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Health & Wellness Tips

Written by our Nutritionists, we focus on ensuring you’re living a balanced lifestyle that offers a flexible, livable approach to health and wellness. You’ll not only learn how to experiment with fresh products, how to get your kids involved in the kitchen, and get advice on how to choose more nutritious foods – we’ll give you valuable advice on which foods can help with the mental and emotional stresses of life.

Better for your fall potluck

Better-for-You Fall Potluck

According to research, eating with family and friends can boost happiness and alleviate depression. The Fall, plan a potluck meal and invite your favorite people. Potlucks are a great way to try new recipes while catching up with friends! Keep your health goals in mind and follow these tips for a better-for-you gathering:

  • Plan ahead

    Start your day with a healthier mindset by moving your body! Walk around the block or take a group fitness class at the gym. Exercise improves sleep, stress, self-confidence, and energy levels! After your workout, eat a small snack to help prevent over-indulging later in the day.

  • Prepare a Healthy Dish to Share

    Who says a party can't have nutritious options? Your friends will appreciate the variety and color you bring to the table with a vegetable platter, fall salad, fruit tray, bean dip, or hummus. Try this Autumn Salad for a quick, colorful, and nourishing dish to share.

  • Be a Picky Eater!

    Before you fill your plate, scan all of the food options and decide where you want to splurge and what you are willing to leave on the table. Fill your plate with foods that will give you the most nutritional benefit and satisfaction and then skip the rest. Aim for nutrient dense options such as this hearty Kidney Bean Chili!

  • Use a Smaller Plate and Practice Mindful Eating

    Keep your portions in check by using a smaller plate. Appetizer plates will help you eat less and you won’t feel deprived! Studies show that the first few bites of food actually taste the best so savor each bite and listen to your body to know when you are hungry and when you are full.

  • 1/2 Plate Produce

    Fill half your plate with fruits and veggies. Produce is low in calories and high in fiber, which means you'll feel full longer! Give this delicious Apple-Cranberry Salad a try!

  • Swap Ingredients in Your Favorite Recipes

    You can make simple ingredient swaps to traditional potluck picks and make them healthier! Create dressings and dips with Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise and sour cream. Bake your wings instead of frying. Craving something cheesy? Try chicken quesadillas with low-fat cheese, lots of veggies, and whole wheat tortillas. Give this Cheesy Chicken Quesadilla a try!

  • For more better-for-you potluck ideas, visit Savory’s recipe center.

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Our Nutritionists

Put your health in good hands with our Nutritionists. They’re here to help you and your family stay well and make better food choices. Look for them as your shop, attend a class, or schedule a private consultation to discuss your nutritional needs. Read their bios and contact information as well as find their class schedules here.

Lisa Coleman, MS, RD, LDN
Lead Nutritionist

Giant Food

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Hi! I'm Lisa Coleman, in-store Nutritionist for Giant Food. I have a BS degree in Nutrition from Penn State and a MS degree from Illinois State University. I can help you meet your health goals while taking your family's preferences, budget, and lifestyle into consideration. Our program provides hands-on, individualized nutrition counseling to meet your family's health needs.

e-mail
[email protected]

Roxana Ehsani, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN

Giant Food
O Street Marketplace, Washington DC

Hi! I’m Roxana Ehsani, in-store Nutritionist for Giant Food. I have a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Virginia Tech and completed my dietetic internship and Masters degree in Dietetics from the University of Pittsburgh. I have a passion for baking and cooking healthy meals and a special interest in weight management and sports nutrition. I can help you meet your health and nutrition goals with individual nutrition counseling that fits your lifestyle.

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

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Emily Craft
RDN, CSP, LDN

Giant Food
Severna Park, MD

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Hi! I’m Emily Craft, in-store nutritionist for Giant Food. I have my Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Delaware and completed my internship through Sodexo in Allentown, Pennsylvania. My background is in pediatrics and weight management. I love helping families come together to enjoy healthy, delicious meals. I have a passion for helping every individual discover how nutrition fits into their lifestyle. My goal is to make food fun and stress-free! Come with me for a tour of Giant, a class, or for an individual consultation. I am excited to join you and your family on your journey to better nutrition!

To schedule an individual consultation, e-mail
[email protected] or call:
(410) 975-7186

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Leslie Jefferson
MS, CNS, LDN

Giant Food
Lanham, MD

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Hi! My name is Leslie Jefferson, in-store Nutritionist at the Lanham Giant. I have a Masters of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health from Maryland University of Integrative Health. I am passionate about providing nutrition education and support for weight management and cardiovascular health. Please join me for community and in-store events, where we will explore tips to make cooking stress free, cost effective and enjoyable. I can help you meet your health and nutrition goals with individual nutrition counseling that fits your lifestyle.

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

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Nina El-Chebli
RD, LDN

Giant Food
Rockville, MD

Hi! I’m Nina El-Chebli, in-store nutritionist for Giant Food. I have my Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Rutgers University in New Jersey and completed my internship at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center in Olney, MD. I have a background in maternal and child health and experience with counseling families with infants and young children. I have a passion for community nutrition and cooking healthy, nutritious meals. I can help you and your family reach your health and nutrition goals with individual nutrition counseling to fit your lifestyle.

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

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Marissa Donovan,
MS, RD, LDN

Giant Food
McLean, VA

Hi! I’m Marissa Donovan, in-store nutritionist for Giant Food. I have a MS degree in Nutrition Communication from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. I completed my BS degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at Syracuse University, and my dietetic internship through Tri-County Health Department in Colorado. I have a passion for translating complex nutrition concepts into easy-to-understand messages and individualized nutrition plans. I believe strongly in creating a food environment that makes it easier for all of us to make better choices everyday. I would love to help you develop shopping, cooking and eating strategies that work best for you and your family.

To schedule an individual consultation, e-mail
[email protected]or call:
(703) 893-0377

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Lindsay Martin Pugliese
MS, RD, LDN

Giant Food
Fredericksburg, VA

Hi! I’m Lindsay Martin Pugliese, in-store nutritionist at Your Harrison Crossing Giant in Fredericksburg Va. I have a BS in Dietetics from Radford University and a MS degree from Marshall University. I have a passion for finding healthy alternatives for your favorite dishes and a special interest in weight loss and management for all age groups. Please join me for community and in-store events, where we will explore tips and healthy food swaps to make cooking stress-free, cost effective and something the whole family will enjoy! Let me support your health and nutrition goals with individual nutrition counseling that fits your lifestyle.

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

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Min Krishnamurthy
MS, RD, LDN

Giant Food
Alexandria, VA

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Hi! I’m Min Krishnamurthy, in-store Nutritionist at the Potomac Yard Giant. I have a Master of Science degree in Nutrition from Bastyr University and completed my dietetic internship through Virginia Tech. I am passionate about making healthy eating fun and easy for everyone! I love sharing concepts such as functional foods, intuitive eating, and mindfulness through meditation and yoga. I live to travel, especially to experience new cuisines! Join me for a tour of Giant, a class, or for an individual consultation. I would be delighted to help you and your family on your wellness journey!

To schedule an individual consultation, e-mail
[email protected] or call:
(571) 777-2385

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Melanie Berdyck,
RDN, LDN, ACSM-CPT

Giant Food
Ellicott City, MD

Hi! I’m Melanie Berdyck, in-store nutritionist with Giant. I earned a B.S. degree in Dietetics from Eastern Michigan University and I’m pursuing a M.S. degree in Applied Nutrition at the University of New England. I have experience working in the community, and I specialize in weight management and exercise. I enjoy helping individuals make diet and lifestyle goals that are manageable and attainable for their way of life. Whether your goal is to lose or maintain your weight, change your eating habits, or improve your overall health and well-being, I can help you meet your personal wellness goals.

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

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Mandy Katz, MS, RD, CLC, LDN

Giant Food
Timonium, MD

Hi! I’m Mandy Katz, in-store Nutritionist for Giant Food. I have a MS in Nutrition from SUNY Oneonta and completed my dietetic internship in Baltimore, Maryland. I completed my undergraduate degree in Nutrition & Dietetics at Morgan State University. I am passionate about teaching others how to appreciate food and understand its role in a healthy lifestyle. While I love working with individuals of all ages, I have a strong background in pediatrics and lactation counseling. Let’s work together and create a plan that meets your health goals while taking your family's preferences, budget, and lifestyle into consideration.

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

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Natalie Kannan
RD

Giant Food
Fairfax, VA

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Hi! My name is Natalie Kannan, in-store Nutritionist for Giant Food. After receiving my Bachelor of Science degrees in Nutrition and Food Science from Virginia Tech, I went on to complete my dietetic internship with VCU Health System in Richmond, VA. My goal is to make meal time a fun, healthy, and stress-free adventure for every Giant customer! I also have a special interest in aiding those with food allergies and intolerances. Please join me for community events and in-store consultations, where we will explore tips and tricks to make cooking and baking a creative and enjoyable experience for your entire household!

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

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Healthy Kids

Kids are our future and we want to make it easy for them to learn how to form nutritious choices that last a lifetime. We offer two nutrition programs for parents and educators that help kids discover healthier products in our stores as well as interactive activities for the home and classroom. These programs inspire kids and address physical fitness, feeling good, balance, and energy. We’ve also built a collection of Savory recipes that are kid-friendly and easy enough for kids to help in the kitchen.

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Passport to Nutrition

Curriculum for Teachers & Parents

Passport to Nutrition will help your kids, ages 8-12, learn about the importance of nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. The kit shares fun ways to get moving and eat right with interactive games and activities

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Passport to Nutrition packet

Store Tours

These free, hands-on store tours help kids learn about making healthy choices through good nutrition. Our guided store tours take kids grades PreK-6th throughout our grocery aisles to discover healthy ideas.

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