Local nutritionists weigh in on hosting a healthy Super Bowl party

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Many of you may be planning parties ahead of the Super Bowl, and it can be difficult if your guests have special dietary needs. So we have some advice for you on hosting a party everyone can enjoy.

There’s so many different things to consider, like allergies, strict diets, and even just food preferences.

A lot of times, you may not even know some of your guests have special dietary needs. So WNCT sat down with a local nutritionist to get some tips for a food-friendly party.

First, ask your guests before-hand if they have any particular preferences or restrictions. If you’re not comfortable with that, ask each guest to bring one of their own favorite dishes. Provide variety. You can do things like making 2 batches of certain dishes, like chili, one with meat and one without. If you’re putting out a lot of store-bought items, hold on to your labels so people can reference nutritional information if necessary.

ECU dietitian Jill Jennings says it’s best to assume everyone is trying to be healthy.

“The more variety you can provide on the table or as a spread for your guests, the better. The better options they will have, the more comfortable they’ll feel putting together a plate of food,” Jennings said.

You also need to pay attention to beverages. Be sure to include options that are non-alcoholic and sugar-free.

Some people may worry about paying more for healthy food. Jennings says to save on that, only buy fresh fruits and veggies that are in season. Otherwise, buy them frozen.

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