Shrink your love handles while pleasing your taste buds with aphrodisiac food such as grilled salmon with asparagus and baby beans to get that lovin’ feeling flowing.

Just because you are eating for health, you do not have to forsake the foods you love when romancing your loved one.  These mouth-watering recipes are not only healthy, but they are also packed with aphrodisiacs that may have you burning off those unwanted calories later in the night!

Foods such as salmon are packed with omega 3, a well-known mood-elevator.  Amino-acids found in chocolate also help to boost serotonin levels in the body have also been linked to feelings of attraction and desire.

This aphrodisiac food that your waist will love starts with Grilled Salmon with Asparagus and baby greens and finishes with the eye-pleasing Chocolate Strawberry Crepes both from the Healthy Living for Families Cookbook.

If you would like to add an entree to the mix, try this easy dressing to spoon over freshly shucked oysters.  Oysters are definitely high when it comes to aphrodisiac goodness.

While the jury is still out on the actual physiological effects of aphrodisiacs, the psychological effects are a different matter!  So, what are you waiting for?

Enjoy this romantic menu!


Grilled salmon with asparagus and baby beans

Serves 4 / Prep time: 10 minutes / Cooking time 10

  • 1 bunch asparagus, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon dill, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon parsley leaves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon mint leaves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon baby capers, chopped
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • olive oil spray
  • 4 x 135 g salmon fillets
  • 1 punnet cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 100 g mixed baby greens or mixed salad leaves
  • 4 lemon wedges


  1. Place a large pot of water over high heat and bring to the boil. Blanch the asparagus in the water for 1 – 2 minutes, or until tender and cooked through. Drain and refresh under cold running water, then set aside. For the dressing, place the herbs, capers, lemon juice and zest plus oil in a bowl and mix together well. Set aside.
  2. Spray a non-stick frying pan or grill pan with olive oil spray and place over medium to high heat until quite hot. Place the salmon fillets on the grill and cook until crisp, about 4 – 5 minutes. Reduce the heat and flip the fish, cooking the other side for 3 – 4 minutes, or until cooked to your liking. Divide the asparagus, cherry tomatoes, and salad greens between four plates, top with salmon, and spoon over the lemon caper dressing.
  3. Serve with cracked black pepper and a wedge of lemon.

The perfect dessert to follow

Light in texture and calories, these Chocolate strawberry crepes are the perfect finish to your meal.

Not counting calories?

Here are a few other dessert suggestions for the perfect Valentine’s Day menu finale.

Easy tea-infused chocolate pots

Strawberry roulade