Food to Set the Right Mood

VdayChampagneFood is the ultimate aphrodisiac, especially when it comes to enhancing romantic holidays. This Valentine's Day, we are suggesting a few foods that are known to loosen inhibitions and melt your lover's heart. What's more romantic than preparing a delicious home cooked meal? Try incorporating some of these key tantalizing ingredients and see where the night takes you.

Champagne - Traditionally, all alcohol was considered an aphrodisiac due to its tendency to lower the drinker's inhibitions and lift one's spirits. The scents of certain wines and champagnes are thought to imitate human pheromones. Start your meal off with a glass of bubbly and you'll be on the right track.

Oysters - This shelled specialty is high in zinc, a mineral that increases the production of testosterone. Supposedly, Casanova ate dozens of raw oysters every day to boost his libido. Imagine what a few could do for you!

Chile Peppers - Spice up your dishes with chile peppers! Eating spicy foods that pack a lot of heat generates an excited psychological response in the brain. These peppers can heat up your mind, body and taste buds.

VDayChocolateChocolate - This sweet treat has been crowned the ultimate aphrodisiac. Pure chocolate contains anandamide, a chemical that gives you a natural good feeling and phenylethylamine, the "love chemical" that releases dopamine to the pleasure centers of the brain. This is one tantalizing food that you won't want to pass up.

Other popular foods rich in aphrodisiac qualities include; figs, ginger, asparagus, sea scallops, mussels and honey. What are you cooking up this Valentine's Day? Let us know what favorite foods put you in the mood.