I know this post is a bit out of my wheel house.
But I get asked this question from friends (and friends of friends) every year around this time. You know — because Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.
“Can certain foods really act as aphrodisiacs or make you fall in love?”
The simple answer: YES.
So even though this goes outside the bounds of my usual topics, I present three foods that can get you in the mood.
Maca is a Peruvian root vegetable used for centuries. It is most commonly found in the powder form, which has an earthy flavor and warm vanilla-like aroma.
Maca is known to increase energy, boost fertility, and enhance libido. Additionally, maca is rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals.
It’s easy to add a teaspoon of maca powder to your smoothie of choice; alternately, you can sprinkle maca powder into your oatmeal or add it to your favorite bar recipe. Just remember maca powder can be energizing so beware of using it before bedtime unless you know how you react to it.
Tip: Trader Joe’s sells maca powder — you can typically find it near the smoothie protein powders and in the baking section.
You know I’m a HUGE chocolate fan (for the taste and the health benefits).
But did you know dark chocolate can help you fall (or stay) in love? This property is attributed to dark chocolate’s phenylethylamine, an endorphin released when people fall in love.
This — coupled with chocolate’s ability to stimulate production of “feel good” hormones serotonin and and dopamine — helps explain why chocolate is the stereotypical Valentine’s Day food.
Chili peppers have special properties that can be exploited for more than just taste.
Chili peppers contain an ingredient called capsaicin. Capsaicin stimulates nerve endings, causing a tingling sensation, and ultimately causes the release of endorphins and adrenaline. In fact, capsaicin is used medicinally in topical products to help reduce pain.
The endorphin release caused from eating chili peppers can increase feeling of happiness and love.
The Truth - There Are Foods that Stimulate Love & More
Maca, dark chocolate, and chili are three foods that can stimulate good feelings and love.
Do you want even more good feelings for Valentine’s Day this year? Try combining these feel good foods together for your special someone.
The flavors of chocolate and maca go together nicely. In fact, one of my favorite smoothie recipes utilizes them both.
If you prefer something you can buy premade, Theo chocolate makes a dark chocolate and chili bar. Three different chili peppers are combined with 70% dark chocolate in a delightful tasting way.
Sending you x’s and o’s,