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Graduation Spread Survival Guide

Graduation season can be a big test for someone who’s changing his or her eating habits. Between the open house spreads, alcohol and cake (oh my goodness, the cake!), making responsible meal decisions might be a challenge.

The good news? Whether you’re attending a graduation party or hosting one, we have plenty of ways to help you stay on track and still enjoy the fun.

If you’re attending a graduation party:

  • It’s the simplest and most effective tip: eat before you go. If you fill your stomach with nutritious foods before you visit the open house, you’re less likely to indulge.
  • Instead of a big dinner plate, use a small appetizer plate if they’re available.
  • Head straight for the veggie tray and load your plate with cucumbers, pickles, broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes and more.
  • Choose proteins carefully. A tray of cold cuts may offer lean options like turkey, but a crock-pot full of pulled pork may be fatty and cooked in sugary sauces.
  • Bring your Profile shake or fiber drink to sip on instead of punch, soda or alcohol.
  • Don’t linger by the food table. Once you’ve filled your plate, move to another room to mingle so you’re not tempted to graze.
  • Think of how great you’ll feel when you succeed. You said “no” to cake, beer and even those delightful little ham sandwiches?! You can do anything.
  • Don’t beat yourself up. If you have a bite of cake, it’s not the end of the world. Rather, it’s the end of one day, and tomorrow is a new chance to start fresh.

If you’re hosting a graduation party:

There are a number of healthy recipes you can mix into your graduation spread. Try these suggestions or follow us on Pinterest for more creative ideas.