The Athlete Food Thanksgiving Table


Here at Athlete Food we approach Thanksgiving dinner much like we do a big workout. As the cooks, we want to nail it with a table full of awesome dishes. But as eaters, we want to walk away feeling satisfied, but not overdone. 

With that in mind, our ideal Thanksgiving meal includes some savvy shortcuts and a few splurges (hello cake pops and chocolate pecan pie!), without leaving you counting down the hours until your next 10-mile run. 

To make our feast hearty and festive without overdoing it, we lean towards mostly naturally gluten-free dishes that are vegetable-forward. As a bonus, this strategy allows the special dieters at the table (ourselves included!) to have plates as full as the traditionalists. 

So here’s to eating well—but not leaving the table feeling as stuffed as (someone else’s) turkey.  We hope you and your families have a Happy Thanksgiving! Now go crush that Turkey Trot.  --Team AF

The Athlete Food Thanksgiving Menu

(see links to recipes below)


Athlete Food Cheese Plate

Cranberry Pear Spritzers


Rotisserie Chickens **

Cranberry Sauce 

Spiced Sweet Potatoes and Apples

Baked Fennel and Apples with Cheddar 

Kale and Roasted Butternut Squash Salad 

Tart Cherry, Pear and Sausage stuffing

Spicy Grilled Green Beans

Butternut Squash Mac 'n Cheese


Carrot Cake Pops

Chocolate Pecan Pie

**(This year we leaving the turkey cooking up to 

someone else and we reveal why 

in this Another Mother Runner Podcast)

The Recipes

A No Sweat Way to Contribute to Thanksgiving: An Athlete Food Cheese Plate (or 2)

Athlete Food Cheese Plate

You Don’t Need Crackers.

Slice a pear or a crisp apple instead.


Part of the fun is tasting the cheese before you buy it. Don't be intimidated by the hipsters who work behind the cheese counter. Ask for tastes of cheeses that have an interesting description or look different. 


We like to include a few New York State cheeses along with our favorites from France and California. This goes for the drinks too — Brooklyn Cider House has some hard apple ciders that pair well with cheese plates. 

Nuts, fruit and Cornichons.

Include salty things like olives or Cornichons. Add some sweet things like dried Turkish apricots and a little square of quince paste or other jam. I also like to serve crispy grapes on the side and always put out a handful of almonds or walnuts.


For a bit of protein, seek out some good cured meats. You don’t need much - just get a 5-6 very thin slices to add to the spread. I know some people like it, but we trim off most of the fat (something we’ve been doing our whole lives!)

Make More Than One. 

You don’t need a fancy platter - a regular dinner plate will do. We like to pre-cut the hard cheeses so that it’s easier for people to snack. Depending on the size of the crowd, make 2 or 3 dinner plate sized cheese plates and spread them out on the buffet table or in different areas of the house (for easy access to the cheese!!)


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