Paleo Drinks Recipes

Zingy Salted Lime Soda

paleo salted lime soda

This is such a simple and refreshing drink – my dad loves it so much, he bought 10 limes all at once!

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coconut masala chai tea (paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free)
Our time in India was fantastic (3 Indian cooking classes, a camel ride in the Thar desert, meeting random travelers, seeing the beautiful Lakes of Udaipur, marveling at the amazing colors in Jodhpur, and so much more). It’s definitely gotten me excited about cooking more Indian dishes too.

One of the most common things we had in India was Masala Chai (Tea). We drank it with fresh goat’s milk in the middle of the Thar desert with some villagers, we had it at a random deserted road-side stall, and we made it in every single cooking class we attended.

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paleo masala chai tea blend recipe

Indian Masala Chai

Everyone in India seems to have their own special family blend for Masala Chai, and there are lots of blends for sale in the US (e.g., this one on Amazon). I bought a small amount from Shashi in Udaipur, India, but I wanted to make my own as well (for fun and for when I run out).

The Spices in Masala Chai

Here are the spices I used for my mix (there are lots of different possibilities, but these are some of the basic ones). Feel free to Pin the photo below! (There are links to purchase the individual spices in the recipe box below.)
masala chai spices

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Paleo Pumpkin Spice Latte

paleo real pumpkin coffee
Everyone seems to be talking about Pumpkin Spice Lattes these days, or maybe I just sit in Starbucks too much!

So, with a can of pumpkin puree sitting at home, I just couldn’t resisting trying…it turned out really delicious and warming.

Happy Fall!

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The Ultimate Paleo Coffee

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This coffee is what I’ve been loving recently! And I’m showing you how to make it in my very first video on YouTube – I even designed my channel art last night (*feeling smug*).

Please subscribe to my YouTube channel here or click the link the video – I have more videos in the pipeline, including one on my favorite salad.

A Few Quick Tips on How to Make the Ultimate Paleo Coffee

  1. Start slow – by this, I mean that if you’re not used to eating much fat, then I would put in just 1 teaspoon of ghee + 1 teaspoon of coconut oil initially until your body adjusts after a few weeks.
  2. Use good ghee – this is the ghee I use (it tastes absolutely AMAZING – in fact, I love licking my spoon after scooping the ghee out)! Pure Indian Foods Grassfed Organic Cultured Ghee
    paleo cultured ghee

    You might be wondering why cultured ghee, so this is what Pure Indian Foods say is special about “Cultured Ghee” as opposed to “normal ghee:”
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paleo celery cucumber lime smoothie

Would you like a splash of vodka with that?

Yes, please!

I actually made this as a refreshing non-alcoholic drink, but the idea of adding alcohol to this drink definitely crossed my mind while I was savoring it! And if you’re wondering whether alcohol is Paleo or not, then you should take a look at this great video.
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Simple Mint Tea

paleo mint tea

What Can You Drink on Paleo?

There are more drinks than just water, soda, and fruit juices in this world!

Tea is a great option on Paleo, and it’s especially great if you make you own fresh tea from various herbs.

I’ve had mint tea in Middle Eastern restaurants many times before, and I finally got around to making it at home the other day. It’s soooo easy!
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Ginger Basil Tea

Paleo Basil Ginger Tea

I’m a big fan of tea, and as the cold season rolls around in New York, something nice and hot is perfect. However, there’s only so much caffeinated tea that I can drink in a day, and most herbal teas that you buy don’t taste all that flavorful (a bit too cardboard-like for my tastes). But this ginger basil tea made with fresh ginger and fresh basil is a great way to fend off the winter chill.

All you need is some ginger and basil and hot water!

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Greek Yogurt Raspberry Smoothie

Greek Yogurt Raspberry Paleo Smoothie Recipe
I’ve been reading about smoothies, and it seems that the word “smoothie” (meaning a smooth talking person) first appeared in print in the US around the early 1900s. However, the fruity drink didn’t become known as smoothies until around the 1960s.

I wanted my smoothie to be a bit more filling than just some frozen fruity juice, and so I experimented with adding some Greek yogurt as well as almond milk. It was quite delicious and very filling!
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Avocado Paleo Smoothie Recipe
Why must smoothies be a breakfast/brunch recipe? I always hear of people saying they had a smoothie for breakfast, but it never made sense to me why I couldn’t also have a smoothie for lunch and dinner (and maybe a midnight snack too)! If it’s a delicious smoothie, then it should be enjoyable ANYTIME.

And this smoothie is definitely one of those “enjoy anytime” ones!
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Apple Tea

teaI am a big tea drinker, and the quote on my mug there is one of my favorites!  “While there is tea, there is hope.”  And some days, I feel like that saying is so true!

I am generally a black tea fanatic, but I have on occasions had fruit teas.  However, they’ve always been a bit of a disappointment – good smelling but cardboard taste.  So my number one aim in making a fruity tea was to make sure it didn’t taste like cardboard!

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shakeA friend had asked about a quick breakfast option that wasn’t eggs yesterday, and I had suggested shakes/smoothies.  So they were on my mind this morning when I was considering breakfast options.  They’re so quick and simple to make, and you can put ingredients into them that are tailored to the flavors you enjoy, so you can’t fail not to find a recipe you like!  In fact, Primal Toad has a great ebook with a huge number of primal smoothie recipes you can choose from!

I was short on time this morning, and so I made the super simple shake that I often make when I’m in a hurry.  All it involves is some milk (or coconut milk or almond milk), a scoop of almond butter, and some chocolate protein powder (you can try Mark Sisson’s Primal Fuel as your protein powder if you want – I haven’t gotten around to trying it yet).  And of course a blender or Vitamix.  The recipe below makes a reasonably thick shake with a strong almond butter flavor (also, it’s a 1 cup serving).almondbutterchocolateshakeinblender

Almond Butter Chocolate Shake

Yield: 1 cup

Almond Butter Chocolate Shake


  • 1 cup milk (coconut milk or almond milk)
  • 1 scoop (30g) chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1/4 cup ice (optional)


  1. Place all the ingredients into a blender or Vitamix and blend well.

Cucumber Lime Water


Sometimes drinking plain water gets just a bit too dull for me.  So, I like to make various iced teas (herbal, green, and black) and non-tea drinks.

I have quite a stash of cucumbers in my fridge having fallen in love with the amazing simple cucumber salad (recipe here), and so I decided to add some more cucumbers into my diet.  This time though, it would be drunk, not eaten.
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Hi! I'm Louise - I am "beyond gluten-free," grain-free, paleo/primal, a lawyer, an ex-physicist, a cook, a blogger, a Brit living in the US, an ex-violin player, an occasional crossfitter, a mystery book junkie, and of course, I am the Ancestral Chef :) Read my About Me Page for more!

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