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Food for Thought: Aphrodisiacs set mood

Mark Facchin & Jessica Wilkie | Interrobang | Lifestyles | February 14th, 2011

Did you know that there are several foods that are thought to create that little spark inside you that sets your loins ablaze? It's true!

These foods are called aphrodisiacs and they can be found in the strangest places. Most aphrodisiacal recipes tend to use herbs and spices, which are very healthy additions to any meal.

Whether or not aphrodisiacs really work seems to depend more on how such recipes are presented to the senses. After all, the most powerful aphrodisiac is your mind. If food smells good while cooking, looks appealing when plated and tastes delicious when eaten, then it is more apt to put people into a romantic and relaxed mood after the meal (provided they don't overeat!). People's tastes vary, so what works for one might not work for another. It's all about what you enjoy.

For this week's article we'll be giving you a recipe that has the potential to put you in the mood. This recipe is non-traditional in appearance but is packed with what the heart desires.

Avocados have been considered an aphrodisiac since 200 B.C. Aztecs and the Mayans ate them to enhance sexual desirability. In fact, the Aztec word for avocado is "Ahuacuatl" which translates to "testicle tree."

Strawberries also have a strong association with romance. They are a source of libidinous energy and are considered a symbol of fertility, due to their numerous tiny seeds.

Strawberry Avocado Salad

What You'll Need:
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp white sugar
- 4 tsp honey
- 1 tbsp cider vinegar
- 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 3/4 avocado, sliced
- 1 cup strawberries, sliced
- sliced pecans for garnish

1. Whisk together sugar, olive oil, honey, vinegar and lemon juice. Refrigerate for later or use right away.

2. Place the lettuce in a bowl and add slices of avocado and strawberries on top.

3. Drizzle dressing to taste and then add sliced pecans. If you prefer you can also lightly toss the salad

4. Enjoy!

From both Jess and myself, in all you do this Valentine's Day, be safe and responsible!

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