What is hygge?
Have you heard of hygge (pronounced “hoo-ga”)? It refers to “feelings of cozy contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple things in life.” I discovered the term last year in a book and recognized immediately that hygge is what I want to experience, especially during the cold winter months.
So what types of things are hygge? That depends on what brings joy, peace and warmth to you. My list includes:
- Comfy clothes and sweaters
- Soft candles
- Hot tea
- Cozy blankets
- Good books on favourite chairs
- Slower pace of life
- Warm, home-cooked foods
I feel relaxation setting in just thinking about it!
Bringing hygge to your meals
Homemade foods, comfort foods and hot drinks are usually what people are referring to when they think of hygge eating. The concept can also extend to the idea of eating together and connecting over a meal, which has a host of health and other benefits.
A perfect place to start if you want to incorporate some hygge foods into your life is with soup. Try a family favourite or something new like this cauliflower soup where the veggies are roasted to help bring out the flavour. Here is what I learned the first time I made this recipe:
- Trust the method. Cooking the onion, garlic and spices in broth is unconventional, but it works.
- Use a regular blender – not an immersion blender. You’ll want this soup to be velvety smooth.
- Add the dill and lemon. Though you may be skeptical of pairing these with cauliflower, this is what really brings out the flavour. If you want to try sumac, but have never heard of it before, you can learn more here.
- Pair the soup with other foods to balance the meal. Serving the soup alongside a plate of veggies, cheese and whole grain crackers will help you create a satisfying dinner.
I hope you’re inspired to enjoy more warmth and coziness after reading this. What things and recipes are on your hygge list? Share them in the comments.
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Written by a Registered Dietitian.