Tag: plants

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

Scary Movies with an Animal Theme

Don’t worry! I don’t recommend films in which animals are the victims of gruesome violence. So, grab some popcorn, get a pen and paper, and settle into this episode where I share my suggestions for films that are perfect for Halloween — for kids and adult alike. 

Animal-Friendly Gardens: Plants, Flowers, and Trees Named After Animals

The thousands of animal-related words and expressions we have in our English language illustrate how deeply connected we are to animals, and that’s never more apparent than in the names of plants — both the common names and the botanical names. Join me on this fun journey through gardens, fields, and forests as we discover plants, trees, flowers, and fungi named after animals.

Buying In or Selling Out? When Meat and Dairy Corporations Buy Vegan Companies

The animal-based meat, dairy, and egg companies are not committed to killing and hurting animals as much as they’re committed to making money. If the meat, dairy, & egg industries could make as much money NOT killing and hurting animals, they’ll do it. Buying into the success of vegan companies enables them to do that. Isn’t that what we want?

The plant-based foods market recently topped $3.1 billion in sales and is slated to reach over $5 billion in just a couple years. As a result, the animal-based meat, dairy, egg, and other large corporations see vegan companies and the plant-based products they make as competitors they should fear, emulate, learn from, collaborate with, invest in, or even purchase. They recognize they need to “buy into” the success, growth, and future of the plant-based market. Some, however, see it as vegan companies “selling out,” choosing profit over principles and betraying their loyal vegan customer base. On today’s episode, we explore the many perspectives of such business decisions and speculate about who the biggest winners are in the end.

Compassion for All Creatures Great and Small: In Conversation with Nancy Lawson, author of The Humane Gardener

Just because you don’t consider yourself a “gardener” doesn’t mean this episode isn’t for you. Humane gardening is about looking through the lens of the millions of species on this planet and creating a space that enables them to thrive. It’s about coexisting with rather than managing or controlling wildlife. With the help of Nancy Lawson, author of The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife, you can apply this concept in your own garden patch, on your apartment balcony, or as part of policy you create with city officials. In this episode, Nancy and I chat about:

  • how to help pollinators (and that doesn’t just mean honeybees)
  • what to do when you have uninvited critters in your attic
  • how to plant for maximum wildlife (hint: NATIVES!)
  • why preventing deer, plant-eating animals, from eating plants, makes no sense
  • why you may want to rethink birdfeeders (and plant natives instead)
  • how you can prevent your dog from getting skunked
  • how you can get on the public relations team for wildlife

and so much more! Enjoy, please share, and be sure to follow Nancy at humanegardener.com.

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Are Oysters Vegan?

I’ve heard every justification for the consumption of animals, but I was a bit stunned when I heard someone claim that vegans should eat oysters because bivalves are “basically plants.” No doubt there are grey areas in this whole attempt to live as compassionately as possible. But even the fuzzy lines are still lines. If I let you eat oysters, would you stop eating cows?

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