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Christine Imarenezor

Skyr Is A Protein-Rich Yogurt Alternative That Gets You Closer To Your Body Goals

'Tis the season of hearty meals, unrestrained eating and thoughts of getting your body right. I admit it. The later haunts me every year at around the same time, never failing to remind me that my body deserves better. Despite the excuses of being tired or busy, I decided earlier this month to become more consistent with exercise and putting quality food in my body. I started making sure that each meal had the right amount of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats. My snack game consisted of the usual suspects like celery with peanut butter, turkey jerky with almonds and (my favorite) greek yogurt with granola. But then I heard something about Icelandic Provisions' skyr ("skee-er") and how it's just as good as my favorite greek yogurt brand. I decided to try it out for myself and see what the hype was about. Here's what I found interesting:

There are healthy probiotics

With the craze of organic meats and produce, skyr adds more to the healthy eating craze through its ingredients and live and active cultures known as probiotics. Upon reading the nutritional facts, I see that this yogurt-like snack comes with the good, digestion improving bacteria - heirloom skyr cultures (streptococcus thermophilus islandicus), L. bulgaricus, and bifidobacterium - which all improve the overall health of anyone hitting the gym. What's also interesting is that the cows that produce the milk are grass-fed and raised in a free-range environment without all the artificial growth hormones, like rBGH. It's a win-win situation all around.

It goes down easy

I like greek yogurt, and sometimes its thickness and texture make my eating experience less than pleasing. Besides cottage cheese, greek yogurt was my only other source of protein in the dairy family. Thankfully, the creamy texture of skyr is smoother than my favorite brand, making me more motivating when it comes to eating more of the good stuff, despite the taste (Sidebar: I mostly eat plain greek yogurt. I don't know how, but I do). I also appreciate that it's lighter than my favorite brand, satiates my hunger while helping me get closer to my fitness goals.

It enriched with a long history

Every time I eat a cup of yogurt (or any dairy product for that matter), I assume that it comes from some bustling factory or farm, churning out food to package and ship out. Surprisingly, much like my go-to greek yogurt, skyr really comes from the Northern hemisphere country of Iceland. In fact, it reminds you on the black foil lid, which reads, "Icelandic Skyr (pronounced 'skeer')" in bold at the very top, before it shares an inviting description of what's to come. On the side of the small container, it mentions how heirloom cultures make up most of the skyr, which was "developed with Iceland's oldest farm-owned dairy cooperative, MS Iceland Diaries, which was established in 1927. Interesting fact: Skyr has been Iceland’s signature food for nearly a thousand years. You can date it back to the 9th century when it was believed to be a Vikings journey staple.

It has the right amount of sweetness

Although it comes in many Nordic-inspired flavors like coconut, blueberry with bilberry, strawberry with lingonberry and plain, I decided to try the good old trusty raspberry flavor. Surprisingly the flavor was light and not overbearing on my taste buds. I could actually feel the tiny grains of the berries (thanks to the raspberry puree and fruit ingredients) and could tell that I was eating the real deal, minus any artificial flavoring. Above all, it was not super sweet (just 12 grams in this sucker), beating out the average amount of sugar (33% less than) in one serving of traditional yogurt.

There's muscle-friendly protein

When it comes to burning body fat, gaining and maintaining muscle is important. And to keep them functioning well after a workout, protein is a must. Thankfully, my body can digest dairy without any uncomfortable side effects, so I'm not limited to just getting this nutrient from meats or vegetables. The raspberry skyr comes with 15 grams of protein and only 2 grams of fat, which is perfect post-workout, refueling snack after a solid sweat session. It also came handy whenever I left my protein shake at home. Glory!

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After annihilating my first cup of Icelandic Provisions' raspberry skyr and 2 other flavors - plain and vanilla - I have decided to add this brother of yogurt to my office snacks line up and meal plan. Thankfully it recently made it to the United States. You can find Icelandic skyr for $1.69-$1.99 at your nearest Whole Foods Market (where I oftentimes find myself trying not to buy more than I need) or aany of these 900 locations.

If you can handle dairy foods, try a flavor and let me know your thoughts. In the meantime, may the "body goals" force be with you.

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We're less than 24 hours away from the full release of Beyoncè's Ivy Park collaboration with Adidas and fans are beyond ready, thanks to her brilliant orange box preview.

The entertainer and businesswoman gifted her family and celebrity pals with treasure trunks of goodies. From Solange to Yara Shahidi, celebs shared pieces from the collection on social media this week. Adidas announced its multi-year partnership with the mogul last April, making history in the process. The singer is the first black woman to be the sole owner of an athleisure brand. Bey took the steps to own the brand entirely after her initial collab with Topshop in 2016 by purchasing the shares of Phillip Green after sexual harassment claims were filed against him.

“It’s a dream come true to re-launch IVY PARK as the sole owner,” Beyonce said in a statement. It’s her first collaboration with adidas but not her first time building buzz for a product. The legend cleverly shared the mysterious orange boxes in all shapes in sized to her friends, thus creating quite the conversation on social media.

Ivy Park is also creating bigger conversations in the corporate world. According to a November research note by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Ivy Park's sales can slowly surpass Kanye West's Yeezy line.

“In-line with adidas approach on other franchises, we would expect there to be a low volume, high priced launch ... to create brand heat and in the following years the brand will likely become more democratized,” the note says.“Initially, Ivy Park will be smaller than Yeezy, but Ivy Park has the potential to be larger, if managed properly,” says Matt Powell, a senior footwear analyst at NPD Group.

We love to see it.

See the celebs bask in their Ivy Park glory below.

Tina Lawson

 

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I love this couture beautiful Orange IVY PARK Adidas dress thanks @beyonce. @ivyparkadidas @ivypark. @beyonce. @dougspearman

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Reese Witherspoon

 

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Thank you, @Beyonce for the #IvyPark swag!

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Janelle Monae

 

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Thank you Bey for these @weareivypark pieces ! And a special thank you for my new hide out where I’ll bey escaping my duties . S O proud of you ! Luhhhhh uuuuu @beyonce swiiiipe ☄️

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Hailey Bieber

[email protected] unboxing her #adidasxIVYPARK package. pic.twitter.com/Y3rcxIDhCe

— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@BeyLegion) January 15, 2020

Kelly Rowland

[email protected] unboxing her #adidasxIVYPARK package. pic.twitter.com/vGqwwnZrnl

— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@BeyLegion) January 16, 2020

Yara Shahidi

 

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ADDIDASXIVYPARK PEEK

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Scottie Beam

 

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Check my instastories to see what Beyonce SELECTED for me. Lmfao! Thank you so so much @weareivypark @beyonce ✨ THE INFEED PHOTO IS COMING!

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Ellen DeGeneres

Thank you, @Beyonce. I love my big orange box. Your new clothes are really cool too. #adidasxIVYPARK @adidas pic.twitter.com/ecTxZ5o0CG

— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 15, 2020

Missy Elliott

Thank you so much @Beyonce I am soooooooo humbly grateful you are a GEM! Lol the box was so big I was scared to open I thought a whole human was gonna jump out but this FYE sis #IVYPARK I LOVE IT! pic.twitter.com/hJbrfDWvXL

— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) January 16, 2020

Diplo

[email protected] unboxing his #adidasxIVYPARK package. pic.twitter.com/D2BKKVzLBw

— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@BeyLegion) January 14, 2020

Zendaya

Zendaya has gotten her Ivy Park box....#IvyParkXAdidas #IvyPark #adidasxIVYPARK #adidas pic.twitter.com/fLYdYAVyWn

— Yoncé Headlines (@YonceHeadlines) January 15, 2020

Kim Kimble

 

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Thank you @beyonce @weareivypark @adidas for this drip and I’m going to buy some as well

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Rita Ora

Rita Ora out and about in her Ivy Park x Adidas wear. pic.twitter.com/hFt4OQjE4v

— Beyoncé, Period! (@ourhermitage) January 16, 2020

Quincy

Diddy’s son, Quincy, also got a box of the upcoming Ivy Park/Adidas collection, officially dropping on the 18th of January, 2020 pic.twitter.com/rUJOWgy2l4

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Cardi B

 

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That new @weareivypark bomb

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Laverne Cox

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#mood4eva in my Adidas X IVY Park ... #mood #TransIsBeautiful @adidas @weareivypark @beyonce #DisclosureDoc

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Michelle Williams

 

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Looks coming soooooooooon!!! “I GOT IT” by @rickydillard is appropriate! @beyonce @weareivypark @adidas!! Ok bye for now!!

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Solange

Solange getting the Ivy Park x Adidas from her sis pic.twitter.com/G2bRO2lTYc

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Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner got a Ivy Park box...#IvyParkXAdidas #IvyPark #adidasxIVYPARK #adidas pic.twitter.com/79LGysUZBp

— Yoncé Headlines (@YonceHeadlines) January 17, 2020

Keke Palmer

 

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why do i feel like the whole planet earth is going to wear ivy park? — #beyonce #beyoncé #queen #queenb #yoncé #rumiandsir #rumiandsircarter #rumicarter #sircarter #blueivy #blueivycarter #jayz #jayonce #beyonceandjayz #thecarters #sashafierce #beyhives #beyhive #beckywiththegoodhair #ivypark #ivyparkbeyonce #weareivypark #ivypark2020 #2020 #beyonce2020 #beyoncephotoshoot #beyonceoutfit #flawless

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Dutch Lingerie Designer Accused Of Stealing Rihanna's 'Savage x Fenty' Show Concept

They say nothing is new under the sun and while fashion has reminded us of this over time, some inspirations are hard to ignore.

On Monday (Jan 13), Dutch designer Marlies Dekkers revealed her new 2020 collection with a gathering of dancers, a viral rapper and a very familiar stage step up that has fans of Rihanna's Savage x Fenty collection outraged.

The show bears a striking similarity to Rihanna's Savage x Fenty show which took place in Brooklyn, New York in September 2019. The presentation took a lot of creative risks as dancers, models, actors, and rappers walked throughout a Romanesque stage set with plenty of stairs to include moments for elaborate dance numbers and performances by Halsey, Normani, Big Sean and Migos.

As visuals from the Marlies Dekkers show made their way to social media, fans quickly pointed out the similarities. For one, the stage set up is slightly familiar as white stairs and antique rounded Roman door openings were presented on the stage. The similarities in creative concepts continue with groups of dancers wearing Marlies Dekkers lingerie as artist Famke Louise took the stage. Colors that divided segments also seem to be featured in the show. To make things more awkward, a mix of Rihanna's "Rude Boy" was heard during the show.

Savage x Fenty 2019: 

Marlies Dekkers 2020: 

DID THEY JUST LITERALLY STEAL THE SAVAGEX CONCEPT? pic.twitter.com/VuObKhINHO

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Every one is a suspect @marliesdekkers #ss20 #fw20 pic.twitter.com/YZ8RIP5zkC

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Dekkers has yet to comment on the comparisons. Dekkers launched her collection Undressed in 1993. Sold in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Paris, Bangkok, Berlin and Moscow, Dekkers brought the brand to the US with a show in New York in 2008. Guests included a young Solange, Kelly Rowland and Usher.

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Jay-Z Rings In 50th Birthday With Limited Edition D'USSÉ Cognac

It's Jay-Z Day and that can only mean one thing–an endless streaming party for the music mogul. While you're jamming to Reasonable Doubt on Tidal or enjoying the re-release of his discography on Spotify, you can also be on the lookout for D'USSÉ's latest release.

D’USSÉ 1969 Anniversaire is a cognac produced from a single barrel in France where the brand's other popular expressions like D’USSÉ  XO ($199) and VSOP ($50) are made. The difference, however, is the resulting cognac was aged in a single oak cask with a single eau de vie. This is a treat for spirit enthusiasts since most barrels are blended. Jay had a chance to sample the rare batch with Maître de Chai (Cellar Master) Michel Casavecchia a few years ago, making this release one to remember.

Jay has given out 50 bottles of the batch to his closest friends and family but fans will be able to score the batch during the 2020 holiday season. Since there was only one barrel made of D’USSÉ 1969 Anniversaire, this will make it a pretty hot commodity next year.

Jay-Z became a partial owner of the spirits brand over six years ago as well as the full owner of premium Champagne brand Armand de Brignac. The Distilled Spirits Council by way of Fortune reports the brandy/cognac market is the place to be with the spirit selling 6.4 million nine-liter cases last year–a 12% increase from 2018's sales.

“The inimitable liquid of D’USSÉ 1969 Anniversaire showcases how the centuries-old traditions of the house continue to stand the test of time,” Global Brand Ambassador Sullivan Doh tells VIBE. “Once the barrel is emptied and bottled, there is no way to ever make this exact liquid again - and that is something we felt was worthy of honoring such a cultural icon.” 

If that wasn't enough, the flavors of the special batch are rich in walnut, hazelnut and candied apple. “Its aromas have now developed into an exquisite eaux-de-vie from the Château de Cognac, with characteristics unique to this exceptional batch,” Casavecchia adds. “Upon the first sip, it reveals a distinct potency with powerful, woody notes and a long stewed fruit finish, with a touch of leather and cigar box.” 

Be sure to scoop up the limited edition batch when it hits a store near you.

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