Aphrodisiac Foods to Fire up Date Night!

There are foods that boost energy, fight fat and sharpen memory. Some ingredients can also spice up a romance, so here are some culinary suggestions for date night.

For example, chilies are a great way to rev up the heat both inside and outside of the kitchen. The capsaicin –  a natural chemical found in fiery peppers – increases circulation and gets your blood boiling. It stimulates nerve endings, which can create a feeling of euphoria.


Before dinner, start with a watermelon martini. Watermelon contains phytonutrient citruline, which is a great way to step up your natural nitric oxide, which calms nerve endings and at the same time, speeds circulation.

Asparagus is also a good choice. It is high in vitamin E, which helps your body crank out heavenly hormones. Salmon is also good for hormone production.You will be happy to know that red wine is full of antioxidants that will relax you faster than a back rub. And while you’re indulging, go for the chocolate, which contains a substance that boosts a subtle feeling of well-being. If you make it to dessert, Thai fried Bananas with Chocolate Sauce and vanilla bean ice cream is a great way to finish off the night.

Remember, you are what you eat! Live, laugh and be sexy!

Watermelon Martini

  • 5 cups watermelon cubes (rind and seeds removed)
  • 3/4 – 1 cup lemon vodka
  • tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 Tablespoons Cointreau or triple sec
  • 3 Tablespoons simple syrup ( get my recipe here)

Place watermelon in blender. Cover; blend until smooth. Pour puree into a pitcher and keep very cold, even a little frozen to make it icy.

For two martinis, add one cup of watermelon puree, 1/4 cup of lemon vodka, two tablespoons of lime juice, one tablespoon each of Cointreau and sugar to the blender with three to six ice cubes.

Cover; blend until slushy.

Recipe Makes 6 large martinis.( 3 each, giggle! )




Published by Chef Gigi Gaggero, Host of Silicon Valley's LIVE Food Talk Radio on KSCU 103.3 FM

Professional Chef, Two Time Award-Winning Book Author, Former Academic Director from Le Cordon Bleu, and Host of Silicon Valley's LIVE Food Talk Radio on KSCU 103.3 FM

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