Product Review: Skyr

Erika Martin BSc Nutrition (Candidate)

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

Recently, I’ve been enjoying skyr, a yogurt that has been eaten in Iceland for thousands of years, and has been gaining popularity in North American grocery stores. When I eat it for breakfast, I find that it keeps me satisfied throughout the morning, which works great with my busy university schedule. As a food and nutrition student, I was curious as to why this product was becoming so popular, and how it compares to regular yogurt or Greek yogurt. Essentially, skyr is higher in protein than regular or Greek yogurt. This is because it technically is not a yogurt at all. It is a cultured dairy product, which is actually a strained cheese, allowing it to be thicker and higher in protein than other yogurts, while also keeping a lower sugar content. Below are some nutrient comparisons between yogurts, all plain (unflavored, unsweetened):


Skyr Greek Yogurt Plain/Regular Yogurt
Per ¾ cup (1 serving) PC Plain Skyr Icelandic 0% M.F. Yogurt PC Plain 0% M.F. Greek Yogurt PC Plain 1% M.F. Yogurt
Calories 110 120 90
Fat 0g 0g 2g
Sodium 60mg 100mg 110mg
Carbohydrates 8g 12g 11g
Fiber 0g 1g 0g
Sugar 2g 5g 11g
Protein 21g 18g 8g
Calcium 15% daily value 50% daily value 20% daily value

 

When selecting yogurt, aim for lower fat – 2% M.F. or less – contain at least 15% daily value for calcium and have no added sugar. All of the above yogurts meet these recommendations; additionally, Skyr has a higher protein content compared to Greek and regular yogurt. This can be especially great for athletes looking to add more protein to their diet. It is important to look for yogurts with no added sugars, and I find that sometimes plain yogurt tends to be a little bitter. A great way to naturally add some sweetness into your skyr is with a little bit of honey, some fruit, cinnamon or natural maple syrup. I also like to add some nuts, chia seeds or granola to give it a more satisfying crunch. Additionally, I find that skyr is a great addition to smoothies.

Here are some recipes to make with skyr:

Strawberry Parfait

Berry Parfait

Cherry Skyr Smoothie

Blueberry Skyr Smoothie

Strawberry Overnight Oats

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