Cook up a Little Romance on Date Night

Finding a way to make date night special if you’re on a tight budget or can’t find a babysitter can be tough. But even a low-key date night can be extra sexy, and it doesn’t take a whole lot of effort – it just takes the right food!

What are we talking about? Aphrodisiacs!

Now, obviously simply eating “sexy” foods isn’t necessarily going to lead to the bedroom. But they can add a little bit of extra fun to your night – especially if you work on the meal plan and cooking together.

Try any of the following foods for your next at-home date night to get your blood pumping, your heart racing, and your partner ready for an extra fun dessert.

Oysters. A classic aphrodisiac. They contain both zinc (which is linked to a higher sex drive) and specific amino acids that aid in the production of sex hormones.

Chocolate. Ever wonder why we give our lovers boxes of chocolate on Valentine’s Day? Chocolate isn’t only a delicious treat, it helps to put your partner in a good mood. Dark chocolate specifically is known to trigger dopamine, a chemical in the brain that invokes feelings of pleasure.

Avocado. Not only are avocados healthy and full of good fats, they’re also a great aphrodisiac. Add them to your meal for some Vitamin E, which keeps you feeling young and energized.

Chai Tea. Coffee is an aphrodisiac, but you want to feel sexy – not wired. Chai tea is a great alternative that will let you and your partner enjoy your night in together and still feel refreshed for work in the morning. The spices in chai tea (cinnamon, ginger, pepper) give you the right amount of a kick you need so you’re not feeling fatigued after a delicious, romantic meal.

Pine Nuts. Another food that’s high in zinc, adding pine nuts to any healthy recipe will give you a boost in energy for some after-dinner fun. (Even though Halloween has passed, pumpkin seeds also have a similar effect!)

Olive Oil. Need a good recipe that contains pine nuts? Make a pesto with pine nuts and olive oil, which is – you guessed it – another aphrodisiac. Not only is olive oil good for your overall health, it specifically helps aid hormone production and blood flow.

Chili Peppers. Your heart’s beating fast, you’re starting to sweat, and you’re feeling extra happy. Are you in the mood… or did you just have a spicy pepper? Bright red chili peppers not only look sexy, but also have effects that mimic arousal.

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