Staff Profile: The Restaurant-Goer

“How do I add in veggies when I’m always eating out?” - Margaret Barnhart: Age 39, Sales Manager, Atlanta

Cooking Light Staffer: Margaret Barnhart

Margaret Barnhart: The Restaurant-Goer

Photo: Randy Mayor

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    Dine Out on More Veggies

    If you have a hard time sticking to your fruit- and vegetable-eating goals when dining out, our dietitian comes to the rescue with some simple tips.



Margaret takes clients to many lunches and dinners. A third of her meals are eaten out, and she constantly travels: “I’m pretty good with breakfast because it’s easy to do fruit and cereal or oatmeal, but the lunches and dinners get me. People say, ‘Let’s order some appetizers!’” And she’s not talking crudités.


Online menus and ratings allow easy restaurant planning: Don’t go with the default business choices; find interesting, highly rated alternatives. Once seated, seek out the vegetable-based dishes (there are more of them these days) or make a special request. Then find some fruit and veggie snacks: from the hotel’s fruit bowl in the morning, or even in a Starbucks midday.

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