12 Things You Can Make With Skyr, Iceland’s Higher-Protein Version of Greek Yogurt

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Let's give credit where it's due: Greek yogurt has been a trusty and beloved healthy food staple for years now. But that doesn't mean you've got to be exclusive with your dairy product of choice—and truth be told, if you're anything like me, you might actually be feeling a little maxed out on Greek yogurt by now. Meet skyr, Iceland's higher-protein answer: It's almost scandalously thick, rich, and tangy. Dare I say, Greek yogurt 2.0?

OK, so skyr isn't new by any means, but Icelandic-style yogurt is having a major moment outside of its native island, with U.S. brands like Siggi's and Smari popping up. And technically, over there, it's not even considered yogurt: "In Iceland, it’s called cheese, but the texture and taste are closer to what Americans would deem yogurt," explains Lindsey Pine, M.S., R.D., owner of Tasty Balance Nutrition. Hey, no complaints either way—I'll take cheese or yogurt.

Just like Greek yogurt, the high protein content in skyr comes from straining, meaning the liquid whey is separated from the solids when it's made, explains Pine. But it also has to do with how much milk it takes to produce it, says Amy Gorin, M.S., R.D., owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in Jersey City, New Jersey. "Typically, four cups of milk yields one cup of skyr, netting a higher-protein product," she says.

The difference isn't massive—depending on the brand, six ounces of Greek yogurt has about 17 grams of protein, while six ounces of skyr has about 19 grams, says Gorin. But if you just realized you've been eating the same Greek yogurt breakfast every day for, like, three years, seeing what you think of the skyr trend is a good way to mix it up.

Skyr is different enough to keep things interesting, but similar enough that you can use it pretty much anywhere you can use Greek yogurt. These 12 recipes call for Greek yogurt, but taste just as good (better?) when you swap in an equal amount of skyr.

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<p>Yogurt and pasta may seem like a bizarre combo, but skyr can act as a versatile cream sauce. Plus, garlic makes everything taste extra awesome, right? Get the recipe <a href="http://foxeslovelemons.com/garlicky-greek-yogurt-pasta?mbid=synd_yahoofood" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:here" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">here</a>.</p>
Garlicky Yogurt Pasta With Sautéed Lentils and Chickpeas from Foxes Love Lemons

Yogurt and pasta may seem like a bizarre combo, but skyr can act as a versatile cream sauce. Plus, garlic makes everything taste extra awesome, right? Get the recipe here.

<p>Skyr definitely has mayo beat on nutrition, and the similar textures make yogurt an easy, barely noticeable switch in chicken salad. Get the recipe <a href="http://www.wellplated.com/greek-yogurt-chicken-salad?mbid=synd_yahoofood" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:here" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">here</a>.</p>
Yogurt Chicken Salad from Well Plated

Skyr definitely has mayo beat on nutrition, and the similar textures make yogurt an easy, barely noticeable switch in chicken salad. Get the recipe here.

<p>That post-pancake lethargy is all too real (brunchers, you know what I mean), but adding in skyr's protein and cutting back on the sugar will help curb the crash. Get the recipe <a href="http://iamafoodblog.com/greek-yogurt-pancakes?mbid=synd_yahoofood" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:here" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">here</a>.</p>
Yogurt Pancakes from I Am a Food Blog

That post-pancake lethargy is all too real (brunchers, you know what I mean), but adding in skyr's protein and cutting back on the sugar will help curb the crash. Get the recipe here.

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<p>A yogurt marinade is one of my absolute favorite ways to prepare chicken, whether it's regular, Greek, or skyr yogurt. It keeps the chicken moist and gives it almost a creamy dressing-like texture, and coated by the crunch of breadcrumbs, the finished product is divine. Get the recipe <a href="http://www.theleangreenbean.com/turmeric-yogurt-chicken?mbid=synd_yahoofood" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:here" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">here</a>.</p>
Turmeric Yogurt Chicken from The Lean Green Bean

A yogurt marinade is one of my absolute favorite ways to prepare chicken, whether it's regular, Greek, or skyr yogurt. It keeps the chicken moist and gives it almost a creamy dressing-like texture, and coated by the crunch of breadcrumbs, the finished product is divine. Get the recipe here.

<p>These pretty muffins could be made with any fresh or frozen fruit you've got—and, speaking of, you can freeze extra muffins to thaw next time you want a grab-and-go breakfast with protein. Get the recipe <a href="http://cookieandkate.com/2016/healthy-raspberry-muffins-recipe?mbid=synd_yahoofood" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:here" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">here</a>.</p>
Healthy Raspberry Muffins from Cookie and Kate

These pretty muffins could be made with any fresh or frozen fruit you've got—and, speaking of, you can freeze extra muffins to thaw next time you want a grab-and-go breakfast with protein. Get the recipe here.

<p>A creamy and cool radish raita adds an extra punch of protein to salmon when it's made with skyr. Get the recipe <a href="http://bsinthekitchen.com/pan-roasted-salmon-with-collard-greens-radish-raita?mbid=synd_yahoofood" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:here" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">here</a>.</p>
Pan Roasted Salmon With Radish Raita from BS In The Kitchen

A creamy and cool radish raita adds an extra punch of protein to salmon when it's made with skyr. Get the recipe here.

<p>This summer staple isn't the nutritional demon it's made out to be when skyr steps in for mayo. Use it to top a veggie burger or bring a batch to a backyard barbecue. Get the recipe <a href="https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/greek-yogurt-coleslaw-recipe?mbid=synd_yahoofood" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:here" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">here</a>.</p>
Greek Yogurt Coleslaw from Gimme Some Oven

This summer staple isn't the nutritional demon it's made out to be when skyr steps in for mayo. Use it to top a veggie burger or bring a batch to a backyard barbecue. Get the recipe here.

<p>I can vouch for Greek yogurt mac and cheese here, and trust me, it's pretty life-changing: It's tangy, gooey, and it skips out on the cream and butter that typically take the dish overboard on not-so-healthy fat. Swapping the Greek yogurt for skyr has an even creamier, richer result, which is <em>always</em> a good thing when it comes to mac and cheese. Get the recipe <a href="http://www.texanerin.com/healthier-macaroni-and-cheese?mbid=synd_yahoofood" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:here" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">here</a>.</p>
Healthier Mac and Cheese from Texanerin

I can vouch for Greek yogurt mac and cheese here, and trust me, it's pretty life-changing: It's tangy, gooey, and it skips out on the cream and butter that typically take the dish overboard on not-so-healthy fat. Swapping the Greek yogurt for skyr has an even creamier, richer result, which is always a good thing when it comes to mac and cheese. Get the recipe here.

<p>Sub in skyr in this tangy tzatziki sauce to officially make Greek-Icelandic fusion a thing. Pairs well with pita, chicken souvlaki, and...more pita. Get the recipe <a href="https://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/tzatziki-sauce?mbid=synd_yahoofood" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:here" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">here</a>.</p>
Tzatziki Sauce from Two Peas and Their Pod

Sub in skyr in this tangy tzatziki sauce to officially make Greek-Icelandic fusion a thing. Pairs well with pita, chicken souvlaki, and...more pita. Get the recipe here.

<p>This banana bread recipe uses yogurt <em>and</em> protein powder to make sure it's way more satiating than your average loaf (and just as tasty). Get the recipe <a href="http://www.nutritionistinthekitch.com/protein-packed-banana-bread-can-be-gluten-free?mbid=synd_yahoofood" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:here" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">here</a>.</p>
Protein-Packed Banana Bread from Nutritionist in the Kitch

This banana bread recipe uses yogurt and protein powder to make sure it's way more satiating than your average loaf (and just as tasty). Get the recipe here.

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Breakfast Baked Acorn Squash With Yogurt, Honey, and Pecans from Ambitious Kitchen

Chances are, you've eaten yogurt for breakfast before, but not like this. You may have to wait for it to be in season, but it's worth it: Acorn squash adds a sweet and savory element, and it also makes this breakfast seem really, really fancy. Get the recipe here.

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Banana Avocado Pudding from SELFstarter

This sweet treat is made by blending a bunch of good-for-you ingredients—bananas, avocado, and Greek yogurt of skyr—in a food processor until they whip into something that's much greater than the sum of its parts.

Get the recipe when you sign up for SELFstarter, the new members-only meal plan and shopping discount site from the editors of SELF.

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