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.

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:

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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.      

Here’s how we’re celebrating the holidays around the world!

Happy Holidays, #giantfoodies! ‘Tis the season for celebrations galore with family and friends! Coming together to share a special meal is central to holidays around the world. It not only creates meaningful connections while “breaking bread,” but also the passing of traditions (like recipes) from one generation to the next.

You’ve heard of Christmas and Hanukkah. Here are two more holidays being celebrated around the world at this time—perhaps you’d like to take a recipe and add to the festivities in your home!

Kwanzaa is celebrated from December 26 to January 1, with each of the seven days dedicated to a specific principle known as the Nguzo Saba. Did you know that this holiday has only been in existence for a little over five decades? It was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, chairman of Africana Studies at California State University Long Beach. He created the holiday to celebrate people of African heritage and build unity and collectivism in Black communities. It's a perfect example of starting a new tradition to honor! Kwanzaa is not associated with a religion—the name is derived from the Swahili phrase matunda ya kwanza, which means "first fruits of the harvest." Of course, with a name like that, food is a key part of festivities! The big feast called Karamu is celebrated on New Year’s Eve.

The food served during Kwanzaa is as eclectic as the African continent, with American soul food dishes appearing as well. Depending on a family’s traditions, the menu ranges from soul food staples like black-eyed peas, yams, collard greens, and okra to Nigerian jollof rice and West African peanut stew. And yes, Giant carries all the ingredients needed to make seven days of Kwanzaa favorites, and our Savory Recipe Center has plenty of ideas.

Here's a slow cooker Hoppin' John recipe that is A) quick to throw together and B) perfect for these cold winter months.

Next is the Feast of the Seven Fishes, an Italian-American tradition celebrated on Christmas Eve. Families gather around a feast of seven different seafood dishes (or one or two types of fish prepared seven different ways). Sounds like heaven to me! The ancient tradition of eating fish on Christmas Eve dates back to the Roman Catholic custom of abstaining from meat and dairy products on certain holy days. The number seven is an ancient number and is found throughout Catholic beliefs. In the early 1900s, Italian-Americans rekindled this tradition to make them feel close to their homes and celebrate the sea. My good friend Fred shared that his mother prepares seven different types of seafood dishes from scratch, and they range from antipasto and salad to pasta and main courses. I might have to make time to visit.

Don't have time to make pasta from scratch like Fred's mama D'Agata? You and I both! So here are a couple of very simple favorites of mine: mussels marinara and salmon and veggies over linguini. Did you know mussels are a great source of zinc, a mineral that can boost the immune system? It’s perfect for this time of year!



I'm also looking forward to trying some of the easy seafood recipes in this month's Savory, like Tilapia Livornese, a flavorful dish from Livorno on the Western coast of Tuscany.

As a nutritionist, I particularly appreciate this tradition since the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends at least two servings of seafood every week to benefit heart and brain health. Look for those with the most omega-3s, such as salmon, mackerel, sardines, anchovies, herring, trout, and tuna.

I know how easy it is to stick to what we’re used to since we’re such creatures of habit! But during this holiday season, break out and surprise your family and friends with something different—maybe from a different tradition than your own. For more inspiration, check out our podcast "Holiday Traditions from our Family Table" to see how some members of our Giant family celebrate!

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.

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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