Fresh Spring Pasta Salad

One of my favorite vegan/vegetarian recipe site is I altered it slightly in the pictures below for the things that I did not have on hand (artichoke hearts and dill) Here is the easy pasta salad recipe:

Spring Pasta Salad with Asparagus and Fresh Peas

Serves: 4 to 6

  • 8 ounces tri-color rotini,
  • 8 ounces slender asparagus
  • 1 cup shelled fresh peas, lightly steamed
  • One 15-ounce can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Cook the pasta in plenty of rapidly simmering water until al dente. Drain and rinse under cool water.

Meanwhile, trim 1/2 inch from the bottoms of the asparagus spears, and cut them into approximately 1l/2-inch lengths. Steam in a large saucepan with a small amount of water until bright green and tender-crisp, then drain and rinse until cool. I used the steamer below. I also steamed the carrots as well (for about a minute).

Combine the cooked pasta, asparagus, and peas with the remaining ingredients in a large serving bowl. Toss gently but thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate until needed or serve.

*please note this is not my recipe and was taken directly from vegkitchen.ccom


Crazy, unsexy meat and dairy

Kris Carr was diagnosed with cancer at barely 30 years old. Her cancer was untreatable. Think about it, you’re just minding your won business living life. All of a sudden Gd decks you to the floor. Unwilling to let cancer beat her, Kris embarked on a journey of nutrition, spirituality, and love. Her story is inspiring, courageous, and nothing short of amazing. I highly recommend her books and DVDs. See bottom of post for links. Kris’ book “Crazy Sexy Diet” is a game changer.

Kris was able to treat her cancer by making lifestyle changes through nutrition, exercise, meditation, and more. She goes into a lot of detail about why humans should be eating a plant based diet and not the American diet (fast food, processed foods, meat, dairy, sugar, trans fats). I will devote this particular post to meat and dairy (and how yucky they are).


Compassion Over Kiilling

Here are some of the facts (from ‘Crazy Sexy Diet’)

– Although your ancestors may have ate meat back in the day it’s not the same today since we ate much larger portions, more frequently, and more “diseaseridden” farms! Plants were mostly gathered for meals.

– Our intestines are 26″ long. Carnivores’ intestines are much shorter. The animal therefore gets digested faster. But for us, it takes much longer (think dead animal in 98.6 degrees) YECH!

– We only really need .36 grams of protein her body pound which can be easily reached from plant based foods (black beans, chickpeas, kidney beans, lentils,etc.)

– “[Dairy] industry executives become government regulators, then become industry executives again, like one big revolving door swirling with crazy money.”This means, money becomes more important than our health.

– The China Study. Read it. It makes a direct link from protein found in animal  products (casein) to CANCER. Plant proteins were found to have enough power to turn cancer on or off!! AMAZING! But you probably didn’t hear about it because the meat and dairy industry’s propaganda was louder.

– Links to dairy: Crohn’s disease, kidney stones, eczema, allergies, asthma, arthritis, inflammation, pimples, stomach pain, gas, and bloating. That’s a long ass list and I’m sure there’s more.

– Animals are injected with hormones, steroids, and other drugs. Even that milk or cheese has hormones in it. “In the United States, dairy products account for 60 to 80 percent of estrogens consumed.” This is due to the excessive estrogen a cow produces when her body is tricked into being pregnant all the time.

– Effects of dairy in women: earlier puberty, more menstrual cycles, higher risk of ovarian and breast cancer later in life.
– Effects of dairy in men: estrogen causes man boobs, delayed emotional maturity, and possibly a lower sperm count.
– Cooking meat at high (grill, broiler, fryer) heats increases cancer inducing carcinogens.

This is just the beginning. I haven’t even gotten into animal cruelty. And that’s a doozy. I will let you get into that one yourself if you are interested. Here are some awesome resources. I highly recommend doing your research on this. We are talking about the difference between life and death for us and our children.

Hello world!


My name is Danna and in my free time I research nutrition. I am a bit of a nut… and a health nut. I have a no bullshit approach to living a healthy lifestyle. I wasn’t always like this. ‘

In 2009 my son was born. It was then that I started to realize how important our family’s health was. Fast forward another year, my husband was deployed, and I had lost control. Stressed, busy, depressed, and eating the Standard American diet, I became sick. I was under 100 pounds, suffering from allergies, colds, nausea, vomiting, hair loss, and the like. Knowing something had to be done, my mother dragged me to the doctor. After many tests we discovered gluten, dairy, stress, and many other factors played into my health. I decided it was time to take my life in my hands. After all, we are the creators of our own realities, right?

And so the research began. I now eat primarily gluten free. 100% vegetarian and about 85% vegan. I eat and drink my veggies. I love my spirulina. I work out regularly. I meditate. I work full time. But these things don’t define me. I am happy, alive, thriving, loving, helping others, a mother and a wife. Those things define me.

But, you are what you eat! And eating well absolutely effects every single part of your body. Changing your diet impacts your skin, hair, body weight, diseases, sicknesses, ailments, feelings, thoughts, moods, organs, blood flow, and so much MORE!  I want to open people’s eyes to this. Educate others; nudge them to make healthy choices. All the while learning new things myself. We can all live better, healthier, fuller lives.

It’s not too late, start today!