VALENTINE DAY GIFT IDEAS

10 Aphrodisiac Foods to Spice Up Your Valentine’s Day

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           Figs
Slice open a fig and you’ll quickly understand why figs have long been thought to have an aphrodisiac effect. The sweet, jammy interior with it’s vibrant color and floral fragrance is, well, pretty darn sexy! Since figs are out of season in February, try dried figs or fig jam as part of a cheese plate.
           Avocado
In the Nahuatl language spoken by the Aztecs, the first known civilization to eat avocados, the word for avocado (ahuactl) means “testicle tree.” That’s because the avocado fruit often grows in pairs and droops off the branch. Yup, they went there. Avocado also contains nutrients important for sexual health, like vitamin E, beta-carotene, and magnesium. Try avocado slices drizzled with balsamic, olive oil, and honey, another aphrodisiac food.
            Honey
Sweet, drippy honey may have a beneficial effect on sex hormones. Studies have shown it may boost testosterone in men, and the boron in honey may aid the use of estrogen in women. It may also boost levels of nitric oxide in the blood, which is released during arousal to improve blood flow. Whisk honey, lemon juice and olive oil for an easy sweet-tart dressing to drizzle over roasted vegetables or a side salad
Coffee
Coffee contains caffeine, a stimulant, which besides providing you with extra endurance, may boost your mood as it increases dopamine levels. Coffee can also help improve blood flow. It’s a natural pairing with chocolate.
Strawberries
Antioxidant rich strawberries contain several minerals thought to help support a healthy sex drive – potassium, magnesium, and folate. On Valentine’s Day, go with a classic – strawberries and champagne!
Cherries
Cherries contain quercetin, a substance that may aid in physical exertion. Also, some types of cherries with a more musky scent are said to stimulate the production of pheromones.
Chocolate
While a box of chocolate on Valentine’s Day may be cliché, there’s good reason for this tradition. Chocolate boosts serotonin, a chemical in the brain that’s involved with arousal, and phenylethylamine, a stimulant that is released when people fall in love.
Chilis
Capsaicin in chilies improve circulation and stimulate nerve endings, so they might spice up your food and your love life if you cook with them.