Recipe for romance
They’re the foods of love and they also love your body right back! We asked holistic health coach Claire Obeid of The Wellness Project (thewellnessproject.net.au) to give us the lowdown on the health-giving properties of our favourite romantic delights.
Nothing says romance like sharing a bowl of berries with your lover! “Strawberries are high in vitamin C and folate which are said to improve heart health,” says Claire.
Best served freshly shucked and with a squeeze of lemon, oysters are famous for being an aphrodisiac, and for good reason! “Oysters are nature’s best source of zinc which is a must for many enzymes that aid in reproduction and mental function, “says Claire. “They’re also high in amino acids that help increase sex hormones and improve libido.” We’ll take a dozen Sydney Rock thanks!
Associated with fertility by many ancient cultures, figs were also traditionally considered an aphrodisiac. “Figs contribute to healthy brain cells, energy production and cell reproduction,” says Claire. “They also have a decent amount of fibre which is great for our digestive system.”
Decadent and truly delicious, we’ve arguably saved the best for last. And while we’re definitely not going to recommend you get stuck into a block of milk chocolate, the good news is that some chocolate is healthy. Yes, you read that right! The trick is to look for chocolate made from raw cacao that’s also refined sugar- and dairy-free.
“Raw chocolate is also good for the love muscle,” says Claire. “The high levels of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents found if cacao have beneficial effects on cardio-vascular health.”
Loving Earth and Pana Chocolate are two raw chocolate brands that taste amazing. You could also experiment with making your own raw chocolate by combining powdered raw cacao with coconut oil and a natural sweetener like organic maple syrup or coconut palm nectar. Simply stick it in the freezer to set and take it out just before serving so it doesn’t melt. Or try dipping some fresh strawberries in this mixture for a truly sexy treat!