Set the mood with an intimate dinner for two featuring energy boosting rice
Mississauga, ON – March 12th, 2009 – There is something in the spring air – its not quite the scent of flower buds, it’s people connecting as relationships flourish and love blooms. “According to research published in the Journal of Reproductive Rhythms, humans are biologically programmed to seek out mates during the springtime. This is the result of warmer temperatures and longer, sunnier days,” says Dr. Laura Zilney, Clinical Sexologist and Author.1 Whether it’s a first date or an evening without the kids, take hold of spring fever and plan an intimate evening for two.
- Love is literally in the air –“The change in weather actually makes people feel better, which in turn increases their ability to reproduce,” says Zilney. “Like other animals, such as fish, birds and some mammals, human sexuality varies by season and has been linked to climatic factors, especially temperatures between 10 and 21 degrees Celsius (50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit) and sunlight of 12 hours per day.”2 Spring is about rebirth, so take the opportunity that nature has provided and find or renew romance.
- Feast on aphrodisiac foods – Chocolate, vanilla and oysters may be classic aphrodisiac ingredients, but oily fish like salmon and tuna can also help set the mood. Packed with phosphorus, calcium, vitamins A, B and D — these nutrients are reportedly essential for aphrodisiac properties. Zilney adds, the more vitamin D we consume through the sun and the psychological benefits we receive through feeling the warm air on our skin, helps stimulate our sensuality. So spice up your life with good food, fresh air and physical activity, and incorporate foods reputed to have aphrodisiac properties into romantic meals for two. Impress your loved one with Salmon and Rice Stuffed Pastry with Dill Sauce. Create a restaurant-like experience with this crispy puffed pastry stuffed with fresh salmon, rice, herbs, spinach and earthy mushrooms. Topped with a silky, creamy dill sauce this elegant dish will get you in the mood.
- Eat with your hands – Set your “table” on the floor with oversize cushions, candles and luscious linens. Select an easy, exotic recipe, like Asian-inspired Mango Beef and Lettuce Wraps. Leftover rice, spicy beef and sweet , juicy mango enveloped in a crispy Boston lettuce leaf offers a fun and light-hearted approach to eating – no utensils required. A healthy and satiating dinner for two, these wraps are as fun to assemble as they are to eat.
- Select ingredients to boost your mood and give you energy – Rice is a perfect dinner for two ingredient; inexpensive and found right in your pantry at home. Containing eight essential amino acids, U.S. rice is low in calories, contains no cholesterol, sodium or fat. Brown rice is also a slow burning complex carbohydrate, providing long lasting energy! Rice also holds mood enhancing properties. The brain and nervous system rely on carbohydrates for energy. In addition, carbohydrates such as rice enhance the synthesis of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is the brain chemical that regulates mood and controls appetite.
- Keep it simple – Select simple, yet impressive recipes to keep your kitchen time to a minimum, while giving you more time with your loved one. Find recipes made specifically for two, so you’re not making more than you need. Review your recipe in advance and prepare ingredients ahead of time.
1 Roenneberg, Till. (1990). Annual Rhythm of Human Reproduction: I. Biology, Sociology, or Both? Journal of Reproductive Rhythms 5(3), 195-216.
2 Roenneberg, Till (1990). Annual Rhythm of Human Reproduction: II. Environmental Correlations. Journal of Reproductive Rhythms 5(3), 217-239.