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For years, people have sought to enhance their sex lives by trying out expensive lotions, potions, and therapists. But perhaps all it takes is a quick visit to your local grocery store to (re)ignite those flames of passion and get your mojo going.
Try these Healthy Aphrodisiacs for Valentine’s Day
Different civilizations have attributed aphrodisiac powers (named after the Greek goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite) to specific foods and drinks. “Historically, most of the cultures around the world embracing the concept of aphrodisiacs suffered from a significant lack of food,” Amy Reiley, author of Fork Me, Spoon Me and Romancing the Stove. “And in many cases, we now realize that the aphrodisiacs they so revered provided vital nutrients for energy, blood flow, mood enhancement, fertility, or to support sex drive.”
So, is there any actual scientific evidence to show that particular foods actually do increase sexual desire? “No food has actually been validated or scientifically shown to increase blood flow and therefore provide stimulation to the human sex organs,” says Dr. Robert Glatter, attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, New York. “Many of the foods that we believe are aphrodisiacs may actually derive their effects due to a psychological influence. In other words, if you plant the idea that a certain food is an aphrodisiac, many times people will get aroused just by thinking about it. It's a placebo effect in essence."
Oysters and chocolate are two examples of foods that have been studied extensively for their alleged aphrodisiac powers. “Ancient cultures believed that oysters resembled female genitalia, which was believed to increase sexual arousal,” explains Dr. Glatter. “Oysters are actually loaded with zinc, and many medical studies in the recent past have linked deficiencies in zinc to impotence as well as delayed sexual development. However, there has not been any large-scale study that has evaluated whether consuming oysters has a direct effect on sexual arousal.“
Researchers have also claimed that phenylethylamine (PEA), a chemical stimulant found in the brain and also an ingredient in chocolate, has been thought to play a role in emotions. “The problem is that we actually absorb only trace amounts of PEA from chocolate which would unlikely contribute to changing our emotional state,” says Dr. “It's more likely we derive sexual stimulation from chocolate's texture and taste in our mouth, along with a transient spike in our blood sugar.”
That said, Glatter does agree that particular foods may be sexually stimulating simply based on their shape. “Certain foods and the process of eating can provide the suggestion of sex to our minds, which can then trigger sexual desire in our bodies,” he says.
Good nutrition and health also have a positive effect on sex drive. Registered dietitian Charlotte Martin says "What you eat can have a huge impact on libido. Obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and insulin resistance, as a result of poor eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle, can lead to a lackluster sex life. A healthy diet, rich in vegetables, fruit, lean meats, low-fat dairy, and whole grains, is key to improving and/or maintaining sex drive. Essentially, foods that are good for your heart are good for a healthy libido.”
Despite the scientific evidence, many nutritionists and dieticians ascribe aphrodisiac qualities to various foods, for various reasons. From almonds to watermelon, then, check out our guide to foods that are definitely good for your health and that might help get you and partner in the mood…
“So many nutritional benefits to almonds: they are high in healthy monounsaturated fats and a top food source of the antioxidant vitamin E, which helps support a healthy heart. They have 6 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber per ounce (about 23 nuts), which means they are a satiating snack that can help with weight management. Almonds have long been known as an aphrodisiac and symbol of fertility. The healthy fats found in almonds have been shown to increase fertility.”
Jessica Fishman Levinson, registered dietician
“It is believed French couples once enjoyed three courses of asparagus the eve of their wedding in hopes of increasing libido for the big night. Aside from its suggestive shape, the aphrodisiac properties of asparagus have also been associated with its high content of vitamin E and folate. Vitamin E is known as the 'sex vitamin,' because it helps stimulate production of sex hormones and can improve blood flow throughout the body, including to the genitalia. Folate has been shown to boost both sperm count and quality, and aids in histamine production, which has been linked with a healthy sex drive.”
3 Healthy Valentine’s Day Dinner Recipes With APHRODISIAC Effect
Valentine’s Day is upon us and you should start thinking about that perfect dinner you are (or at least should be) planning for your better half. Here we have 3 sexy dinner proposals for your romantic evening that will get the juices flowing (if you know what I mean).
These are all quick, healthy, and most importantly – mouthwatering.
This cake features chocolate and bananas — each bringing their own aphrodisiac qualities to the table. It's prep time is about an hour, so it's not for beginner bakers, or impatient bakers. You'll need to spend a lot of time measuring out ingredients and splitting the batter into different pans. If you're up for the challenge you can find the complete recipe here.
Banana pudding is absolutely fool-proof, so if you want to incorporate an aphrodisiac into your dessert, but don't have a lot of game or time in the kitchen, this will be a great option. You can find the complete recipe here.
Food For Love: 10 Aphrodisiacs For Valentine’s Day
Apart from emotions, cuddling and sweet nothings, love is also inextricably bound with food and they are called aphrodisiacs. Aphrodisiacs are the foods people turn to for some extra dose of passion. This Valentine's Day Rushina Ghidiyal, Food Consultant, Godrej Nature’s Basket gives us a list of ten Aphrodisiacs that are easily available and will do wonders for your special day!
Aphrodisiacs for Valentine’s Day : Asparagus
Asparagus, green with its subtle magic is a vegetable that it could go in the making of an appetiser an asparagus soup when served with love acts as the perfect precursor to a sumptuous meal or you could simply use it to compliment your other recipes.
Aphrodisiacs for Valentine’s Day : Champagne
Champagne is the Goddess’s personal favourite whether in your primo or your dolce a little champagne here and there is like the naughty teasing, a mischief of winking eyes and an untold promise of wayward gestures. There’s no greater high than that of love but a spill of champagne is the gentle push that gets you there and Aphrodite whispers in your ears, “Why not go for it?”
Aphrodisiacs for Valentine’s Day: Dates
Dates, a dry fruit found in the dry deserts that has a juicy result when added in the right quantity with accurate precision and unadulterated love. Aphrodite has a sweet tooth and she loves the sweet lies of innocent eyes enjoy the compliments that are sure to pour in.
Aphrodisiacs for Valentine’s Day: Egg
An Egg underneath its white shell holds secrets which when unveiled adds nutrition, taste and nurtures the lovers of the Goddess.
Aphrodisiacs for Valentine’s Day: Figs
Figs with their sweet and sour flavour is yet another delectable that play with your taste buds and is the perfect partner in crime for the Love Goddess who suggests you weigh your proportions well and scheme your recipes with her love scales.
Aphrodisiacs for Valentine’s Day: Mustard
Mustard with its authentic saucy flavor is a must in your shopping cart the varied spices in this yellow delight can add an unpredictable twist to your recipes
Chocolate: It contains a host of feel-good chemicals that release dopamine in the pleasure centers of the brain. The chemicals are said to induce feelings of excitement, attraction and euphoria.
Aphrodisiacs for Valentine’s Day: Banana
Banana: due not only to its shape, but also its creamy, lush texture, some studies show its enzyme bromelain enhances male performance.
Aphrodisiacs for Valentine’s Day: Truffles, Vanilla and Walnut
Truffles, Vanilla and Walnut can create the perfect finale to your sumptuous spread and ensure you have a happy ending. So this Valentine’s Day cancel your reservations, light your candles and complete your shopping spree with Aphrodite’s delightful whisperings guiding you along the aisles.
Valentine’s Day: Healthy aphrodisiac desserts to get you in the mood
This Valentine’s Day, treat your SO to these aphrodisiac recipes made with ingredients like rose and strawberries. Did you know that rose can help boost your sexual health? Strawberries have zinc in them which are great for sexual health and promote healthy testosterone levels in men and libido in women. These Valentine’s Day desserts are sure to get you and your partner in the mood. Also Read - Almonds for skin: Binge on this nut every day to reverse the signs of ageing
RASPBERRY BAVAROISE WITH ROSE GELATO Also Read - Natural remedies for alcoholism you should know about
50 g caster sugar or sugar-free equivalent
Bring the raspberries and milk to a boil.
Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together.
Pour the boiling mix onto this and whisk well.
Return to the heat and cook out to thicken.
Melt the gelatin into this, mix well then pass through a fine sieve, leave to cool in the fridge
Whisk the cream to soft peaks.
Once the raspberry mix has started to set, fold it into the cream pour into the molds and set in the fridge
1cup granulated sugar or sugar alternative
3drops red food coloring (optional)
Wash the rose petals in cold water and pat dry. In a heavy, non-reactive saucepan, place petals of 2 roses, milk, cream, and cup of the sugar. Place over medium heat and heat to just under boiling. Let steep about a half hour to infuse.
Combine the egg yolks and the remaining cup of sugar in a mixing bowl. Whisk until thick and pale yellow. Bring the rose/cream mixture back to a near boil and whisk of the warm mixture into the egg and sugar mixture. Then pour all of the egg mixture into the rose milk and place over low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
Strain into a bowl and chill on ice. Pour into the ice cream maker and freeze & then churn it. Transfer finished ice cream into bowl and add the torn petals from the remaining rose. Fold into ice cream and pack into freezing container.
By Pastry Chef Shiva Kumar of ibis and Novotel Bengaluru Outer Ring Road
ALMOND STRAWBERRY CREAM
Strawberry (Fresh) : 12-14 pcs
Holy Basil leaves (Tulsi): 1 tsp
Toast the almond flakes in the oven at 180 C for 4 minutes.
Cut the strawberries into 1 cm dices.
Whip the cream along with sugar. Do not over whip it or the butter will separate.
Mix the almond flakes and strawberries into the cream along with hand torn holy basil.
Our ideas of aphrodisiac desserts for Valentine's Day
Finally, do not hesitate to decorate your desserts with vanilla, honey, or fruits such as pomegranate or fig: full of seeds, they symbolize fertility. And don't forget that the staging is also important: a dish that is eaten delicately with the fingers will always have a small effect … Dark chocolate, rich in dopamine (also called the pleasure hormone) is also suitable. also very good at naughty games – and especially if you end your meal with a chocolate fondue, which you can enjoy with fruit… or directly on your Valentine's body!
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5 aphrodisiac food recipes that'll set the mood on Valentine's Day
It’s very important to remember that some popular ingredients that you think of as aphrodisiacs, actually aren’t.
Come Valentine’s Day and everybody wants to enjoy an intimate and indulgent meal with their partner. But what happens if your significant other is health-conscious and you too are looking to stay fit and healthy? Is a sexy meal that puts you in the mood for love out of the question?
Of course not. You can cook some easy dishes with natural aphrodisiacs and healthy ingredients like quinoa pasta, whole wheat noodles, chicken, etc. It’s very important to remember, however, that some popular ingredients that you think of as aphrodisiacs, actually aren’t.
Representational image. Image by sunnysun0804 from Pixabay.
According to a study published in Pharmacognosy Review in 2013, strawberries, raw oysters, coffee, chocolate and honey might be assumed to be aphrodisiacs, but these claims have no scientific backing. So instead of getting a basket full of chocolate-coated strawberries to binge on before cuddling with your special someone, try these healthy recipes that use science-backed aphrodisiacs.
1. Pistachio pasta
Like most nuts, pistachios are rich in protein, fibre and healthy fats. But what makes them even more special is the fact that eating pistachios can stimulate blood flow to the entire body and boost your libido. A study published in the International Journal of Impotence Research in 2011 also supports that pistachios improve erectile function.
Put the pistachios, basil, parmesan cheese, olive oil, pepper and lemon juice in a grinder and blitz it until you have a slightly coarse pesto. Boil some quinoa or whole-grain pasta, and add two tablespoons of this pistachio pesto on top. Mix it well, top with some more parmesan and shift the pasta in a large plate to share with your partner.
2. Chilli garlic noodles
Nothing ignites passions like the hot combination of chilli and garlic. Chilli contains capsaicin, which is known to boost testosterone levels. And garlic has allicin, a compound that improves circulation to the sexual organs.
To make the easiest chilli garlic noodles, all you need to do is heat some peanut oil in a pan. Add finely chopped chillies, garlic and saute them until they turn slightly golden. Now put in some boiled whole wheat or udon noodles, stir fry, add salt and serve. You can also jazz it up by adding shrimp or chicken to this recipe. Remember to wash your hands and mouth thoroughly after cooking and eating this one even if it delays sexy-time.
3. Fenugreek crostini
According to two studies — one published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research in 2010 and the other in Physiotherapy Research in 2011 — the humble old methi or fenugreek is actually a potent aphrodisiac for both men and women. Of course, you may not want to be eating methi chicken curry on Valentine’s Day just because fenugreek works wonders for you, so you can try this easy crostini instead.
Heat some olive oil in a pan, add one-fourth teaspoon of chopped garlic, some onions and saute them. Add chopped fenugreek leaves and cook until the leaves are wilted and properly cooked. Add salt and pepper to taste right before you switch off the flame. Now take a few slices of multigrain bread or crackers, and spread the fenugreek leaves on top. To make this crostini look and taste more appealing, you can add chopped tomatoes, olives, mozzarella cheese, capers and drizzle some olive oil on top.
4. Saffron cheesecake
Saffron is a science-backed aphrodisiac that can work wonders for erectile function in men and improve arousal in women. Yes, it’s a little expensive, but that’s why this aphrodisiac needs to be brought up on Valentine’s Day. And if you’re wondering how a cheesecake — which is traditionally rich, dense and not at all healthy — can be made quickly or healthy, here’s how.
Make a delicious and healthy vegan cheesecake and serve it in a martini or wine glass! Grind some dates and walnuts and place them at the bottom of the glass (this is your crust). Blitz soaked cashews, saffron strands soaked in water, almond or soy milk and honey together to form a smooth, saffron-tinted paste. Pour or pipe it on top of the crust and top with chopped pistachios, rose petals or more soaked saffron strands. This cheesecake isn’t just healthy, it’s packed with the goodness of nuts and saffron so that you have enough stamina to enjoy your time with your partner.
5. Date palm cake
According to a study published in the Iranian Journal of Medical Sciences in 2006, date palm works as a really good aphrodisiac for men by improving erectile function and sperm count. This sweet fruit can be enjoyed whole, and you can also use it, as well as the jaggery derived from it, to bake something special for your partner.
To make the easiest date palm cake, you should grind or chop the dates first. Make a cake batter using soy milk, olive oil, whole wheat flour, ground dates, baking powder and baking soda. You can also add dry fruits like almonds, cashews and walnuts. Bake the batter at 180 degrees for 30 minutes, cool it on a rack, cut a slice and share it with your partner.
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60+ Aphrodisiac Recipes
If you&rsquore looking for naturally sexy meals to stimulate your (or your partner&rsquos) sex drive, you&rsquove come to the right place! 60+ Aphrodisiac recipes for your sexy pleasure?! Good golly, let&rsquos get stimulated!
There&rsquos no beating around the bush: eating is one of the most pleasurable experiences a person can have. Couple a fabulous meal with great conversation, music, and a little mood lighting, and you&rsquore setting yourself up for attraction, connection, and epic sexy time. When it comes to the art of seduction, food is high up on the totem pole.
What is it about breaking bread that makes us want to get dir-tay? According to a great article I read on the relationship between food and sex, the two acts use all five senses and effect the same neurotransmitters in our brain. Plus, from a (boring) biological standpoint, sustenance begets survival, begets procreation. Poofing up our peacock feathers in the form of preparing a delicious dining experience is just one way of jettisoning a pleasant evening indoors to an otherworldly dimension. While a beefy, cheesy burrito paired with a beer is a damn sexy meal, we can do it better by incorporating sexy foods into the mix.
Enter: Aphrodisiac foods.
Real talk: I&rsquove been meaning to post a roundup of aphrodisiac foods for quite some time, and with Valentine&rsquos Day just around the corner, I figured I had better get on top of it. But haste, you don&rsquot have to have a date or significant other to enjoy a big ass plate of sex food. Single or otherwise, we can all appreciate a nourishing, stimulating meal any day, every day.
So which foods open the floodgates for blood flow, serotonin, and sex hormones, you ask? Aphrodisiac foods include, but are not limited to shellfish, lamb, wild game, chili peppers, almonds, arugula, fresh herbs, fennel, raspberries, ginger, avocado, ginseng, chocolate, maca, mangoes, and beets (pork and duck are debatable).
Generally, most whole foods stimulate blood flow better than processed foods (many processed foods actually restrict blood flow), so choose fresh ingredients when preparing a sexy meal. Just because a recipe includes an aphrodisiac doesn&rsquot mean it&rsquos going to light anyone&rsquos fire. For instance, a chocolate cake made with gluten-containing flour, butter, and cane sugar may be damn sexy and delicious, but will make many of us want to curl up in a diabetic coma. In which case, skinemax is the only action you&rsquore getting, son.
With this in mind, I collected recipes from around the web that not only include aphrodisiac ingredients, but are also healthful and low on the inflammatory spectrum (as in, they won&rsquot make you feel bloated). From main dishes to appetizers, salads, dessert, and drinks, all of these recipes are all gluten-free, cane sugar-free and most are dairy-free.
It could be the sensuous pear shape, or the rich flavor of the fruit that gave avocado its aphrodisiac reputation as far back as the Aztecs. And while the jury is still out on just how lustful avocados are, the fruit’s vitamin E could help keep the spark alive. The ultimate millennial V-Plate.
- 2 slices of bread (I like thick-sliced whole-grain bread best)
- 1 ripe avocado
- Pinch of salt
- Optional Toppings: Proscuito, ham, bacon, strawberry and bananas with honey, or roasted figs
- Toast your bread until golden and firm.
- Remove the pit from your avocado. Use a big spoon to scoop out the flesh. Put it in a bowl and mash it up with a fork until it’s as smooth as you like it. Mix in a pinch of salt and add more to taste, if desired.
- Spread avocado on top of your toast. Enjoy as-is or top with any extras mentioned above
14 Aphrodisiac And Romantic Foods For Valentine’s Day (or Any Other Day!)
Happy Valentine’s Day!
We love celebrating love, whether it’s on a fixed day like today, or any other day of the year. So here’s a list of our sexiest dishes to spice up your V-Day celebration or to make for your loved one any time you want to make him/her feel loved and special.
1.Palta rellena (stuffed avocado) . Avocados are said to be extremely aphrodisiac. The aztecs called its plant “ahuacatl” or “testicles tree”, because of the shape of this fruit, commonly known as a vegetable. Catholic priests in Spain thought it was so obscene and sexual because of it’s shape, that they banned it for a long time. It is said that its aphrodisiac effects rest particularly in the seed.
2. Cebiche. An everyday dish, all of us know that it has been created to enhance the mood for love. And if it is made with seafood it´s more effective than fish alone.
3. Rocoto relleno (stuffed rocoto). This is an extremely spicy dish from Arequipa (south of Lima), and it is known to represent the fiery Misti volcano from the region. An entree full of burning passion.
4.Chupe de camarones (shrimp chowder). This typical dish, again from the Arequipa region, is said to have warming and energizing effects, and to be a strong aphrodisiac because of the seafood.