So you are what you eat, huh? Well how about being a sexy beast this Valentine’s Day? An aphrodisiac is a substance that increases sexual desire. The word comes from the Greek goddess of love Aphrodite. There is no scientific proof that any food actually causes sexual desire, but there are foods that affect your stress level, energy, brain chemistry and some actually increase blood flow to our sexy areas down under. So lets take a little adventure into these foods shall we? At the bottom of this post I have included a simple aphrodisiac starter recipe... please check back or get linked onto my facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TinyTaster so you can be the first to know of my newest recipes! More Valentine's Day recipes to come this weekend!
Chili Peppers stimulate endorphins and their caliente kick is sure to get you a little sweaty and thinking about heating things up with your significant other.
Asparagus, as strange as it sounds, is loaded with folic acid which is said to boost histamine production necessary for men and women to reach orgasm.
Avocado trees were called ahuacuatl “testicle trees” by the Aztecs.Catholic priests found this fruit so obscene that they banned it! This is another food that is rich in folic acid and the sexy shape and texture can’t hurt right? I top basically everything with avocado!
Bananas have a familiar shape. Haven’t you heard never make eye contact while eating a banana? :P This fruit is rich in potassium (good for muscle definition and a healthy heart) and vitamin B (improves circulation and gives you energy). They also have chelating minerals and bromeliad enzyme, which is said to enhance the male libido.
Basil with its delicious aroma alone has the power to seduce. It also has stimulating effects that make your heart race! Make a sexy light pasta dish and top it with some thinly chopped basil… yes yes yes!
Garlic is full of allicin which improves blood flow. But make sure to pop some mints after you eat it in your dinner ;)
Chocolate contains a sedative which relaxes and lowers inhibitions in the body and a stimulant which increases activity and the desire for physical contact. It was actually banned from some monasteries centuries ago! What would they think of our generation?!
Oysters are an acquired taste, I personally love them. Raw, steamed, Rockefeller, I’ll take them all. Oysters are full of zinc which helps produce sperm and increases your libido. The sexy way you eat them off the shell may also have something to do with it....
Figs are sweet and soft and to me, very flirtatious. Ancient Greeks associated them with love and fertility. An open fig is said to emulate the female sex organs as well. Now I’m blushing! (see recipe below!)
Honey. Sweet, sticky, slow pouring honey. It is a great source of boron which is a mineral that helps the body use and metabolize estrogen, the female sex hormone. There have also been studies that show that this mineral enhances testosterone levels in the blood. Testosterone is the hormone responsible for promoting sex drive and orgasm in both men and women. Honey also contains B vitamins and other nutrients and enzymes.
Champagne is viewed as the “drink of love” it lowers inhibitions and causes a warm glow in the body… but I didn't need to tell you that, right? Run to the store and stock up on the bubbly before V-Day!
To me, one of the most romantic things you can do is seduce your significant other with a meal that you have made. There is something about the time, effort, love and thought you put into cooking that makes it so special… and such a turn on. Here is a recipe that is easy and sexy and will impress your guy or girl this Valentine's evening. Make it as a starter or just a snack with champagne.
Brie with Honey and Figs
-2 or 3 figs
1. Leave the brie out for at least 4 hours so its room temperature and soft. This brings out the sweet smoothness of the cheese. Or you can also put the brie on a grill for a couple minutes and flip for an extra couple of minutes. If you don’t have a grill, you can put the cheese in the oven at a low heat for about 8-10 minutes (you just want to warm the cheese not melt it)
2. Take a small saucepan on low setting and put in the honey and thyme leaves and warm just slightly. You don’t want it boiling whatsoever.
3. Take out the brie, plate it, top it with some chopped figs and then drizzle it with the thyme infused honey.
4. Serve with some crackers or warm bread.
Finish off the night with a sweet ending, perhaps some chocolate dipped strawberries and champagne will seal the deal ;) Happy Valentine’s Day lovers. Wishing you all the love and luck in the world.
More Valentine's Day recipes to come this weekend and into next week!
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