Dinner dates – which foods get you in the mood?
More and more people are beginning to link the food they eat with how they feel. What you put into your body will have a direct impact on your sex life affecting your hormones, brain chemistry, energy and stress levels. Certain foods have psychoactive properties, others arouse because they are psychologically suggestive, and then there are some that actually increase blood flow to the genitals.
Apart from its obviously phallic appearance asparagus also boasts fantastic nutritional properties. Low in calories it is a great source of vitamin B6 and folate, both of which can boost arousal and orgasm. Coupled with that it’s rich in vitamin E which stimulates sex hormones in both men and women.
This is the perfect aphrodisiac food for a novice chef as it can be made into a delicious soup or simply boiled and served with a tasty dip. Watching your date bite the end off and the juices drip down their fingers is sure to get you in the mood even if the green stuff doesn’t work for you.
A favourite starter dish, these juicy fruits are packed with protein to give you and your beloved plenty of energy and staying power. They are versatile, easy to prepare and according to some have quite a sexy appearance too. The early Catholic priests in Spain found their appearance so sexual that they forbade them. However, nobody finds them objectionable now and they’re available all year round. To test for ripeness give them a gentle squeeze and the flesh should give a bit, there’s nothing very sexy about a hard avocado or an overripe one that is turning brown!
Pure chocolate is the best-loved of all natural aphrodisiacs and it’s easy to incorporate into any date night. It contains a host of compounds including anandamide, the psyochoactive feel-good chemical; PEA (phenylethylamine), the “love chemical,” which releases dopamine in the pleasure centres of the brain and peaks during orgasm. PEA also helps induce feelings of excitement, attraction and euphoria. Cocoa beans contain tryptophan, a key component of the neurotransmitter serotonin known to promote a sense of well-being and relaxation.
Given all this scientific evidence you are sure to feel the chemistry between you by indulging in a little chocolaty pleasure together.
Spice things up
Garlic and chillies are both fantastic aphrodisiacs and will add flavour to any dish. Chile peppers contain capsaicin, a chemical that’s been shown to induce the release of endorphins in the brain, which creates a feeling of euphoria. Garlic, although notorious for giving bad breath, is full of allicin, an ingredient that will increase blood flow to those vital organs.
Tip: if you’re worried about garlic breath drink a glass of milk and it will help neutralise the odour.
Home cooked favourites
Giving your date a taste of home is sure to win their heart. It could be a national dish, if they’re from a different country, or something they told you they used to love when they were younger. Once you have a main dish build a date night round it, choosing wine, music, and other foods to accompany it.
Whatever’s on the menu ensure it’s served with soft music, candlelight, a warm smile and your undivided attention – then whatever you’re eating, you’re sure to both feel in the mood.
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