Love Food: Aphrodisiacs and Romantic Recipes
In honor of all the romance February brings, here’s a post filled with a few natural aphrodisiacs. Add them to your recipes and I swear they will help you fall in love!
Asparagus is a great source of potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, vitamins A and C, thiamin and folic acid. It is said to help boost histamine production, which is essential to help reach an orgasm in both sexes. Also on a little history note: An English herbalist from the 17th century, Nicholas Culpepper, wrote that asparagus “stirs up lust in man and woman.” In 19th century France, bridegrooms were served three courses of the sexy spears at their prenuptial dinners.
Bananas are loaded with potassium, magnesium and B vitamins. They also contain the bromeliad enzyme, which is said to help enhance the male libido. So, if you want to surprise your guy, make him a delicious dessert with bananas! I recommend making my Bananas Foster recipe.
Basil not only makes meals smell and taste better, it also has a lot of awesome effects on the body. Basil has a great scent that is said to have an aphrodisiac effect, which can also be very stimulating. Using basil in pasta sauces or making pesto, which is filled with basil, will surely get your heart racing. Try my homemade pesto recipe!
Chocolate is the king or queen of natural aphrodisiacs. It contains many different compounds including anandamide, which is a feel-good chemical, and PEA (phenylethylamine), the “love chemical,” which releases dopamine in the pleasure centers of the brain. PEA is also said to help bring feelings of excitement, attraction, and euphoria. Cacao also contains tryptophan, a key component of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is known to promote a sense of relaxation. (Why not make the Best Chocolate Cake Ever??)
Honey is a great source of boron, which is a trace mineral that helps the body use and metabolize estrogen, the female sex hormone. Studies have shown that this mineral can also enhance testosterone levels in the blood, which is the hormone in charge of the body’s sex drive and orgasm in both men and women. Honey also contains B vitamins needed for testosterone, as well as other nutrients.
So, a great recipe to break out the morning of Valentine’s Day is my Banana Cinnamon Waffles recipe! You not only get the bananas, but also the honey! Your blood will surely be pumping. Enjoy!
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