Foods to Spice Up Valentine's Day

Created: 02/13/2013 10:30 AM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart

If you're looking to "spice up" Valentine's Day with your partner experts say look no further than hot chili peppers.

"Hot chilies, hot peppers, hot nights, so if you have the chilies that is going to fire up the romantic evening by increasing the circulation, but increasing blood flow, and by exciting those nerves," said Carolyn Snyder of Cleveland Clinic.

Peppers are also packed with Capsaicin. It's a chemical known to release endorphins and create a feeling of happiness.
   
Fresh ginger is another option. It contains libido-lifting Vitamin C, Zinc and Magnesium.
   
Also there are almonds. They provide a natural energy booster.
    
And there is a reason many of us like to give our Valentine chocolate.

"It's giving you a serotonin high. So, when you have the chocolate you begin to feel a little more amorous than maybe you would do without the chocolate," said Snyder.

She says not to overdo it on the chocolate, just an ounce or two at a time will do.