You don’t have to go farther than your kitchen to rev up your sex drive. Learn the best foods to put you in the mood.
Breakfast: Oatmeal With Cocoa Powder and Walnuts
Why It Works: Oatmeal lowers cholesterol, and the polyphenols in unsweetened cocoa powder help to amplify oatmeal’s properties and also boost HDL (the good cholesterol). The connection between diet and libido here is better blood flow; healthy cholesterol levels means decreased likelihood of arterial blockages. Plaque build-up in the arteries reduces blood flow – including blood flow to the penis. Walnuts are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, known to boost the brain’s “pleasure chemical,” dopamine, and arginine, the amino acid that increases the production of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is the chemical compound necessary to erections – it opens up the blood vessels to increase blood flow.
Lunch: Mushroom Beef Barley Soup
Why It Works: This lunch is designed to increase your testosterone, the most important hormone for a healthy libido. Beef is high in zinc, the ultimate sex mineral. Zinc blocks the enzyme that converts testosterone to estrogen. Certain mushrooms, like white button mushrooms, also block the conversion. Barley is a whole grain, which will keep you fuller longer, and less likely to snack or eat mindlessly later; the end result is feeling better about your body.
Suggested Recipes: Beef and Mushroom Shepherd's Pie
Snack: Celery With Peanut Butter
Why It Works: Raw celery contains androsterone, a male hormone that is thought to attract women. Once eaten, the hormone is released via the sweat glands. In addition, celery is a low-calorie food that also freshens your breath. Peanut butter is high in monounsaturated fats, which increase dopamine. Increasing dopamine can boost female sexual pleasure.
Suggested Recipes: Organic Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
Dinner: Pork Tenderloin, Quinoa and Asparagus
Why It Works: High quality protein increases testosterone. Go for lean cuts of pork, which are also high in zinc. Excess body fat reduces testosterone production, making it unavailable to your sex drive. Quinoa is one of the rare whole grains that is also a complete protein. Asparagus contains niacin, which is necessary for histamine production; histamine is necessary to orgasm as it allows blood vessels to dilate and makes the skin very sensitive to touch, resulting in a more pleasurable experience.
Dessert: Banana With a Dark Chocolate Dip
Why It Works: Bananas contain bromelain, an enzyme believed to increase libido in men. The potassium and B vitamin content of bananas also helps to boost overall energy levels. Dark chocolate (make sure it’s 70% cocoa) helps to increase dopamine levels; the bioflavonoids in dark chocolate also open up blood vessels.