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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 and how to get your kids involved in the kitchen - we'll also give you valuable advice on how to choose more nutritious foods.

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If you love food like we do, you’re probably starting to plan your Thanksgiving menu. Whether you’re heading home to see your family or planning a low-key Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving dinner offers creative foodies the opportunity to put a spin on holiday classics. Need inspiration? Look no further. Let Giant Food’s team of In-Store Nutritionists be your personal menu stylists, so you can focus on the party!

Let’s start with the main attraction. Turkey is the traditional protein dish of the season, but who says a you have to make a whole turkey? Try this Stuffed Turkey Breast for a cheesy, veggie twist on the old classic. Not social media worthy enough? Impress your loved ones with this Squash Tagine with Turkey because what’s more seasonal than eating your Thanksgiving dinner out of a squash? Bonus: It’s easy to make two versions of this dish for anyone at your table who doesn’t eat meat. Just swap turkey for tofu or lose the meat altogether.

Assigned a side dish? Don’t stress! Our take on stuffing uses cranberries, thyme, and sage for a sweet and savory flavor—and comes together in no more than 30 minutes. Our Herbed Bread Stuffing with Cranberries also uses whole grain bread to bump up the fiber. If you’ve been given the role of potato prepper instead, surprise your loved ones with this secret veggie spin on mashed potatoes. Your picky niece or nephew won’t have any idea that there are two full servings of cauliflower in it.

We probably say this 500 times a day, but veggies don’t have to be boring! At Giant Food, we firmly believe that all vegetables are better roasted. If you don’t believe us, you will after you make these Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pancetta Vinaigrette. If you’re still not convinced, take your favorite root vegetables, mix them with pesto, and voila! You’ll be a believer. We can’t forget the fruit, of course. At Thanksgiving, fruit traditionally takes the form of cranberry sauce. Zest yours up with citrus to add a second fruit to your plate.

Save room for dessert and one of the best parts of fall: pumpkin season! With limited added sugar and fiber from oats, these Spiced Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies are a great choice for everyone. Don’t think we forgot fresh, juicy apples either—these adorable apple tartlets let everyone will have their own little pie. Now that’s something we can be thankful for!

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:

  • ​Individual consultations by appointment ($25 for a one hour session, fee is refunded in the form of a Giant gift card)
  • Classes
  • Store Tours
  • Community outreach and events

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

Lisa Coleman

MS, RD, LDN
Lead Nutritionist

e-mail
[email protected]

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

Marissa Donovan

MS, RD, LDN
1454 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA

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

Kristen McGill

RD, LDN
13043 Lee Jackson, Memorial Hwy, Fairfax, VA

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

Emily Craft

MS, RDN, CSP, LDN
573 Governor Highway, Severna Park, MD

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

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

Min Krishnamurthy

MS, RD, LDN
621 East Glebe Road, Alexandria, VA

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

Thu Huynh

RD, LDN
9719 Traville Gateway Drive, Rockville, MD

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

Leslie Jefferson

MS, CNS, LDN
7546 Annapolis Rd, Lanham, MD

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

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

Lindsay Martin

MS, RDN
5701 Plank Road, Fredericksburg, VA

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

Our Programs
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.

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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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.

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Healthy Kids

Join Giant Food in our mission to help kids learn healthy ideas that last a lifetime with two kids nutrition programs

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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Guiding Stars... as easy as 1, 2, 3

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.

New program Guiding Stars, helps shoppers quickly find the best foods.

Nutrition as Easy as 1, 2, 3

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.
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Good, Better Best, Guiding Stars is as easy as 1, 2, 3… More: Vitamins Minerals Fiber Whole Grains Omega-3s, and less: Saturated Fat Trans Fat Added Sodium Added Sugars Artificial Colors.

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.

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