What is Hygge? How Do We Pronounce It and Can We Eat It? | Natural Gourmet Institute

What is Hygge? How Do We Pronounce It and Can We Eat It?

Posted November 22, 2017

Hygge. You’ve probably heard this Danish word once or twice before, but what does it really mean (and by golly, how do you pronounce it)? According to Oxford Dictionary, hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is defined as a “quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.”

Embracing the Danish tradition, we’ve decided to apply hygge to what we know best: food! Here are three ways to embrace hygge while eating.

  1. Eat warming, comfort foods
    The feeling of coziness (something we long for during the cold, winter months) is what most people associate with the word hygge. We can create this feeling through our eating habits; winter produce is hearty for a reason. Eating foods that are seasonal like squash, sweet potatoes, and turnips and adding spices like cinnamon, turmeric, and ginger make dishes like soups and stews ultra-warming. This Cauliflower Rice Curry with Sweet Potatoes includes warming spices, hearty chickpeas, and sweet potatoes, which makes it a perfect dish for feeling cozy.
  2. Eat without distractions
    Hygge requires mindfulness, embracing slowness, and the ability to enjoy being present. We can be more mindful during our meals and enjoy the process of eating by sitting down to meals without distraction (of phones, laptops or TV), taking adequate time to eat, and chewing food thoroughly. These practices create a fulfilling eating experience and promote proper digestion and satiety.
  3. Eat meals with loved ones
    Warming up with tea on the couch is not the only way to embrace hygge. When we spend time with friends and family in an intimate setting, it reminds us of the importance of community support in creating a comfortable living environment. Cooking and sharing meals with loved ones brings us together to enjoy traditions, new and old, and food that nourishes our bodies.

Hygge Hyped? Here are three classes to take at NGI to get started:

  • Make cozy, vegan dishes like smoked collard greens and candied yams in our Vegan Soul Food class coming up on Tuesday, December 5th.
  • Want to dive deep into understanding the nature of consciousness and harmonizing body and mind? Take our 2-day Ayurveda course on Sunday, December 3rd and Sunday, December 10th.
  • Learn how to create a delicious, nutritious, and simple gathering for your loved ones in our Festive Vegan Hors d’Oeuvres class on Thursday, November 30th.