Some foods are thought to boost energy, while others are thought to improve memory. Aphrodisiac foods have a slightly different effect - these foods might actually make your heart flutter! This February 14th, celebrate the 'Feast of Saint Valentine' with foods that are named after the Greek goddess of sexuality and love. Why not avoid the mad dash to overcrowded restaurants and prepare these suggestive aphrodisiac dishes with your Valentine's Day sweetheart at home instead?
Fresh Figs with Goat Cheese and Almonds
The aroma of almonds supposedly arouses passion in women. In fact, the nut has long been a symbol of fertility. Start the night off right with an appetizer that combines almonds with figs, a second powerful aphrodisiac that the ancient Greeks associated with passion and love. With 153 calories per two figs, Relish’s Fresh Figs w/ Goat Cheese and Almonds recipe will create a sensual eating experience and also please your taste buds.
Dinner Full of Desire
Broiled Oysters with Garlic-Buttered Breadcrumbs & Grilled Asparagus
Oysters have long been thought to be an aphrodisiac. This low-calorie shellfish also means the pleasure of oysters can be enjoyed guilt-free. Combine oysters with garlic's supposed sexual suggestiveness and you'll enjoy a main dish sure to inspire feelings of true love this Valentine's Day. Try Cooking Light's Broiled Oysters recipe, with just 134 calories and 2 grams of bad fat per 4 oysters serving. Bon’App recommends serving the dish with a side of grilled asparagus, a vegetable packed with vitamins and claimed by Nicholas Culpepper to "stir up lust in men and women".
Triple Chocolate Cake
When you win your significant other’s sweet tooth with this indulgent chocolate dessert, you'll also win their heart. What’s more, some evidence suggests the good mood feeling you get from eating chocolate is not just psychological. Chocolate contains phenylethylamine, a stimulant released in the brain when people fall in love. Whether you enjoy it for the delectable taste, or its aphrodisiac properties, end your Valentine's dinner with a slice of Triple-Chocolate Cake, and indulge in creamy milk chocolate mousse sandwiched between intense chocolate flavored cake layers. With cocoa, bittersweet and milk chocolate, your taste buds will fall head-over-heals in love. The recipe uses low-fat milk and egg whites, which cuts down the calories to 240 per slice. It's okay to indulge, but if your worried about the battery impact, simply share a piece with your Valentine.