"When I think about sexy foods, my mind goes straight to the land of indulgence. Chocolate covered strawberries, whipped cream, a slow drizzle of honey ... you know what I'm talking about. It's all about rich, luxurious flavors, but it doesn't have to be unhealthy. Many aphrodisiacs are also super foods, meaning they are nutrient-rich and considered beneficial for your health and well-being. While few aphrodisiacs have scientifically proven effects, I think the mental effect is just as important. Put together this meal for your next date night in with your partner, open up a good bottle of red wine, casually mention that the meal is filled with aphrodisiacs, and let nature take care of the rest.
- 1/2 cup raw unsalted walnuts
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 salmon fillets with skin on, 3/4 to 1 inch thick
- Leafy greens
- 1 avocado
- 1 small handful of pine nuts
Finely chop the walnuts, by hand or in food processor, and spread them on a plate. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a baking dish that is big enough for the salmon fillets to not touch. Whisk honey, mustard, salt, and pepper in a small bowl, then brush the fillets with the mixture. (Don't be afraid of adding too much!) Press each fillet into the walnuts to coat the top and sides, then place in baking dish with the skin side down. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the salmon easily flakes apart with a fork. Move the salmon up in the oven and place under broiler for a minute or two to make the walnuts crispy; but keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't burn. While the salmon is baking, mix up a quick salad of leafy greens, avocado slices, and pine nuts, and top with your choice of salad dressing. (Onions might not be the best idea before a sexy evening, but my husband will not eat salad without it, so keeping him happy was worth the bad breath;)
WHY IT WORKS
Walnuts are natural anti-depressants, contain zinc which regulates the level of testosterone in the blood, and are full of essential fatty acids which helps simulate good heart health, which again translates to blood flow to the organs. Walnuts were even used as a fertility drug in ancient Rome! Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which promote glandular development and lead to increased response to arousal, and honey increases the level of nitric oxide, the chemical released in the blood during arousal.
Raw Strawberry Chocolates with Maca
- 3 large strawberries, hulled
- 65g raw cacao butter (in solid form)
- 3-4 tbsp cacao powder
- 4 tsp maca powder
- pinch of sea salt
Set the oven to its lowest setting. Cut the strawberries into thin slices and place on a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Dehydrate in the oven for two hours. When completed, puree the strawberries. Use a grater to shave cacao butter into a stainless steel bowl that will fit over the top of a saucepan. Boil a little water in the saucepan and remove from heat, then place the bowl with cacao butter over the top and let melt, stirring gently a few times. Add in strawberry puree, sift in the cacao and maca powders, and add sea salt, then stir to combine. Pour the chocolate into moulds and allow to set at room temperature for around 2 hours, or in the fridge for 30 minutes. Remove the chocolates from the moulds and store in an air-tight container in the pantry or fridge.
WHY IT WORKS
Maca is said to boost libido for both men and women, and increases immunity, energy, vitality, and fertility, while cacao stimulates the reproductive organ of women. It also supplies phenylethylamine, a chemical compound that releases feel-good hormones in your body! If you try one or both of the recipes let me know how it goes, and if you have other suggestions for aphrodisiac super foods I would to hear them! Nina is a studio manager and pole dance instructor at Vertical Fusion, was a founding #PDBloggers board member, runs the Colorado Pole Championship and works as a photographer for all things aerial and/or sensual. Nina also writes at ninareed.com.