couple laying in bed on valentine's day holding a paper heart

With Valentine’s Day coming up you might be scrambling for fun ideas. Put your thinking cap on with us and let’s talk aphrodisiacs – specifically aphrodisiac foods. Problem is, you and yours just made that New Year’s Resolution to cut back on calories. Have no fear, ladies. The following list is made up of healthy foods that are also aphrodisiacs! Hello, sexy time! We’ve also included tips for preparation and presentation.

Natural ginseng has been shown to increase the production of testosterone in both men and women. This is a sex hormone that regulates sex drive in both sexes. You can prepare it as a tea or add it to your favorite low-cal dishes.

ginseng plants in a field

Fenugreek seeds and damiana are two herbs that can also be added to a variety of dishes. These herbs have long been known to stimulate sexual vitality. Fenugreek is often used in Indian cuisine. An added benefit of Indian dishes is that they often require warm spices like cumin and chili, both of which warm up the body and add to the power of sexual organs, increasing desire in both men and women.

an assortment of indian spices

While the perfect wine would make a great companion to any Valentine’s day dinner, remember that alcohol is one of the biggest saboteurs of a diet. Fortunately, there are many choices for low-cal champagne which have only about 65 calories per serving.  Try the Laurent-Perrier Ultra Brut Champagne, which has just 60 calories per serving.  Just remember to go easy on the bubbly as too much alcohol can stop sensuality in its tracks.

valentine's day heart with candles and two glasses of sparkling champagne

Chocolate has always been a Valentine’s Day tradition, and there is good reason for this. Chocolate contains tryptophan and phenylethelamine, both of which are amino acids that are associated with the evocation of love and lusty feelings. As an added benefit, dark chocolate also provides antioxidants that help reduce cholesterol and blood pressure. Try dipping strawberries in melted dark chocolate or drizzling it over them for an enticing dessert.

chocolate covered strawberries

Oysters might be the most well-known aphrodisiac. Some believe the look of the oyster resembles the female body and this is how the whole thing got started. Regardless of how this food came to be an aphrodisiac, oysters are a great source of protein, carbs and healthy lipids that will surely give you the energy to truly enjoy this Valentine’s Day. Have them as an appetizer or make a light pasta featuring oysters.

fresh oysters on ice with lemon

Finally, the avocado is also a great healthy choice for an aphrodisiac this Valentine’s Day. These fruits are packed with potassium and beta carotene and can be used as a salad topper or guacamole to be used in a Mexican inspired cuisine. Get double the pleasure and double the fun with these 5 decadent chocolate and avocado recipes!

fresh avocado halves on cutting board

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