I’m one of those people who prefer staying in when it comes to V-Day. I don’t like set menus, I don’t like making reservations, and I don’t like overly busy restaurants—I like that quiet one-on-one time at home with my Valentine. Luckily, my Valentine likes to cook, so our V-Day usually consists of a pajama infused candle-light dinner.
If your honey wants to woo you in the kitchen on this holiday of love, he might want to consider cooking with the following. That’s because the below is a hot list of aphrodisiacs—tasty bites that will get you in the mood. According to my fabulous personal trainer and health-conscious extraordinaire David Ashley, certain foods can impact your sex life, affecting your hormones, brain chemistry, energy, and stress levels. The Fitness By Design AZ owner says some foods have psychoactive properties; others are psychologically suggestive, and some can actually increase blood flow to the genitals.
So here’s your V-Day top ten, courtesy of Dave. You might want to revamp your shopping list.
Here’s a mini history lesson. In 19th century France, bridegrooms were served three courses of the sexy spears at their prenuptial dinners…for a good reason. Dave says asparagus is a great source of potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, vitamins A and C, thiamin, and folic acid. Apparently, the latter is said to boost histamine production necessary for the ability to reach orgasm in both sexes.
The nut is commonly regarded as fertility symbols, and the aroma supposedly arouses women. From a scientific perspective, Dave says almonds provide high doses of vitamin E, magnesium, and fiber.
Surely the shape of an avocado is associated with sexuality. In fact, the Aztecs called the avocado “ahuacuatl,” or “testicle tree.” (Who would have thought?!) More-so, the Catholic priests in Spain found this fruit so obscenely sexual, they forbade it! Dave says avocados are rich with folic acid, vitamin B6, and potassium. They also boost the immune system.
Hmmmmmmmm, I wonder why—LOL! The banana’s sexuality shape is quite obvious, but Dave says the fruit is loaded with potassium, magnesium, and B vitamins. It also contains chelating minerals and the bromeliad enzyme, said to enhance the male libido.
Basil not only makes the meals smell and taste better, but it also has a lot of beneficial effects on human body. According to Dave, it has a fantastic aroma that’s said to have a stimulating effect. Take it from those romantic Italians…try using sweet basil in a pasta sauce!
Duh. Pure chocolate, the ultimate natural aphrodisiac, contains compounds like anandamide, the feel-good chemical; and PEA, the “love chemical,” which releases dopamine in the pleasure centers of the brain. Dave says PEA is said to induce feelings of excitement, attraction, and euphoria. No wonder why V-Day is all about those heart-shaped boxes of chocolate…
This sexy fruit has as an arousing stimulant, and an open fig is believed to emulate the female sex organs. Dave says figs have a rich, biblical history; in fact, they are mentioned in the Bible: Adam and Eve wore fig leaves to cover their private parts. Apparently, they were also Cleopatra’s favorite fruit, and the ancient Greeks considered them sacred and associated them with love and fertility.
While Dave says the ingredient is a tad stinky, it’s also strong, which is exactly what it will happen to guys. Garlic is stocked with allicin, a compound that increases blood flow. Enough said.
You thought this cliché aphrodisiac would be #1, huh?! Oysters are often associated with being a libido-booster, and most people are aware of their reputation for increasing sexual desire. Dave says this is because they’re their high in zinc, which helps produce sperm. Pair your dozen with a glass of bubbly…cheers!
That’s right, sweet, sticky honey is a great source of boron, a mineral that helps the body use and metabolize estrogen, the female sex hormone. Dave says studies have shown that this mineral may also enhance testosterone levels in the blood, the hormone responsible for promoting sex drive and orgasm in both men and women. In addition, honey contains B vitamins needed for testosterone, as well as other nutrients, enzymes, and phytochemicals.
For more from Dave, book a free personal training consultation at Fitness By Design AZ by calling 602.316.4858 or 480.229.2815. Hint-hint: a week’s worth of work-outs is a great V-Day gift for your Valentine…