What’s fueling your next naughty romp? If you’ve ever tried to get down with an empty stomach or felt frisky after a heavy meal, you know that the state of your stomach has a lot to do with the success of your sex. How do you make sure that you have enough fuel for a night of mattress marathons without getting sidelined by the need to digest?
To fuel an exciting night in the bedroom, try to avoid heavy carbs like bread and potatoes, and instead lean more toward protein-rich foods that will fuel your evening like fish or quinoa. Vegetables are always a good choice, although of course avoid the usual suspects (asparagus, onions). It’s easy to go overboard on dessert, considering the cultural attention placed on decadent desserts when it comes to sexiness, but moderation here will help out, too. Skip the mocha peanut butter ice cream pie and go for small and sensual instead: strawberries and whipped cream are a classic for a reason.
For example, if you saw how happy pasta with tomato sauce makes one of my partners, you’d probably be shocked at how instantly and violently ill actual tomato pieces make him—an evening-killer for sure. Or if you saw me thoroughly enjoy sauteed onions over a nice steak, you might be confused if I refuse to eat your onion-heavy salsa: I’m not allergic, but raw onions make my sweat smell like onions for a full day afterward. Not too sexy, unless you’re really, really into onions...
It may not seem particularly sexy on the surface, but water really is your best bet. Try adding a slice of lemon or lime for a little more elegance. Using water glasses with a sensual shape can help sex up your beverage, too. If you feel the need for a little caffeine pick-me-up, try a flavored black tea. It will offer you less caffeine than coffee while still giving you a noticeable bump, and many high-quality teas are extremely flavorful and easy to brew. Warm beverages in teacups or mugs also warm up hands for foreplay.
A note of caution: Don’t overdo it! A glass or two of water is plenty, and only a small cup of tea if you choose to have some. You don’t want to call for a bathroom break at the worst possible moment in your festivities.
• A small Caprese salad for its juicy, fleshy mouthfeel, an avocado stuffed with crab salad for the sexy textures and loads of protein, and watermelon sorbet to settle the palate and awaken the senses. This is a great summer dinner, and it can easily be made vegetarian. If you make extra Caprese, it can serve as a nice midnight snack later once you’ve worked off dinner.
• Lightly-seasoned fish fillet grilled or baked to avoid overly rich preparations, sauteed mixed vegetables with sliced almonds for texture and extra protein, and sliced apples with honey to feed to one another. This can be a very low-fat preparation if desired.
• Small portion of steak cooked to taste for the visceral satisfaction meat-eaters get out of it, fresh corn on the cob, and a chocolate fondue with dippable fruit. Corn on the cob has a reputation as a mood-killer, but between the butter dripping down your chin and the strategic use of teeth, I can’t think of anything more viscerally sexy for adventurous partners to enjoy together.