Eat these 7 Aphrodisiacs to Get in the Mood

Get that mojo going.

By Hannah Zahner

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 & Berry Pavlova recipe

Almond and Blackberry Cream Pavlova

This Almond-Mint Pesto Pasta is a 10-minute weeknight dinner that's so delish.

Almond-Mint Pesto Pasta

Healthy Almond Joy Bites

Healthy Almond Joy Bites


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.

Recipe for Sweet Potato Guacamole Toasts

Sweet Potato Guacamole Toasts

roasted beet, avocado, pistachio salad

Roasted Beet, Avocado & Pistachio Salad

rice cakes toppings

The New Avocado Toast


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 Summer Tomatoes, Burrata and Basil

Spaghetti with Basil, Tomatoes and Burrata

Vanilla Panna Cotta with Strawberries, Basil & Almonds

Vanilla Panna Cotta with Strawberries, Basil and Almonds

Peach Basil Sangria Pitcher

Peach Basil Sangria


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).

pistachio, coconut and sea salt chocolate covered pretzels

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Chocolate cake made with olive oil! Awesome healthy alternative

Gluten-Free Olive Oil Chocolate Cake

Mexican pots de crème – decadent and totally dairy-free!

Mexican Pots De Creme


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.

honey thyme simple syrup

Honey Thyme Simple Syrup

gluten-free coconut pecan granola with yogurt & berries

Honey Nut Cinnamon Granola

a healthier honey cake for rosh hashana

Healthy Honey Cake


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, & pomegranate salad

Kale, Persimmon and Pomegranate Salad

Burrata Toasts with Mint-Pomegranate Pesto

minty pomegranate punch "mocktail"

Minty Pomegranate Punch


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 aphrodisiac

Oyster Stew from She Wears Many Hats

broiled oysters garlic aphrodisiac

Broiled Oysters with Garlic Breadcrumbs from Bon Appetit

oyster rockefeller aphrodisiac

Oysters Rockefeller from The Gourmet Gourmand


Let us know if you try these and if they leave you feeling especially amorous!