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Healthy Valentine’s Day Treats--Sweet, Savory and Romantic

Updated on September 21, 2017
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Check out these nutritious meal and snack ideas that can help put your mind, body, and spirit in the mood for love on Valentine's Day!

Serve your Valentine a meal that won't soon be forgotten.
Serve your Valentine a meal that won't soon be forgotten.

This Valentine's Day, treat your sweetheart to some healthy foods that will put you both in the mood for love on the most romantic day of the year.

When many people think of foods that act as aphrodisiacs, oysters, figs, and asparagus often come to mind. But the truth is that Mother Nature has provided us humans with a bounty of nourishing, whole foods that promote good health and intimacy in romantic unions.

A balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals can boost your va-va-voom factor! Certain foods are packed with the vitamins and minerals you and your lover will need for an energized night of love and romance. Here are just a few of those foods:

  • Spinach is rich in magnesium which is good for muscle contraction and relaxation.
  • Walnuts contain a type of omega-3 that boosts feelings of pleasure.
  • Pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc which some experts believe can improve libido.
  • Salmon is another food rich in omega-3s.

Below you'll find some more Valentine's Day approved foods, complete with links to recipes and cooking videos to get you started on preparing a healthy, hearty, romantic dinner for your sweetheart.

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.

— Virginia Woolf

Sprinkle some saffron over your meal and add some color to your love life. According to researchers at the University of Guelph, saffron, the reproductive organ of a species of crocus, can enhance sexual desire. Saffron, produced from the dried stigmas of the Crocus sativus flower, is commonly used in Spanish, Italian, Middle Eastern and Indian Cooking.

If you are nervous about cooking a Valentine's Day dish with such a rare and expensive spice, you can find some saffron recipe ideas on the Food Network's website.

(Source: Saffron and ginseng 'shown to boost sexual desire,' The Telegraph, March 2011)

Seafood paella is a popular Spanish dish that uses a touch of saffron to tint and flavor it.
Seafood paella is a popular Spanish dish that uses a touch of saffron to tint and flavor it.

Wrap it up. Wrap up some sushi, that is! Feeding your lover handmade sushi rolls can put you both in the mood for a fun Valentine's Day date. Nori, the dark green, dried seaweed wrapped around sushi rolls, contains magnesium, iodine, and iron ---minerals that reportedly enhance libido. The sweet, spicy pickled ginger served alongside sushi helps improves blood circulation. Ginger is also known to have anti-inflammatory properties to help relax tired muscles and make you feel more flexible and energized.

Impress your Valentine's Day date by learning how to make sushi.
Impress your Valentine's Day date by learning how to make sushi.

Indulge in some rich dark chocolate on Valentine's Day. Dark chocolate is a wonderful food to cook and bake with on Valentine's Day. Thanks to a compound in dark chocolate called phenylethylamine, eating just a small chunk of dark cocoa prompts your body to release mood-boosting chemicals (i.e.; endorphins, serotonin, dopamine) that arouse romantic thoughts and feelings. Phenylethylamine is so well known for its romance inducing properties that it is nicknamed the love drug. It mimics the brain chemistry of someone in love. If you've ever wondered why chocolate is such a popular Valentine's Day gift, now you know!

Dark chocolate can be used to make sweet desserts or savory dishes. The food magazine Bon Appetit is a great source for tips on how to use dark chocolate in savory dishes.

(Source: Chocolate: The Love Drug, medicinehunter.com)

Sweet dreams are made of chocolate on Valentine's Day!

Dark chocolate is a decadent treat that can put you both in the mood for love on Valentine's Day!
Dark chocolate is a decadent treat that can put you both in the mood for love on Valentine's Day!

Say 'I Love You' with Homemade BonBons on Valentine's Day!

Would you rather dine in or dine out on Valentine's Day?

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If cooking a meal at home for Valentine's Day is not an option, then make reservations for a romantic dinner for two at your favorite restaurant.
If cooking a meal at home for Valentine's Day is not an option, then make reservations for a romantic dinner for two at your favorite restaurant.

© 2014 Sadie Holloway

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