- Tipper Lewis, 43, has been consuming superfoods for over 20 years
- Has glowing skin, high energy levels and no doctor
- Would love to see children in schools eating superfoods
From model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s beloved wheatgrass-packed green juice to Victoria Beckham’s favourite bee pollen breakfasts, there are plenty of stars who are walking adverts for the power of superfoods.
Health bloggers and celebrities alike sing superfoods’ praises and scientists publish countless studies into their health benefits.
Each comes with its own promise. Indeed, acai berries have been linked to weight loss and cancer prevention, flax seeds are thought to help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease, while coconut oil has been hailed as a weight loss aid.
But how do we know if they actually work when we’ve only become aware of them in the past few years?
One woman, who has been making use of superfoods her entire life, swears by the stuff – and her wrinkle-free skin, boundless energy and the fact that she doesn’t even have a doctor are surely testament to the power of superfoods.
Tipper Lewis, 43, from London, grew up on a farm and quickly became fascinated by the power of plants, Chinese medicine and organic produce.
A vegan since the age of 18, she studied the power of herbs and plants at University and landed a job at Neal’s Yard Remedies – the leading independent British retailer of organic natural health and beauty products.
Speaking to FEMAIL about her love of superfoods, she said: ‘I was taking them twenty years ago and they definitely weren’t as fashionable back then but I’ve always loved them.
‘People would laugh at me for having a bottle of green water on my desk at work but I just can’t imagine living a different way. My healthy diet is definitely to thank for my energy levels. When I was eating badly as a student, I was grumpier and my mind didn’t work as fast.’
Tipper starts the day with a superfood-charged smoothie, packed with green powder, bee pollen and maca powder. For lunch, she grabs a healthy salad and dinner is often stir fry with hemp seeds.
She has also created countless healthy recipes, including her raw cacao chocolate, which is made using raw cacao powder. Unlike cocoa powder, cacao is not refined so is packed with the antioxidants and minerals that cocoa has stripped away.
She replaces coffee with a matcha green tea, which is high in antioxidants and particularly catechins – the most potent and beneficial antioxidant.
Thanks to her healthy diet, she rarely gets ill. ‘I don’t even have a doctor,’ she admits.
Her boyfriend has also jumped on the superfood bandwagon and takes bee pollen (the superfood loved by Victoria Beckham that contains almost all of the nutrients we need) to beat his hayfever.
Tipper works behind the scenes at the UK’s leading superfood supplier, so what big health trends can we look out for this year?
‘Goldenberries are the new goji berries,’ she said. ‘They are amazing for your beauty, rich in antioxidants, protect your body and regulate blood sugar levels. They also help with collagen production so are amazing for keeping wrinkles at bay.’
Whilst Tipper has quietly been consuming superfoods her whole life, she thinks celebrities such as Miranda Kerr and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley have ‘opened a door for the public’ by professing their love of all things clean and lean.
‘Celebrities have done so well in raising awareness that things that are good for you can also taste nice. I know this way of life isn’t for everyone but I would love to see more people embracing it.
‘I would love to see children eating superfoods. Watching them eat sugary cereal bars on the way to school is soul destroying,’ she said.
TIPPER’S FAVOURITE HEALTHY RECIPES
Super Feel-Good Golden Berry Cups
Such a deliciously decadent treat without any guilt! Raw cacao, bursting with energising magnesium and mood-enhancing serotonin, is blended with creamy raw coconut oil and layered with juicy golden berries for a vitamin C burst.
Golden berries – ¼ cup (soak in water for 2-4 hours, save water)
Golden berry water – 10ml (saved from soaking the berries)
Vanilla extract – ½ teaspoon
Himalayan pink salt – ¼ teaspoon
Organic Virgin Coconut Oil – ½ cup
Raw cacao powder – ½ cup
Coconut palm sugar (or other sweetener) – 4 dessertspoons
2 teaspoons Himalayan pink salt – to garnish
For the salted golden berry crush:
Drain soaked golden berries, and 10ml of the water
Blitz all ingredients in a food processor or high-speed blender until you get a paste for the homemade raw chocolate
For the homemade raw chocolate:
Thoroughly mix all ingredients in a bowl (if coconut oil is solid, place the jar in a bowl of hot water until it melts)
To make cupcakes
Spoon a little of the chocolate mix into the mini paper cups freeze until solid
Once solid add a layer of the salted golden berry crush
Add a final layer of the chocolate mix, filling to the top of the cups, then sprinkle with Himalayan pink salt & freeze until solid for the salted golden berry crush
We all have that moment when it’s time to take the bikini out and our body has been covered up for most of the year! This juice helps to tone and trim with naturally diuretic ingredients and herbs, renowned for helping to combat cellulite and banish cravings.
Organic carrots – 3
Betacarotene is an antioxidant which is responsible for skin health & repair, it may also help reduce sun sensitivity
Organic celery – 2 stalks
A natural diuretic to reduce water retention & a potent antioxidant
Organic apples – 3
Source of pectin that has been proven to help reduce cholesterol, reduce weight & balance blood sugar
Ginger – half an inch
Boosts the digestion & circulation to help the body detoxify
Chia seeds – 2 heaped teaspoons
The seeds swell fi lling the stomach & satiating hunger. Complex carbohydrates are turned slowly into sugar, preventing spikes in blood sugar which causes hunger pangs
Spirulina – 2 teaspoons Microalgae helps the body’s cleansing process, which may lessen the appearance of cellulite
Green tea – 1 teaspoon Green tea increases the rate at which we burn calories, it may also inhibit the enzymes responsible for storing fat
Make a small cup of fresh green tea, infusing the leaves for 1-2 minutes – allow to cool
Juice the carrots, celery, apples & ginger
Combine all the ingredients in a jug, whisking thoroughly to disperse the spirulina
Add the chia seeds just before serving with ice
Pour a refreshing glass & enjoy
Superfoods mentioned available in Neal’s Yard Remedies stores & online at nealsyardremedies.com