Looking to take your date night to the next level? Try serving these aphrodisiac foods
Are you planning a date night? If you are looking to pepper your meal with aphrodisiacs, you need look no farther than your pantry. A surprising number of ingredients can claim an aphrodisiac history. But even among aphrodisiac foods there are most valuable players.
These five date night ingredients, many of which you probably have on hand, are stand-outs among the world’s most sensual foods. Why? Because each of these ingredients has an almost immediate aphrodisiac effect. So whether you’re looking to seduce a new lover or reconnect on date night, these are the foods to serve to your lover.
1. Champagne (or Sparkling Wine)
Perhaps I’m a bit biased, but I cannot think of anything I would enjoy more at the beginning of a romantic evening than the sound of Champagne filling a fluted glass, followed by that first heady sip tingling on my tongue.
The aromas of many Brut and Blanc de Blancs Champagnes and sparkling wines are said to replicate that of a female pheromone. In addition, the wine’s effervescence allows the alcohol to hit the blood stream quickly, offering that giddy feeling you often experience from the first few sips.
Feeling giddy can make an excellent gateway to feeling frisky on date night without the need for drinking the inhibition-lowering amounts often sought from other forms of alcohol. And, although this isn’t a reason why it makes my list of foods to serve to your lover, Champagne offers some benefits that may help your love life in the longer term. It turns out that bubbly offers all the antioxidant benefits of red wine and may support brain health.
2. Chile Pepper
The spicy little harlots of the food world, chile peppers are among my favorite foods to serve to your lover because their aphrodisiac effects can be felt immediately and intensely.
Just a nibble of a red, hot chile can cause the tongue to tingle in anticipation. And the heat will make lips to swell with kissable plumpness. In addition, chiles can cause the cheeks to flush, which studies show equates to a sexual flush in the mind of your amour.
Eat enough and chile can cause an endorphin avalanche. The experience, which some say beats a runner’s high, is energizing, mood elevating and body heat building. And with your temperature on the rise, the temptation to tear off unnecessary clothing can increase with every bite.
Possibly the most recognized aphrodisiac in the world, oysters have earned their reputation and are more than a cliche. There’s no way I would make a list of the best foods to serve to your lover without them!
A wonderfully lean source of easily digestible protein, oysters offer much needed energy for a long night of passion. They are rich in zinc, which supports blood flow, making orgasm possible. Zinc is also essential for testosterone production. Combine their nutrition with oysters slippery/sensual texture and an aroma which is not dissimilar to a female pheromone, oysters pack an aphrodisiac punch worthy of their international acclaim.
Ok, so you may object to this choice for my list of foods to serve to your lover for any number of reasons. First of all, I realize coffee is a drink, not a food. And there are plenty of negative attributes associated with caffeine.
But the buzz of an espresso can become a potent aphrodisiac, given the right situation. Not only can coffee boost energy at a key moment, but it is noted as a mood elevator. What better way to get in the mood than to sip your way to a good mood? (In clinical studies, coffee has been proven to raise levels of dopamine, the neurotransmitter associated with pleasure.)
To add to coffee’s attraction, a recent study showed that coffee drinkers live longer than those who shun the sultry, dark brew. Could you think of any better drink to serve to the one you love? (…except maybe Champagne…)
I don’t think it’s permissible to make a list of aphrodisiac foods that doesn’t include chocolate. But chocolate may not be as potent as you think. At least, not from a nutritional perspective.
Certainly dark chocolate and cocoa contain age-defying antioxidants to help keep you looking and feeling your most fresh and help keep your blood pumping. However, have you ever heard the rumors of chocolate producing a happy hormone rush, an energy surge and orgasmic pleasure? It looks like those claims aren’t exactly factual. It’s true that chocolate can impact mood. But a scientist who studied chocolate dosage and stimulation of the brain estimated that you’d have to be willing to eat a couple dozen pounds in one sitting to achieve any sort of rush. And at that point, the only rush you’d probably be feeling is sickness from the sugar overload.
That said, we conducted our own survey a few years ago, which proved that the power of persuasion is strong when it comes to chocolate. Among participants, 69% believe in chocolate’s aphrodisiac abilities and 65% consider a box of chocolates an ultimate gift of love.
Want to add chocolatey dessert to your date night? Check out these tips for better baking with chocolate from cookbook author and baking expert Chrysta Wilson.
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