The science behind sensual foods
Getting “in the mood” and food have always been closely linked to your romantic side, whether you know it or not! The foods we eat either make us happy or put us in a state of survival.
Aphrodisiacs are named after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty. A lot of our common aphrodisiacs and associations of love stem from that time in history.
Many people know that oysters are an aphrodisiac, and they are readily available living in southern Louisiana! But, did you know there are a lot of other foods that act as aphrodisiacs as well?
Tune into the foods that you are already eating that are libido boosting. February being the month of love, these foods are great to spice up your love life! And while we are choosing during the month of March to give up the foods we love, you can still have a dessert that tastes amazing, even if you’re giving up sweets for Lent!
10 Foods to Put You in the Mood
- Avocado – A lustful food that contains high amounts of vitamin E that gives you a ton of energy.
- Honey – The boron in honey helps to regulate estrogen and testosterone levels and provides a natural energy boost.
- Banana – The enzyme bromelain in bananas supports testosterone and estrogen production and provides tons of energy.
- Maca – A natural vegetable that helps with stamina. Studies prove that maca is nature’s Viagra.
- Cinnamon – Cinnamon will raise your body temperature and your sex drive, and it also helps with blood flow.
- Vanilla – Vanilla contains some mild nerve stimulants to help increase sexual sensation.
- Coffee – The caffeine in coffee raises the heart rate and makes the blood flow faster. There are studies that suggest coffee puts women in the mood!
- Chocolate – Chocolate spikes dopamine and serotonin levels, which induces and increases feelings of pleasure.
- Cherries – Cherries contain plenty of vitamins, along with potassium, iron and antioxidants. All these with help put you in a happy mood.
- Cayenne – This pepper has an erotic reputation, stimulating endorphins (the brain’s feel-good chemicals). It also speeds up the heart rate, and spices up your love life!
Chocolate Covered Cherry Macaroons
1 cup dark cherries, pitted
½ cup coconut butter or coconut manna
¼ cup tahini or almond butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
8 drops stevia (can use different flavors)
2 cups shredded coconut (unsweetened)
Chocolate for melting and dipping macaroons.
Place cherries in food processor (or blender) to blend until smooth. Put cherries into a bowl, and combine remaining ingredients. Mix thoroughly. Place mixture in freezer for about 10 minutes or until you can form 1-inch balls with your hands.
Melt chocolate in a pot on low, or use a double boiler to melt chocolate. Dip half of each ball in melted chocolate. Serve chilled. Enjoy!