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Feb 13, 2016

SWEETEN THINGS UP WITH DATES ON VALENTINE'S DAY

Do you want to make your Valentine’s dinner memorable? Then add these foods to your menu!

Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to eat well and spice things up in your relationship. So why not combine both by serving up some of the foods below at your romantic dinner that are sure to help heat things up and make the evening a bit more exciting…

Asparagus: Rich in folic acid, asparagus helps boost circulation (pretty self-explanatory if you ask us) and was listed as an aphrodisiac food in The Tales of the Arabian Nights. Even Madame Pompadour, Louis XV’s mistress believed in its powers and concocted a recipe for asparagus that included egg yolks, butter, lemon juice and nutmeg. Asparagus also has beauty benefits by boosting collagen production and reducing puffiness by getting rid of excess water in the body.

Bananas: Loaded in potassium and B vitamins, bananas help keep skin hydrated and young. They contain an enzyme known as bromelain which boosts testosterone, but it’s their shape that definitely helps label them as an aphrodisiac food!

Chili Peppers: These peppers are red-hot and get the blood pumping. If you’re looking to get the sparks flying, base your main dish around these little firecrackers. They also benefit you beauty-wise by being anti-inflammatory, or in other words keeping your skin clear from imperfections.

Chocolate: Valentine’s Day just wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without chocolate. This sweet treat is thought to have more of a psychological aphrodisiac effect rather than a scientifically proven one, but it’s great for your health all the same and gives you more reason to accept that lovely box of truffles!

Dates: The name "dates" instantly makes you think of romance. They aid in digestion – making them perfect to eat at the end of a big meal – and they’ll help you stay beautiful thanks to the Vitamin C found in them which improves skin elasticity and fights free radicals. These sweet little morsels will give you and your loved one an energy boost when you eat them, and when things get steamy they’re thought to help keep things going.

The dessert recipe below is the ultimate romantic treat. It contains bananas, cacao, and dates – if you’re looking to only serve one sweet thing at Valentine’s dinner (food-wise that is…) we recommend you make it this one.

We’re sure that these foods will make your Valentine’s dinner a lot more interesting this year!

February 13, 2016