Turkey Fruit Platter

Create a healthy fruit platter for Thanksgiving in the shape of a turkey using a pear, grapes, apples, bananas, and chocolate covered raisins! Back in August I received our city’s program guide, I am sure a lot of you receive those, listing all of the activities for the next semester. I was flipping through it and I saw an advertisement for the annual turkey trot on Thanksgiving. I was getting excited about it, especially since it’s free, I thought Ryan and I should do this! What better way to start our Thanksgiving Day then with a run!

So I tore the ad out of the book and clipped it to our fridge. Luckily I didn’t put anything in front of the paper so whenever I was in the kitchen doing dishes, I could look over and remember that the turkey trot is coming up!

Create a healthy fruit platter for Thanksgiving in the shape of a turkey using a pear, grapes, apples, bananas, and chocolate covered raisins! I thought since the flyer had been hanging up for 2 months I should probably tell Ryan that I made plans for us to run the turkey trot on Thanksgiving day. So we had a quick chat about it back in October, and he wasn’t too excited. But I convinced him that we should do it, since it’s only a one mile run, and it would be good for us to work out before we eat all day long.

So it was settled, we were doing the turkey trot.

Create a healthy fruit platter for Thanksgiving in the shape of a turkey using a pear, grapes, apples, bananas, and chocolate covered raisins! But you know what? …the flyer has been staring at me, like it’s out to get me, now that it’s getting closer to Thanksgiving!

And all that excitement I had a few months ago has completely worn off.

There is no possible way that getting up early and putting on my running tights on Thanksgiving sounds like fun. All I want to do is cozy up to the yule log on tv and watch the Macy’s Day Parade while Ryan and I bake our annual thanksgiving mini chocolate lava cakes.

Create a healthy fruit platter for Thanksgiving in the shape of a turkey using a pear, grapes, apples, bananas, and chocolate covered raisins!
Create a healthy fruit platter for Thanksgiving in the shape of a turkey using a pear, grapes, apples, bananas, and chocolate covered raisins! So I figured if I’m not going to do the turkey trot, I should at least eat something healthy to balance out all of the mini lava cakes I’m going to eat… Tada! How about an adorable turkey fruit platter?
Create a healthy fruit platter for Thanksgiving in the shape of a turkey using a pear, grapes, apples, bananas, and chocolate covered raisins!
You could serve this turkey fruit platter for breakfast or as a healthy pre-turkey snack. Or, if you’re like me.. you could look at it all day, I couldn’t eat it, it was just too adorable!

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Turkey Fruit Platter

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 pear, cut in half
  • grapes, cut in half
  • 1 apple, cut into small squares
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • chocolate covered raisins
  • 1-3 baby carrots, to make beak, wings, and legs,
  • 2 mini chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Cut the pear in half and place in the center of a platter.
  2. Arrange the sliced grapes around the pear, forming 2 rows.
  3. Arrange the square apple pieces around the grapes, forming 2 rows.
  4. Arrange the sliced bananas around the apples, forming 2 rows.
  5. Place the chocolate covered raisins evenly between the fruit.
  6. Cut out the beak, wings, and legs from baby carrots using a sharp knife.
  7. Add those items to your turkey.
  8. Place 2 mini chocolate chips on the turkey for eyes. Gobble up the fruit or just look at how cute it is!

Create a healthy fruit platter for Thanksgiving in the shape of a turkey using a pear, grapes, apples, bananas, and chocolate covered raisins!
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60 Responses to “Turkey Fruit Platter”

  1. Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes — November 10, 2014 at 6:35 am

    This is so creative! I love that you did this, and you should totally do the Turkey Trot. It is the best way to start the big day.

    • Beth @ The First Year — November 10, 2014 at 7:28 am

      Well maybe we’ll do it.. we’ll see!

  2. Amy @ A Healthy Life For Me — November 10, 2014 at 6:48 am

    We have a turkey trot here too, and every year I think about it, but then… NAH I am with you it is a day to stay in and relax. That turkey platter is so freaking adorable! Pinning it, mom’s everywhere will be making this over the next few weeks.

    • Beth @ The First Year — November 10, 2014 at 7:28 am

      Haha, yeah.. I’m thinking NAH about the turkey trot!

  3. Tonia from TheGunnySack — November 10, 2014 at 7:09 am

    This is so stinkin cute! All of the kids would love it!

    • Beth @ The First Year — November 10, 2014 at 7:27 am

      Thank you Tonia!

  4. Heather @ Sugar Dish Me — November 10, 2014 at 8:07 am

    These are totally adorable Beth!! Love them!!

    • Beth @ The First Year — November 10, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      Heather, thank you!!

  5. Alyssa — November 10, 2014 at 8:50 am

    This is adorable! This would be the perfect healthy snack for Thanksgiving!

    • Beth @ The First Year — November 10, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      I agree completely Alyssa!

  6. Tori@Gringalicious.com — November 10, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Super adorable and perfect for all of the kiddos to get in some nutrition before all of the desserts on Thanksgiving. Don’t feel bad if you don’t run the turkey trot. I love running but there is no way that I would ever want to do it on one of my favorite holidays. I agree with you that the yule log and fire sound way more fun!

    • Beth @ The First Year — November 10, 2014 at 8:25 pm

      Tori, you’re totally right, I might like running but why run on one of my favorite holidays? I have 363 (minus christmas!) other days for that!

  7. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — November 10, 2014 at 11:03 am

    This is such a fun idea, Beth!

    • Beth @ The First Year — November 11, 2014 at 6:17 pm

      Thanks for coming by Jessica!

  8. Amy | Club Narwhal — November 10, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    OMG, this is the cutest little turkey ever :) I know a few kids (and adults) who would go nuts for this. What a fun and healthy Thanksgiving idea!

    • Beth @ The First Year — November 11, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      You are so sweet, thank you Amy!

  9. kentuckylady717 — November 10, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    What a cute idea….why not just make 2, one to keep and look at for the day and the other for the kiddies to eat ?
    They would love that……and besides eat healthy too :) you are so creative…..

    • Beth @ The First Year — November 11, 2014 at 6:17 pm

      That’s a wonderful idea!! Thank you for your kind comment!

  10. This is so adorable!!

    • Beth @ The First Year — November 11, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      Thank you Jaren!

  11. First off….I can’t handle how cute these are. Second, every year on Thanksgiving morning, we run in a race called the Gobble Wobble which is run (mostly walk) around the lake where my parents live. Everyone that lives there joins in along with my cousins! Right after the run we head to my Nana;s for coffee and cinnamon rolls, just in case we weren’t going to consume enough calories that day!

    • Beth @ The First Year — November 11, 2014 at 7:12 pm

      If I can eat cinnamon rolls and coffee after my turkey trot I may do it … :)

  12. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor — November 10, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Oh my goodness, Beth! This is so cute! I need to make this for Thanksgiving!

    • Beth @ The First Year — November 11, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      :) Let me know if you do!!

  13. Jessica @ Sweet Menu — November 10, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Super cute Beth!!! My nieces would love this!

    • Beth @ The First Year — November 11, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      Thanks Jessica!

  14. heather @french press — November 10, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    I always think about dong our towns turkey trot, and the parade and sleep always win out – this is SO cute Beth

    • Beth @ The First Year — November 11, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      Exactly! Why do I want to leave my warm house to go outside?!

  15. Katya @ Little Broken — November 11, 2014 at 12:41 am

    This is so cute Beth! I can see it at a children’s holiday table or party :) Too cute

    • Beth @ The First Year — November 11, 2014 at 6:06 pm

      Great idea Katya, maybe it would cause the adults to crowd over it too!

  16. laura@notatrophywife.com — November 11, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Run or Walk the Trot! They usually benefit a local charity. This is how I convinced my brother to run a 1/2 marathon: Worst case we walk for 3 hours and 15 minutes! So 15 minutes- you got this! laura

    • Beth @ The First Year — November 11, 2014 at 6:02 pm

      Haha, great perspective – thanks Laura!!

  17. Cher @ Paleo + Life — November 11, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    This is darling. I think I might try it with banana chips to avoid the browning problem.

    • Beth @ The First Year — November 11, 2014 at 7:27 pm

      That is the best idea ever Cher! Way to go!

  18. taylor @ greens & chocolate — November 14, 2014 at 11:06 am

    TOO CUTE!!

    • Beth @ The First Year — November 16, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      Aw gosh, thanks friend!!

  19. Andi @ The Weary Chef — November 14, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    You are all about the cute Thanksgiving recipes, Beth! This turkey is beyond adorable. Love it!

    • Beth @ The First Year — November 14, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      Thank you!!

  20. Ginny McMeans — November 14, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    It is getting colder in the mornings too for that turkey troy so I don’t blame you. You are the ruler of making cute and dcorative food for the holidays. I love this. very unique!

    • Beth @ The First Year — November 14, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      Oh Ginny, you are so sweet, thank you!

  21. Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen — November 14, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    I totally get that you want to relax on Thanksgiving morning. That’s what holidays are for, right? You can always run that mile another day! :) This turkey fruit platter is the cutest! Pinned!

    • Beth @ The First Year — November 16, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      I like your thinking Kristine, I’ll save the mile for… after Christmas :)

  22. Jennifer Roe — November 15, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    My kids would love this! They love fruit plates. Very good idea! Pining it.

    • Beth @ The First Year — November 16, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      And parents can love them too since their healthy!

  23. Hi there! I followed you over from #SITSBlogging. This is adorable! Will definitely be adding this to my menu this month!

    • Beth @ The First Year — November 16, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      Oh yay!! Hope you enjoy it!

  24. Jocelyn@Brucrewlife — November 16, 2014 at 2:39 am

    I wouldn’t want to get up early and run on Thanksgiving day either! ;) I vote for staying in and devouring this super adorbs turkey instead!

    • Beth @ The First Year — November 16, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      That would be a great alternative since it’s healthy :) but I am sure I would follow it up with a donut!!

  25. Caroline — November 17, 2014 at 9:03 am

    I love this idea. It’s such a great visual presentation. I know my boys would love to compete at who could eat the most of the turkey. Brilliant!

    • Beth @ The First Year — November 18, 2014 at 10:27 am

      Oh! That sounds like fun and its healthy!!

  26. Peg Price — November 17, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Don’t the apples and bananas turn brown sitting on the platter untreated?

    • Beth @ The First Year — November 18, 2014 at 9:35 am

      Hi Peg! If you plan on eating the fruit from the platter, I wouldn’t worry about treating the apples and bananas – hopefully your guests will gobble it up!

  27. Jenna (Urban Fitopia) — November 18, 2014 at 7:53 am

    This is so cute!

    • Beth @ The First Year — November 18, 2014 at 9:31 am

      Thank you Jenna!

  28. Melanie | Melanie Makes — November 18, 2014 at 9:43 am

    I have no doubt my menagerie would love this on Turkey Day, Beth – Pinned!

    • Beth @ The First Year — November 18, 2014 at 12:32 pm

      Hahahaa, I had to look that word up, but I bet they would like it for sure!

  29. Julie — November 22, 2014 at 4:48 am

    I don’t normally go for this kind of thing, (food arranged like animals or whatever) I’m in the UK for starters and we don’t have Thanksgiving, but this is just so cute I find myself loving it!

    • Beth @ The First Year — November 22, 2014 at 9:16 pm

      Aww, yay!!! Well, I am glad I convinced you to like it!

  30. Debbie - Deliciously Inspired — November 24, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    This is so adorable.

    • Beth @ The First Year — November 24, 2014 at 8:16 pm

      Thank you Debbie! :)

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