If you are looking for a way to spice things up in the kitchen and bedroom this Valentine’s Day, health charity the Vegetarian & Vegan Foundation (VVF) have some fantastic and frisky tips to get you in the mood.
Vegetarian diets are jam-packed with natural aphrodisiacs – such as asparagus, almonds, avocados, bananas, celery, hot chillies and dark chocolate, raspberries and strawberries – that will make your heart glow and other bits tingle too. Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of zinc, known to improve sex drive and they also protect against impotence.
Vegetarian & Vegan Foundation campaigner, Veronika Charvatova, says: “Aphrodisiac foods have to get the blood pumping. This can be a problem for people who suffer from impotence, sometimes cause by blocked arteries.
Fatty foods such as meat, egg and dairy products clog up the arteries , thus blocking the blood flow to certain vital organs! They also increase the risk of diabetes and obesity which are also linked to impotence.”
“On the other hand, a diet rich in fruit and vegetables, whole grains, pulses, nuts and seeds protects against blocked arteries, heart disease, stroke and many other conditions. These foods are also bursting with vital nutrients that increase energy and zest!
Recipe ideas for Valentine’s Day
Starter: Avocado and Smoked Tofu Salad
Mains: Asparagus and Celery Risotto – served with Green Salad, pumpkin seeds and vinaigrette
Dessert: Luxury Chocolate Mousse
Recipes for these dishes, plus many more, are available for free at sister group Viva!’s special Lover’s Pages www.viva.org.uk/lovers. The website includes dating tips, articles on health, diet & sex, recipes, dating ideas and accessories.
Also visit the Viva! shop for all your Valentines’ gifts by clicking here.
For more information about the health benefits of going veggie or vegan, visit www.vegetarian.org.uk .