Spice Things Up this Valentine’s Day with Our Top 5 Dukan Friendly Aphrodisiacs!
Valentine’s Day has become more about consumerism than love. For this reason, so many people dine out and gorge on high sugar chocolates. Take the sweets out and the time spent with your sweetheart hotter and tastier with these aphrodisiacs…
If you want to keep things classic, oysters are the most notorious aphrodisiac. Due to their reputation for being great for love and fertility, researchers dug deeper and recently found that oysters contain amino acids that trigger production of sex hormones. Oysters are also high in zinc which help in the production of testosterone, which is great for men on a day dedicated to love with their partner. The myth about the texture being the trigger is old news now. How about keeping the night warm and cozy with an at home Oyster Hot Pot with your Valentine this year?
Not only do greens help boost energy, some greens actually make great aphrodisiacs. Perhaps you can add some arugula and artichoke to that hotpot for a boost to its aphrodisiac qualities. Did you know that in some parts of the world arugula has been considered an aphrodisiac since the first century A.D.? Dark leafy greens like arugula have minerals and antioxidants that block contaminants that could negatively affect libido. Artichoke also has antioxidants, but it also contains vitamins that help to improve blood flow, which helps with some bodily functions that may be important on Valentine’s Day. Detoxing your body from the inside out with greens will not only help you feel healthier, but it can also make your Valentine’s Day more interesting.
To really spice things up, add some chili peppers to your diet that night. Some parts of the world consider the chili pepper a symbol of love, perhaps due to its bright red color and how hot it makes your body feel. Science backs it up too, chili peppers stimulate endorphins, speed up heart rate, and make you sweat, which all mimic how you feel when you’re aroused.
What is Valentine’s Day without at least SOME chocolate, right? Similar to oysters, a lot of people assume chocolate is an aphrodisiac due to its physical qualities. For chocolate, it is its sensual texture and aroma. However, it is the boost in dopamine that really makes this an aphrodisiac. The darker the chocolate, the stronger the effect. Try some of our chocolate recipes in our shop, the “my kitchen” (for members), or from our book, The Dukan Diet Cookbook.
Since you might be staying up all night anyway, how about concluding your meal with a cozy cup of coffee? Not only is coffee a stimulant that increases your heart rate and blood flow, there are studies in Behavioral Psychology and Biochemistry that suggest coffee can help women get into the mood. Wondering what to get your lady for Valentine’s day? It turns out some gourmet coffee may be a better present than a box of chocolates.
If you have some heart shaped tins and want to make some themed treats, please check out our Chocolate Macca Superfood Muffins recipe on shopdukandiet.com