healthy holiday recipies 700 x 350The holiday eating routine is enough to make some of us say, “Ho, ho, holy cow! What happened to my waistline?”

The holidays are notoriously tough waters to tread for even the most health-conscious people, with each party and get-together of the season filled with sinfully tasty dishes and treats.

Southeastern Med reminds you that you need not throw in the proverbial towel when it comes to staying on track with food just because the calendar reads December.

Here are a few holiday-themed dishes sure to please, not cause January regret.

Crudité Vegetable Wreath with Ranch Dip

Who says veggie trays can’t be festive? No one who’s crafted this “wreath” made of scrumptious vegetables. This colorful appetizer is a healthy way to take up some stomach real estate before sampling some of the other holiday party offerings. The white cauliflower and red tomatoes work with the green broccoli, kale, snap peas, green beans and Brussels sprouts to make a holiday-themed snack. The ranch dip replaces sour cream with Greek yogurt to increase the nutritious factor.

Vanilla Candy Cane Peppermint Bars

Everyone loves peppermint in December. Take advantage of this fact with these vanilla candy cane peppermint bars, which manage to satisfy the sweet tooth without laying on the carbohydrates (22 grams per serving) and calories (155). Prep and baking time is about two hours.

Healthy Cheese Ball

For a tasty cheese ball with a unique “wow” factor, try bringing this healthy pear-pecan cheese ball to the appetizer table. Flavors swirl around each other with the salty cheddar cheese, sweet pear and crunchy nuts. Prepare the ball a day before to help the flavors blend fully. Each serving has just 63 calories, so even if you slip and have two of them, you won’t feel it the next morning.