Sea Buckthorn Yogurt Plates

Do you ever look back to, say a year ago, + get blown away by how much has changed in that time? I had one of those moments when I was buying this yogurt, as weird as it sounds. I was in one of my favorite grocery stores to pick up a few things (yogurt wasn't on the list) + I saw this skyr on the shelf + it sparked a few flashbacks. 

It was just over a year ago that I traveled to Iceland. It feels like it was just yesterday + yet like it was another lifetime ago. So much has changed in my life + in me since then. And it was just a few months earlier that I drizzled a sauce made out of this same yogurt over roasted root veggies while on the phone gabbing with one of my best friends. How does that work? 

Anyway, yes, some days all it takes is something as plain as yogurt to make me wax nostalgic. 

When I traveled to Iceland, I practically lived on skyr because a). it was everywhere, b). it was cheap + Iceland will drain your American wallet, c). it's portable + I was on a roadtrip + d). it's delicious. My sister + I would go to Bonus, one of the main grocery stores in the country, + pick up all these like caramel, coconut, peach + mocha. We went crazy. Bonus visits were one of our favorite things we did (no shame).

Skyr is basically Icelandic yogurt, but you see it in our American supermarkets too. The word means "thickened milk" and it's a thousand year old staple food in the country. I love this stuff from Norr Skyr. It's made in Upstate New York (shoutout to my old stomping grounds!) + it's pure quality. The make only a few flavors, all of which are inspired by nordic flavors.

This sea buckthorn one is my favorite. Sea buckthorn is known as the Siberian pineapple + the superfood of the north. It's hard to describe the flavor, but I'd say it's sort of a tart apple-citrus combo. I'm crazy about it. This flavor, along with all the others, is perfect for those winter breakfasts when you want something that goes with the cooler season but tastes fresh + light + is packed with protein. If you can find it in a store near you, try it! And if you can't, improvise! Any good quality yogurt is the perfect backdrop for all sorts of sweet, savory, nutty, fruity, earthy items. I'll be making a few more varieties using other flavors from Norr Skyr this season for a healthy, refreshing twist on my favorite meal of the day.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 of a cup of sea buckthorn yogurt, or another flavor of your choice
  • Roasted or fresh blueberries
  • Unsweetened coconut chips or shreds
  • Freshly grated ginger
  • Seeds, like chia, flax, sunflower or pumpkin
  • Roasted carrots

Place a dollop of yogurt on a plate + us the back of a spoon to spread it evenly, or make it parfait-style + layer the yogurt in a bowl or glass. Top with all the ingredients! Go wild!

I roasted blueberries quickly by throwing a few on a baking pan + placing them under the broiler until they were soft + juicy. For the carrots, I tossed them in some olive oil + roasted them at 450 degrees until they were tender. I loved carrots with this since they add an earthy flavor on top of the sweet, tartness of the yogurt + other ingredients. Carrots for breakfast? You betcha.