The LOVE disease… watch out, can be contagious and in the worst of cases, fatal (for your social life… but then that’s not healthy love and it’s an entirely other sort of blog post topic! See TDL, pretty please!). I’ve been happily ‘pseud0-celebrating’ V-Day with a handsome man for six years and running*. I knew he was a keeper when he gifted me with a set of kitchen knives for our first Valentine’s Day together. Nothing says I love you like high quality steel, right? If, like me, you find yourself the recipient of a very well-meaning, but more practical Valentine’s gift, you can take the reigns, get in the kitchen and make dishes that put the romance back in the day… a brief lesson in aphrodisiacs and recipes to test your love AND knife chops.
*Sidebar: long-distance makes for pretty un-romantic mushy holidays. Instead I expanded my meaning for the day and shared in the fun with all the people that I love (NOT like that…!). Some of my favorite Valentine’s Days have been spent making meals with friends, going for drinks with my girlfriends, sending “love letters” or simply affirming to people I love just how much they mean to me.
Sexy Veggie: Asparagus
A great source of potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, vitamins A and C, and thiamin and folic acid. The latter is said to boost histamine production necessary for the ability to reach orgasm in both sexes. LOVE POTION: Asparagus & Curry Butter
Sexy Tropical Fruit: Bananas
Loaded with potassium, magnesium and B vitamins, all of which help get you blood flowing. Critical for all types of physical activity (ahem!). Bananas also contains chelating minerals and the bromeliad enzyme, said to enhance the male libido. LOVE POTION: Banana Citrus Sorbet
Sexy Sweets: Chocolate
Chocolate: first, not all chocolates are created equal. You want high-quality, mostly dark chocolate. Chocolate contains a host of compounds including anandamide, the psychoactive ”feel-good” chemical, and PEA (phenylethylamine), the “love chemical,” which releases dopamine in the pleasure centers of the brain.
Chocolate has two super-power ingredients. Flavonoids help protect plants by shielding them from environmental toxins and helping repair damage. When we consume plant-based foods rich in flavonoids, it appears that we also benefit from this “antioxidant” power. Antioxidants are believed to help the body’s cells resist damage caused by free radicals that are formed by normal bodily processes such as breathing and from environmental contaminants like cigarette smoke. Cleveland Clinic
Sexy & Shapely: Fig
Loved and celebrated by the Greeks for their shape and thought of as fertility aids. Figs are ripe with flavonoids and antioxidants. Eating figs also results in significant increases in plasma antioxidant capacity, literally getting your blood flowing. And since we all agree heart health is sexy, let’s mention fiber as its other added benefit… not as sexy, but very necessary. LOVE POTION: Greek Yogurt Cheesecake with Ouzo-Poached Figs
Sexy & Anti-Vampire: Garlic
Blood flowing for you while keeping vampires at bay (unless that’s your fetish thing)? Garlic! contains allicin, an ingredient that will improve and increase circulation while boosting immunity. LOVE POTION: umm… just add garlic!
Sexy Superfood: Ginseng
In animal studies, ingesting ginseng doesn’t appear to have an immediate effect on testosterone levels, but the ginseng may trigger other mechanisms that lead to increased performance and libido. LOVE POTION: Spiced Ginseng Iced Tea
Sexy Seafood: Oysters
You know what they say about oysters, but do you know why? Oysters have a high zinc content, which can give your libido a lift (and you thought Red Bull was the only thing that could give you wings!). LOVE POTION: a little “how-to” on selecting oysters.
Sexy To Share: Pomegranate
The pom powers passion through its antioxidants and improve circulation throughout the vessels. It’s claim to aphrodisiac fame is increased genital sensitivity. Completely prep your pomegranate so you can get to the fun part of sharing the food. You won’t want to waste time! Feel like whipping it up in a dish instead? Try this LOVE POTION: Mango Pomegranate Guacamole
Sexy & Expensive: Truffles
EatSomethingSexy says “It is believed – although yet to be confirmed by modern science – that truffles’ musky scent replicates the scent of the male pheromone androstenone“. It could also be the rarity factor – we always want what we can’t have, right?? ;) I keep truffle oil on hand at my house for recipes like the following LOVE POTION: Roasted New Potatoes with Caramelized Onions and Truffle Oil
Sexy Scents: Essential Oils
Scents like almond and vanilla communicate emotions by smell. Scent is one of the most powerful associations for memory, so make one filled with love! Spritz or dab a little essential oil, or take a cue this list of fifty uses for essential oils!
Tell me your thoughts on Valentine’s Day! Silly? Fun? Romantic? Over it? Whatever it is, give yourself a little love in whatever way you can and stay tuned for a few more fun “Be YOURS!” posts leading up to my special 02.14.11 post (it’s really REALLY big!). XXXXOOOOO!
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