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.      

A New Twist on Summer Barbecuing

With summer right around the corner, I can’t stop thinking about entertaining and cooking on the grill. Because I grew up selling (and eating) lots of fruits and veggies, and because I recently became vegan, I don’t want to miss out on the BBQ fun. Everyone else has their secret burger or grilled chicken recipe — for me, it’s all about which new veggie side dish I can create on the grill.

When I have friends over for a barbecue, I like to start with a refreshing, welcoming cocktail. One of my favorite is a Passion Fruit Mojito (which I like to make zero proof so it’s kid-friendly).


Another of my new favorite appetizers is a fruit salsa! Hey mango salsa, move over — check out this eye-popping red Dragon Fruit salsa.


And instead of regular hummus, this Stokes Purple® Sweet Potato hummus is yummy, plus its colorful creaminess is a conversation starter!


My first go-to for grilled veggies is usually thick-sliced eggplant, zucchini squash, red and yellow peppers, and portobello mushrooms. Lately, I’ve added Shishito Peppers to my grilling mix. And when Hatch Chile season starts in early August, I always include Hatch Chiles. It’s become my signature dish. And it’s so easy!

After washing all the veggies, I thick slice the eggplant and squash, then halve (and de-seed) the peppers. I leave the mushrooms whole. I salt them all and let them sit for a couple of hours on baking trays. The salt removes both the bitterness and excess water. I then brush on some olive or peanut oil (so they don’t stick on the grill). I grill on medium-high heat on the outside grill (eight to 10 minutes on each side), then arrange the grilled veggies on a serving platter and cover with foil. I do this up to two to three hours before my guests arrive. This waiting time allows the veggies to rest and they actually become more flavorful. Right before serving, I drizzle with a balsamic vinegar or vinaigrette. The Shishito and Hatch Peppers are always the talk of the meal!


If anyone asked me what my favorite veggie is, I would say jicama (pronounced hee-ka-mah)! It looks like a brown turnip, but the inside is crunchy, white and sweet. And because it does not soften when cooked, it is awesome on the grill. Check out my Jicama Citrus Salad.


What about grilling heads of romaine lettuce? Talk about a fun twist on a summer salad. I got this idea from a local restaurant here in Southern California. Halve romaine heads (and rinse thoroughly). Spray grill with oil (so the lettuce doesn’t stick). Grill cut side of romaine head for a few minutes, until leaves are slightly blackened. Serve cut side up, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and sprinkled with feta cheese crumbles. Yum!

For dessert after a big barbecue meal, I usually opt for fresh fruit. Have you ever tried grilled fruit kabobs? I alternate chunks of Baby Pineapple, watermelon and goldenberries. A few minutes on the grill tenderizes the fruit and adds a nice rich flavor.


Hope you have a great grilling season!
Karen Caplan, CEO of Frieda’s Specialty Produce
@karen_kiwi

Karen Caplan is the CEO and President of Frieda’s Specialty Produce, and is the eldest daughter of produce trailblazer Dr. Frieda Rapoport Caplan, founder of the company. Having been in the produce business for over 40 years, Karen has become an expert on what’s trending with consumers and suppliers alike. Frieda’s Specialty Produce has been inspiring new food experiences for friends, families and food lovers everywhere since 1962.

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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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