Here’s the latest post in our Valentine’s Day series, to help you get ready for Valentine’s Day in a healthy way. Try some of these aphrodisiacs in your meal tomorrow. They’re delicious, healthy and sexy!
It’s the day before Valentine’s Day, and everyone is abuzz with ways that you can treat your sweetheart this holiday. But here’s one that we haven’t talked about yet: Aphrodisiacs! Aphrodisiacs work by sending blood to all the right body parts and the word itself derives from the Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation – Aphrodite. Here’s a list of some healthy aphrodisiacs you can incorporate into your Valentine’s Day meal. But don’t ignore this list the other 364 days of the year—aphrodisiacs are good anytime!
Fruits and Vegetables:
- Dates – Since the time of Cleopatra, this rich and exotic fruit was a symbol of feminine sweetness (Hercules ate Figs 3 times a day!).
- Peaches & Apricots – Juicy and flavorful with delicate fuzz, these fruits promote sensuality.
- Raspberries & Strawberries – Ideal for dipping in chocolate, or savoring on their own
- Banana – The shape, texture and sweetness promotes inspires other sensual treats
- Cucumber – The shape and odor of this veggies increases feminine desire.
- Asparagus – Long stems, tasty tips and instant effect on odor made this veggie an aphrodisiac hit.
- Avocados grow in pairs and remind of a male organ. Creamy and soft, they are considered an aphrodisiac for women.
- Black Truffles – A rare form of mushroom, this delicacy is found by female pigs who find them to be an aphrodisiacs as the scent is similar to their male counterparts. Napoleon ate truffles before meeting Josephine. Interestingly to 18% of the population thinks truffles taste like dirty socks, so if your sweetheart is among them, it might be best to steer clear.
- Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and pepper tingle the tongue and other body parts
- Chili Pepper quickens the pulse and simulates the release of arousal
- Honey – Cupid dipped his arrows in honey, so you know it must be an aphrodisiac. As a symbol of a sweet life, honey or mead was given to newlyweds and is included into many wedding traditions today.
- Garlic increases sensibility and strength in men. They pyramid builders were said to eat lots of garlic and the Romans fed it to the gladiators!
- Vanilla – this rare and exotic flavor increases the blood flow.
And since Valentine’s Day isn’t complete without a toast of some kind, try these drinks that are also aphrodisiacs:
- Champagne – This bubbly drink sparkles the senses.
- Wine – We’ll leave it up to Shakespeare, who once said, “Wine provokes the desire and takes away performance.”
If you’re feeling adventurous, here’s a dessert recipe that incorporates several aphrodisiacs: Heavenly Raw Chocolate Mousse. Yum!
Have your tried any of these aphrodisiacs? Let us know in the comments below!