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

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

Have a question? Email the nutritionist nearest you or [email protected]

Lisa Coleman

MS, RD, LDN
Director of Healthy Living

e-mail: [email protected]

Roxana Ehsani

MS, RD, CSSD, LDN

1400 7th Street NW,
Washington D.C.

To schedule an individual consultation,
e-mail: [email protected]
or call: (202) 238-0184

Leslie Jefferson

MS, CNS, LDN

7546 Annapolis Rd,
Lanham, MD

To schedule an individual consultation,
e-mail: [email protected]
or call: (301) 306-1196

Jillian Griffith

MSPH, RDN, LDN

1535 Alabama Ave SE,
Washington D.C.

To schedule an individual consultation,
e-mail: [email protected]
or call: (202) 610-6494

Thu Huynh

RD, LDN

9719 Traville Gateway Drive,
Rockville, MD

To schedule an individual consultation,
e-mail: [email protected]
or call: (301)-284-7941

Lindsay Martin

MS, RDN

5701 Plank Road,
Fredericksburg, VA

To schedule an individual consultation,
e-mail: [email protected]
or call: (540) 785-1030

Min Krishnamurthy

MS, RD, LDN

13043 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy,
Fairfax, VA

To schedule an individual consultation,
e-mail: [email protected]
or call: (571)375-3819

Melanie Berdyck

MS, RD, CSOWM, LDN, CPT

9200 Baltimore National Pike,
Ellicott City, MD

To schedule an individual consultation,
e-mail: [email protected]
or call: (410) 696-1309

Mandy Katz

MS, RD, CLC, LDN

2145 York Road,
Timonium, MD

To schedule an individual consultation,
e-mail: [email protected]
or call: (410) 308-9791

Kristen McGill

RD, LDN

1454 Chain Bridge Road
McLean, VA

(571) 375-3819

621 East Glebe Road
Alexandria, VA

(571)777-2459

To schedule an individual consultation,
e-mail: [email protected]
or call one of her above locations closest to you!

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:

DELAWARE       MARYLAND       VIRGINIA       WASHINGTON D.C.      

Kids Can Cook

Nothing is more fun than dunking fresh fruits and veggies in a great dip! Join our nutritionists to learn to make your own dips for fresh summer 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:

DELAWARE       MARYLAND       VIRGINIA       WASHINGTON D.C.      

Dessert on a Budget for $1 or less a serving

One of the best parts of summer is fruit. And while fruit is great on its own, making it part of a summer dessert is even better - or so say my kids. So, whether you find yourself inside or out, entertaining company or spending the day with your kids, these fruit desserts are sure to please! Best of all, you’ll be eating local and in season!

Individual Fruit Cobbler Packs

Baked fruit with a crumble topping is the perfect self-contained sweet treat ever! Camp Side, Grill Side, or Oven Side they are sure to please. Best of all, no dishes to wash afterward. And, since it’s in a self-contained packet, you can use any combination of fruits or berries (or both).

Baked Peach Packs with Pecan Crumble – serves 2
  • 2 large peaches halved and pitted
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup quick cooking oats
  • 2 tablespoons chilled diced butter
  • Aluminum foil

How to: Preheat oven to 350°F degrees. Remove the pit from each peach by cutting into 4 pieces and peeling away from the pit. Place in a square of aluminum foil. Combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, pecans, and oats. Add in diced butter and mix until you have a crumbly, pea-sized mixture. Top each peach with the streusel mixture and close foil into a tight ball. Bake peaches for 35-45 minutes or until the topping is lightly browned, and the peaches have softened but are still holding their shape. Allow to cool slightly. Serve warm. Vanilla ice cream optional.

Total Cost: $2.15 (Cost per serving: $1.07)


Savory Inspiration:

Grilled Fruit

Since you’re already spending time outside on your grill, why not add a dessert? There is something about how the flames of a grill can turn any fruit into a caramelized, smoky treat. I recommend picking fruits like peaches, melons, pineapple, pears, bananas, and figs which will hold their shape while cooking. So just throw YOUR favorite on a hot grill and stand by while they develop gorgeous grill marks. Try eating plain - kabob style, over ice cream, or like I have, over crepes. And, since crepes are basically thin pancakes, this is one dessert that can be made for breakfast – just add Greek or Icelandic yogurt for some protein!

Grilled Pineapple Crepes – serves 8
  • 1 pineapple, peeled and cut into 8 wedges
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon

How to: In a large bowl, mix flour and eggs. Gradually whisk in milk and water. Add salt and butter and beat until smooth. Heat a lightly oiled frying pan. Pour in 1/4 cup batter and swirl to coat the pan evenly. Cook about 2 minutes on each side and serve warm. To grill pineapples, place wedges directly on grill and flip once even brown grill marks appear. Top with grilled fruit, honey cinnamon drizzle. Whipped cream optional.

Total Cost: $5.02 (Cost per serving: $0.63)

Note: If you find yourself with more time than money, look for Frieda’s French style crepes in the produce section. They’re a quick short cut and a bag of 10 is less than $3.


Savory Inspiration

Fruit Popsicles

When the weather gets hot, and the kids want a treat and you want them to stay hydrated, a popsicle is a great solution. Any pureed fruit is a good choice, you can even freeze a favorite fruit smoothie recipe into a popsicle. I created my recipe below with this basic recipe.

Watermelon Kiwi Pops – makes 8
  • 2 cups Watermelon pureed
  • 2 cups Strawberries pureed
  • 3 kiwis, pureed
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 cup of Greek yogurt

How to: Puree watermelon and strawberries together and fill ice pop molds ¾ of the way. Freeze 1½–2 hours, until set. Add 2 tablespoons to the pop molds, freeze 30 min.–1 hour, until set. Puree kiwi Puree kiwi and lime juice and distribute kiwi mixture among molds. Freeze until solid, 3–4 hours. When ready to eat, run the pops under warm water for a few seconds to release from molds.

Total Cost: $4.98 (Cost per serving: $0.62)

Note: Popsicle molds aren’t needed to make these tasty treats, popsicle sticks and small paper cups work just as well!


Savory Inspiration

Fruit for dessert is just another easy way to make sure you are getting that half plate produce every day. Here’s to ripe fruit, warmer weather, and healthy-ish desserts.

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 the 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,
e-mail: [email protected]
or call: (410) 308-9791

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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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