With Valentine’s Day around the corner, today’s show is all about nurturing healthy relationships. Lisa Davis, MPH joins the show to talk about aphrodisiacs, sexy superfoods, and recipes designed to keep you and the loves in your life feeling healthy, vibrant, and strong. From beets and berries to good fats and good bacteria, Lisa serves up superfoods for a super you and offers tips for keeping our skin looking its best. She has recipes to share, including gluten free Ooey-Gooey Brownies made with cashew butter, honey, and dark chocolate and her Spiced Chicken Thighs.
Lisa is a health expert with a master’s degree in public health, and she’s the host of two podcasts, including Talk Healthy Today and Naturally Savvy Radio. Sit back and enjoy today’s show that’s chock full of information and healthy ways to nourish yourself and your relationships.
“Healthy fats are important for sex hormones – especially for women of perimenopause age.“
Here are some of the recipes we talked about on the show:
When I made this recipe, I used a bag of frozen cauliflower rice from Trader Joe’s.
Lisa says this is her go-to salad for romantic dinners.
… And this is Lisa’s go-to recipe for a romantic main dish.
- Lisa is a California girl who has spent the last 20 years living near Boston; she loves family, outdoors, cooking, and podcasts, and she’s the busy mom of a teenage daughter
- How Lisa learned to leave her dirty eating habits behind and embrace healthy foods
- Why Valentine’s Day should be about nourishing healthy relationships
- Lisa’s book, Clean Eating, Dirty Sex, which is really about improving overall health, intimacy, and communication
- The standard American diet (SAD) is full of heavily processed foods, fried foods, hydrogenated oils, high fructose sweeteners, and lots of added sugar and salt
- Why your diet should include healthy fats found in avocados and olive oil and brightly-colored vegetables
- Women of “a certain age” need healthy fats to help with hormone regulation
- How nitrous oxide helps with blood flow and sexual function; it is found in beets, watermelon, nuts, and berries
- Why water is the forgotten superfood that you should turn to every morning
- How beneficial bacteria are good for gut health; it comes from fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, and kombucha
- The need for prebiotics like garlic, asparagus, jicama, and onions
- Aphrodisiac foods:
- Asparagus has vitamin E and vitamins B6, which stimulates sex hormones and can boost arousal (try it roasted with salt and pepper and olive oil!)
- Berries contain antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties, and they help improve blood flow
- Dark chocolate has “feel good” hormones and healthy fats (look for 70% cocoa or higher)
- Pumpkin seeds have healthy fats, zinc, and magnesium (they help improve testosterone levels, which are essential for men AND women))
- How to practice mindful eating for maximum enjoyment
- Lisa’s Ooey-Gooey Brownies: made with cashew butter, almond butter, or peanut butter, honey, cocoa powder, egg, milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, and dark chocolate
- How to improve skin health with hydration and a skincare routine
- Lisa’s Cauliflower Fried Rice: a head of cauliflower (grated or processed), avocado oil, chopped onion, carrot, zucchini, and garlic (it’s a great way to use leftover veggies!)
- Other favorite recipes from Lisa’s book: Spiced Chicken Thighs, Sticky and Spicy Japanese Eggplant, and Spaghetti Squash with Tomatoes and Pesto
- A random question for Lisa about her ideal romantic Valentine’s Day meal
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