Named after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, an aphrodisiac is a food or drink that enhances sexual desire. Whether through placebo effect or actual nutritional science, it turns out some of the wives tales about these amorous foods actually check out! And while no, green m&m’s don’t quite make the list, these foods are classified as an aphrodisiac based on tradition and their hormone and mood-boosting properties.
With the month of loveee officially upon us, we’re breaking down the science behind the top seven desire-enhancing foods. Plus, we’re sharing our favorite recipes that incorporate them in easy and delicious ways.
Whether your goal is health-related or you just want to get frisky, check out the romance foods that will get you going for Valentine’s day and beyond!
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Almonds are high in omega 3 content. Omega 3 helps boost brain power and hormone synthesis – leading to a higher sex drive!
Use them in these recipes…
Almond and Blackberry Cream Pavlova
Aside from their rather *ahem* sexual shape (the Aztecs called the avocado “ahuacuatl” meaning testicle tree), avocados are loaded with Vitamin E and associated with increased fertility.
Roasted Beet, Avocado & Pistachio Salad
Basil’s aphrodisiac properties are thought to correlate directly to its fresh scent, which is said to be stimulating and promote blood flow (if you know what I mean). Plus, having Italian ties doesn’t hurt its case either. After all, is there anything sexier than an Italian cooking you a fresh bowl of pesto pasta?
Spaghetti with Basil, Tomatoes and Burrata
Vanilla Panna Cotta with Strawberries, Basil and Almonds
The most romantic of foods, chocolate is packed with romance boosting compounds. These compounds include anandamide (the feel good chemical), phenylethylamine (the love chemical that triggers endorphin release in the pleasure centers of your brain, inducing feelings like euphoria and attraction), and theobromine (a central nervous system stimulant).
Gluten-Free Olive Oil Chocolate Cake
Packed with boron, this mineral helps balance estrogen in women and enhance testosterone levels in both sexes. Increased testosterone levels are correlated with boosting sex drive and the big O.
Apart from being visually sensual in color and texture, pomegranates are high in antioxidants. Higher levels of antioxidants increases testosterone and sex drive in both men and women.
Kale, Persimmon and Pomegranate Salad
Burrata Toasts with Mint-Pomegranate Pesto
One of the most famous of aphrodisiac foods, the high concentration of zinc in oysters boosts sperm and increases libido. Pair with a glass of champagne and a chocolatey dessert, and you’ve got the ultimate romantic meal!
Oyster Stew from She Wears Many Hats
Broiled Oysters with Garlic Breadcrumbs from Bon Appetit
Oysters Rockefeller from The Gourmet Gourmand
Let us know if you try these and if they leave you feeling especially amorous!
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Basil: its fresh scent (not ‘it’s fresh scent’ = it’s mean it is). Thank you!
Thanks for the note – edited! 🙂