Valentine’s Day may seem like a Hallmark Card holiday to some, but to foodies like me, it becomes a holiday to celebrate some of the world’s sexiest foods, also known as aphrodisiacs. Just going back to my Greek roots for a second…aphrodisiac derives from the Greek word aphrodisiakos, which means “inducing sexual desire.”
The Green Divas are all about maintaining a healthy lifestyle, which includes our sexual health. Why not “get in the mood” this Valentine’s Day with your partner by preparing a meal that incorporates one (or more) of these love-foods? Here are 11 Green Diva approved aphrodisiacs for February 14. Enjoy these aphrodisiac foods on your own or with a beloved partner!
In olden-times, people thought strawberries were symbolic of fertility due to all the seeds located on the skin of the fruit. Regardless, I think just the act of eating a strawberry has sexual connotations. Eat them with or without a partner for a healthy, vitamin C-packed boosts that encourages blood flow to all regions of the body.
Need I saw more? The Green Divas LOVE chocolate. Actually, we love it so much that I actually did a post earlier last fall called Four Delicious Reasons to Love Chocolate. Chocolate is sensual on so many levels. From its taste, to its smell, it supposedly mimics the complex scent of a partner. Dark chocolate in particular has been shown to increase dopamine levels in the brain after being eaten, which induces feelings of pleasure. Even the Aztec’s felt that chocolate provided strength and they chose to drink a version of hot chocolate before any sacred ritual or battle for that reason. Check out my recipe for Chocolate Bark for a sweet treat. Also, Green Diva Meg has an AMAZING hot chocolate recipe. Check out her post Green Divas Foodie-Phile: DIY Divine Vegan Hot Cocoa Mix Gift Jar. Trust me, I’m drinking some right now and I might as well be in love.
Olive oil is jam-packed with antioxidants and has been used for centuries to promote good health. The Greeks believed that eating olive oil made men more virile. Some experts say that it is a good source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are critical for a healthy heart, blood flow and hormone production. I personally think it’s a great way to keep your skin soft during these dry winter months.
6. Chili Peppers
Bananas contain bromelain, which supposedly is an enzyme which can trigger testosterone production. It also contains vitamin b and potassium which help elevate energy levels. Honestly, with its phallic shape, there is no denying that bananas already look like a sexual food.
8. Pine Nuts
These little guys are high in zinc, like oysters, which has been linked to a healthy libido. They are also considered an aphrodisiac because of the effort required to procure these oily gems from pine cones. Why not make a pesto with pine nuts, basil and olive oil? Combining those three ingredients could certainly improve performance between the sheets.
This peppery plant has been documented as an aphrodisiac since the first century A.D. Research suggest that minerals and antioxidants found in dark leafy greens like arugula have also been proven to block environmental contaminates that could negatively harm libido.
Looking for more information on plants and foods that are aphrodisiac? check out Helen Yoest’s latest book Plants With Benefits: An Uninhibited Guide to the Aphrodisiac Herbs, Fruits, Flowers & Veggies in Your Garden. She provides great insight into the history and health benefits of different plants to get you “in the mood.
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