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, CSOWM

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!

Josefina Girón

RDN, LDN

1400 7th St NW
Washington D.C.

To schedule an individual consultation,
call: (202) 238-0184

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, CSOWM, LDN, CDCES

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.      

Kids Can Cook

Kids will learn how to keep their heart healthy and strong as they make heart-shaped treats with the nutritionist! For kids ages 5-12.

Register for a class near you:

MARYLAND      

Webinars and Online Classes

Join your Giant nutritionist for a live webinar from your laptop or mobile device!

Register for a class:

AVAILABLE WEBINARS & ONLINE CLASSES      

Love Your Heart

You'll learn what you need to know to keep your heart healthy with shopping and cooking tips to manage your blood pressure and cholesterol provided by a Giant in-store nutritionist!

Register for a class near you:

MARYLAND       VIRGINIA       WASHINGTON D.C.       ONLINE      

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.       ONLINE      

Happy Chinese New Year!

Greetings, #giantfoodies. I hope you’re ready to keep the holiday festivities going and get into the spirit of Chinese New Year with me! Also called Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, it falls on January 25th.

In the Chinese Zodiac, this year begins the Year of The Rat. Do any of you remember placemats in some Chinese restaurants with the animals of the Zodiac? When I was a kid, I’d study mine to learn all about my sign, The Dragon! While I don’t recall much of what I read, I can still smell the fragrant ginger and toasted sesame oil and see the bright, colorful veggies peppered throughout the dishes—snap peas, carrots, broccoli. The food was just as much a feast to my child eyes as my little belly!

Food plays a central role in Chinese New Year celebrations—surprise, surprise! But the symbolism behind the food makes this holiday so unique and fun. Certain Chinese dishes are thought to bring good luck for the year ahead. Their meanings are deeply rooted in Chinese cultural tradition. As someone who’s into anthropology, I absolutely love this.

Here are a few dishes you can easily pull together for your Chinese New Year spread. And we’re in luck! Giant’s got everything needed to make these recipes.

Dumplings

These little stuffed pockets of deliciousness have a long history as a staple food in China, specifically the northern region. They are thought to be a symbol of wealth because their shape resembles the gold or silver ingots which were traded as currency in imperial China.

Dumplings are the best! For one, they're proof that food doesn't need to be fried to be mighty tasty. And the medley of flavors and textures inside are an incredible treat for the senses. And they're fun to eat with or without chopsticks. I could go on. Typical fillings include minced pork, diced shrimp, fish, ground chicken, and beef. And they almost always feature veggies like cabbage, mushrooms, green onion, or bamboo shoots, which makes this nutritionist very happy.

Try your hand at making dumplings using this Savory recipe, which features ground turkey to shake things up. Better yet, host a dumpling-making party and offer a variety of pre-prepared fillings to suit everyone's tastes! What a great way to bring your favorite people together (and put them to work, ha!)

Not up for getting your (and your guests') hands dirty? No stress! Just grab some P.F. Chang’s dumplings from our freezer aisle and make them your own by whipping up a sauce to go with them. Your secret’s safe with me.

Oh, and you may want to try Ocean’s Halo kelp-based No Soy sauce for some extra marine-based nutrients. I'm excited to share that the seaweed farms from which they source their kelp require no fresh water, no deforestation, and no fertilizer. And best of all, they donate 1% of their revenue to ocean conservation! I can definitely get behind that.

Spring Rolls

Originally, these were meant to combine the season's freshest vegetables in one dish to celebrate spring. These days, you can find spring rolls with all kinds of ingredients, with the most typical recipes including pork, cabbage, mushrooms and cabbage. There are also sweet versions made of custard or red bean, which I haven’t tried yet, but yum! And like dumplings, people see gold in spring rolls—they’re traditionally said to resemble gold bars, and eating them is said to bring good fortune.

Here's a recipe for Chicken Spring Rolls that only requires 6 simple ingredients. Or you can pick up some frozen Spring Rolls from Giant’s very own World Menu line!




Longevity Noodles

For a long life, eat noodles! At least that’s the thinking during Chinese New Year. If they can be eaten without biting through them, and breaking the strands, it’s considered even more auspicious. What a fun challenge! True to the name, longer-than-usual egg noodles are traditionally used, with various vegetables and proteins served alongside them. Here’s a pork, mushroom and snap pea version topped with crunchy bean sprouts that, believe it or not, only takes a half hour to make!

Swap out the chicken stock with this Ocean’s Halo Veggie Broth for an added dose of Vitamin D and Iodine from seaweed! And you’ll be protecting our oceans at the same time. That’s not just good luck—it’s good.




Whole Fish

Since the Chinese word for fish, yu, sounds like the word for surplus, it is believed that eating fish symbolizes abundance in the coming year. A whole fish, usually steamed, is a staple New Year dish as it is intended to welcome prosperity for the entire year. There's also an important custom that accompanies the fish: As a sign of respect, the head of the fish is placed towards elders or distinguished guests. How cool is that?

On that note, wishing you all a happy and healthy Year of The Rat! May good food and good fortune come your way. Until next time, eat well and try something new!

Min is a registered dietitian and in-store nutritionist for Giant Food who is all about adventures through traveling and exploring off the beaten path. She has a passion for cuisines of the world and their beneficial ingredients. In her series “International Foodie,” she takes you on culinary journeys through distant lands and shows how you can create some of those special experiences right here at home.

Min Krishnamurthy

MS, RD

13043 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy,
Fairfax, VA

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

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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