APHRODISIACS~ 7 Love & Libido Inducing Foods (+Chocolate recipe)
Updated: Feb 11
Think of these as 'Love potions for the foodie!'
1. Oysters~ I've tried to make these nasty little things appealing with dashes of spices and smotherings of sauces. However, I just can't hack the texture. For those of you who can, oysters are filled with zinc, a healing mineral and offer up aphrodisiac effect. If you like to cook seafood, check out this cookbook, Eventide: Recipes for Clam bakes, Oysters, Lobster Rolls & More from Modern Maine Seafood Shack https://amzn.to/3aZamd5
2. Capers~ Known as Cleopatra's love potion! These tasty, salty morsels are great to use as a garnish or to add to salads or pasta dishes. Try Mediterranean Organic & Wild Capers https://amzn.to/2GEK5mq
3. Hot chilies~ Caspisan enhances circulation! Chilies are also a friendly garden addition- quite simple to grow. Check out Seeds of Change at www.seedsofchange.com Their selection of seeds is beautiful.
4. Olives~ A frisky factor: green olives for men and black olives for women! Try Tragano Greek Organics Pitted Kalamata Olives, 8 oz. https://amzn.to/317xuBP
5. Wine~ The antioxidant resveratrol from red grapes increases blood flow. Cheers to your beloved with a glass of Bonterra’s Cabernet Sauvignon or Reserveage's Resveratrol 500mg antioxidant supplement 60 caps https://amzn.to/2GAvW9N
6. Maca~ This is a root, categorized as an adaptogen (helps the body adapt to stress). It is also known as an energizing herb! Check out Sunfood's organic Maca powder https://amzn.to/2S1diNW Add powder to a blended smoothie or coffee when you need a zap of energy.
7. Cocoa~ A decadent mood booster! * Read more on cocoa below. Try Equal Exchange’s organic, fair-trade cocoa powder or chocolate bars, and Theo Organic 70% dark cocoa bar. https://amzn.to/2RZ9xbE
The Beauty of Chocolate: Flavonoids
For cocoa health benefits, it must be the best of the best: Dark & preferably organic (with no alkali). Epidemiological studies suggest high flavonoid intake presents benefits on cardiovascular outcomes. Real, dark chocolate yields high levels of Theobromine- known to be a mood lifter & aphrodisiac.
* Don't forget: 1 ounce of dark chocolate contains on average of ~8 grams of fat & 140 calories so savor your morsel! Savor this flavonoid-rich recipe...
2 Avocados, ripe (mashed) - Remove skin & pit
½ cup pure, unsweetened Cocoa powder
¼ cup of Agave syrup or coconut nectar
(You can also replace the agave syrup with maple syrup or honey)
6 oz. Vanilla Greek yogurt (or silken tofu)
Blend or food process all ingredients together. When done, spoon out into 2 dishes.
Serve with a dollop of whip cream & dark chocolate shavings on top (optional).
If you desire a thinner consistency, add a touch of chocolate soy milk.
Garnish with shaved chocolate and fresh mint leaves!
Happy Valentines Day (and to showing love year-round)!