Tips for Staying Healthy at Graduation Parties

GraduationNow that it’s June, it’s officially graduation party season. Which means family time, gifts and, of course, tasty food. I remember going to tons of graduation parties and loving the various types of foods that each one offered. Looking back, though, I can’t say that all of the menu choices were the healthiest. While there were fruit salads and veggie plates, the macaroni dishes and the excessively unhealthy dessert tables were the popular destinations for most people  – myself included. But while there are many tempting foods that might not be so good for you, there are still ways to make sure you stay healthy this grad party season.

Planning Your Own Graduation Party

The graduation itself is certainly not just about the party that happens after; it’s about a person’s progression from one stage of their life to the next. With such an immense event comes a variety of celebratory activities, often to be shared with many friends and family. These might include pre-graduation brunches, post-graduation dinners and [obviously] graduation parties. When planning these activities yourself, you’re completely in charge of what food is included on the menus. Consider providing food options for any of the following graduation events that are both delicious and healthy:

  • Pre-Graduation Family Dinner
  • Post-Graduation Brunch
  • Late-Night Graduation Party
  • Post-Graduation BBQ

Attending Graduation Parties

When you’re planning your own party, you have complete control over the menu and what people can eat. When you’re going to other parties, though, you just have to make do with whatever food is offered. So, what’s the best way to stay healthy when attending graduation parties? Here are some tips from LIVESTRONG.COM:

  • Choose fruits and vegetables over foods higher in fat
  • Pay attention to portion sizes for less healthy foods
  • Eat slowly
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Eat something prior to the party to control appetite

What are your favorite healthy foods at graduation parties?

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