Bet you didn’t see this coming. Lately I have focused a lot of attention on food and let’s face it, everyone knows that the best way to a mans heart is through his stomach. That is all good and well, but for you guys out there, we women think it is very sexy to see a man in the kitchen whether he is cooking or not. This week is all about love and if you haven’t joined up for my love-fest please go check it out by clicking HERE or on the badge for “Love is in the air” on the sidebar.
Food and sex seem to go well together. Asparagus, honey, bananas and other foods can get you in the mood and help get that blood flowing down to your sexy parts. The food you eat can have a direct impact on your sex life, affecting your hormones, brain chemistry and energy. Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, rose from the sea on an oyster and then gave birth to Eros. The first aphrodisiac food was born and the interest in aphrodisiacs began.
Aphrodisiac foods have been used as far back as the Romans and the Greeks to increase sexual powers. During those periods, people were concerned mostly about fertility and sexual performance, so a great amount of time was spent on figuring out what aphrodisiac foods would help in this department. You probably already have many of these foods in your kitchen.
The aphrodisiac effect is from the presentation and eating of the food as well as from the physical response. Be sexy in your kitchen while you prepare your aphrodisiac meals, and prepare them together. When you cook with passion, you will feel passion around you. Take a look at what you have in your kitchen because odds are you have a great deal of aphrodisiacs already at your disposal. Get into the kitchen and put some sex on a plate. Here is a list of foods that will get you in the mood.
Aniseed: The Greeks and Romans believed that aniseed had special sexual powers. There are many uses for this aphrodisiac food and some people believe that sucking on the seeds will increase your libido.
Asparagus: Said to stir up lust in man and woman. In 19th century France, bridegrooms were served three courses of the sexy spears at their prenuptial dinners. Asparagus is a great source of potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, vitamins A and C, and thiamin and folic acid. The latter is said to boost histamine production necessary for the ability to reach orgasm in both sexes.
Almonds: These tasty nuts are regarded as fertility symbols. The aroma of almond supposedly arouses passion in both sexes. Many perfumes take advantage of its sweet musky smell.
Avocado: Just by looking at the shape of avocado, you will see the reason why it was associated with sexuality. The Aztecs called the avocado tree a “testicle tree” because they thought the fruit hanging in pairs on the tree looked like male testicles. The Catholic priests in Spain found this fruit so obscene and provocative that they forbade it.
Bananas: By it shape its connection with sexuality is very obvious, but you’ll also find that bananas are loaded with important vitamins and contains chelating minerals and an enzyme which is said to enhance the male libido.
Basil: Not only does it make the meals smell and taste great, but it also has a lot of beneficial effects on human body. Basil has a fantastic aroma that is said to have an aphrodisiac effect and it is also very stimulating. Using sweet basil in a pasta sauce will be sure to get your heart racing. Today I am making pasta and using plenty of basil!
Chili peppers: “Capsaicin,” a chemical that stimulates our nerve endings and raises our pulse, is responsible for the “heat” in chili peppers. This aphrodisiac food is also thought to release endorphins, which give our bodies a natural high. Researchers believe that is the case with all “hot” foods. Garlic is another example of these aphrodisiac foods.
Chocolate: Pure chocolate, the king of natural aphrodisiacs, contains a host of feel good chemicals, or so called love chemicals which releases dopamine in the pleasure centers of the brain and peaks during orgasm. These chemicals are said to help induce feelings of excitement, attraction and euphoria. Who doesn’t know about chocolate as an aphrodisiac? On Valentines Day more chocolate is sold than at any other time during the year. Nothing says “I love you” better than chocolate.
Figs: This sexy fruit has long been thought of as an arousing stimulant. Figs are one of the oldest recorded fruits. They are mentioned in the Bible (Adam and Eve wore fig leaves to cover their private parts), are reported to be Cleopatra’s favorite fruit, and the ancient Greeks held them as sacred and associated them with love and fertility.
Ginger: Ginger root can be eaten raw, cooked, or crystallized. Ginger is a circulatory system stimulant which can increase sexual powers and desire.
Nutmeg: Chinese women believe that nutmeg is an aphrodisiac, and that it increases sexual desire. It also contributes to procreation during fertility. A hallucinogenic effect can be produced by a large quantity of nutmeg.
Oysters: Probably the food most associated with being an aphrodisiac. Most people are aware of their reputation for increasing sexual desire. Oysters may be thought an aphrodisiac because of their high zinc content, which helps produce sperm and increases libido. I have never tried them but if I ever do raw oysters are said to be best served with chilled Champagne, and in my case, lots of it.
Now that you have your grocery list go shopping and have some fun. It is time to turn on some heat in the kitchen, or what do you think?