Some Extra Love this Valentines Day

love-pancakes-breakfast-in-bed-04They say a happy wife is the key to a happy life, and that the quickest way to your man’s heart is through his stomach, so here are some quick and easy recipes to earn some extra brownie points this valentines day.

All our recipes today contain “Aphrodisiac foods” so you can ensure you feel the love this valentines day.

  • Almonds have long been regarded as a symbol of fertility, however it is the smell of almonds that is said to arouse the desire and passion in women.  (Rao 2012)
  • Bananas definitely fit the theory of The Doctrine of Signatures, but did you know they also contain chelating minerals and the bromeliad enzyme, said to enhance the male libido. (Wood 2013)
  • Chilli’s stimulate endorphins (the brans feel good chemicals) and mimic how you feel when you’re aroused by speeding up heart rate and making you sweat (Nadeem et. al. 2011)
  • Dark Chocolate, our personal favourite, has been shown to cause a spike in dopamine (a neurotransmitter which induces the feelings of pleasure) (Afoakwa 2008)
  • Maca is known as “Natures Viagra” by improving libido and a natural energy booster.  (Balick & Lee 2002)
  • Pomegranate is another blood flow supporter, however one study has also found it to be beneficial in erectile dysfunction (Forest, Padma-Nathan, Liker 2007)

Maca Chocolate Milkshake

maca

2 cups coconut water

2 bananas

1 carrot, cut into small chunks

1 cup ice

1 tablespoon Morlife chia seeds

1 tablespoon cocoa powder (or cacao powder)

1 teaspoon Morlife cacao nibs

2 teaspoons Morlife Maca powder

¼ cup nuts – your choice e.g. Brazil, walnut, almonds, macadamia nuts

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender
  2. Blend until smooth
  3. Serve cold.

Almond French Toast and Strawberries

8 slices sandwich bread (wholemeal, multigrain or Gluten free alternative)

french toast

1½ cups whole milk, warmed

3 egg yolks

3 tablespoons light brown sugar

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted + extra for cooking

¼ teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon orange juice

1 teaspoon grated orange zest

¾ cup sliced almonds

4 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

5 fresh strawberries

1 banana

  1.  Preheat oven to 150°C.
  2. Place bread on a wire rack in the oven and bake until almost dry throughout (centre should remain slightly moist), about 16 minutes, flipping slices halfway through cooking.
  3. Remove bread from rack and let cool for 5 minutes.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, egg yolks, brown sugar, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, 2 tablespoons melted butter, salt, vanilla extract, orange juice, and orange zest until well blended.
  5. In a separate bowl, stir together the 4 tablespoons granulated sugar and 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon; set aside.
  6. Soak the bread in the milk and egg mixture until saturated but not falling apart, (about 20 seconds per side)
  7. Using a slotted spatula, pick up a bread slice and allow excess milk mixture to drip off; repeat with remaining slices.
  8. Sprinkle bread with almonds and 1-2 teaspoons of the cinnamon-sugar topping over one side of each slice of soaked bread.
  9. Heat ½ tablespoon butter in a flat based frypan over medium-low heat. When the foaming subsides, use the spatula to transfer 2 slices of the soaked bread to the skillet, cinnamon-sugar side down first.
  10. Sprinkle the other side of the bread with almonds and 1-2 teaspoons cinnamon sugar mixture.
  11. Cook each side until golden brown, approx. 3 to 4 minutes.
  12. Serve warm with fresh strawberries and banana slices on the side and optional (drizzle of maple syrup and ice cream)

Salmon with Sweet Chili Glaze

salmon1/4 cup sweet chili sauce

2 Tbsp soy sauce (or Tamari)

1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger

2 garlic cloves (minced)

4 salmon fillets (120-170g each)

(optional 1tsp spicy chilli sauce)

  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C.
  2. Combine the sweet chili sauce, soy sauce, ginger, garlic and optional spicy chilli sauce in a mixing bowl.
  3. Place the salmon fillets on a foil-lined baking sheet. Use a brush or a spoon to apply the salmon with a chili glaze.
  4. Bake the salmon until the glaze has begun to lightly caramelize and the salmon flakes with gentle pressure, about 10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish.

Serve with a side of stir fried green beans and Asian greens.

Berry-Kale Brownies

brownie3 cups kale or spinach leaves (loosely packed)

½ cup apple sauce

2 ½ tsp vanilla extract

1 ½ cup water

3 tbsp Morlife Chia Seeds

¾ cup coconut oil, melted

1 cup coconut flour

¾ cup cacao or cocoa powder

½ tsp salt

½ tsp baking soda

¾ cup xylitol or sugar of choice

1/16 tsp pure stevia (or 2 extra tbsp. sugar of choice)

½ cup Morlife Dried Five Berry Mix (roughly chopped)

¼ cup choc chips (optional)

  1.  Preheat oven to 175°C.  Grease and Line a 9x13inch baking pan with baking paper.
  2. Blend together kale, apple sauce, vanilla extract, water, chia seeds and coconut oil
  3. In a large mixing bowl, stir together remaining ingredients.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into the dry and stir until evenly combined.
  5. Pour mixture into the prepared baking pan.  Press and smooth the mixture in the pan using a spatula.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes
  7. Remove from the oven and press the cake down firmly with a spatula (to ensure the dense consistency)
  8. Allow to sit for 15 minutes before cutting into squares.

 

References

Afoakwa, O 2008, ‘Cocoa and chocolate consumption – are there aphrodisiac and other benefits for human health? : invited review’ South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 107-113, viewed 13 February 2014, http://reference.sabinet.co.za/sa_epublication_article/m_sajcn_v21_n3_a3

Balick, M & Lee, R 2002, ‘Maca: From Traditional Food Crop to Energy and Libido Stimulant’ Alternative Therapies, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 96-98, viewed 13 February 2014, http://rawganik.com/studies/MacaLibidoEnergy.pdf

Forest, C, Padma-Nathan, H & Liker, H 2007, ‘Efficacy and safety of pomegranate juice on improvement of erectile dysfunction in male patients with mild to moderate erectile dysfunction: a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, crossover study’, International Journal of Impotence Research, vol. 19, no. 6, pp. 564-567, viewed 13 February 2014, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17568759

Nadeem, M, Anjum, F, Khan, M, Saeed, M, & Riaz, A 2011, ‘Antioxidant Potential of Bell Pepper (Capsicum annum L) – A Review’, Pakistan Journal of Food Sciences, vol. 21, no. 1-4, pp. 45-51, viewed 13 February 2014,  http://www.psfst.com/__jpd_fstr/89d91b9067a7d4775f55ba4af73c2989.pdf

Rao, G 2012, ‘Therapeutic Applications of Almonds (Prunus amygdalus L): A Review’, Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 130-135, viewed 13 February 2014, http://www.jcdr.net/article_fulltext.asp?issn=0973-709x&year=2012&month=February&volume=6&issue=1&page=130&id=1836

Wood, L 2013, Spice up your sex life with aphrodisiacs, viewed 13 February 2013, http://www.uisjournal.com/features/2013/02/12/spice-up-your-sex-life-with-aphrodisiacs/

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