Foods to Light Your Fire

  • Downhome Magazine
  • Posted: Feb 11, 2011 1:55 PM
To kick things up a notch on Valentine's Day, consider adding some steamy ingredients to the menu. The following foods are widely considered aphrodisiacs for their ability to induce those lovin' feelings.

Almonds
The scent of these nuts alone is believed to arouse passion in females. Not sure how to incorporate almonds into a recipe? Try using marzipan (almond paste) when making desserts.

Chocolate
As if you needed another reason to love chocolate - consuming cocoa (found in higher levels in dark chocolate) increases our levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that influences, among other things, sexual drive.

Garlic
Commonly known for creating bad breath, you might be surprised to know that this herb is actually considered an aphrodisiac that many believe can help cure impotence.

Honey
It was an ancient northern European custom for newlyweds to drink mead (a honeyed wine) for the first month of marriage (which some believe is responsible for the term "honeymoon"). Today, honey is still considered an ingredient that will sweeten your love life.

Oysters
These ocean-dwellers might well be the most popular aphrodisiac. Per serving, oysters contain the highest level of zinc, a mineral essential for the production of testosterone.

Vanilla
It is vanilla's powerful aroma that is said to promote love and lust. So, besides eating it, you could try bathing in vanilla scented bath oil or spraying on some vanilla perfume before your next date.

Strawberries
Besides containing loads of vitamin C and other nutrients that help keep you fit and healthy, strawberries are also just plain sexy to eat. Hand feed them to your partner - dipped in melted dark chocolate for a little extra aphrodisiac effect.

Basil
This herb has for centuries been touted for its ability to stimulate sexual drive, boost fertility and induce a general sense of well being. Basil is still considered a symbol of love in Italy.