New Year, New You: Paleo Friendly Drinks and Appetizers to Kickstart 2020

Ringing in 2020 has never tasted better, with these Paleo-friendly appetizers and drinks!

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Blazing Buffalo Turkey Meatballs

These mini meatballs are sure to please! Paleo and gluten free, try pairing with a simple, low carb sriracha sauce. Beware store-bought sriracha though — many brands include high fructose corn syrup lurking just beneath the ingredient label.

The Mix

  • 1 lb of lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/3- 1/2 salt-free hot sauce
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1 egg

The Final Cut

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Use a no-stick baking tray or cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil.
  • Blend ingredients in a large bowl until evenly combined.
  • Scoop a tablespoon amount and roll into balls. Yields 20-24 meatballs.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes (longer for a crispier texture).
  • Add toothpicks and enjoy!


Dippin’ and Sippin’

No New Year’s spread is complete without a killer dip. This pork bellies and spinach dip with steamed artichokes is the perfect pairing.

In a large bowl, stir up:

  • 1 cup of aioli
  • 5 finely chopped garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup of spinach
  • 1/4 cup of chopped onion
  • 2 oz seasoned pork bellies chopped
  • Pair with steamed artichokes and serve generously


The Good Stuff

Power up for 2019 with these antioxidant-rich stuffed mushrooms. Filled with sauteed kale and bursting with flavor. Take 5 mushrooms and fill ’em up with:

  • 2 green onions
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • Handful of spinach
  • Handful of Kale
  • 1-2 tbsp Coconut oil

Throw it all together:

  • Remove mushroom stems and finely chop stems and green onions.
  • On medium heat, add coconut oil, turmeric, garlic and green onions to frying pan. Saute mushrooms. Add in ground beef and spinach.
  • Heat ½ -1 tbs. coconut oil in a separate pan. Add kale.
  • Stuff mushroom caps with ground beef mixture and place on top of the bed of kale. Bake for 5 minutes at 250*.
  • Serve, share, and love!


Cheers to Good Health

Crazy Good Cranberry Mocktail

The perfect seasonal treat, this mix is as simple as it is delicious.

All you’ll need is:

  • 3 cups of fresh cranberries
  • Substitute 1.5 liters (6 cups) of seltzer water for vodka

Blend cranberries to a rough mixture and add seltzer water. Strain finely into a larger container. Drink up!


Jingle Bell Cocktail

This festive, non-alcoholic red and green cocktail is as healthy as it is delicious.

Simply blend:

  • Kale
  • Pomegranate arils
  • Fresh or frozen cranberries
  • Pear
  • Fresh ginger
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Stevia
  • For a drunken twist, pair with white wine


Pumpkin Nice Latte

We’d be on the naughty list for sure if we didn’t include a paleo friendly PSL! While this treat is not strictly Paleo (maple syrup makes us all want to bend the rules), it is a Paleo-inspired alternative to a traditional latte.

There’s nothing basic about this blend:

  • 2 cups fresh roast coffee
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp of pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove)
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Stay warm and energized with this delicious brew!


Merry Mojitos

This citrus rosemary mojito is one of our favorites.

Simply blend:

  • 2 tbsp of Stevia (substitute for honey)
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed grapefuit or orange juice
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • Substitute 1.5 ounces of dry, white wine for rum or vodka
  • Club soda to taste
  • Garnish with grapefuit or orange slices

Toast to a healthier you!

Looking for more seasonal eats? Cozy up with a bowl of paleo-perfect butternut squash soup and let us know what your favorite winter recipe is!

About The Paleo Diet Team

The Paleo Diet TeamThe Paleo Diet, the world’s healthiest diet, is based upon the fundamental concept that the optimal diet is the one to which we are genetically adapted. The therapeutic effect of The Paleo Diet is supported by both randomized controlled human trials and real-life success stories.

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