Valentine’s Day is a time many of us indulge in chocolate, romantic dinners, and decadent desserts . . . all tasty treats with too many calories to count.
Yes, love is in the air, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be healthy and sexy at the same time. In fact, there are many delicious, low-calorie aphrodisiacs out there!
Looking for some seductive foods to get you in the mood? Oh have we got some good Valentine’s Day recipes for you!
Whip Up These 4 Sensual, Healthy, and Delicious Valentine’s Day Recipes:
Taken from the top cooking and healthy eating websites, here are four sensual Valentine’s Day recipes – from appetizers to desserts.
1. Hot Artichoke Dip
Nutrition Information: 64 calories per serving
Yield: 12 servings
Not only are artichokes a good source of antioxidants, Vitamin C, folate, and magnesium, but they can also boost your libido. This low-calorie artichoke dip recipe from amindfullmom.com makes for a scrumptious starter.
Artichokes have a long-standing reputation for being an aphrodisiac. Did you know Marilyn Monroe was crowned the first California Artichoke Queen in 1949?
- ½ cup jarred artichokes drained and chopped
- 2 cups plain non-fat Greek yogurt
- 4 ounces reduced fat cream cheese
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup crumbled Feta cheese
- 2 tsp. minced garlic
- 1 lemon zest
- ¼ tsp, crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
- ½ tsp. kosher salt
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Mix together all ingredients until well incorporated and transfer to a 1 quart baking dish
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until light and fluffy
- Serve with veggies, tortilla chips or pita chips
2. Cucumber Avocado Caprese Salad
Nutrition Facts: 253 calories per serving
Yield: 4 servings
Known for promoting sexual health, avocados can (ahem) help with performance. Rich in healthy fats, this cucumber avocado Caprese salad recipe from Popsugar.com is good for your heart and will keep your blood pumping to all the right places.
- 2 cucumbers
- 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes (about 30)
- 1 avocado
- 2 tbsp. chopped fresh basil
- 1 cup fresh mozzarella (I like to use the little balls)
- 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Wash and dice the cucumbers. Wash and cut tomatoes in half. Dice the avocado
- Mix cucumbers, tomatoes, and avocado in a bowl. Add sliced basil and mozzarella
- Pour on the oil, vinegar, garlic powder, and salt and pepper. Stir thoroughly
- Serve immediately
3. Carrot Fettuccine
Nutrition Information: 114 calories per serving
Yield: 4 servings
Packed with antioxidants, Vitamin A, and other nutrients, carrots are a well-known staple in a healthy diet. But you may be surprised to learn that carrots can also be sexually stimulating. As it turns out, carrots are the Viagra of veggies.
That’s why this carrot fettuccine recipe from Health.com will be the perfect main course to heat up your Valentine’s Day.
- 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- ½ cup grape tomatoes, quartered if large
- 2 ½ tbsp. finely chopped fresh basil
- 3 large rainbow or orange carrots
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- ¼ tsp. sweet paprika
- 2 tbsp. pumpkin seeds, toasted
- ¼ tsp. sea salt
- ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- Heat oil in a large pan over medium-low heat in a large skillet
- Add garlic and sauté until soft (approximately 30 seconds)
- Add tomatoes and 2 tablespoons basil. Sauté until tomatoes burst (approximately 5 minutes)
- Using a vegetable peeler, shave carrots into ribbons
- Mix in carrots, tomato sauce, paprika, salt, and pepper and cook until carrots are tender (approximately 10 minutes)
- Sprinkle with remaining ½ tablespoon basil and pumpkin seeds
4. Strawberry Banana Creams
Nutrition information: 145 calories per serving (8 strawberries)
A symbol of Venus, the seductive power of strawberries go all the way back to the ancient Roman era. They are also filled with Vitamin C, which aids in the production of sex hormones and boosting libido.
This strawberry banana creams recipe from Popsugar.com will be a lovely final touch.
- ½ small banana
- 2 ounces vanilla Greek yogurt
- 8 strawberries
- 1 tbsp. sliced almonds
- Mash the banana in a bowl. Mix in the yogurt
- Carve out the middle of each strawberry with a knife
- Fill the center of each strawberry with the mixture
- Garnish with sliced almonds
Spark Romance With These Seductive Valentine’s Day Recipes
Show your partner how much you care this Valentine’s Day with these unique, delectable treats.
Nothing says “I love you” like an intimate home cooked meal – especially one that’s both healthy and delicious. And after these four lust-inspired dishes, dining in will be the best idea you ever had.
Dine in the morning after too! Make this Delicious Vanilla Chai Protein French Toast Recipe (Video)
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