We often associate eating, a basic human need with pleasure. Foods with suggestive colours, shapes, and textures often become known as aphrodisiacs; never underestimate the power of sensual suggestion!
Certain foods contain compounds that trigger bliss centres in the brain, stimulate hormone production, or simply promote physical and mental well-being.
Whether these foods intensify erotic feelings or not is a controversial topic. Maybe it’s all in the mind; but they do say that the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach!
Increase levels of testosterone, the hormone that stimulates sexual appetite in men and women.
Try this: Pomegranate jelly and vanilla yoghurt pannacotta duo – An irresistibly light, guilt-free summer dessert.
Besides its phallic shape, asparagus is also packed with vitamins and minerals.
Try this: Gluten-free goat’s cheese and asparagus tarts – Perfect for a romantic dinner.
A natural source of the feel-good substance betaine.
Try this: Roasted sweet potato and beetroot salad – Cumin-roasted sweet potato with feta and pine nuts.
Coffee can increase levels the neurotransmitter, dopamine associated with the pleasure system of the brain.
Try this: Caffe Latte flavoured ice cream – To cool down when it’s too hot for coffee.
Heart-shaped red beauties filled with sweet flavours and loaded with good-for-you antioxidants.
Try this: Strawberry sangria – Beautiful, colourful, and celebratory.
Newlyweds are sent off on a “honeymoon” as a wish for a sweet marriage.
Try this: Ginger, honey and papaya smoothie – A fresh, tropical and exotic drink.
Avocados grow in suggestive-looking pairs on trees. Also rich in nutrients that give the skin a youthful appearance.
Try this: Roasted zucchini, corn and almonds with smashed avocado – A perfect meal for vegetarian lovebirds.
They are the ultimate paradox in sensual food; their many seeds represent fertility while their leaves are associated with modesty.
Try this: Camembert with figs and honey – Delicious parcels that make a fancy starter.
Loaded with mood-enhancing phenethylamine and tryptophan, it’s no wonder chocolate is a stimulant.
Try this: Dark chocolate truffles – Melt-in-your-mouth decadence.
These naughty shellfish are high in zinc, which is associated with improving potency in men.
Try this: Wild oyster and heirloom tomato salad – A sensual and glamorous treat.
Hot and spicy; it creates warmth. Are you hot yet?
Try this: Fruit with chilli syrup and coconut ice cream – Spice up fruit with these interesting flavours.
This rare delicacy of fish-eggs is a clear symbol of reproduction.
Try this: Mini chive scones with mango and caviar – Bite-sized mouthfuls of alluring luxury.
What is your favourite food to put you in the mood?
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