Four out of five members of our family eat yogurt on a daily basis. To say we’re yogurt fans would be a bit of an understatement. The top shelf in our fridge is devoted soley to yogurt. The baby has his yogurt. The girls have their yogurt. I have my yogurt. And then I have what I deem my “cooking yogurt” as I use it in place of sour cream and mayo in recipes.
When I was told about a new organic Icelandic yogurt, I was intrigued enough to give it a try!
Smari has been the signature thykk yogurt (skyr) of Iceland since the 9th century. Their founder learned the secrets of skyr-making from an 82-year-old dairyman who advised, “Get the best milk. Skim the fat. Add live cultures. Let it set. Strain the liquid. When it looks really thykk, strain even more.”
I dove into the Strawberry first over the weekend as we had decided to eat a late dinner after putting everyone to bed. The perfect snack choice that I knew would keep me full as it had 17g of protein in a single serving. Their Pure flavor has 20g of protein per serving – higher than any other yogurt sold in the United States.
This yogurt is indeed thykk! It is thicker and creamier than most other yogurts. It takes 4 cups of milk to make a cup of Smari yogurt versus only 2-3 cups for the Greek yogurt that our family typically eats.
After I had grabbed my yogurt and made my way back into the living room, Camryn immediately befriended me and I ended up sharing half of it with her. It had a bit of a sharper taste than the Greek yogurt I typically buy for myself, but she loved it as well. A bite for me, a bite for her. A great snack for both of us as it’s make from milk and fruit that are not treated with hormones, pesticides or herbicides. Being a recent transplant from Wisconsin, I was happy to note that the milk was from grass-fed Jersey and Guernseys. Happy cows make yummy yogurt!
It didn’t take long to empty this container with the help of a 5-year-old. Honestly, I’d rather have savored it a bit more, but that’s what happens when you’re a mama. I loved that the container itself was easy to recycle. You simply pull a tab to remove the cardboard label and into the recycling bin it goes! Kudos to the graphic designer who created the sharp looking label and even thought to put some interesting tidbits about Smari’s yogurt on the reverse.
I’m looking forward to using the Pure flavor in tomorrow’s breakfast of Overnight Oats. Hopefully I won’t have to share it, too!
Disclosure : I received yogurt from Smari to sample. All thoughts are my own.