It’s Organic Sex Week here at Making Love In The Kitchen. All you need to know about making your sex life as whole and healthy, or better said- making sure everything you put in your body is whole and healthy!
Is it true that some food are aphrodisiacs, that eating them makes us feel hottter to trotter and wanting to get’er on?
Yes. Oh, baby yes!
Yes there are and it’s not by any illusionary, dreamy thing. There are actually biological and physiological reasons behind the rumours that make perfect sense. For example, zinc is important for male firmness and is lost with each, um, finale of the event. The essential fatty acids help promote blood circulation. Nutrients like magnesium and potassium are going to be relaxing. See where am I going with this?
The foods that are going to put us in the mood, and help us perform well during the main event, are foods that are rich in these sex-activity promoting nutrients.
Let me break it down for you with some of my favourites:
- Asparagus: Setting aside the clearly penial shape, it contains vitamin E, which is important for balancing sex hormones and also makes our skin silky soft.
- Bananas: Bananas too have that special shape to them. Rich in potassium and B vitamins are essential for sex hormone production (not to mention that B vitamins are crucial for warding off PMS).
- Hot peppers: These hotties stimulate circulation in the body. As a result, they also stimulates our nerve endings, raise our heart rate slightly and is also believed to release endorphins. Garlic can also work as an aphrodisiac for similar reasons, but then you smell like garlic so not always a win/win situation.
- Chocolate (of course!) Chocolate contains a stimulant called phenylethylamine, which gives us a sense of well being and excitement. And don’t forget about the theobromine- a chemical released right along side falling in love. What a powerful due those two phytochemicals make.
- Figs: Slice one right down the middle and what do you see?
- Raw oysters: A rich source of zinc, a mineral required for testosterone production. This male hormone is believed to increase the female libido as well. Bow-chica-bow.
- Arugula? Really? Rumour has it but I can’t work out why.
- Vanilla: The sweet aroma comes from the bean. This one I am not sure why but the Spaniards were declared chocolate and vanilla were an erotic duo. They taste awesome so let’s go with it.
- Ginger: Let’s get that circulatory system going and the blood flowing to the nethers.
- Raspberries and strawberries: Sweet, juicy and beautiful. High in vitamin C, a potent anti-oxidant, these luscious red berries make us strong and they go great with chocolate.
- Maca: Also sometimes called Peruvian ginseng, is considered to be a good source of energy. It is most often used as a nutritional supplement for enhancing fertility, improving sexual performance, increases stamina and one of the best herbs for hormonal balancing.
- Wine: We know this one right? Wine relaxes our inhibitions and stimulates our senses. It also helps to drink it by the glow of a fire while lying about in your birthday suit on a bearskin rug.
Alrighty- so here is my super fave aphrodizzy delight treat.
Aphrodizzy Chocolate Pop-Dickle
1 banana, sliced in half
4 Tbs cacao powder
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 Tbs maca (optional)
pinch of vanilla bean powder or extract (optional)
pinch cayenne pepper (or to taste)
1-2 Tbs honey (or to taste)
dash of rock salt
- Cover plate in parchment paper
- Slice banana in half and insert a skewer stick (or a small fork) into the sliced end
- Place banana in freezer (this will help the chocolate harden to it faster)
- On low heat, stir together cacao, maca, vanilla bean/extract coconut oil, cayenne, and honey
- Dip cold/frozen banana into chocolate love mixture
- Lay on parchment lined plate and sprinkle with sea salt
- Place in freezer for 1-2 hours
- Dim the lights and enjoy
1 Dark Chocolate Bar, I recommend Greens & Blacks or Camino. Get the highest percentage of cocoa you can find.
1-2 Tbs Coconut Oil, cold pressed, unrefined.
8-10 fresh figs, washed and dried
1 hot lover of your choice (optional)
- If you don’t have a double boiler, make one. You will need two pots, one bigger than the other and fill the larger of the two with water.
- Place large pot of water and turn oven on to a medium heat. Place smaller pot inside the larger one.
- Add chocolate and coconut oil to smaller pot and stir gently as it melts. This gets tricky. If it stays on the heat too long, it will get chunky. The same happens if water gets in. If that happens you’ll be forced to eat this batch of chocolate and start over. There are worse things.
- As soon as chocolate is melted and thoroughly mixed with coconut oil, holding the fig by its stem, start dipping!
- Place dipped figs on parchment lined plate.
- Once all the figs have been dipped, place in the freezer to set. Will take about 20 minutes and can then be stored in the fridge.
- Eat them fresh… but remember to put any extras back in the fridge before you get carried away by the magical effects.