Why do oysters and chocolate make the best Valentine’s dinner? Well, they’re commonly known as having an aphrodisiacal effect on you and your date. But did you know there is a whole other list of foods that can also get the motor under the hood of your car running better? Some of these are such sneaky and unassuming mood- and libido-boosters, your date would be none the wiser.
Any self-respecting girl won’t say no to a romantic dinner in a fancy Italian restaurant. While you’re both looking at the menu, you might want to subtly hint that the pesto pasta dish comes highly recommended. Why? Pesto is full of pine nuts, which are actually high in zinc, just as oysters are. Zinc has been shown to increase testosterone levels as well as enhance performance (in and out of bed). This leads to a higher sex drive and more likely that she’d “pine” for your “nuts” (ok not so much the nuts but the tree, but you get the idea). In fact, pine nuts were a popular aphrodisiac in history too, with the Arabian physician, Galen, prescribing one hundred pine nuts before going to bed (not so much the sleeping kind of going to bed).
This was probably not the reason why your mother nagged you to eat your fruits, but modern-day research is touting the watermelon, with all its lycopene, citrulline and beta-carotene goodness, as the ideal go-to fruit to rev up your sex drive. Why? Let’s just say lycopene is Nature’s Viagra in helping certain parts of you relax blood vessels and improve circulation. Ask her over to your place and get your fruit juicer revving with a watermelon juice or smoothie, or cut it up into pieces and feed each other. Do you really need more ideas on how to swallow it?
You know, if you want to spice things up, and get things hot in the bedroom... Capsaicin in chili is a trendy ingredient in the market now for all things from reducing cholesterol and blood pressure, to targeting cellulite. It is also a fact though, that capsaicin floods you with endorphins and makes your blood rush to all the important body parts – muscles, heart, and of course the one part that’s the most important when it comes to sex – your penis brain. Okay, both. You don’t have to go all out with the hottest habañeros though, just a touch of sambal or cayenne pepper is enough to get the body stimulated. Don’t go overboard and end up with a night of the runs either, that’s never any fun.
Don’t sweat, this just refers to a family of vegetables named this way after the shape of their flowers that resembles a cross. Cauliflower, cabbage, bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and kale all fall under this family, and they will become your new best friend. They regulate your hormone levels to boost testosterone, which is especially helpful for men after 40 who have dipping testosterone levels and perhaps issues with ED. They’re also cancer-fighting! If you’ve ever thought it was lame to order a salad for dinner, shame on you; you’d better start adding more cruciferous veggies to your diet now.
It’s not just the sweet sound of your voice calling her “Honey…” that will do the trick. Ever wonder why small pots of honey are given away as wedding favours? This dates back to ancient times when honey was associated to blissful marriages and romance. Greek physician Hippocrates prescribed honey for sexual vigour and to induce love and ecstasy. “Honeymoons” were so named because newly married couples were given a month’s worth of honey to help the couple get a child. While there isn’t a direct link to fertility, honey boosts nitric oxide levels in men, which is the chemical behind penile erections. Raw honey is also rich in Vitamin B which supports the production of both testosterone in men and estrogen in women, thus fanning the flames of desire in both. And hey, it’s honey. It tastes good, it pours well, it sticks, it needs to be licked off… you’ve got a recipe for some sexy sticky foreplay right here. And since honey goes great with breakfast… you know she’s staying the night.
There are foods with aphrodisiacal properties such as garlic that you wouldn’t want to touch with a ten-foot pole on a romantic dinner. But it doesn’t always have to be so in-your-face. These five surprising foods will go a long way in getting you and your date eager to go, with happy endings guaranteed.
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