Eggs, ginger, pomegranates… do you ever think of these foods as sexy? Spa Week’s very own Whole Living Expert, Keri Glassman, is back to help you get sexy for Valentine’s Day from the inside out. (Remember when she challenged us to ditch artificial sweeteners for two weeks? That was trés sexy for your bod!). Keri, who has been all over NBC’s TODAY Show lately, has just launched her very own line of healthy, gourmet home-delivered meals, Nutritious Life Meals. We’re so happy to see all of Keri’s continued success and we’re even happier that she was able find the time to offer Spa Week Daily these sexy food tips.
By Keri Glassman
Let’s face it… we all want to look sexy for our significant other, especially on Valentine’s Day. You’ve finally gotten the dress you wanted for a romantic dinner, but what can you eat to ignite the big night? Here are some foods that will make you look and – more importantly – feel sexy!
(Don’t be a slave to the stove. For more Keri at home, you can order Nutritious Life Meals to have all these sexy ingredients delivered fresh to your table.)
The relationship between chocolate and Valentine’s Day is undeniable. Although it may start innocently (how sweet, a box of chocolates!), it all too often ends with feelings of remorse (did I really eat 23 mini chocolates – in thirty minutes?!). To incorporate chocolate into your romantic escapades and still feel sexy, think of combining a small dark portion with an exotic fruit or berries. [Nutritious Life Meals Pick: Pistachio-crusted chocolate dipped figs.]
The look and smell of a fresh-cut pomegranate is a great aphrodisiac! Pomegranates are rich in polyphenols and antioxidants that help blood flow through your veins — a key component to good sex. Incorporate pomegranates into your V-Day by adding a spoonful to your morning oatmeal for a sexy-day kick start. Or, for dinner, try salmon with a pomegranate sauce. Salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids – essential fats that are heart-healthy and have been shown to improve mood. The meal will provide a total mind and body boost – perfect for a passionate night! [Nutritious Life Meals Pick: Filet of Salmon with Spiced Pomegranate Sauce.]
Beating the bloat is one of the best (and easiest!) ways to ensure you feel svelte and sexy all day long. Many foods tout flat-tummy benefits, but ginger also helps fight inflammation – and is extremely versatile! Try incorporating ginger into your day by shaving some fresh ginger into your morning omelet or sipping on a cup of ginger tea. [Nutritious Life Meals Pick: Ginger Poached Apple with Mascarpone Cheese.]
It’s important to start your V-Day off with a meal that makes you feel healthy, satiated, and oh-so-sexy. Eggs are a breakfast staple for good reason – they promote brain health and have even been shown to aid in weight loss. Making breakfast in bed for your guy might not be a bad idea – eggs are a good source of L-arginine, an amino acid that has been shown to be effective in treating erectile dysfunction. Keeping eggs on the menu will definitely help keep you feeling sexy and satisfied. [Nutritious Life Meals Pick: Portobello Mushroom, Shallot & Parmesan Cheese Egg Bake with Fresh Papaya.]
This citrus fruit claims many health benefits, but did you know it can also amp up your appeal? It’s true! Researchers from the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation found that the scent of an orange increased male arousal by up to 20%. Try serving your sweetheart a dressed up meal by adding orange zest to your favorite dishes! You can also keep it simple (and still sexy) by plating orange slices. Just be sure you’re prepared for the passion it ignites! [Nutritious Life Meals Pick: Filet of Halibut with Spicy Orange Sauce.]