Foods for Your Libido: A Valentine’s Day Diet to Boost Your Sex Drive
Ah, Valentine’s Day.
A day of love– and also the most adored or hated holiday for the majority of people.
Truthfully, Valentine’s Day can bring up a lot of mixed emotions. For a lot of people it seems to put an immense amount of pressure on their shoulders as they feel they ‘should be’ matching certain expectations that either themselves or other people have set.
In actuality though, Valentine’s Day is simply just a day of celebrating love– which doesn’t need to be feared or hated. It is also important to note that the love that is being celebrated doesn’t necessarily have to mean with a partner- it also means celebrating self-love.
The tips that are provided in this section therefore, do not ‘only’ apply to those in a relationship– but all of us. Because not having a partner does not mean that you can’t have a high-libido, or have good sexual-wellness.
In fact, it’s quite the opposite! Exploring your sexuality, learning to love and please yourself, and taking care of your sexual-health are all important aspects of overall health and happiness.
Therefore, today we are talking about some specific foods that are great for your libido and getting you into the mood, as well as some other food related supplements that can assist with the same goal.
Use the ideas below to create a delicious day of eats for yourself (and/or your partner) this Valentine’s Day and make it a day to remember.
Let’s dive in, shall we?
Foods to boost your libido:
Below is a list of foods that have been shown to have a positive effect on our libido and sexual health. I recommend incorporating some of them in, not just on Valentine’s Day- but everyday!
Our first food up is strawberries! Now it may not come as a surprise that these have a high level of Vitamin C– but what you might not know, is that when Vitamin C is ingested via food (not supplementation) it has been shown to increase our libido!
They also contain folic acid, which helps to increase sperm production in men. Of course, if you are also trying to conceive this Valentine’s Day, this is certainly an added bonus!
PRO TIP: Purchase organic and wash well before eating to remove any potential toxins to increase their effect. And if not eating right after purchase, store in a mason jar to help them last longer!
Knowing now the effect strawberries can have on our libido, it makes sense why they are often a food and/or flavour associated with romance.
And what better way to serve them up than chocolate covered?
Chocolate covered strawberries really are a romantic food that has been used in symbolism with Valentine’s Day for a long time.
The cool news? Not only does this provide you with the benefits of strawberries to help get you in the mood- but chocolate has it’s own benefits too.
Chocolate actually contains phenylethylamine which is a chemical that helps to jumpstart our libido as it helps our brain pump out feel-food hormones like endorphins that get us in the mood.
PRO TIP: Chocolate can be integrated in so many ways! However, to experience true effects, it’s best to utilize dark chocolate with 70% cacao or more. Try making your own from scratch for chocolate covered strawberries or make some cute little heart shaped chocolates like these HERE.
3. MACA POWDER
Maca is a plant that grows in central Peru in the high plateaus of the Andes Mountains. It is commonly used in South America to boost fertility, and its nickname is “the Peruvian Viagra.”
It is a relative of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower, and has an odor similar to butterscotch. Its sweet root is used to make medicine in many cultures as well!
The benefits of Maca are significant and include increasing libido in men and women, boosting mood, helping with fertility, and improving erectile function.
PRO TIP: For this Valentine’s Day, I recommend trying the recipes below for a truffle-style dessert or a maca hot chocolate to help integrate it in! This is my favourite maca powder HERE.
4. PISTACHIO NUTS
Rich in protein, fiber and healthy fats, these ‘fancy’ nuts have been consumed since 6000 BC.
Some of their benefits include lowering cholesterol, reducing blood pressure, lowering risk of heart disease, and assisting in weight-loss.
The secret to them being an aphrodisiac therefore lies in them reducing blood cholesterol and promoting blood flow, which helps with erectile function.
PRO TIP: For this Valentine’s Day, add them to your charcuterie board to pick away at- OR incorporate them daily for the best results.
5. RAW OYSTERS
Raw Oysters are probably one of the most well-known aphrodisiacs out there. They have high levels of zinc, which has been shown to raise testosterone and sperm production in men.
However, the benefits of increased testosterone aren’t just something that benefits men– it helps us ladies too. Yes, that’s right! We also have testosterone.
Specifically for women, it plays a big role in libido by sparking our sex drive, increasing feel-good feelings and boosting our mood.
PRO TIP: If deciding to incorporate raw oysters into your Valentine’s Day diet, please ensure you wash the shells well to remove any bacteria and dirt, and store them on ice. Full instructions for how to open and serve them safely can be found HERE.
Avocado is the final food on our list of ‘libido superfoods’, and while it doesn’t scream romance, it does have some awesome benefits!
It contains high levels of vitamin B6 which helps to reduce certain symptoms including fatigue and bloating. This can be especially important for women to help us feel more energized and engaged in the idea of having sex.
However, sliced avocado isn’t exactly exciting or romantic– and you probably don’t want to just add it to your charcuterie board.
PRO TIP: Instead, this Valentine’s Day, I recommend trying the chocolate avocado ‘nice cream’ recipe below for a more romantic (and delicious) option!
Give these recipes a try:
VALENTINE’S DAY MACA TRUFFLES
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
- 2-3 tbsp natural peanut butter
- 1 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips/squares (70% or more cacao)
- 1 tbsp maca powder
- 2 tsp ground chia seeds
- unsweetened coconut flakes (for rolling)
- splash of pomegranate, cherry or beet juice
- cacao or cocoa powder (for rolling)
1. Place the dates, oats, peanut butter, cacao powder, dark chocolate, maca and ground chia seeds into a food processor and add 1-2 tbsps of water. Blend until smooth and slightly sticky. If the ‘dough’ appears too dry, add a bit more water. You should be able to mold the batter without it sticking to your hands.
2. In one bowl, add a splash of chosen juice and mix in the coconut flakes until they turn bright pink. In a second bowl, add some cacao powder. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and then 1/2 of them into the coconut and the other 1/2 into cacao powder.
MACA HOT CHOCOLATE
- 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1 tsp maca powder
- 1 tsp coconut sugar or maple syrup
- 1 tbsp coconut butter
- 1 cup non-dairy milk
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon for topping
1. Bring water and non-dairy milk to a boil in a small pot on the stove, watching closely. Once boiling, add in raw cacao, maca, coconut sugar, and coconut butter and turn off heat.
2. Whisk well until coconut butter has melted and you have a creamy, smooth texture. If you like it sweeter, add another tsp of chosen sweetener.
3. Pour into 1-2 cups and sprinkle with cinnamon.
CHOCOLATE AVOCADO NICE CREAM
- 13.5 oz can full fat coconut milk
- 1 medium avocado, peeled and pitted
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cacao powder
- 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup water
1. Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth. Pour mixture into a freezer-safe container and place in the freezer.
2. Allow to freeze for at least 1 hour- whisking slightly every 20 minutes to avoid it getting too icy. Depending on the strength of your freezer, it may take 3-4 hours. It should be getting thicker after each whisking, until it’s firm enough to scoop.
3. Serve immediately or when you are ready for it (after it’s been in the freezer), thaw for 5-10 minutes and scoop with an ice cream scoop.
Other things to consider:
Last, but not least, here are some additional, natural supplement ideas to consider if you are looking to explore this area even deeper:
Tribulus terrestris, also known as bindii, is an annual plant that grows in dry climates, and has been shown to increase libido by raising testosterone. You can find it HERE.
Ginkgo biloba is an herbal supplement derived from a tree, and has been used to treat poor sexual function by relaxing blood vessels and increasing blood flow. You can find it HERE.
3. RED GINSENG
Red Ginseng has been shown to improve low libido and sexual function in both men and women, and has been shown to be effective at improving erectile function. You can find it HERE.
Fenugreek is popular in Ayurvedic medicine as an anti-inflammatory and libido-boosting treatment, as it contains compounds that the body can use to make sex hormones, such as estrogen and testosterone. You can find it HERE.
Saffron is a spice often used as an alternative remedy to help treat depression, reduce stress, and enhance mood. It has been shown to increase libido, especially in those taking anti-depressants. You can find it HERE.
Finally, my favourite supplementation recommendation is for ‘HerSynergy’ by Metagenics. This powerful supplement contains Fenugreek, Betaine HCL, Magnesium, Zinc, Vitamin B6, Folate, & Vitamin B12- which are a lot of which we talked about above. You can find it HERE.
There you have it babe! I hope this post helps give you some ideas for increasing your libido and improving your sexual health.
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