free, casein free, lactose free, soy free and vegan
Available in a variety of flavors: Blueberry, Strawberry, Raspberry, Coconut, Peach, and Cherry
These are just some of the many great yogurt options on our shelves. There is surely a style and flavor for every taste. Have you tried an interesting yogurt recently? What’s your favorite?