So, I was reading this article on Top Ten Food Trends for 2011 and number 10 was “Eating for Sex and Other Things”. Really? We are a nation of people looking for energy, vitality and increased sex drive all in one little dose. I mean think of the pomegranate, acia berry and now the maqui berry. These magic foods are metabolism-boosting, appetite-suppressing, cleansing and detoxifying! Not to mention claims about increasing your sex drive. And, did you know, that nutmeg is the new female aphrodisiac?
I got to thinking, what other foods are there that are libido enhancing plus other health benefits? Well, here is a short and sweet list for your viewing pleasure:
- Avocado The avocado tree was called a “testicle tree” by the Aztecs because its fruit hangs in pairs, resembling the male …well, you know . Its aphrodisiac value is based on this resemblance. ( Hey- I didn’t make this stuff up- researched it on Discovery Health!) I hope my mother, Big Bad Bev, is not reading this…
- Bananas Bananas are stuffed with potassium and B vitamins, which are required for sex-hormone production. Plus the shape of the banana…you might never look at a banana the same way again…
- Basil (sweet basil) Basil promotes proper circulation ( I need this because I am always cold). For many centuries, people have said that basil boosts fertility and stimulates the sex drive and just makes you feel good! Don’t you feel good when you smell basil? And the experts say that the scent of basil will drive men wild. Honey, bring me the Wegman’s Hydroplant, please!
- Chili peppers You know when you eat a chili pepper it makes you sweat and increases your heart rate? Well, these responses are similar to those experienced when having sex. The peppers are also good pain relievers. Who knew?
- Fish Fish has lots of nutrients and vitamins and it contains sensory triggers that make it an aphrodisiac. Many types of fish contain these libido-enhancing nutrients, with certain types having more than others. The color of fish, the smell and the taste can all be linked to sex and sexual areas (duh!), triggering hormones and turning on sexual appetite.
- Chocolate Chocolate contains phenylethylamine and serotonin, which are both “feel good” chemicals. Chocolate may also have substances that have the same effect on the brain as marijuana! The substance is a neurotransmitter called anandamide. Not sure if it increases your libido, but if you are “feeling good”; you might give anything a try!
Since I can’t eat chocolate right now because of my diet, I came up with a recipe for flounder to trigger your hormones and increase your sex drive. “South of the Border” Flounder is chock full of fishy vitamins and nutrients and the black beans give you lots of iron and protein. Relatively easy and short on time, “South of the Border” Flounder will have you eating and doing whatever you are into in a jiffy! Mangia!
South of the Border Flounder
- 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
- 20 Grape tomatoes, sliced in half
- 2 limes, sliced thin
- 4 flounder filets (or any mild white fish like Tilapia or Swai)
- Adobo (Goya Brand)
- Dried cilantro
- 4 sheets of parchment paper to wrap fish in
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Lay four sheets of parchment paper on a smooth surface.
- Spoon 4 oz of bean into the center of each paper.
- Lightly sprinkle one side of fish with adobo and the other side with cumin. Place on top of beans.
- Sprinkle ¼ tsp of cilantro on top of each piece of fish.
- Lay three lime slices on top of fish.
- Divide tomatoes evenly among the fish.
- Take the edges of the parchment paper and fold them over so they meet in the middle.
- Grab each end of the packet and fold it over tightly. Pinch the folded edges down and roll them toward the center just until they are secure enough to stay closed on their own.
- Transfer packets onto a baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes.
“Between the optimist and the pessimist, the difference is droll. The optimist sees the doughnut; the pessimist the hole!” -Oscar Wilde