You work all year to maintain a healthy weight through diet and exercise, so the holiday festivities shouldn’t sabotage all of your hard work.   To help you fight temptations without deprivation and help you maintain a healthy weight, Novant Health Heart & Vascular Institute has created hearty holiday recipes just for you and your family. 

Researchers have found that people tend not to lose the weight they gain around the holidays. That excess weight accumulates from eating too much fat, sugar and sodium, said Michelle Ray, a Novant Health nutritionist. Skipping meals, drinking too much alcohol and not exercising can contribute to that weight gain as well, she said.

Below are three easy-to-make healthy recipes. And, check out a side-by-side comparison of calories to see how you can save 5,000 calories in one day.