Written by Jacqui Campbell MS, RD, CDN
Superbowl parties are known as an excuse to indulge and over do it on delicious, yet not so nutritious foods. Although Loren Cordain, the Paleo master himself, encourages eating Paleo 85% of the time and allowing other foods 15% of the time, some modern cavemen/women might want to try some Paleoesque™ appetizers. Luckily, there are several favorites that are already naturally paleo, or can be tweaked just slightly. For other ideas, we’ve rounded up some paleo snack recipes that won’t get you kicked out of the party by your non-paleo friends.
Wings the most popular Superbowl snack around can easily be made paleo-friendly. Traditionally, wings are deep fried in a sub-par oil, so if you really want fried wings we recommend to use coconut oil (which for most is likely cost-prohibitive). Instead, try this recipe where wings are baked and then coated in a homemade buffalo sauce.
Breaded Chicken Tenders are another fan favorite for those who like things a little cleaner. Instead of using pre-made frozen tenders or making with breadcrumbs, try using almond flour and shredded coconut as a coating. This is a great recipe, complete with a paleo honey mango dipping sauce, just swap out the regular flour with almond meal. These tenders could also be baked instead of fried.
Sweet and sour meatballs are a dish that we often make for get-togethers like the Superbowl. This paleo version takes a little more prep work than usual, requiring you make your own meatballs and sauce, but the end result is worth it.
Deviled eggs are a classic appetizer that are already paleo approved and liked by many. Follow this simple recipe for an easy addition to your Superbowl spread.
Stuffed mushrooms are another snack that is easily made paleo. Just skip any recipes with breadcrumbs or cheese. This recipe from PaleoLeap is simple and tasty.
Dips are the usual suspect at any party, but many are filled with cheese, sour cream, and/or cream cheese. Classic guacamole (with no sour cream of course) is always a safe paleo dip. If you’re looking for something a little different, this recipe for Creamy Avocado, Artichoke, and Kale dip is like a combination of guacamole and spinach artichoke dip.
What’s your favorite Superbowl snack or Paleo recipe?