Valentine’s Day is all about love, romance, and treating that someone special in your life. Along with intimate meals, chocolate has become a staple gift for Valentine’s Day. This year, rather than indulging your loved one with chocolate, why not show how much you care about their health too! As fruit has been seen globally for many years as a food group symbolising love, passion, and romance. Swap that box of chocolates for a thoughtful fruit basket that will show originality while also injecting a healthy boost of nutrients into the special day.
Strawberries…a perfect red little heart. Now, if that is not romantic, what is? Strawberries have been considered an aphrodisiac since the times of ancient Rome. The heart-shaped fruit was said to be the symbol of Venus, the goddess of love! And the French are said to have fed strawberry soup to newlyweds in order to promote honeymoon romance! In addition, strawberries are a powerhouse of nutrition, as they are a great source of vitamin C to boost your immune system, aid the growth and repair of body tissue, and aid the absorption of iron. In fact, one serving of strawberries gives you all the vitamin C you require for the day—a simple, yet perfect seduction tool!
Grapes are one of the finest symbols of romance. Grapes have always been associated with love and fertility. In ancient Greece, newlyweds were given clusters, as they believed that grapes’ seeds would bless the couple with lots of children! In addition to essential vitamins and minerals, grapes are rich in polyphenols such as flavonoids, which protect you against health problems such as heart disease and cancer.
Indian culture pays great respect to the mango and its romantic prowess—mango leaves are hung above the door to the bride’s new home as a fertility charm. Mangoes are also believed to increase male virility. Mangoes are rich in beta-carotene, which helps in the production of Vitamin A. The powerful vitamin helps improve vision and boosts overall eye health.
The Aztecs believed that avocados had strong fertility and aphrodisiac powers…so much so that the Catholic Spanish priests found avocados so sexy, they forbade their parishioners to eat them! Avocado is incredibly nutritious, loaded with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, fibre, and more potassium than a banana. Adding avocado to a romantic breakfast for you and your valentine might be a great way to start off the day while also controlling hunger and reducing the temptation to pick on other sweet treats throughout the day!
On a holiday all about love with hearts everywhere, a gift of fruit can help you look after your loved one’s heart too! So this year, why not fill your Valentine’s Day with lots of colourful fruits to show your loved one that you love them and want to nurture their health too!