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For most of us, the holidays can be a difficult time to remember to eat right. Appetizer trays are filled with dips and desserts that would make anyone want to ditch their diet and indulge. Then there are holiday staples like turkey, mashed potatoes and biscuits that are almost guaranteed to leave you in a day-long food coma.

While the party invitations continue to roll in, it’s important to remember that there are ways to enjoy all your holiday favorites, while not overdoing it. Follow these five tips to help keep your holidays a little healthier:

  1. Hit the fruits and veggies first. Bypass the chips and dip on the appetizer table and instead fill your plate with colorful fruits, vegetables and salads. These dishes will help fill you up and satisfy your cravings.
  2. Bring a healthy dish to pass. Whether it’s an appetizer or side dish, bringing a healthy option takes the guesswork out of holiday meals. With this approach, you know there will always be something wholesome and tasty on the table that you can feel good about eating.
  3. Spring for a salad. Just because it’s healthy, doesn’t mean it can’t taste good. Watermelon adds a pop of color and whole lot of flavor to any number of seasonal salads. Make it a main dish or serve it as a side along with whole grains and lean meats.
  4. Mix up a drink with watermelon juice. Rather than relying on sugary sodas, use watermelon juice as a healthy mixing alternative. From festive cocktails to kid-friendly beverages, there are plenty of ways to incorporate this low-calorie juice into your holiday concoctions.
  5. Indulge a little. It is the holiday season after all. Allow yourself to enjoy a sweet dessert from time to time. If you can, opt for treats that include fruits like frosted watermelon cutouts or watermelon cupcakes.
With its rich red color, watermelon is the perfect ingredient to help you survive the holiday season with your waistline intact. What are some of your holiday tips for staying on the healthy track?

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