Valentine’s Day is a couple days away. Whether you’re spending it alone or with the one you love (or lust), it’s a day to focus on love (of yourself or someone else) and pleasure. If you think you might need a romantic boost, you can always turn to an aphrodisiac to add a little oomph to your mojo.
The dictionary defines aphrodisiacs as any of various forms of stimulation to arouse sexual excitement. They can be divided into two groups:
1. Psycho-physiological: (visual, tactile, olfactory, aural)
2. Internal: (alcohol, food, drugs, love potions).
Aphrodisiacs were first sought out as a remedy for various sexual anxieties as well as to increase fertility. In history, procreation was important morally and religiously (go forth and multiply). Aphrodisiacs helped to ensure reproductive ability. Part of what makes most of these foods aphrodisiacs is their phallic shape, either resembling the male sexual organ or the female reproductive glands.
There is little scientific evidence as to the validity of foods increasing sexual desire. But, who needs science when we’re talking about lust and love….
FOODS OF LOVE
Almonds – symbol of fertility; increase passion
Avocado – these fruits hang in pairs, resembling a man’s testicles
Bananas- phallic in shape; creamy, lush texture
Basil – stimulates sex drive and boosts fertility
Caviar – rich in zinc which increases testosterone
Chocolate – decreases inhibitions and increases desire for physical contact. Pair with red wine for maximal effect.
Carrots – phallic shape, stimulates a man’s desires
Fennel – libido enhancer
Figs – sexual stimulant that resembles a woman’s ovaries; very sensual when eaten out of hand
Garlic & Ginger – sexual stimulants
Nutmeg – Spices enhance stimulation and desire
Oysters – phallic shape (ovaries), stimulant
Strawberries – Erotic to eat (hand feed your lover) – great dipped in chocolate!
Truffles – musky scent is very arousing (warms you to the core)
Vanilla – sweet scent increases lust
Wine – decreases inhibitions, relaxes and stimulates
Recipe for love
Enjoy this twist on chocolate covered bananas! Enjoy the creamy, warm, sweet flavors and textures.
- 2 bananas
- 6 raw almonds, chopped
- 2 squares dark chocolate, chopped
- Cut a slit down the interior length of the banana peel, into the flesh of the banana. Stuff the inside of each banana with half of the chocolate and almonds. Wrap each banana in aluminum foil and place into the oven (or toaster oven). Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, until the banana is soft. Remove from oven, unwrap the foil and serve on a plate.
Per serving: 202 calories; 8.1 grams of fat; 32 grams of carbohydrates; 17 grams of sugar; 3.4 grams of protein