Quick eating tips to get you looking and feeling your finest
Who doesn’t want to feel their best, whatever time of year? Diet–and I don’t mean the starvation kind–can have a much bigger impact on your how you measure up on the sexy scale than you think. Certain foods can not only boost libido but improve energy, mood and the health of skin, hair and nails. These are sexy foods and here’s how to slip them into your daily schedule. You’re going to love just how easy it is to get sexy!
The idea for adding milk-soaked dates to a yogurt shake to boost your libido dates back to the Kama Sutra. (It is also rumored to make an excellent hangover cure.) We know that dates, loaded with fiber, can eliminate bloating. But more importantly for their aphrodisiac effects, they contain the essential nutrient magnesium. Combine with the lean protein of yogurt, this shake will have your booty moving-all the way back to the bedroom, hopefully!
Morning After Date Shake
5 dried dates soaked in milk (prepped in advance)
1 graham cracker, crushed into crumbs or 1 tbsp graham cracker crumbs
2 pinches cardamom*
1/2 c plain, Greek-style yogurt
1 tsp honey
8 ice cubes
1. Pit and chop dates and soak overnight in the milk.
2. Combine graham cracker crumbs and 1 pinch cardamom in a shallow dish or plate. Moisten the top of two glasses with milk then dip rims of both glasses in the crumb mixture.
3. Put dates and soaking milk in blender. Add yogurt, honey, 1 pinch cardamom, ice and blend.
4.Carefully pour liquid into the 2 rimmed glasses. Tastes best drunk in bed.
*A tiny amount of cardamom can really dominate this shake. Be careful not to over season by measuring a pinch as a scant 1/8 teaspoon.
10am–Apples with Almond Butter
The apple is the original forbidden fruit. It is tempting in its sweetness but not too high in sugar. Apples are also a good source of the antioxidants that will help the body look and feel ageless. (Learn more about the aphrodisiac side of apples.) Here, I pair them with the deep, bittersweet flavor of roasted almonds. Why? Because almonds, like all nuts, offer sustaining protein and help promote testosterone production.
Cut 1 scarlet red apple (red is the sensual color choice) into quarters or eighths. Spread each slice with a little almond butter and enjoy how it does the body good.
(Celery, with its natural plant estrogens, makes a good choice if you need a break from apples.)
1pm–Salt-Roasted Rosemary Shrimp with a Fennel Slaw and Homemade Chocolate Truffles with Dried Fruit Centers
Salt roasting is a fat-free way to cook shrimp while retaining moisture. It also allows you to introduce an aphrodisiac aromatic like rosemary, which is said to increase circulation and alertness. For this plan, I’ve chosen to salt-roast shrimp because it contains beneficial omega-3 fatty acids and iodine. (Iodine deficiency is linked with low libido). Learn more about the aphrodisiac properties of shrimp. Then add to it the cold crunch of fennel slaw. Not only does fennel add a sensory-stimulating texture but it also offers natural plant estrogens as well as immune-boosting powers.
To make one serving of salt-roasted shrimp (double or triple accordingly):
1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
2. Spread a cup of salt on the bottom of a baking dish, (small casserole will work).
3. Heat the pan of salt in the oven for 5 minutes. (This will help ensure quick, even cooking.)
4. Lay a bed of rosemary-3 or 4 sprigs-on top of the salt.
5. Arrange 4-5 jumbo shrimp, shells still on, in a single layer on top of the rosemary.
6. Cover with another cup of salt.
7. Bake for 10 minutes, then let the dish rest for 2 minutes before removing shrimp from salt.
Treat yourself to something sweet by making your own chocolate truffles from premium dark chocolate (70% or 80% cacao for the most antioxidant benefit) and fill them with dried figs or blueberries for additional libido-enhancing nutrients like magnesium and iron.
Here’s my dark chocolate truffle recipe from my cookbook Romancing the Stove. You’ll love the simplicity of this recipe. Make a double batch and box some up to gift to your sweetie!
3pm–Basil-Black Pepper Warming Tea
Steep a homemade brew of fresh basil, whole black peppercorns and whole cloves for a caffeine-free, aphrodisiac stimulant.
Just add these three simple ingredients to boiling water and steep for 3-5 minutes. Then strain into your cup to warm your body. (This potent, tongue-tingling brew will also help to get the mind in the mood for some after work play. After all, each one of the tea’s three ingredients has a history as an aphrodisiac!)
5pm–Edamame with Smoked Salt and a Glass of Champagne or Sparkling Wine
A late afternoon pick-me-up is a great idea. But this tends to be the time of day most of us give in to the temptations of fat, salt and sugar. A simple snack like edamame, to which you add your own salt can give you the energy to get through the rest of the day. The protein in the soy beans can increase dopamine, thereby elevating mood. It also offers plant estrogens and can help ward of PMS. A wonder-bean, soy has also been linked to prostate health. I recommend pairing it with a glass of Champagne or sparkling wine. This isn’t a necessary addition but consider this: Bubbly offers all the health benefits of red wine but hits the blood stream quicker for an almost instant elevation in mood. Why not close out the day on a high?
8pm–Rotisserie Chicken with Zoodles in a Raw Tomato Sauce and Chocolate Affogato
An aphrodisiac dinner should be light and after a long day of looking hot, you need a meal that is simple. Pick up a rotisserie chicken on your way home from work to serve with a bowl of pasta-less pasta. And if you want to skip the meat this late in the day, just add some quality mozzarella to the pasta. (After all, cheese is an aphrodisiac!)
And don’t worry if you don’t have a spiralizer. You can make zucchini noodles, or Zoodles, with a sharp vegetable peeler. Although I do own a spiralizing attachment for my Kitchenaid, I sometimes make my veggie noodles by hand just because I enjoy the meditative quality of this repetitive task.
If you don’t have your own favorite raw tomato sauce recipe, here’s one that I love. Of course, if the season doesn’t provide you with the bounty of sweet, sun-kissed tomatoes, you can always use a cooked tomato sauce for this plan.
For dessert, place a scoop of rich, chocolate gelato–for other flavor options, I love this recipe with either vanilla or pistachio as well–into freshly made, steamy, bracingly strong espresso. Espresso offers the aphrodisiac of adrenalin and can elevate mood. Combine with sweet, cold, chocolate gelato it is an energizing, goosebump-worthy prelude to the bedroom samba.
Of course, this plan only offers you a single day of working into your sexy mode. But beyond a handful of tempting, aphrodisiac-laden recipes, it gives you the tools to continue down a path to customizing your own eating plan for sexual health and wellbeing.
Use my suggested aphrodisiac ingredients in your own favorite, nutrient-rich meals and snacks. And take my template for times of day and amounts for indulgence as a rule of thumb for when your body needs to be fed in order to rev up your sexual engine.
And if you’re ready for an even bigger challenge, check out the 10 Steps to Sexy Diet I created with nutrition and lifestyle expert Delahna Flagg.
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