From sushi to dessert, here are three delicious meals that will amp up your sex life.
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Not in the mood? It may have to do with your diet: Turns out, there are certain foods that can actually kill your sex drive. On the same token, there are other ingredients that can give your libido a lift. (Check out these 52 foods that can boost your penis health.) "By adding a few simple foods to your lifestyle, you can pump up your libido levels," says Professional Raw Food Chef Jason Wrobel.
Magnesium in raw cacao powder, for example, is awesome for blood flow, while the heart-healthy fats, vitamin B6, and potassium in avocado help boost hormone levels and provide more energy, says Wrobel, referring to foods in his chocolate avocado peanut pudding. Check out the recipe (on slide 2), plus two other libido-boosting recipes from Wrobel's new cookbook Eaternity.
Each of these libido-boosting recipes is also vegan—but still completely satisfying and delicious. (Get the full book packed with over 150 meat-free recipes here.)
Wrobel says: When I started working with quinoa, I had a blast thinking of all the ways I could substitute this “supergrain” for brown rice in my recipes. Sushi is one of my all-time favorite dishes, so it was only natural for me to pump up the protein with quinoa. These sushi rolls are sweet, light, crunchy, flavorful, and healthy. Plus, rolling sushi is a fun way to make dinner with your partner and get your hands dirty together. The nori seaweed in this dish is full of manganese, vitamin B2, and vitamin E, which increase libido, sex hormones, and healthy sperm production.
Directions: 1) In a small mixing bowl, combine the miso paste, sesame oil, and smoked paprika. Mix and set aside. 2) In a separate small mixing bowl, combine the wasabi powder, water, and coconut aminos. Mix and set aside. 3) Lay out a nori sheet with plenty of space to work. On the first of the nori sheet closest to you, spread a bit of your miso paste mix. Evenly spread a couple of tablespoons of cooked quinoa, and then lay down a few strips of each of your fresh, julienned vegetables. Sprinkle generously with sesame seeds and add a pinch of microgreens on top. 4) To roll your sushi, roll away from you using four fingers or a sushi rolling mat. Apply light but firm pressure to keep the rolls neat. Your thumbs roll and push the roll forward as your other fingers keep the roll together. When you arrive at the end of the nori roll, use fingers dipped in water or half a lemon wedge to wet the nori roll so it stays together. Slice your nori roll with a sharp knife dipped in water after each cut. Repeat these steps for each nori roll. 5) Plate and top with black sesame seeds. Serve your dipping sauce alongside.
Wrobel says: This recipe is one of those perfect dishes to serve to health food skeptics. This pudding is creamy, dense, complex, and oh-so-satisfying. People can’t believe there’s avocado in the mix because it’s so well hidden with all of the other flavors. The magnesium in the raw cacao powder is awesome for blood flow, while the heart-healthy fats, vitamin B6, and potassium in avocado help boost hormone levels and provide more energy.
Ingredients: 1/2 cup hemp milk 1/2 cup coconut nectar or maple syrup 1 tablespoon organic virgin coconut oil 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 tablespoon ground vanilla bean 1/2 cup raw cacao powder 2 large avocados, pitted 1/4 cup raw jungle peanuts 1/4 cup raw shredded coconut, reserved for topping 3/4 cup gluten-free granola, reserved for topping
Directions: 1) Blend all ingredients, except the shredded coconut and granola, in a high-speed blender for 50 seconds. Transfer the pudding to a mixing bowl and mix in the shredded coconut and granola by hand.
Wrobel says: Making risotto requires the patience of a saint and the tenacity of a honey badger. This radical risotto recipe takes classic Italian techniques and spices them up with some Thai influence, including coconut milk, lemongrass, and basil. It’s ultra-creamy, tastes super decadent, and also happens to be cholesterol free. The coconut milk naturally balances your hormones and gives you more energy, while lemongrass contains good amounts of zinc, which is essential for male sexual health.
Directions: 1) In a large saucepan, bring the vegetable broth to a simmer on low heat. In a separate large stockpot, heat the coconut oil and olive oil over medium-high heat. Cook the yellow onion, lemongrass, and ginger until the onion softens and turns translucent, about 5 to 7 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium low. Stir in the arborio rice and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, thoroughly coating the rice with oil. Stir in the sweet rice wine and cook until the wine is completely absorbed. Add the vegetable broth ½ cup at a time, stirring very frequently. 2) Wait until each portion of broth is completely absorbed by the rice before adding more broth. When only about 1 cup of vegetable broth is left to put in, add the asparagus, dried basil, and white truffle salt to the stockpot. Continue to add the broth as before. 3) When all of the broth is completely absorbed, the rice should be tender and very creamy. The entire cooking process for the rice is about 35 to 40 minutes. If the rice is still a little firm at that point, add more vegetable broth ½ cup at a time and continue cooking until tender but still al dente. Stir in the coconut milk and cook until fully absorbed, another 1 to 2 minutes. Serve immediately.