Love is in the air, the air of affection and the touch of cupids bow to our hearts is celebrated once a year on Valentines Day. If you are looking to spark desire and passion in your loved one or that special someone you have set your sights on, creating a sweet aphrodisiac inspired dessert may be your ticket to a passionate night.
Aphrodisiac, a word derived from Aphrodite the goddess of love, is a food or drink that stimulates sexual desires. Ancient civilization has used different foods to cultivate sexual desire through use of scent, shape or sensual mouthfuls. The Food and Drug Administration may have a different respect towards these foods, but ancient studies and beliefs tell us a different story.
The day of love, passion and some ‘Oh la la’ time could use a bit of a spark for some of us ladies and our relationships. I have compiled a list of stimulating foods and simple recipes you can make at home for a late night treat after Valentines Day dinner.
Tip: wearing lingerie while serving is a bonus!
7 Foods for a Healthy + Loving Valentines Day
Ginger, a delightful spice, revs up your metabolism and can get your entire body humming with renewed sexual energy. Whether you top it on sushi or drink it as tea, ginger helps to soothe your stomach during digestive woes, and tastes great in cocktails. Ginger stimulates the circulatory system with its distinct scent and leaves your loved one lingering for more. Feel free to mix your cocktails with some ginger tea to conjure a night full of passion.
With the avocado tree resembling that of a male’s reproductive organ, this fruit is said to fulfill many nutrition requirements for our bodies and a healthy body sets up a healthy body and an increased sex life. Avocados are rich in skin healing Vitamin E, high in mono saturated fats, which will give you long lasting energy and reduction of inflammation in the body.
The shape may make this fruit an obvious love sparker, but beyond that, bananas are high in vitamin B and potassium. The vitamin content makes it a top notch choice for increasing libido. Bananas are loaded with chelating minerals, which help the body absorb more nutrients from food. This function in turn increases health in the individual and creates a more vivacious glow. Bananas make for a great snack, and can be frozen to be enjoyed for a late night dessert!
French writer Alexandre Dumas would dine on almond soup nightly before meeting with his mistress to get himself revved up and ready for a long night of arousal.Long regarded as a symbol of fertility, almonds are high in vitamin E, magnesium, and fiber. The aroma of the almond is what makes this snack a sensual feast; the smell of almonds is said to arouse desire and passion in women. Dip almonds in chocolate for a tasty treat and take advantage of their many benefits as you have a romantic night in.
Persians have long known of honey’s promotion of sexual desires and couples were subject to drinking a fermented honey drink for a month after exchanging vows (also known as the honey month or as we know it now as honeymoon). Rich in B Vitamins and boron, studies have suggested adding honey to your diet can enhance testosterone levels in the blood. The simple sugars in honey will also give you that extra pep to kick start a passionate night. Be sure to stick to raw honey and look for an organic version; processed honey will not give you these amazing benefits, but will leave you tired after a quick sugar high.
Lucky for us, street vendors sell pomegranate juice all over Bangkok. Pomegranate juice is said to lift sex hormone levels up to 30% making both men and women a bit friskier in bed. Full of antioxidants, pomegranate juice is a great source of Vitamin C and known for its effectiveness in the treatment of depression. Add pomegranate seeds to your desserts, cocktails and morning oatmeal to experience these juicy benefits.
Cassanova was known to seduce his women and get his libido flowing by eating and drinking mounds of chocolate. Modern research has proven coco beans aphrodisiac benefits to be true. Chocolate contains tryptophan, which produces sexual arousal, and methyl xanthine, which triggers the release of dopamine in the body. Not only is chocolate a top seller during this time of year, it is delicious and if you make the choice of dark chocolate with a high cacao percentage, you will be providing your body with health benefits and antioxidants. My favorite chocolate recipe here..
Recipes to swivel up the magic:
Ginger Love Spell (Serves 2):
60mL Ginger Tea
60mL Soda Water
60mL Pomegranate Juice
5mL Raw Honey
Directions: Pour ingredients into cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake and pour. Garnish with Pomegranate Seeds.
Crazy For You Chocolate Mousse
2 Ripe Medium Bananas
45g Cacao Powder or Cocoa Powder
30mL Stevia or Organic Sugar
15mL Vanilla Extract
Directions: Place all ingredients into food processor or blender and blend until smoothed out. Place mixture into a serving bowl and chill in the fridge 10-15 minutes before serving. Top with a kiss.
Heart Racing Almond Chocolates
500g Raw Almonds
15mL Stevia or Organic Sugar
2 Bars Dark Chocolate (the higher the Dark Cocoa % the better)
Directions: Break up the chocolate bar into ½ inch pieces into a medium bowl, place bowl over simmering water on the stovetop until melted. Line two baking sheets with foil or parchment paper. In a large bowl combine the almonds with stevia/sugar and melted chocolate, stir until almonds are coated. Transfer coated nuts to baking sheets and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Store in the freezer in an airtight container.
Aphrodisiac foods can add that spark to your love life as well as keep your body nutrient full and healthy. Take note of these recipes and be sure to use organic and raw ingredients to experience the full health and aphrodisiac benefits. Enjoy!
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