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7 Heart-Healthy Holiday Foods [Photo Gallery]

Thanksgiving might be over, but the holidays have just begun. The American Heart Association has released recommendations for seasonal, healthy foods that will keep your celebrations merry and your heart filled with joy, not cholesterol.

"Half of a meal should comprise fruits and vegetables that consist of a variety of colors,” said Vilma Andari, a spokeswoman for the American Heart Association in a statement. “The other two quarters should be whole grains and healthy proteins.”

Fruits and veggies are the name of the game and should be worked into everything from soups and stews to casseroles instead of just side dishes, Andari added.

Lean meats and fish, which provide essential omega-3 fatty acids, also are preferred, according to the AHA.

Click through the slideshow to see how to spice your dinner table up this holiday season and keep it heart-healthy.

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