If you’re staying in and treating your other half to a home cooked dinner this Valentine’s then here’s 7 feel-good ingredients that you’ll want to include in your dishes!
Scallops – sensual seafood
Since Ancient Greek times, the scallop has been given the reputation of an aphrodisiac due to Aphrodite, the Goddess of love, being carried to earth on a scallop shell. However, the reputation is also supported by scientific evidence. A study in 2005 indicated that scallops, amongst other ingredients, hold the potential for increasing sexual hormone levels in both men and women, due to their source of lean protein and nutrients such as Vitamin B12, Magnesium, Zinc and Potassium.
Chilli peppers – spice it up!
Their bright red colour and exotic reputation may just be the reason why chilli peppers are considered a natural aphrodisiac and food of love. Chilli peppers also stimulate endorphins which are your bodies feel-good chemicals which give chilli peppers scientific backing for aphrodisiac qualities.
Honey – sweet like sugar
Honey is regarded as an aphrodisiac not only for its relation to procreation from being made by pollination, we’ve all heard of the birds and the bees, right? But also for its relevance to the origin of the word ‘honeymoon’. Mead, an alcoholic drink made from honey, used to be given to the happy new bride and groom to celebrate. Honey also contains a mineral called boron which helps regulate oestrogen and testosterone levels.
Steak – say it with beef
Regarded as the way to a man’s heart, steak can be a woman’s best friend too! Steak, a lean red meat that’s packed full of protein can increase levels of dopamine, a reward hormone and nonreprinephrine which increases the heart rate.
Arugula – rock-et their world
More commonly known as rocket, arugula is a peppery plant that’s a must have garnish or part of a side salad this Valentine’s Day. Its been regarded as a popular aphrodisiac among the ancient Romans and Egyptians and has been associated with a minor Roman God of fertility, Priapus. Arugula also contains mixtures of minerals that are said to help exert antioxidant activity – eat this leafy green and you’ll have no problem staying young and gorgeous!
Chocolate – be the sweetest
Chocolate contains a chemical known as phenylethylamine which is a stimulant that is related to amphetamine and is released in the brain when people fall in love. It is also said to increase levels of serotonin which is a calming neurotransmitter, therefore giving chocolate its aphrodisiac qualities.
Cherries – pick the right one
Packed full of feel good vitamins such as vitamins A, C and E as well as potassium, magnesium and folate. As well as these, cherries contain melotonin, an antioxidant that regulates your heart which can help you relax and enjoy some time together.
Looking for somewhere special to treat your valentine?
Why not treat your Valentine to a delectable 4 course dinner in the intimate surroundings of our Potager Restaurant? View more details here. We’re also serving our Valentine’s 4 course dinner on Friday 15th February too, so for those who can’t make it on the Thursday, we’ve got you covered!
Or if you’re looking for something a little more casual, why not spoil them with a romantic dinner at our Cider House Kitchen pizzeria – we’re giving all couples a complimentary Marinara starter to share! View more details here.