Pumpkin the secret aphrodisiac
A grinning, Halloween pumpkin might be great for entertaining the kids, but if you want to lure a man – get it into the oven.
The smell of this spicy fruit (yes, it’s a fruit not a vegetable) is one of the top aphrodisiacs according to Alan Hirsch, founder and director of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago.
In one of his studies, Hirsch looked at the effects of 30 different scents on the sexual arousal of 31 male volunteers. He found that a combination of lavender and pumpkin pie caused the highest level of arousal.
This rather ungainly looking gourd will also help you see in the dark, since it is rich in carotenoids, plus pumpkin is a great source of skin-saving antioxidants. Finally? It is jam packed with potassium – an important alkaline mineral.
Pumpkin Smoothie: One cup of cooked pumpkin has 564 milligrams or potassium compared to a banana’s 422. So add it to your post work smoothie to help restore your body’s electrolytes (link to Recipe)
Pumpkin and Lentil Soup: Impress your guests by serving this as a starter for your Halloween dinner. A nourishing soup in a carved out pumpkin, with stomach-calming fennel seeds to offset the fibre rich lentils (link to Recipe)
Pumpkin Gnocchi: Homemade gluten-free pasta anyone? Kids will enjoy rolling the cooked pumpkin on the flour-dusted surface before sizzling the gnocchi in a pan with fresh tomato sauce.
Tamari roasted pumpkin seeds: Snack on these when you’re feeling stressed out. Pumpkin seeds are rich in tryptophan, an amino acid that your body converts into feel good serotonin. They are also rich in anxiety nixing magnesium. (See Honestly Healthy Cleanse for the recipe).
Pumpkin Pie: For a decadent, gluten-free Thanksgiving dinner try Natasha’s recipe from book two (Honestly Healthy for Life – pg 176) With dates, ground almonds, nutmegs and vanilla extract you will keep your guests – both men and women – sweet.