I’m sure it’s not escaped you, but it’s Valentine’s Day in a couple of days time. I mean all the red banners, red cards, flowers, heart-shaped chocolates, champagne are like dead giveaways! Whether you’ll be celebrating it with a significant loved on or getting together with a group of singles (which is proving popular mind!) I’m sure you’ll all want to enjoy good food and good booze. And if you’re watching your weight then there are some scrumptious food around which won’t having you reaching to loosen your belt. And as it is a day of love, I thought it would be apt to inform you of some great aphrodisiac foods out there which are also very healthy.
What are aphrodisiac foods?
Aphrodisiacs is a word derived from the word for the Greek goddess of love and aphrodite are foods, beverages that encourage the love life in the bedroom (see I’ll always find a way to sneak exercise in 🙂 ) But do they work? Well according to research aphrodisiacs are much more than just an old wives’ tale. Not only are they among the healthiest ingredients in the world, but they can also produce a feel good effect called “amore” and if it means an increase in the odds of having a great Valentine’s Day – or indeed night – then its a win win situation.
Alcohol – Brilliant! It seems simple but this social lubricant is one of the easiest ways to loosen up whether you’re in familiar company or a first date. But hold the beer guzzling as it’s the Champagne and red wines that will give you the most benfits. Oh and without the risk of sounding like a Drinks Aware campaigner, drink sensibily. Too much of a good thing can be counterproductive.
Chocolate – Ah this glorious stuff was known as the nourishment of the gods in the olden days. It contains antioxidants that have cancer-fighting abilities and a substance called theobromine which is similar to caffeine and can awaken and arose. Stick to the dark variety with at least 70% cocoa.
Fruit – Nature’s dessert is readily available and so easy to eat. Strawberries, berries, cherries, bananas and anything with seeds is likely to raise your temperature. And don’t be scared of a bit of whipped cream to go with the fruit as dairy is good for you.
Seafood – pretty much all types of fish are good mood boosters. Perhaps you will want to push the boat out a bit on this day and be adventurous with oysters, lobster and shrimp. They can be grilled, roasted or served raw. Seafood is higher in protein than either red or white even if it is a lean cut.
Spices – Basil and sage are perhaps some of the better known spices to turn the heat up when it comes to seducing and enticing. Fresh is always best though. And if you can handle it try chilli peppers as they can enhance the libido no matter what they are served with. Funnily enough I eat chillis with everything but not for that reason!
Nuts – I never knew this but pistachios and almonds have an aroma that is known to please women. Throughout history nuts have symbolised fertility. A great snack with your wine perhaps but go for the non salty variety.
Honey – More than just a pet name for lovers, this sweet concoction is known to produce stimulating effects. It can be drizzled onto porridge, cereal and other desserts. Or anywhere else you can think of!
And why not complete eating these delicious foods with a long romantic walk? You’ll get to spend time together and burn calories at the same time.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Love Fitlass x