Friday, February 10, 2012

Aphrodisiac Mix for V-Day

Are you a lover of all things Valentine's Day? Or a lover on Valentine's Day? Personally, I'm not really either of those - I'm not a hater (like some other singles I know) - I totally give kudos to all the happy couples out there, but in my humble opinion you should be expressing your love to your significant other every day, not simply once a year, and a sappy card, roses and box of chocolates doesn't really indicate l'amour in it's true form. I mean, they don't hurt, but what about hugs and tender kisses a few times a day, saying "I love you" more than once in a while, going for walks together and even going for a spontaneous drive with a custom mix of "your songs" playing in your car? Of course, even the day-to-day, mundane things like taking out the garbage, cooking dinner or emptying the dishwasher can be incredibly thoughtful and might just leave your partner with enough energy for a more rambunctious activity after the meal is cleared away.

But if you are looking for something a little more special (but still affordable and above all, meaningful) for this holiday, why not take a look around your own hometown? Most areas have activities of some sort going on all year round, from evening skating to concerts and even vintage movie nights. Singles have their pick of the "mingle" events, and even if you aren't jumping into the dating pool (hear, hear!) its always fun to meet new friends and form networks with those nearby.

If you are attached, though, and you don't want to wait until the supper hour to turn up the aphrodisiac dial this V-Day, you're going to need some good quality energy. Luckily, I have just the thing for your tastebuds - a fruity, nutty, chocolate-laced snack mix that's not only gorgeous to look at and delicious to eat (or feed to your intended...) but is rich in the aphrodisiac-like vitamins and minerals as well as long-lasting energy that will help you keep up the romance well into the night.

Aphrodisiac Mix
Makes about 2 1/2 cups, ten 1/4-cup servings
1/2 cup dried strawberries
1/4 cup dried bananas
1/2 cup chocolate covered cherries
1/3 cup diced dried papaya
1/4 cup dried cherries
1/3 cup dark chocolate chunks
1/3 cup almonds
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and serve.
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 167.6
Total Fat: 7.5 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 38.0 mg
Total Carbs: 25.8 g
Dietary Fiber: 2.8 g
Protein: 1.8 g

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