Healthy and Hygge Food Choices

Hygge related food choices are generally associated with giving yourself a break from healthy living. However, this past week I have been experimenting with different Healthy and Hygge recipes! “Getting your hands dirty by baking at home is a hyggelig activity’” according to Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute and author of “The Little Book of Hygge”. So, as the weather gets warmer I have discovered some ways to be Healthy and Hygge while indulging in sinfully tasty treats! Take a read and let me know what you think!

Baked Apples

Yum! This treat is like having a fresh baked apple pie…without the crust. I cannot begin to describe the lovely smell that fills your home as the apples bake. To create this delicious treat, begin by coring and then slicing 2-4 apples, depending on the number of people you plan to share this treat with! Place the apples in a pie plate, I chose a glass pie plate when I made the recipe so I could easily see how the apples baked. Then add butter, crumbled graham crackers, cinnamon, brown sugar, and a splash of water—so things don’t dry out. Bake it in the oven at 325 degrees for about 25 minutes, until the apples are just soft enough to melt in your mouth. So grab two forks and share with your significant other while snuggling on the couch!

Coffee, Sangria, or Both?

I say both! Don’t get me wrong, I love coffee; I lived in Seattle for almost 10 years and my husband worked at Starbucks but during the summer months a cup of coffee makes the day too hot! Yes, it is great in the morning but what do you do with the remainder of the pot? Make iced coffee of course! A great afternoon treat is a cup of cold coffee with ice, a splash of cream, and teaspoon (or two) of sugar. It makes the afternoon float by into the evening. Did someone say evening—yes, a perfect summer time Hygge is sangria. You can make either red or white sangria. After a morning at the farmers marketing picking up fresh raspberries, blueberries, and watermelon add the items to a pitcher with wine, a splash of vodka and seltzer. Then cool in the fridge just long enough to allow the fruits to soak up the flavors and enjoy!

Celebrate Red, White, and Blue.

This past Monday was Memorial Day; a day to remember those that served in the United States Armed Services and passed away while serving. Often times the day is celebrated as the first day of summer and people celebrate with red, white, and blue accents. “The lower the temperature of the light, the more Hygge”. I like to celebrate with red, white, and blue Christmas lights on my front porch; I use them Memorial Day through Labor Day to help set the Hygge mood for tasty summer treats! Use the same fruits picked up at the farmers market to create a red, white and blue healthy treat: angel food cake with blueberries, raspberries, and whipped cream. Yes, the combination is lower carbohydrate, lower calories, and super tasty!

 

So head to the grocery store, farmers market, country store, wherever you feel comfortable and pick up some supplies to create a Healthy and Hygge treat!

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