Nothing turns the perfect pucker into the kiss of death like bad breath.
And when it comes to smooching, you are what you eat. So keep all your kisses sweet with recipes that invite your sweetie to come a little closer.
Everyone loves sweet-n-spicy BBQ—but nothing kills post-dinner romance like garlic breath. Have your BBQ and your lovin’ too with this delicious recipe. The fruits of love? Oranges, lemons, and berries! Their palate-cleansing power leaves your breath refreshed and ready for a quick peck or a sweep-you-off-your-feet embrace. Don’t stall your date over java and cocktails—coffee and alcohol are major bad breath culprits. Apples, however, are mighty refreshing, so keep things moving along with some apple-green tea, sans the vodka. (Or not.) Love may conquer all, but mint conquers any stinky breath crisis. Not only that, but it’s on intimate snuggling terms with sweet, chocolatey brownies. Breath-freshening spices like cardamom and cinnamon are perfect for turning the casual brush of the hand over the snack bowl into a serious come-hither occasion. When Mom said “Eat your veggies,” she likely wasn’t thinking they’d make you a better kisser. But raw vegetables like jicama and spinach keep your mouth clean and sweet. We won’t tell Mom if you don’t. We don’t like to kiss and tell, but yogurt probiotics can reduce odor-causing sulfide compounds, which makes for happier breath. Not to gossip or anything, but it’s true. If you want to set the stage for an up-close-and-personal evening, start with this tasty and tempting Indian dish full of breath-saving cardamom and cilantro. Fennel seeds are great breath cleansers. So sneak a few on the side as you pull together these awesome lil' pizzas. And while they heat up in the oven, you have time to make a little heat of your own. Who says being solo is wrong? With company like this, you might just be hoping for an excuse to spend some quality alone time, just you and your Chex Mix.
Enjoy your Valentine's day - pucker up with a fresh piece of mind!