Frisky Feast: 11 Aphrodisiac Foods to Try This Valentine’s Day
You’ve had all the conversation hearts you can stomach. Cupid’s arrows seem to have no effect on you. And you don’t understand how a love letter could make anyone swoon. Whether you’re hitched or single, incorporate any of the following into your V-Day meal and you better believe you’re going to do a little dance, make a little love, and get down tonight.
1. Stuffed Avocado with Hearts of Palm and Artichoke Salad: Hailed as a mood enhancer by the likes of the Aztecs, avocado’s high levels of vitamin E sparks youthful vigor and energy. (via NPR)
2. Heart-Shaped Figs: Go fig or go home! Go ahead and get figgy with a fruit that represents fertility (the seeds) and modesty (the leaf). The fig is bestowed as a gift of love in Italy. (via Martha Stewart)
4. Creamy Basil Salad Dressing: Use fresh basil to pump up your passion. The leaves contain many libido lifting nutrients. It’s also said that if a Roman man accepts a sprig of basil from a woman, he is as good as engaged. So be careful who you’re handing basil sprigs to. (via Vegan Yumminess)
5. Zesty Lime Oysters: Maybe the queen of passion-inducing food, the oyster is high in zinc, a key component in sparking love. The oyster should be sucked from the shell raw after tarting it up with citrus. (via Taste)
6. Banana Chai Ice Cream: With it’s energy boosting dose of potassium and vitamin B, the banana ensures a sweet way to end a meal. In Indian traditions, the banana was offered as a gift to the fertility gods. And it really was a banana in their pocket. (via Empowered Sustenance)
7. Spiced Hot Cocoa: Dubbed the food of the god’s, chocolate contains theobromine, a natural stimulant similar to caffeine. Montezuma, the great Aztec warrior was known to imbibe 50 cups of hot cocoa before tearing loose on his harem. (via Seasons of Spice)
8. Rossini Champagne Cocktail: In case you haven’t heard, alcohol is known to reduce inhibitions and spark celebration. They say that the effervescent scent of champagne replicates female pheromones. (via The Boys Cl)
9. Bird’s Nest Macaroons: With an aroma supposedly pleasant to women, almonds are associated with fertility and passion. In Greece, sugar-coated almonds are tossed as a send-off for a romantic honeymoon, signifying the sweetness and bitterness of love. (via The Faux Martha)
10. Spanish Tortilla: Erotic and restorative in nature, eggs are associated with virility and fertility. It’s a tradition for French brides to break an egg at the front door to encourage a large family. (via Smitten Kitchen)
11. Odin’s Mead: Do the birds and the bees ring a bell? Honey symbolizes procreation. In fact, the term honeymoon is derived from the alcoholic beverage mead (which is made from honey) and was served to the happy bride and groom on their wedding day. So drink up. (via Imbibe)
Do you know of any love potions we can dish out this Valentine’s Day? Let us know in the comments below!
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!