You'll want to get to know this traditional Icelandic soft cheese (pronounced "skeer") that's often referred to as yogurt. It's thick, creamy and packed with protein, calcium and good-for-your-gut bacterial cultures.
In the ninth century, Vikings from Norway and Britain brought skyr-making practices—at the time, widespread across Scandinavia—to Iceland. Now, skyr is an exclusively Icelandic dairy product, as other countries have abandoned production.
• Skyr's live and active cultures may help maintain digestive health, boost the immune system, prevent yeast infections and lower bad cholesterol.
• Since it's made from skim milk, it's always nonfat.
• Skyr is frequently compared to Greek yogurt, but it's thicker, creamier and boasts more protein and less sugar.
• Eating high-protein dairy foods such as skyr and yogurt has been shown to help prevent weight gain and obesity.
• Skyr contains a substantial amount of calcium, which helps preserve bone density as we age.
ADD IT TO YOUR BEAUTY REGIMEN
Cover yourself from head to toe in these nourishing yogurt products.
Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Yogurt Lotion Apricot & Honey, $14, shoppersdrugmart.ca. Korres Greek Yoghurt 3-In-1 Cleansing Emulsion, $30, beautyboutique.ca. Farmhouse Fresh Pajama Paste Yogurt, Oat & Honey Face Mask, $23, farmhousefreshgoods.com.
INCORPORATE IT INTO YOUR DIET
Our Skyr Pancakes will be your go-to healthy-ish option on weekend mornings.