Livin’ Labido Loca

When it comes to feeling frisky these days, many women and men simply don’t. It isn’t because they don’t want to. They do, but many find themselves simply not being “in the mood” for romance.

The reasons for a lacking libido can range from too many things on your to-do list and working too many hours to your hormones being out of whack.

One of the keys to getting your libido back is to increase testosterone in your body.  Testosterone production is dependent on zinc and vitamin B.  This is where food comes in. Yep, good ol’ simple-but-I-never-thought-of-that foods. Here are five delicious items you can work into your diet that will increase your libido, and help you work out of your clothes.

  1. Asparagus
  2. Avocados
  3. Chilies
  4. Almonds
  5. Watermelon

Specifically, avocados contain high levels of folic acid, which helps metabolize proteins, thus giving you more energy. They also contain vitamin B6 (a nutrient that increases male hormone production) and potassium (which helps regulate a woman’s thyroid gland), two elements that help increase libido in both men and women.

Check out this recipe for a little libido loving.

Mango Avocado Spinach Salad – Serves 8

  • 2 large mangos
  • 2 avocados
  • A few handfuls of baby spinach.
  • A couple of dashes of balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
  1. Peel mangos and slice the cheeks around the pit.  Slice thinly.
  2. Peel avocado.  Remove pit and slice about the same width as mango.
  3. Wash spinach and add as much as you like.
  4. Drizzle and toss salad with prepared balsamic vinaigrette dressing right before serving.

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Enjoy!!

In health,

Johanna

Smooth Move

Starting your day with a breakfast smoothie is a smooth move. Did you know smoothies are a great, simple way to get in the extra nutrition you need?

A homemade smoothie for your morning meal is an excellent, on-the-go breakfast choice. You can make it in minutes before you leave the house and sip it on your way to work, school or your home office. Drinking a smoothie in the morning keeps you from indulging in empty carbohydrates in the form of donuts and removes the temptation of the drive through. In fact, a nutritious smoothie packs more usable nutrition than most multivitamins.

At night while you sleep your body is fasting and using stored nutrients and fluids.  One of the first things you need to do in the morning is re-hydrate yourself. A smoothie for breakfast helps you get hydrated at the start of the day, something soda and coffee won’t do. Since your body pulls water from many foods in order to stay hydrated, you won’t have to drink water when you’re sipping on a smoothie (especially a homemade one without sugar). Milk, almond milk, soy milk, and yogurt are largely water, so if your smoothie is dairy-based, you’ll quench your thirst. Also by adding a few ice cubes to the blender you’re giving yourself extra water.

When you have a good blender and easily accessible, quality ingredients, making a delicious, healthy smoothie is a snap. Start with 8 to 16 oz. of milk, almond milk or yogurt. Next comes the fun part. Choose several ingredients, such as a banana, cup of berries, shredded coconut, frozen fruit, vanilla extract or other fruit and flavor combination. Fresh pineapple with shredded coconut is quite tropical; strawberries and vanilla Greek yogurt make a great summer treat. Blend ingredients together until liquid; pour into a cup, thermos or travel mug.

Tips:

  1. If you have trouble taking cod liver oil by itself, add a teaspoon to your smoothie–you’ll never notice the difference and you’ll add a great dose of essential fatty acids as well as vitamins to your nutritious morning meal.
  2. For healthy fat add 1 tbsp. of extra virgin coconut oil

Lately my smoothie of choice is banana, mango, & cinnamon—bananas make this smoothie great for energy and mangos taste so good people forget they are also healthy! But for me after learning that just one cup of sliced mangoes supplies 25 percent of the needed daily value of vitamin A, which promotes good eyesight and prevents night blindness and dry eyes, I knew this concoction was a win-win! Plus the cinnamon helps fight inflammation. Eye love it! Here’s the recipe for you to try:

Eye Love Mangoes Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients:

2 cups cut-up mangoes

2 medium bananas cut up

1 cup vanilla almond milk

1/2 cup ice cube

1 dash ground cinnamon

Directions:

1: In a blender container combine mango, strawberries and/or papaya, bananas, orange juice, ice cubes, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

2: Cover and blend until smooth and enjoy.

In health,

Johanna

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Here’s a picture of my fiance enjoying his morning smoothie ❤

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