Tag: nutrition

Hibiscus-Infused Water {Recipe}

“Recipe” is probably an exaggeration, but I am asked so often about how I make my favorite beverage I thought it was time to make a little video demonstration. The ingredients are as simple as can be:

  • dried hibiscus flowers
  • water
  • strawberries (my favorite addition to add sweetness to balance the tartness)

It was my friend, Dr. Michael Greger, who inspired me to start sipping hibiscus “tea” / water in the first place. According to research he examined, hibiscus flowers have an incredibly high amount of free-radical-killing antioxidants, “elevating the antioxidant level of one’s bloodstream within an hour of consumption.” The rich red color alone reveals the abundance of phytochemicals, and the additional strawberries I recommend add the perfect balance to the tart hibiscus — as well as more nutrients.

Let me know what you think!

For more on living and cooking vegan (i.e. compassionately and healthfully), my books are here to help:

The Joy of Vegan Baking 

The Vegan Table

Color Me Vegan

Vegan’s Daily Companion

The 30-Day Vegan Challenge

The Joyful Vegan

Eat By Color

In this episode I explain why message for eating healthfully can be narrowed down into three little words: eat by color. The pigments in plant foods are a key to their nutritional benefits.

These couldn’t be more simple and more delicious. There is no added fat, no added sugar — only the protein, nutrients, and natural sweetness from the banana and cinnamon. Mash up 1 banana in a bowl. Stir in 1/2 cup oats (quick-cooking or rolled), some cinnamon, and a dash of salt. Use a spoon to drop 4 cookie-shaped dollops onto a parchment-lined baking tray, and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes until they are a golden brown. (I just use my toaster oven.) Let cool (or not!), and enjoy. (I’ve also made variations where I press a couple blueberries in before baking!!)

As always, you can find lots of resources for living compassionately and healthfully at joyfulvegan.com, you can find my books wherever books are sold, and you can join me in my online cooking classes or in an upcoming vegan trip.


Includes delicious plant-based recipes and a meal plan!

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