When you’re following a Paleo diet, game day (or any party for that matter) can get a little tricky. Jalapeño poppers, chicken tenders, and fried everything just seems like part of the package, right? You’re not wrong… but lucky for you, we’ve found Paleo-approved substitutes for just about all the best party treats, so you can enjoy your faves while still sticking to your goals. Host the big party at your house this year and you won’t have to stress about sneaking Tupperwares full of healthy snacks into the bar (just us?); you’ll have these easy-to-make, your-friends-won’t-know-the-difference apps already prepared.
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It’s hard to believe Buffalo chicken dip can taste the same without the mounds of cream cheese and ranch that typically go in it, but this is proof. This recipe gets its creaminess from Paleo-approved mayo instead, and gives you a homemade recipe or two store-bought versions to choose from: Primal Kitchen or Sir Kensington both work.
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Get ready for a way lighter version of the cheesy classic—it’s basically a taco salad in dip form (guac coming in clutch as always), and we’re OK with that. Serve with plantain chips, veggies slices, or your favorite Paleo-approved crackers.
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For a little sweet-and-savory action, these bacon-wrapped dates are a must. Plus there are only two ingredients, so it’s pretty much a crime not to make them. Grab some toothpicks and turn on your oven; boom, you’re halfway there.
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We know what you’re thinking… onion rings? Really? They may not be the most nutrient-packed thing on the list, but they’ll satisfy even the most fried food-loving fan. All you need are sweet onions, an egg, and almond flour, plus a handful of spices to achieve that smoky Cajun flavor. Bake 'em in the oven for 8-10 minutes on each side, then place under the broiler for a minute or two for extra crunch.
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These protein-filled appetizers are easy to make in a big batch, a.k.a. they’re ideal for serving lots of hungry fans at once. The recipe even comes with a Paleo-approved marinara sauce (boo-yah!).
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On game day, some kind of dressing to dunk veggies slices in is definitely a must. This dairy-free, Paleo- and Whole30-approved recipe is as close to the original as possible, thanks to creamy coconut milk, fresh dill, garlic, and onion powder.
More bacon and more Buffalo chicken? YAS. With all the strong flavors already involved, you won’t miss the cheese that usually gets stuffed into these guys.
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You didn’t think we’d leave you hanging without a guac recipe, did you? Stock up on avocados; you’ll want to make a big batch of this one. Mango, jalapeño, garlic, onion, and cilantro are the *perfect* combo to appease both sweet and spicy fans.
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Chili cheese dip… without the cheese? Yep, you can do it. Blended soaked cashews, nondairy milk, and nutritional yeast make it possible, while ground beef, salsa, and a DIY taco seasoning mix give it even bigger flavor and a bit of protein.
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So much dip, so little time. Water chestnuts add a nice crunch to this creamy dip, while lime juice and cider vinegar keep it fresh. Serve with sliced veggies alongside your Paleo ranch or seven-layer dip.
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Is there any better time to eat wings than while watching a football game? We didn’t think so. Satisfy the masses with these classic Buffalo hot wings, made Paleo friendly with hot sauce, ghee or coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon, paprika, and garlic powder.