Photo Credit: @thatveganswimmer
We’ve pretty much been stalking @thatveganswimmer‘s Insta feed daily since we discovered it a few weeks ago. All her food photos have us drooling, but we are especially in love with the photos of her nice cream creations, taken while still right in her Vitamix. Creamy, dreamy, thick nice creams. You won’t be able to stop looking, either.
We’re also just a bit fascinated by That Vegan Swimmer (real name: Sophie Torres) and the fact that she’s a competitive athlete, thriving on a plant-based diet. We asked her to share more about her lifestyle, how her diet fuels her active lifestyle and to share one of her go-to nice cream recipes with us so we can make it tomorrow…for breakfast.
My name is Sophie Torres, but most of my Insta followers know me as That Vegan Swimmer. I have been a competitive swimmer for around seven years now and vegan for roughly four of them. I train for 10-20 hours a week, depending on what part of our season we’re in, but I’m always fueling myself with healthy, whole, plant-based foods that are oil, gluten, sugar and salt free.
About nice cream…it’s one of my favorite meals. Yes, I said MEALS. Most people think of ice cream as a dessert or a treat that you should only have a little of to satisfy a sweet tooth. But not in my world. Nice cream consists of pure frozen fruit, usually with a base of completely frozen bananas, blended in a high speed blender or food processor until smooth, with little to no liquid. If I do use liquid, I typically only use unsweetened plant based milk like soy or coconut milk or perhaps coconut water or fresh orange juice for a little citrusy kick.
Nice cream is 100% healthy, it’s just fruit! How could you go wrong with that? It’s full of fiber with all the whole fruit, and it contains complex sugars and carbohydrates which provide lasting energy to keep you going throughout your day. I can’t even begin to list all the vitamins and minerals that bananas provide, as well as any other fruits you put in your nice cream. It’s delicious and such an easy way to eat something cool and refreshing while getting in loads of nutrients. This is especially important for athletes, vegan and non vegan alike. Because athletes sweat and burn so many calories (yes, swimmers sweat too), we lose a lot of energy and nutrients that we need to consume and replenish after losing them.
My favorite time of day to eat this cool and creamy treat? Breakfast! At night when we are asleep, our bodies are busy digesting food, resting and recovering. Nice cream is filling but still very rich in water and hydrating properties, as well as nutrients that our bodies need to replenish. It’s a perfect breakfast.
Go try it yourself! Here’s one of my favorite recipes:
Mango Raspberry Nice Cream
- 3 frozen bananas
- 1 1/2 cups frozen mango
- 3/4 cup frozen raspberries
- 1/2 cup unsweetened plant based milk or coconut water (optional but recommended if you don’t have a high speed blender or food processor)
Blend all ingredients until it comes out just like ice cream. You will likely need to use a spoon or spatula to press down the sides of your blender or food processor (if your blender comes with a tool, like the Vitamix does use that). Make sure there are no chunks and if your nice cream melts slightly. just put it in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes and it will firm right up.