Football season, it is one of the best times of year in my opinion. Unless your team does horrible (I’m talking about you, Denver Broncos). Even if my team is getting their butt kicked, I still like to watch the game and enjoy the fun and food associated with football games. When I started following a Paleo lifestyle, I quickly learned that football food was definitely not Paleo-friendly, except for the vegetables on the veggie tray. Each tailgate or football party I attended, there was literally nothing for me to eat. I started eating before I went to the parties and tailgates, so I wouldn’t be hungry during the game. But I felt like I was missing out on half the fun of football, the food! That’s why I complied this list of my 10 go-to Paleo appetizers for game days at home, football parties and of course, the Super Bowl. Bring one of these healthier Paleo appetizers to your next football party and you’re guaranteed a game day win (even if your team doesn’t).
Sriracha Honey Glazed Bacon Wrapped Pineapple
This may sound like a mouthful to pronounce, but your mouth won’t be complaining once you take a bite of these flavorful appetizers. The combination of the sweet and spicy bacon, paired with the juiciness of the pineapple is an explosion of flavor. Make these for your next game day, and they are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Paleo Artichoke Dip
Spinach and artichoke dip is a classic party appetizer. With this Paleo version, you can be sure the dip is dairy-free, and full of real ingredients! Don’t worry though, you aren’t sacrificing flavor, just because it’s a healthier version. This spinach and artichoke dip is creamy, packed with flavor and guaranteed to be a game-changer during your next football party. This dip goes great with chips, veggies (carrots, celery, cauliflower, jicama, broccoli) and also as a topping for chicken and burgers.
Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
The traditional buffalo wing just got a healthier makeover! These ground chicken and buffalo meatballs are a nice change-of-pace from the usual buffalo wing. And they are less work! Just make the meatball mixture, form into balls and place in the crock pot, how easy is that?! These Buffalo Chicken Meatballs may just become your game day stable food.
Easy Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms
Stuffed mushrooms are traditionally not the healthiest appetizer to snack on, because they are filled with breadcrumbs and cheese. This healthier Paleo version features a meat and veggie filler for a flavorful combination. As an added bonus, these Stuffed Mushrooms are incredibly easy to make! Try them out for your next football gathering.
Tahini-Glazed Chicken Wings
I love wings, especially crispy chicken wings! These wings are crispy and juicy, and the glaze has a perfect mix of sweet and savory flavors. If you haven’t heard of Tahini, it is made from sesame seeds and has the consistency of peanut butter. It can be found in most stores by the peanut butter, or in the Asian food aisle. Take a break from traditional buffalo wings during your next game day, and try these ones for a change!
Mango Madness Guacamole
Mangos and avocados, two of my absolute favorite things to eat! This dish combines both of them perfectly! We all know that chips and guac are a game day staple food, so why not intensify the flavor with sweet mango?! This Mango Madness Guacamole has the sweet and the heat that you crave during those nail-biting football moments. Try something different during your next football party and whip up a batch of this sweet and spicy guacamole. It also tastes great on burgers and chicken!
Chipotle Bacon Deviled Eggs
If you love deviled eggs, you need to give this Chipotle Bacon version a try! These eggs are made with 4 ingredients, and are ready in under an hour. Hello easy food prep! Score a win in the kitchen during the next big game, and make these delicious Chipotle Bacon Deviled Eggs.
Sweet Potato Bites with Bacon and Avocado
Here is a Paleo take on an old favorite, potato skins. This version pairs healthy and flavorful ingredients to create a smoky, creamy and tantalizing snack. These Sweet Potato Bites are my go-to for football parties, or a low-key football Sunday. These bites are gluten free, dairy free, egg free, and Paleo and Whole 30 friendly. If you have a vegetarian or vegan in attendance, simply leave the bacon off a few of these bites for them to enjoy.
Chicken Fajita Poppers
These chicken fajita poppers are SO good! In fact, I make these little bites as part of my weekly lunch prep quite often. They are both Paleo and Whole30 compliant, but you would never know it. If you will be following the Whole30 diet during football season, or better yet, during the Super Bowl, I highly suggest making a batch of these with a side of guacamole for dipping!
Sausage and Pineapple Party Bites
This super easy appetizer is perfect for those last-minute times, when you need to throw something together quick. Simply slice the sausage, brown it in a pan or in the oven for a few minutes to get a crispier flavor. While the sausage is cooking, drain the canned pineapple and set aside. Once the sausage is done, use a toothpick to build your bites and serve. This appetizer can be served hot or cold, whichever you prefer. You can also try different flavors of sausage for different tastes. Try turkey kielbasa, chicken apple sausage, mango habanero, andouille….the possibilities are endless!
There you have it
My 10 go-to Paleo Appetizers that are perfect for football game days. Which one is your favorite? I personally love the Chicken Fajita Poppers, and the Sweet Potato Bites the best! If you are wanting something sweet for the football game, check out my Apple Donuts here. They have just enough sweetness to curb that half-time sweet tooth. I would love to hear from you! Which is your favorite Paleo appetizer? Which one are you planning on trying first? Leave me a comment below!