Want to spice up your night on Valentine’s Day? The secret could be on your plate. Aphrodisiac foods have the power to excite your taste buds and boost your libido. The FizzUp trainer gives you some gourmet ideas for a romantic meal worthy of the name.
No romantic evening is complete without a delicious appetizer! You can count on truffles to impress your better half. Serve them with some hors d’oeuvres or scrambled eggs in a mini ramekin dish. This fungus contains sulfur compounds, which explains why it smells like pheromones. It can trick female pigs by mimicking these animal sex hormones. When in heat, they dig for truffles, driven by instinct. No study has yet been able to show the impact of pheromones on humans, but the smell of truffles and the mystery behind them are some of the reasons people are so attracted to them. Let yourself indulge and try serving truffles with a glass of champagne, which pair perfectly.
Getting off to a good start will get your partner in an exceptionally romantic mood. Having a good time stimulates pleasure circuits in your brain, which trigger the secretion of dopamine, a hormone that fills you with intense pleasure and gives you a light feeling of euphoria.
For your appetizer, a dozen oysters per person will fan the flames. This seafood is known for being high in zinc, which happens to be an essential nutrient that increases testosterone levels. How could you say no when they’re low in calories and so stimulating? Try sprinkling your oysters with a pinch of saffron, which improves female lubrication, or cilantro (US) or coriander (UK), which were used in medieval love potions. You can also opt for cream of celery soup. High in trace elements, this vegetable, in addition to being excellent for your health, has everything to stimulate your appetite, especially if you sprinkle your appetizer with savory, also known as the “herb of love”. Its high phenol content has invigorating effects, which will make for a night of passion.
After waking up your senses with oysters, it’s time to get down to business with the main course of your aphrodisiac meal. Cooking your own meals has many advantages when you want to turn up the heat between you and your partner. You can rely on spices that will instantly set the mood. Spice things up by adding some vasodilators to your food, such as rosemary, which contains safranin and aids in sex hormone secretion, cinnamon, which is a natural stimulant and mustard, which effectively stimulates the sexual glands. Also try saffron, which stimulates the uterus (but should be avoided during early pregnancy).
Both rice and nuts contain arginine, an amino acid that heightens desire in both men and women. A salmon filet breaded with walnuts served with a rice timbale and saffron sauce will definitely boost your libido. Add some flavor to this dish with freshly grated ginger, a spice that has been valued around the world for its aphrodisiac properties for thousands of years. You can also save some room for green vegetables to get your intake of choline, a vitamin that curiously enhances sexual desire. This essential nutrient instantly makes vegetables more appealing!
Still have room for dessert? There’s plenty of sweetness in the air to excellently set the mood for intimacy and trust. Chocolate fondue is ideal for a light, yet gourmet Valentine’s Day dessert. The cocoa it contains increases your endorphin and serotonin levels, which will boost pleasure and give you an intense feeling euphoria.
Try serving it with fruit. Dip strawberries and banana slices into the chocolate. Apricots and peaches are also revered for their ability as vasodilators to increase blood flow and relax your muscles. Because they aren’t always in season, you can use dried apricots and peaches, which are also promising in terms of carnal pleasure. After eating these aphrodisiac foods, the only thing you’ll want to do is get your partner between the sheets.
Here are some tips from the FizzUp trainer to ensure that your meal lives up to your expectations.
Now all you have to do is get in the kitchen to cook some of the most delicious aphrodisiac foods for your partner. You’ll never have felt more passionate after you have a meal like this! Bon appétit!