Sex is great and food is great, which can sometimes lead to a match made in heaven and other times complete disaster.
Eat an Indian right before getting it on and you know what I’m talking about. Picking the right food for the right situation is important and, when it comes to sex, there are some foods that you absolutely want to avoid. But what about foods that can actually enhance sexual performance?
The Rules of Food
When it comes to eating before sex there are a few cardinal rules that are good to follow:
- Don’t eat a large meal. Food can take about 6 to 8 hours to fully digest through the body, and it takes about 4 hours after a big meal until you feel like you’re hungry again. No one wants to engage in a rigorous sex session when they feel absolutely stuffed (well…outside of certain fun kinks) so best to avoid a banquet before sampling each other.
- Don’t eat anything too fatty or heavy. Red meats, cheeses, fried foods; are all a recipe for disaster when it comes to libido and performance. Your body will be so preoccupied processing that heavily loaded food that your energy will be depleted and your passion drained. Best to stay cleared.
- Avoid alcohol. Yes, we know it’s often common with pre-sex dates but excessive drinking is firmly linked to trouble achieving erections and climaxes for men and is generally linked to lower interest in sex and increased drowsiness. Not ideal for a romantic night of passion.
So, with all that being said, what are some good meals for pre-sex that won’t leave you over full and might even give you an additional boost?
Avocado and Watermelon Salad
Do a salad right and it can serve you very well.
An avocado and watermelon salad is light and crisp while still offering some very good heart-healthy fats and being full of flavor. Avocado has lots of folic acids and vitamin B6 which are both attributed to a healthy sex drive. Watermelon, meanwhile, is easy to digest and contains citrulline which increases blood flow, and we all know how important blood flow is for sex.
Top it with some balsamic vinegar for a little punch.
Jacket Potato topped with Cherry Tomatoes
A jacket potato might seem too filling for some, but the variety in size that you can have for potato gives you options while not being too overwhelming. Potato is an almost pure carbohydrate, which is our body’s main energy source, meaning you’ll be fuelled for activity without being overfull. Tomatoes are packed full of important macronutrients for performance and are also very light and easy to digest, while also adding flavor. Again, avoid cheese and butter, but topping your tomatoes with a little bit of Himalayan pink rock salt and herbs adds some nice seasoning.
A Non-Dairy Yoghurt topped with Pomegranate and Pumpkin Seeds
If you don’t fancy a full meal but want something try this refreshing top up.
Non-dairy yogurt avoids the heavy processing that comes with dairy, which avoids any performance hindering. Meanwhile, pomegranate is full of polyphenols which relax the blood vessels to, again, increase blood flow. They also uplift your mood, making you more likely to be in the right frame of mind for a hot sex session. Add to that flavone, which maintains erectile health, and you’ve got a powerhouse fruit (which can also be sprinkled on a salad).
Pumpkin seeds have a lot of iron and zinc, which are natural boosters of libido and sexual health, and add a nice crunchy contrast to the rest of the dish.
Red Peppers topped with Roasted Garlic and Quinoa
Red peppers provide a light base and a lot of health-boosting micronutrients for this meal, whereas the quinoa provides an amino acid profile that helps keep you boosted without being as overbearing as rice.
Garlic is the true winner of this dish. Yes, we know, you’ve been told to avoid garlic before a date or sex, but hear us out. Garlic is yet another natural blood thinner, which helps the flow of blood through the body, meaning more flowing to the penis or clitoris and stronger, more potent orgasms. Garlic is also a natural anti-inflammatory, which keeps you both boosted and will help you recover if the session becomes playfully rough.
Because, let’s face it, sometimes it’s nice to go hard.
Meal choices matter, especially if you and your partner/s have your heart set on seeing out the night together. Choose from any of the above meals before (or partway through) an intense sex session and you are setting yourself up for nutritional success.