We all associate February with Valentine’s Day. And the cinema release date for sexy movies like the “50 Shades” series. As we all know, love comes from the heart, but always passes through the stomach. So why not spice up your special dinner, by using aphrodisiacs for a romantic meal?
I admit it. Valentine’s Day is just a pretext for this rundown of awesome foods, because why not make a romantic meal on a simple Wednesday?
After a few long-term relationships, I know how easy it is to get into a culinary routine, with some favorite, easy to make dishes, and not enough energy or time for experimentation. But where there’s a will, there’s a way. Try cooking these as often as possible. The following foods are just the right way to say “I love you and you are special to me.” So feed your mutual love and let’s see the aphrodisiacs for a romantic meal!
5 aphrodisiacs for a romantic meal
Let’s start off with something a bit on the exotic side. Maca is the root of a plant that grows in the Andes of Peru. It’s been consumed by local farmers and their livestock for centuries. And it’s been believed to stimulate fertility in all, by explorers and locals.
But its actual benefits haven’t been all that studied until this century. The few studies so far support the hypothesis that maca helps increase stamina, manages your hormones, and boosts your mood and libido at the same time.
More often than not, maca is found in powder form, and you can add it to your guacamole, or to your banana split or strawberry sundae.
Moving on, with this classic aphrodisiac food. Chocolate has been long known to get your blood pumping and your happiness to rise. It’s rich in phenylethylamine, a mood booster, and also a substance which heightens the sensation of pleasure. Sounds good, right?
The brain responds to this chemical found in chocolate much as it responds when you feel love and lust: by creating euphoria. So how about a simple classic? Melt some chocolate (find out how right here) and then dip some strawberries in it. Ooh, la la!
Why champagne over any other alcoholic beverage? Because according to one study conducted by the University of Manchester, the carbonation the bottle of bubbly leads to faster absorption of the alcohol itself. Which leads to relaxation of the blood vessels and your sweet release from inhibitions.
Per another study, champagne contains nitric oxide, a compound which the body uses to keep your blood vessels healthy and the blood freely pumping to your loving, beating heart.
Perhaps not all occasions are champagne-worthy. So what if you tried a more casual form of champagne, like the mimosa cocktail? You don’t need any special reasons to treat yourself and your significant other!
Perhaps it’s a surprising addition to the list, but according to science, watermelon has a pretty aphrodisiac effect. Texas A&M's Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center found that watermelon is rich in citrulline, a phytonutrient which relaxes your blood vessels. Moreover, scientists think that it can actually have an effect similar to that of famous blue pill Viagra, without all the risks and potential side effects.
It’s pretty easy to incorporate watermelon into your dinner. You can start with a nice salad, but of course, you can also feed each other pieces of fruit as dessert.
Is there anything avocado isn’t good at? (Don’t answer that. I honestly don’t want to know) It even works as part of your beauty routine!
The Aztecs believed that avocados are an aphrodisiac thanks to its shape, similar to a male body part that just makes you think about sensuality. But modern science is catching up to these beliefs and finds that there are actual aphrodisiac qualities in this fruit.
To be more specific, avocado helps increase the levels of nitric oxide in the blood, which helps your blood vessels healthy. And if they’re healthy, then the circulation really helps with romantic evenings in.
Here they are. The aphrodisiacs for a romantic meal you were wondering about. Now all you need is a nice dinner and some conversation!