You are what you eat, and as Valentine鈥檚 Day approaches, we鈥檙e looking for dishes to help us feel some serious love vibes 鈥 while still staying healthy, of course! (No need to ruin those clean eating resolutions so soon.) Sure, we鈥檝e all heard that oysters and chocolate are major aphrodisiacs, but a combo of raw seafood and bonbons doesn鈥檛 exactly sound like an appetizing meal to share with your sweetie. Thankfully, Urban Remedy founder and nutritionist Neka Pasquale clued us in to six healthy (and versatile!) ingredients that are sure to get your make-out meters jumping. So grab your boo, queue up a romantic movie on Netflix and prepare a Valentine鈥檚 Day menu for a date night in you鈥檙e sure to savor.


1. Beets: Did you know that the ancient Greeks believed Aphrodite ate beets to enhance her sex appeal? (Hey, we do love it as a natural cheek and lip stain.) The Romans also thought that beet juice promoted sexy-time vibes. Here鈥檚 why, scientifically speaking: Beets are full of tryptophan and betaine, both of which promote feelings of well-being and contentment. As Neka says, they鈥檙e 鈥渨arming, nourishing and arousing!鈥 Plus, when you consider the aesthetics of any dish, that deep red color just can鈥檛 be beet (sorry, we had to). Check out our 20 favorite beet dishes for menu inspiration.


2. Avocado: We don鈥檛 need science to tell us avocados incite feelings of longing within us. We鈥檝e been obsessed with the savory fruit for-ever and will fall in love with anyone who makes a mean avocado toast. Neka explains that avocados are 鈥渞ich in healthy fats and support your heart 鈥 especially when it鈥檚 beating a little faster than usual.鈥 Their vitamin E also keeps your skin clear and boosts your immune system, so you鈥檒l keep that flushed, healthy glow going all night long. (Though the wine helps too. And the cutie sitting next to you.)


3. Asparagus: Besides its, uh, phallic shape (we鈥檙e saying), asparagus also has the nutritional chops to back up its aphrodisiac rep. Neka explains that it鈥檚 鈥渁 great source of potassium, thiamin, folic acid, vitamin B6 and vitamins A and C,鈥 all of which cleanse your kidneys and urinary tract, giving you a major energy boost when you want it most. We鈥檙e really into the idea of making a super healthy asparagus, kale and broccoli soup that鈥檒l keep us cozy without weighing us down.


4. Chai: This boozy vanilla chai bubble tea sounds so good 鈥 and it鈥檒l make you and bae feel good too. 鈥淭he warming spices in chai boost your immune system and increase circulation,鈥 Neka shares, 鈥渟timulating and awakening your sexual senses.鈥 You know what else increases circulation? A nice scalp massage. Hint hint.


5. Strawberries: 鈥淭heir shape says it all,鈥 Neka observes. 鈥淭hese sweet heart-shaped berries have been a symbol of Venus, goddess of love, since the ancient Roman era.鈥 But their love-enhancing qualities are more than myth, Neka tells us: 鈥淲ith their remarkable antioxidant capacity, strawberries help to regulate blood sugar, reduce inflammation and connect you with your inner sexy.鈥 We suggest making this healthy (and super simple) Valentine鈥檚 Day fruit salad to give your dessert course a seductive boost.


6. Honey: There are so many healthy honey recipes we鈥檙e dying to try, and Neka thinks February 14 is just the day to experiment. 鈥淗oney can actually promote testosterone production in men and the use of estrogen in women,鈥 she explains 鈥 essential components of a vigorous sex drive. Additionally, honey 鈥渋ncreases levels of nitric oxide, which is released naturally in the blood when one is aroused,鈥 and contains boron, which regulates healthy hormone levels.

Would you try any of these healthy ingredients as part of your Valentine鈥檚 Day dinner? Tweet us @BritandCo to let us know which ones sound the best to you!

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