Using Food of Love in Your Valentine's Day Celebration
Chocolates On Valentine’s Day, the focus on love takes precedence. Lovers want to feel loved and to bestow love. Flowers become an expression of feelings and food….they help to enhance the feelings of love. Whether foods can impart aphrodisiac...
On Valentine’s Day, the focus on love takes precedence. Lovers want to feel loved and to bestow love. Flowers become an expression of feelings and food….they help to enhance the feelings of love. Whether foods can impart aphrodisiac qualities and act as love potion remain debatable, but food experts agree that certain foods may just put you in the mood. If you're thinking of spicing up the day with food, here’s a list of food of love to consider:
Chocolate is quite the universal token of Valentine’s day. But is it just a sales gimmick dreamed up by enterprising businessmen to make the quick buck? Maybe, but there’s some bite to the hype. Chocolates contain stimulants that may elevate mood. That and the fact that chocolate is a quick source of energy and wonderful on the palate, makes it a winner when it comes to encouraging love. Try our chocolate lava cake recipe here!
The warmth and sweet aroma work together to peak sensuality. And no wonder as the scent of vanilla is believed to stimulate the hypothalamus of the brain, the part responsible for memory and emotion.
As early as the second century, the Romans had used oysters as an aphrodisiac. Perhaps a lot of it has to do with the way it’s eaten—the ritualistic opening of the oysters followed by the eating process. But that’s an observation; at best, an educated guess. The truth is oysters are rich in zinc and iron and both these essential minerals work to promote blood flow and increase metabolism. That may explain why Giacomo Casanova, well-known for his amorous adventures, reportedly ate dozens of oysters before his legendary trysts. Don't know how to prepare oysters? Try one of these 5 tasty recipes!
Capsaicin, a chemical found in chilies is known to generate heat and increases circulation. The increased blood flow may stimulate feelings of love.
What better way to flavor food than the use of natural herbs. For Valentine’s Day, one herb stands out when it comes to promoting the loving feeling. It is believed that basil stimulates sex drive and boosts fertility. Other herbs to consider include ginger, garlic, saffron, nutmeg, clove and ginseng—they’re considered love-enhancing foods as well.
The fruit associated with Adam and Eve, the first pair of lovers, has also been linked to love. The ancient Greeks associated the fruit with love and fertility. Its phallic association may be blamed too (as are bananas and asparagus) for its ability to invoke love.
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