I am a huge fan of yogurt; I pretty much have it every morning for breakfast along with a sprinkle of homemade granola (or Kashi cereal in a pinch), goji berries, dried cocoa nibs and chia seeds.
While I have always eaten it, I first really fell in love with yogurt while I was living in Australia a few years back. It was just so much richer and thicker than the Danone Silhouette variety that I had suffered through during my teens and early twenties (in an effort to consume only fat-free products which I now know is definitely NOT the road to good health).
Since the explosion of Greek yogurt a couple years back, we have been spoiled for choice when it comes to good quality yogurt (and by 'good' I mean all-natural, low-sugar, thick and creamy). I recently came across siggi's yogurt at my favourite local market for the first time and was immediately hooked! Siggi's yogurt is actually a strained version of yogurt, so it is ULTRA-thick. In Iceland, they refer to this thick, creamy stuff as skyr.
After a little bit of research (a quick google search) I found out that the name behind the brand, Siggi is actually Siggi Hilmarsson (@siggihilmarsson), the founder of the company. It seems that after moving to New York and experiencing the lack-lustre yogurt (that we were all used to), Siggi got homesick for his homeland's skyr-style yogurt. So he began to experiment with a family recipe in his small New York City kitchen. Eventually he perfected his recipe enough to produce it on a large scale. Fast forward to today and he now sells his skyr-style yogurt (and other products) at major grocery stores and food retailers across North America including, but certainly not limited to, Whole Foods Market.
What I like most about siggi’s products is that they do not contain any artificial preservatives, thickeners, sweeteners, flavors or colours, and they are made with milk from family farms who do not use growth hormones (such as rBGH). Siggi’s dairy is fully commited to creating delicious yogurt products with simple ingredients and not a lot of sugar. An added bonus? They have an awesome variety of flavours to choose from, including the typical strawberry, blueberry, raspberry and peach but also acai & mixed berry, orange & ginger, pomegranate & passionfruit, coconut, pumpkin & spice and spiced pear (just to name a few).
I am super excited to try all of siggi's all-natural products in addition to skyr including their tubes (squeezable yogurt tubes), filmjolk (Swedish-style drinkable yogurt) and probiotic (non-fat drinkable yogurt).
skyr - Icelandic-style strained yogurt
tubes - Squeezable yogurt tubes
filmjolk - Swedish-style drinkable yogurt
probiotic - Non-fat drinkable yogurt