When you’re partner isn’t in the mood for love, but you are, don’t you wish getting them turned on could be as easy as, well, pie? It can be, with the help of some certain foods. You may not even realize that what you have hiding in that cabinet, may be just the aphrodisiac needed to turn up the heat, sexually that is.
Since the beginning of time, humans have believed that certain foods, smells and behaviors can help make sex more attainable and pleasurable. Here are SEVEN of the common and least-known aphrodisiacs.
Ginger: This simple spice isn’t as simple as you may think. It is believed that just the taste of ginger increases blood flow to the genitals and improves circulation. The heat felt after ingesting ginger mimics the heat felt during sexual arousal.
Avocado: It may not scream SEX, but this aphrodisiac goes back to the Mayans, who believed that when eaten, it improves sexual desire. There may not be substantial data to back it up, but why not whip up some guacamole, add two margaritas, and see if you find some proof.
Chocolate: Believed to be one of the most common aphrodisiacs, there is a good reason women crave it constantly. Chocolate contains similar compounds to those in the brain of happy people and people who are in love.
Vanilla: Even just the smell of vanilla can turn someone on. Vanilla has historically been eaten, drank, and smelled as an aphrodisiac. Science shows that vanilla is the most arousing scent for aging men because it relaxes them.
Bananas: Come on, the shape alone can get you turned on! Bananas are loaded with potassium and vitamin B, essential nutrients in the functioning of your sex hormones.
Honey: So sticky and sweet, this aphrodisiac contains numerous substances including zinc and vitamin E, which help promote virility and reproductive health. Want even more? Kama Sutra boasts the sensual properties of honey as an erection strengthener.
Figs: Some historians believe the fig is the real ‘forbidden fruit’ and legend has it eating a fresh fig while standing naked in front of a woman is one of the world’s most erotic acts.
Now, wondering what to do with these ingredients? Celebrity Chef, Ryan Scott, has some tasty and simple ideas like:
Raspberry and chocolate mousse: For the mousse, whip heavy cream until it forms soft peaks. With a mixer mix an egg white until soft peaks form, then slowly add about 1 tablespoon of sugar. Melt chocolate slowly in a glass bowl over simmering water. When the chocolate is melted fold in the egg whites softly until fully incorporated then add in the whipped cream. Add a handful of raspberries into a small sauce pan with a teaspoon of sugar and heat. When the sauce has reduced to a sticky glaze remove from the heat. Layer a martini glass with alternating layers of the mousse and fruit sauce. Top with grated dark chocolate.
No guilt baked figs: Take fresh ripe figs and split down the middle. Place on a baking tray and drizzle over some honey. Cover the tray with tinfoil and bake and medium/low heat until softened and sticky. Combine non-fat Greek yogurt and the juice and zest of a small orange or half a large one. Stir in a dusting of cinnamon for a little spice. Serve alongside the figs.
Throw some of these ingredients together and learn what kind of magic you can create in the kitchen…