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10 Yummy Mood Lifters And Libido Boosters

Have you been feeling low-batt and ngarag all week? Get in the right mood as you satisfy your hunger pangs with these easy comfort treats.

1. Blues Buster

If you've been wallowing in the doldrums all week, whip up a dish of endorphins. This chemical is the body's natural antidepressant and painkiller, resulting in a sense of happiness. It's generally known that sugar--chocolate especially--is a natural endorphin-producing ingredient, but did you know that spicy foods reduce pain and induce joy as well?

2. Hot Spears

15 minutes

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup garlic, minced and chopped
  • 1/2 kilo asparagus, cut into 3-inch lengths
  • 2 tbsp water
  • Salt
  • 1/2 tsp chili sauce
  • 1/2 tsp hot sauce
  • A handful red chili

Heat the oil over medium heat in a non-stick frying pan. Cook the garlic until browned. Add the asparagus and water, and cook until the liquid evaporates. Add the salt, chili sauce, and hot sauce. Toss in the red chili. Remove from heat. Serves two.

3. Libido Lifter

Feeling a little low on the lust meter lately? Indulge in meals rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins to keep your energy at topmost level, allowing you to have mind-blowing orgasms.

4. Carnal Tray
15 minutes

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  • 1 mango
  • 1 small melon
  • 1/4 kilo grapes
  • 1 pear
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 cup whipped cream

Peel and seed the mango and core the melon, pear, and cucumber. Cut the fruits and veggies into different bite-sized shapes. Serve on a fancy platter. Use your fingers and dip each piece into the cream and feed your partner. Then, get ready for some after-eating action. Serves two.

5. Perk Up Passion

Shy away from food that can make you feel sluggish and drowsy, like fried foods and dishes soaked in rich cream sauces. To amp your sexual appetite, eat a few tantalizing bites of chocolate. Since chocolate contains phenylalanine, an amino acid that raises the body's endorphins, you'll be more prepped for "bedroom" exercises. And don't worry about putting on weight because of your choco craving--you'll be burning off the calories anyway.

(Source: Health.Discovery.Com)

6. Ngarag Fixer

Feeling stressed lately? Carbo-load. Carbohydrates have the ability to produce serotonin, the feel-good chemical that regulates anger and aggression, thus giving us a calm and relaxed sensation.

7. Potato Cakes With Ham
15 minutes

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  • 4 potatoes
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup shredded cabbage
  • 1/4 cup grated cheese
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 slices sweet ham, cut in half

Boil the potatoes in their skins until they turn soft. Peel and mash them with the milk until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Melt the butter in a frying pan. Add the cabbage and cook until soft. Mix cabbage and cheese with the potato. Form into four patties. Heat one tbsp of the oil in the same pan and fry the ham. Set aside the ham. Add the remaining oil and cook the patties until well browned on each side. Serve the potato cakes together with the ham. Serves two.

8. Energy Booster

Caffeine and processed food might give you an instant shot of energy, but the effect doesn't last long. Jumpstart your day with food that breaks down slowly, resulting in gradual, sustained release of sugars into the bloodstream, that leaves you feeling full and energetic longer. These include fibrous, wholegrain foods like fruits and veggies.

9. Banana-Strawberry Smoothie
5 minutes

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  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup strawberry yogurt
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tsp honey (optional)

Process in a blender the banana, strawberries, and yogurt. Add the orange juice and blend until smooth. Add the honey if desired. Serves one.

10. Stave Off Sungit

Hunger pangs mean our bodies are producing less amounts of serotonin, which regulates our appetite and "restores our good mood," according to Judith Wurtman, PhD, and Dr. Nina Frusztajer Marquis, co-authors of The Good Mood Diet. Chase off hunger-induced kasungitan by snacking between meals. Munch on real carbs like crackers or bread rolls--not the fake, sugarless ones. "Sugar substitutes, even though they taste sweet, will not make serotonin," warns Wurtman and Marquis. "You cannot fool Mother Nature."