OurNutritionists

Whether you are concerned about diabetes, heart health, losing weight or just ​want​ to improve family meal times, our team of registered and licensed dietitians can help you make the best shopping choices for your family's health and well-being. Contact the In-Store Nutritionist near you to get expert answers to your nutrition questions.

Services include:

  • ​Personalized consultations*
  • FREE Nutrition store tours and classes
  • FREE Corporate wellness presentations
  • Community events
  • Nutrition Made Easy!™ podcast
  • Webinars (Download Webinar List)

*Consultations by appointment. $25 for a one hour session. Fee is refunded in the form of a $25 Giant gift card.

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Lisa Coleman

MS, RD, LDN
Director of Healthy Living

Leslie Jefferson

MS, CNS, LDN

7546 Annapolis Rd,
Lanham, MD

To schedule an individual consultation,
call: (301) 306-1196

Jillian Griffith

MSPH, RDN, LDN

1535 Alabama Ave SE,
Washington D.C.

To schedule an individual consultation,
call: (202) 610-6494

Kristen McGill

RD

1454 Chain Bridge Road
McLean, VA

(703) 893-0377 (option 9)

621 East Glebe Road
Alexandria, VA

(571)777-2459

To schedule an individual consultation,
call one of her above locations closest to you!

George F. Baldwin

MS, RDN, LDN

573 Governor Ritchie Highway,
Severna Park, MD

To schedule an individual consultation,
call: (410) 975-7186

Min Krishnamurthy

MS, RD

13043 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy,
Fairfax, VA

To schedule an individual consultation,
call: (571)375-3819

Melanie Berdyck

MS, RD, LDN, CSOWM, CDE

9200 Baltimore National Pike,
Ellicott City, MD

To schedule an individual consultation,
call: (410) 696-1309

Mandy Katz

MS, RD, CLC, LDN

2145 York Road,
Timonium, MD

To schedule an individual consultation,
call: (410) 308-9791

Thu Huynh

RD, LDN

9719 Traville Gateway Drive,
Rockville, MD

To schedule an individual consultation,
call: (301)-284-7941

Lindsay Martin

MS, RDN

5701 Plank Road,
Fredericksburg, VA

To schedule an individual consultation,
call: (540) 785-1030

Our Programs

Healthy Kids Tour

These free, hands-on tours help kids learn about making healthy choices through good nutrition. Our guided stores tours take kids grades 1-5 throughout our grocery aisles to discover heathy items.

To schedule a tour please call your local Giant and request to speak with a manager.

Guiding Stars

Guiding Stars is a nutrition guidance program to help you quickly navigate to foods with the most nutritional value. Just look for the stars as you shop!

Guiding Stars is an objective, evidence-based, nutrition guidance program. The system rates foods as good, better or best to give consumers at-a-glance advice: the more stars a food earns, the more nutritious it is.

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Guiding Stars helps consumers quickly navigate to foods with the most nutritional value. Products are assigned 1, 2, or 3 Stars, based on their nutritional content. A higher Star rating means the item contains more beneficial nutrients overall, and has fewer nutrients that are best to avoid. With over 100,000 rated foods, making nutritious choices for you and your family is now simple.

Based on the scientific consensus and informed by national or international policy, Guiding Stars has offered transparent and relevant nutritional guidance since 2006. Keep a lookout for the Stars on shelf tags throughout the store! If you don’t see a rating, no worries; not all products meet the Guiding Stars’ criteria to earn a Star rating.

Congress Heights Wellness Space

The Congress Heights Wellness Space located in the Congress Height Giant Food offers FREE classes for community members. For more information or to schedule a community event for your organization, contact Jillian Griffith at [email protected] or call (202) 610-6494

Register for a class:

WASHINGTON D.C.      

Diabetes & Prediabetes

Join your Giant nutritionist and pharmacist for an education and support class to help you manage your diabetes and prediabetes.

Register for a class near you:

MARYLAND       VIRGINIA       WASHINGTON D.C.      

Kids Can Cook

Nothing is more fun than making haunted Halloween treats with your nutritionist! Join your local nutritionists to taste spooky exotic fruits from Frieda's Specialty Produce.

Register for a class near you:

MARYLAND       VIRGINIA       WASHINGTON D.C.      

Wellness Walks

Join the Giant In-store Nutritionist for the "Best of the Aisles" store tour. Discover quick and easy meals, new products with tastings plus nutritional advice.

Register for a class near you:

MARYLAND       VIRGINIA       WASHINGTON D.C.      

Soup’s On! Warm Up for Around $1 a Serving

I definitely consider myself a summer person. But if there is one thing I look forward to as the weather cools, it’s soup. It's perfect for a family meal or made over the weekend for a convenient workday lunch.Not only are soups a great budget-saver for mealtime, but they are also super easy to stretch into larger, heartier meals. Just add a can of beans, frozen veggies, or leftover odds and ends in your fridge or pantry to boost your recipes.

For last-minute soups I try to keep low-sodium bouillon cubes in my pantry and carrots, onions, and celery in my freezer. Then I boost those with ingredients I have on hand or find on sale. To get you started, here are three family favorites that I rely on to keep my budget in line and to shake off the chill in the air. I've also included a few Savory inspirations I’m adding to the rotation this fall.

Chicken Soup



Chicken soup has long been promoted as having healing powers for those with a cold or the flu. It has even been coined "Jewish Penicillin" thanks to a 12th-century Jewish physician named Maimonides. He prescribed chicken soup as a remedy for multiple ailments in his book The Cause of Symptoms. It turns out that he wasn’t entirely wrong! A handful of scientific studies have shown that chicken soup really could have medicinal value. None of the research is conclusive, but we’re sure of one thing: chicken soup is delicious. And my chicken soup go-to recipe is ready in about 15 minutes!

Chicken Noodle Soup (Serves 8)
Inspired by Savory's Quick Chicken Noodle Soup
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 small carrots, diced
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, meat shredded or chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 5 cups (40 ounces) low-sodium chicken broth
  • 6 oz wide egg noodles, uncooked
  • 1 1/2 cup of water

In a large pot over medium-high heat, sauté carrots, onion, celery, and garlic in olive oil until soft; about 3 minutes. Add broth and water and bring to a boil. Add noodles, cooking as directed on package. When noodles have reached desired softness, add shredded chicken. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, covered, 5 minutes and serve.

Total Cost: $5.93 (Cost per serving: $0.99)

Note: Egg noodles are just one choice, but check out all your options – fresh, dry, or even frozen!


Chicken Soup Inspiration from Savory

Protein-powered Vegetarian Soups



Vegetable soups are a great way to get that half plate of vegetables but when you add pulses, you're also getting a good serving of protein. If the word “pulses” sounds new to you, it's likely just the word and not the ingredient that's unfamiliar. You probably already eat more pulses than you realize! Pulses include all varieties of dried beans, including kidney beans, lima beans, chickpeas, black-eyed peas, and all types of lentils. Lentils are popular around the world and they make a great addition to any soup! Here's a favorite, Lentil Kale, which I make for lunch as soon as the weather takes a turn.

Lentil Kale Soup (Serves 8)
Inspired by Savory's Lentil Soup
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 clove garlic, minced
  • 16 oz can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 cups dry lentils
  • 8 cups water or vegetable stock (I use 4 cups of water and 4 cups of stock)
  • 4 cups of kale, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

In large soup pot, lightly sauté vegetables in olive oil until tender-crisp. Add diced tomatoes, lentils and water or stock and cook on medium heat until lentils are soft, about 45 minutes. Stir in chopped kale and cook until kale is tender, about 10 more minutes.


Total Cost: $4.84 (Cost per serving: $0.64)

Note: I am ruthless when it comes to adding vegetables to my soups, so much so that they often look more like stews than soups. In the recipe above, I added an extra two cups of kale after the picture! Keep this in mind when you are trying a new recipe–add all the veggies if you want!

"Pulse" Soup Inspiration from Savory

Hearty Stews and Chowders



For certain people in my family (ahem, my teen-aged boys) soup doesn’t look like a hearty, filling meal. To appease them, I pull out a stew or chowder full of “manly” ingredients like beef, potatoes, and even bacon. The trick to keep it healthy-ish and affordable is to ramp up the fiber and reduce the meat. This keeps all the flavor but also keeps my budget and health focus on track. When you see shrimp or a beef roast on sale, snatch it up and get cooking!

Beef and Barley Stew (Serves 8)
Inspired by Slow Cooker Beef & Barley Stew
  • 1 lb beef stewing cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 2 small parsnips, diced
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (32 oz) low sodium beef broth
  • 2 cups water
  • ¾ cup pearl barley

Trim excess fat from the beef and cut into 1/4-inch chunks. Season with salt and pepper and brown in a skillet with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Transfer beef to slow cooker. Meanwhile, chop the onion, carrots, parsnips, and garlic. Halve any large mushroom slices. To same skillet, add remaining 1 tbsp oil and sauté vegetables until soft. Add ½ cup water to the skillet, stirring and scraping up any browned bits. Transfer to slow cooker, along with mushrooms, garlic, broth, and barley. Add ½ cup water. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or until barley and beef are tender. Add water as needed to get desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


Total Cost: $10.44 (Cost per serving: $1.30)

Chowder and Stew Inspiration from Savory

Soups are perfect dinners or lunches for one or many! Try hosting a “Stone Soup" party (you remember that children's book) and have everyone bring an ingredient to throw in the pot. Here's to a hot steaming bowl of soup, comfy sweaters, and crisp fall evenings.

Mandy is a registered dietitian and in-store nutritionist for Giant Food who is passionate about showing people how to eat healthy (and deliciously) on a budget. As a mom of two teenage boys, she knows firsthand how difficult it can be to stay on budget, keep it interesting, AND keep it healthy-ish. Let Mandy check prices and create a plan that will satisfy your taste buds, wallet, and schedule. In her series “Healthy on a Budget,” she will convince you that it’s NOT “too expensive” to eat healthy.

Mandy Katz

MS, RD, CLC, LDN

2145 York Road,
Timonium, MD

To schedule an individual consultation,
call: (410) 308-9791

Nutrition Made Easy!™

Whether you’re curious about certain foods and diets, trying to eat better, or just want to know more about how food affects your health and wellness, this podcast is for you. It’s hosted by Giant nutritionist and registered dietitian Mandy Katz and features guest appearances by other members of Giant’s nutritionist team!

If you’re struggling with a recent diagnosis, look for our podcasts on eating for better health. They will provide you with facts you need to know to achieve your health goals. If you’re a foodie, you’ll love our podcasts on the latest food trends, products and topics. They tackle the biggest questions and the latest trends surrounding food with a healthy-ish twist.

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