There are lots of things that can get you in the mood for love on Valentine’s Day. Bouquets of flowers, romantic music, candlelight and words of affection all make us feel warm and fuzzy inside, but if you really want to get your loved one’s heart racing, the key lies in their stomach. We’ve put together the best aphrodisiac foods that you can add to your Valentine’s Day dinner to really spice up your evening. Try one, two or all of them and see which one sets your special someone’s heart a-flutter.
It’s an obvious choice but chocolate is considered one of the best known and most popular of all aphrodisiacs. Cocoa and dark chocolate in particular can help to improve circulation and blood flow. Probably not so great if you blush whenever your office crush walks by! Additionally, chocolate has shown to help your heart stay healthy and we all know you can’t fall in love without a heart!
Considered the food of the Gods, honey has been used as an aphrodisiac for centuries. This sweet, sticky product made from the humble honey bee is not only delicious to eat but also contains boron, which releases estrogen and it is high in vitamin B which improves testosterone production – perfect for couples in love.
This may not be the best choice for a first date as its pungent aroma can really linger long after you’ve eaten it. However, it’s this powerful scent that hides garlic’s hidden power. Great for improving circulation, garlic now comes in odourless capsules so remember to stock up this Valentine’s Day so you have plenty of energy to spare.
Not the most visually attractive of foods, mussels belong to the same family as oysters, which are a great aphrodisiac but hard to swallow, literally! If oysters are a little too ‘natural’ for your palette, try mussels as a tasty alternative. You can even use the shells as spoons and have a go at feeding your loved one a small taste of heaven.
These delicious little nuts are high in zinc which gives your body a boost when you start to feel a little rundown. If you want to put some zing back into your Valentine’s Day celebration then whipping up a batch of pesto stuffed with pine nuts and stirred into pasta is a sure-fire way to get you in the mood for love.
It can seem obvious to some people why peaches are considered an aphrodisiac but there’s more to them than a similarity to derrieres! Peaches are high in both vitamin A and vitamin C which promote healthy skin and general good health overall. Plus, they taste divine and can be eaten or drank in so many different ways. Why not combine with another aphrodisiac, honey, and make a Valentine’s Day dessert that will give you a healthy glow inside and out.
Talk about spicing up your love life! Chillies are often associated with racing hearts and flushed cheeks, but there’s more to it than simple biology. Chillies release endorphins, like many other aphrodisiacs, and help improve blood circulation. There are also a lot of dishes that use this ingredient that are eaten with the hands, making them a tactile and very share-able choice for a Valentine’s Day dinner.
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