There's no need to head to a super fancy restaurant on V-Day. Serve up these aphrodisiac-infused dinner recipes instead, and your romantic evening will surely go off without a hitch.
Oysters are one of the most well-known aphrodisiacs, and for good reason. They're , which is thought to increase testosterone, and they're associated with Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. They also make for an excellent appetizer.
Take your oysters on the half shell up a notch by topping them with a delectable ceviche with ginger and pear.
Arugula's standing as an aphrodisiac might surprise you, but the leafy green can help block libido-lowering environmental contaminants, according to .
If you want something a little more substantial than a simple arugula salad, try whipping up this creamy pesto potato pizza instead. The fresh arugula on top is the perfect complement to the warm, cheesy goodness below.
Salmon makes for the perfect entree for your romantic meal, thanks to the fish's high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. These acids in tip top shape (wink, wink).
A perfectly cooked fish may be enough on its own, but pairing the salmon with braised fennel and figs makes the dish truly impressive.
Recipe: Daniel's Dish
Another healthy veggie with aphrodisiac properties is asparagus. The green vegetable contains plenty of vitamin E, which .
Creating this healthy side dish couldn't be any easier — simply roast fresh asparagus with olive oil, salt and pepper for about 15 minutes.
While most alcohols have a reputation for getting people in the mood, nothing does the trick quite like red wine. According to , red wine contains the antioxidant resveratrol, which "helps boost blood flow and improves circulation before and during intercourse."
If a glass of wine just won't do it for you, try whipping up this red wine pasta. It's easy to make and comes out the perfect shade of purple.
Once you're done with the savory part of your meal, it's time to break out the chocolate. The beloved desert is more than just delicious, , aka the feel-good hormone.
Chocolate and raspberry are a match made in dessert heaven, and this tart is the perfect dish for chocolate lovers who want a little added sweetness from fresh fruit.
If dinner has you feeling a little sluggish, a hot cup of coffee should do the trick. The caffeine will increase your heart rate and get your blood flowing, and as an added bonus, one study found that it .
Make your typical cup of coffee even better by adding Bailey's and peppermint-flavored Kahlua. Top with whipped cream for a truly decadent treat.
Chocolate's not the only sweet edible aphrodisiac, pomegranates have , so they're ideal for romantic evenings as well.
Top a creamy and sweet panna cotta with pomegranate seeds for a light and fruity end to the meal.
Once the meal is over, pop some bubbly to toast to a successful evening. The carbonation in will help heighten your buzz without making you feel sluggish.
If cocktails are more your thing, try this coconut water champagne punch. The color is absolutely perfect for Valentine's Day, and the coconut water will help stave off any hangover.