Make February 14th a love fest by serving your sweetheart these libido-boosting foods.
The day of love is right around the corner—the perfect holiday to show your sweetheart just how much you care. Dump the overpriced steak dinner and serve up a love-induced meal that will have you and your honey feeling extra aroused.
If you want to ensure your plate leads to sparks in the bedroom, here are 9 aphrodisiac foods to serve up.
Erotic Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
A double whammy to feed your sexual appetite! Strawberries are jam-packed with antioxidants, which optimize blood flow to your sex organs.
Not to mention, they’re low in glycemic load, meaning they keep your energy levels high. This is ultra-important for your bedroom workout. Dip ‘em in chocolate and you’re in for a real late-night treat!
Dark chocolate (85% or more) is filled with libido-boosting phenylethylamine (PEA), a chemical known to stimulate the sense of excitement and well-being.
Fun fact: During the heart-pounding excitement of new love, your brain releases loads of PEA, which functions like amphetamines, leaving you high on love. It ain’t called the love drug for nothing!
This may come as no surprise. When you think “aphrodisiac,” oysters are probably the first food that comes to mind. Experts suggest zinc is linked to increased levels of sex hormones, which drive your libido. And guess what? Oysters are loaded with zinc, making them the perfect libido-boosting food. If you’re looking to spice things up in the bedroom, start the night off right by serving an oyster appetizer to your honey.
Almonds pack a powerful punch for your libido, especially since they’re filled with L-arginine, an amino acid that dilates blood vessels and improves blood flow to your reproductive organs. For a good romp in the bedroom, pop a handful of almonds in between courses. Bow chicka wow wow!
Did you know avocados was derived from the word Ahuacuatl, which means testicle tree? No wonder they made the love potion list! Avocados contain high amounts of carotenoids, potassium, vitamin B6 and vitamin E, which heighten your state of arousal and the intensity of your orgasm. What more reasons do you need?
Want to up your pheromone game without purchasing an expensive perfume? Do it the natural way! Figs enhance the secretion of pheromones, which are directly linked with mate selection. February 14th marks the day to unleash your best scent!
Want to heat up the bedroom? Add some chili to your V-Day meal. This fiery spice contains capsaicin, which produces heat and boosts endorphins—the feel-good hormone which elevates your mood and heightens your arousal.
Racy Red Wine
We’re not saying, “get wasted,” but we are saying, “have a couple glasses.” The Journal of Sexual Medicine found one to two glasses of red wine increased sexual desire, especially among women. And if that’s not enough, red wine contains quercetin, a powerful antioxidant that boosts sexual performance. This is your night to impress your honey in the sack.
It’s not hard to understand why honey is considered a sexual stimulator. In fact, the word “honeymoon” stems from the hope for a loving marriage. Honey’s romantic reputation is rooted in ancient custom, in which newly married couples drank a fermented beverage made with honey until the first moon of their union. Sounds a bit like The Handmaid’s Tale but whatevs. On the scientific side, honey contains boron, which is released in the blood during arousal.
Rounding out our top 9 list, saffron is arguably one of the most potent love potions around. Saffron releases powerful libido-boosting neurotransmitters that enhance sexual arousal. Aside from sexual pleasure, saffron aids in weight loss by suppressing your appetite. Serve up some saffron tea before bed—it’s a surefire way to lead to late-night sparks.
When it comes to boosting your sex drive on Valentine’s Day (and every other day, for that matter), this list of 9 aphrodisiac foods may just do the trick.
Did we miss any? Feel free to share your sex-boosting suggestions in the comments below. And if you’re looking for delicious Valentine’s Day recipes to impress your sweetheart, be sure to check out Gymondo. Happy Valentine’s Day!