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Six Sexy Foods for Valentine's Day

The way to your love's heart may well be through the stomach

Figs, prosciutto and red wine

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Valentine's Day is a popular occasion for dining out. Yet for others there is nothing more special than cooking for the person you love. But as you plan your menu, you may want to go beyond just another romantic candlelit meal, and start by considering some foods believed to have sensual properties. Happily, many of these "sexy" foods are also heart-healthy, so you're tackling matters of the heart from all sides.

  • Almonds are a traditional symbol of fertility with a slightly sharp and intoxicating aroma. Full of fiber, vitamin E, and magnesium, they supposedly arouse passion in women — or at least that's what's said to have worked for Samson when he courted Delilah. Serve up some crunchy Caramelized Almonds for nibbling, or finish the meal with a Lemon-Almond Butter Cake. You could also try your hand at some homemade Almond Roca (akin to peanut brittle).

  • Lush voluptuous avocados are associated with both the female shape and male sexuality. The Atzecs called the avocado tree ahuacatl, which actually translates to "testicle tree." The avocado's nutritional benefits are numerous, including vitamins and minerals believed to increase libido in both men and women. And they are a good source of monounsaturated fat, which studies show may help in the prevention of heart disease. That's pretty Valentine's Day friendly. Start your meal with a Shrimp, Grapefruit and Avocado Salad or Avocado and Beet Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette, or just put out a bowl of Guacamole.

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