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Active Cookbook: Ignite Your Valentine's Day Recipes With Aphrodisiacs
The Active Cookbook is a new monthly collection of delicious, healthy, easy-to-make recipes perfect for busy athletes and fitness enthusiasts. This month's edition uses aphrodisiac-filled ingredients to create an eclectic menu that's sure to please your Valentine.
Sweet and Spicy Nuts
Aphrodisiacs: honey, chili peppers, almonds 1 of 6
Super-charged with three amorous ingredients, these sweet, spicy nuts are perfect with champagne before dinner. Almonds were a symbol for fertility in ancient times, and capsaicin, the compound in chili peppers that makes them spicy, releases feel-good endorphins. The term "honeymoon" gets its name from mead, an alcoholic beverage made from honey that was once given to married couples to increase fertility.
Aphrodisiac: oysters 2 of 6
Zinc is a superfood of the aphrodisiac family. The mineral reportedly boosts the male libido, and can aid in energy production, cellular repair, and can contribute to more youthful-looking skin. Oysters contain more zinc per serving than any other food. The texture of raw oysters can be off-putting to some; this baked oysters recipe is a healthy way to enjoy the shellfish.
Chicken With Mushrooms, Red Wine and Garlic
Aphrodisiacs: garlic, red wine, mushrooms 3 of 6
Mushrooms, garlic and red wine boost heart health by improving circulation and guarding against plaque build-up in the arteries. Consuming garlic and red wine can give you a euphoric, relaxed feeling—in other words, they put you in the right mood for Valentine's Day.
Cacao and Roasted Almond Butter Bark
Aphrodisiacs: chocolate, almonds 4 of 6
Chocolate contains phenylethylamine, the same chemical that your brain emits when falling in love. This healthier version of a chocolate bar is a spin on the addictive classic chocolate-and-peanut-butter combo.
Raw Chocolate-Cherry Mini Tarts
Aphrodisiacs: chocolate, avocados 5 of 6
You can't have too much chocolate on Valentine's Day, and this raw, vegan tart is a light treat. Instead of cream or butter, the chocolate filling is made from avocados, whose ancient Aztec name, ahuacati, means "testicle."