Find out more about Profile by Sanford's graduation spread survival guide in our February 2016 blog entry.
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.
- Toasted Sesame Slaw is a fresh salad option that’s great alone or served with protein.
- Everyone loves a Cucumber Salad. Try spicing it up with tomatoes, peppers and feta cheese.
- Try a lower fat take on Hot Artichoke Dip.
- If you’re on the Balance protocol or in the Sustain phase, make your own Low-Carb Tortilla Chips.
- All phases of the Profile diet can enjoy our Healthy Greens Veggie Dip with a colorful veggie tray.
- Slow-Cooker Chili is a classic crowd-pleaser. Watch the recipe video.
- Instead of traditional cake, try our individual Celebration Cheesecakes.