What fuels great sex? The cliched stimulants, such as oysters and avocados, “aren’t necessarily valid aphrodisiacs,” says Barry Swanson, PhD, a professor of food science at Washington State University. Follow our menu for a libido-lifting, energy-boosting three course meal that will guarantee she stays for breakfast. Bon appetit!
First course drink
A Glass of Red Wine
Grape skins contain the antioxidant reseveratrol, the closest thing we have to an actual aphrodisiac. It increases oestrogen production, says Northwestern University researchers, and that heightens sexual appetite and makes lubrication easier for her later in the evening.
This one’s for you. The zinc-dense shrimp increase sperm levels and make orgasms more powerful, according to a study in Fertility and Sterility. They also contain a stress-reducing amino acid and the feel-good hormone serotonin.
Second course entree
Fillet Mignon Au Poivre (Pepper steak)
High-protein foods boost production of dopamine and norephinephrine, hormones that increase alertness and assertiveness.
Baked Sweet Potato
It’s high in potassium, which helps reduce stress – a great way to curb performance anxiety later that night. “The thing to avoid is dumping on a lot of salt, because the sodium can inhibit the potato’s potassium,” says Swanson.
Spinach is a potent source of magnesium, which helps dilate blood vessels, ensuring smooth blood flow that’s crucial for strong erections, according to Japanese researchers.
Third course dessert
Fresh Raspberries Drizzled With Melted Dark Chocolate
British scientists have discovered that women release four times more endorphins after eating chocolate than they do after making out. The caffeine in chocolate also increases your alertness for what’s to come after dessert.