Sexier by the Hour

quick eating tips to get you looking and feeling your finest for bathing suit season

There’s no time of year we want to feel sexier than the skimpy clothing months of summer. 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 summer schedule.

8am

date shake
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
from The Love Diet

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
Apples are the original forbidden fruit, tempting in their sweetness but not too high in sugar. They are also a good source of those antioxidants that will help the body look and feel ageless. 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
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. Shrimp offer beneficial omega-3 fatty acids and iodine (iodine deficiency is linked with low libido). Add to it the cold crunch of fennel slaw which offers natural plant estrogens as well as immune-boosting powers.

To make on 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. Just take 1/4 c of half and half (less fattening than cream) and bring to a near boil. Stir in the chocolate until completely melted, removing pan from heat. Cool in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours, until it sets. Then roll truffle-sized scoops around pieces of dried fruit to form bite-sized candies. Roll in cocoa for a more finished look.

3pm

basil-black pepper warming tea
Steep a homemade brew of fresh basil, whole black peppercorns and whole cloves for a non-caffinated, aphrodisiac stimulant to warm the body and get the mind in the mood for some after work play.

5pm

edamame with smoked salt and a glass of Champagne or sparkling wine
The protein in soy 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. Bubbly offers all the health benefits of red wine but hits the blood stream quicker for an almost instant, giddy high.

8pm

rotisserie chicken with zucchini pasta in a raw tomato sauce
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 this pasta-less pasta, which celebrates the bounty of the season. I’ve added a pinch of chile powder to the original recipe since this potent spice is noted as one of the world’s most enticing aphrodisiacs. Chile makes the tongue tingle, lips swell to kissable plumpness and can even raise adrenaline.

zucchini pasta in a raw tomato sauce
from The Aphrodisiac Queen blog
1 large zucchini
1 medium heirloom tomatoes in a variety of colors, roughly chopped
4-5 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 ear white corn, kernels removed
1/4 tsp chile powder
1 tbsp fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 tbsp fruity olive oil
1 oz aged cheddar, chopped
salt to taste

Trim zucchini and cut in half lengthwise. Scoop out seeds then cut each half in half again lengthwise. Using a mandolin or vegetable peeler, peel zucchini into noodle-shaped strips. Repeat with all 3 zucchini and transfer to a large serving bowl.

In a separate bowl, combine tomatoes, corn kernels, basil, chile and olive oil. Thoroughly toss and allow the mixture to rest for 20-30 minutes then fold in cheese, season with salt and pour over zucchini.

For dessert, place a scoop of rich, chocolate gelato, (if you prefer another flavor, 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.

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I love eating sexy foods!

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