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Thursday, April 24, 2014

the best yogurt: siggi's

One of the best breakfasts I have ever had was in France. It was an early morning during the Cannes Film Festival and on the way to a screening I popped into a cafe for a quick espresso and a croissant. As I sat at the outdoor cafe sipping my espresso, I watched the lithe woman next to me enjoying a yogurt with her croissant. On that sunny morning on the Mediterranean, I ordered the yogurt with raspberries as well. It was the best yogurt I have ever had. It was rich and thick, tangy but sweet. I asked what the brand was but the owner shrugged and said it was his wife's recipe.  I stopped there every morning during the Festival for that yogurt. Sometimes I still dream about it.

Since then I have tried every yogurt on the market to recreate this moment. Some Greek yogurts have come close but there was still a richness that was missing. Last week, I picked up Siggi's Icelandic Style Non-Fat Yogurt. There it was. The flavor that I had tried to replicate. It was there in this perfect little cup. (The cup by the way feels god in your hand. It's sturdy and feels almost like a cardboard rather than plastic. That's because the cups are manufactured with 40-50% less plastic than regular yogurt cups.)

I did some research into Siggi's yogurt and read their story. Created by Icelander, Siggi Hilmarsson, this yogurt is based on the recipe for skyr, a traditional Icelandic yogurt. Made with few ingredients, Siggi's does mot contain artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, or growth hormone treated milk. The 0% fat raspberry yogurt I tried contained 110 calories,  14 grams of protein and just 11 grams of sugar. More importantly though, it tasted like pure and delicious.

Later in the week I picked up Siggi's plain yogurt and used it both for dipping strawberries and as a mix in with avocados and pico de gallo for an outstanding guacamole.

Siggi's is now a staple in our home as we try to lead a healthier, simple lifestyle without lots of artificial additives. It's just the best yogurt we've ever had.

Siggi's is available at Whole Foods and other grocery stores nationwide.

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