Today I’m honored to introduce to you Nafsika Antypas, TV Host and creator of the World’s first vegan living series, Plant-Based by Nafsika that airs on A&E this July.
However, the world is moving toward a plant-based diet and Nafsika, a vegan herself, soon came to realize that not only would this be considered a diet, but a lifestyle as well. Enter, “Plant-based, By Nafsika,” a show all about living a healthy and fun lifestyle, influenced by the beautiful Mediterranean.
Your food philosophy
As the great Greek philosopher, Hippocrates used to say, “Let food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” It’s so important to recognize the importance of good nutrition. Not only will it help you stay healthy, but prevent or even cure disease.
In my home, we start the day with a fresh fruit smoothie. (Usually banana, strawberries, blueberries, with unsweetened almond milk.) If there’s time, I will have oatmeal cereal with maple syrup as well. Since mornings are always hectic in any household, a morning smoothie is so ideal and at the same time, the healthiest choice.
Wake up the kids, make everyone’s smoothie (usually 2 different kinds), pack the kids’ lunches (usually home-made leftovers from the day before), dress everyone and then myself, load everyone in the car and off to school and work! I don’t wear make-up or style my hair (unless I’m going an event) so we’re literally out of the house within 40 minutes.
Go-to juice or smoothie
I will always start with the basic: strawberries, bananas and almond milk as the base, then just add whatever I happen to have in the kitchen.
What supplements do you take
I have a vegan vegetable protein powder that I like to add to my daily smoothies- but not every day.
Your favorite kitchen tool
My blender! I’m always sneaking in extra vegetables in my recipes.
5 pantry staples
Lentils, mixed beans mix, brown rice, can of peeled tomatoes, herbs & spices
Favorite thing to cook for friends
My famous pasta and vegan meat sauce.
Favorite way to workout
Favorite thing to wear
Favorite place you’ve traveled to
I absolutely love Europe, and I’ve been to several countries. Greece is probably my favorite country to visit since I’m from there but I also really love Italy.
Where would you love to travel
I have yet to go to Spain and that is definitely on my list of places to go.
Your favorite healthy place in your city?
Any juice bar, I can’t pick just one- they are all great.
One piece of health advice
My advice to anyone is to follow a plant-based diet (generally vegan), but do not put too much pressure on yourself. As soon as you start to see the feel the results, you will not want to go back to your old eating habits.