According to the organization, buffalo wings can have up to 35 grams of fat per serving and takeout personal pan pizzas with pepperoni can have more than 60 percent of the recommended daily sodium intake.
"Opt for baked, not fried buffalo tenders, whole wheat pizza with veggies and bean & low-fat cheese burritos in a whole wheat wrap and you’ll still have energy for that halftime touch football game!" The American Heart Association recommends.
Here's one recipe from its website for BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders:
1½ teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon black pepper
2½-3 pound lean cut pork loin roast, visible fat removed
½ cup unsweetened plain applesauce
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons honey
½ cup low sodium chicken broth
½ cup water
1 small onion, roughly chopped
- In a small bowl, combine thyme, garlic powder, chili powder, paprika and pepper. Rub evenly over pork. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together applesauce, vinegar, honey, chicken broth and water. In crock-pot, scatter onions to cover the bottom of dish. Place pork on top of onion and pour applesauce mixture over pork. Cook on low setting for 6-7 hours.
- Remove meat from crock-pot and discard remaining cooking liquid. When cool enough to touch, shred pork by hand or with two forks, discarding any fat and/or bones. (Optional- remove onions with serrated spoon).
Some additional healthy party food tips:
• Have plenty of fresh cut vegetables and fruits around the buffet table
• Try low-fat cheeses with whole grain crackers or toasts and choose assorted low-sodium or unsalted nuts
• Start with a tossed salad at the front end of your buffet. Offer nuts, dried fruit, low-fat crumbled cheese and fat-free, low-sugar dressing for a “super” gourmet salad.
• hummus or low-fat dressing made with low-fat or fat free sour cream, yogurts are tasty, healthy ingredients for dips
• Use brown rice and whole grains in your recipes instead of white rice and refined flours.