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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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Better-For-You Comfort Foods

Comfort foods awaken our senses, allow us to recall pleasant memories, and even stimulate pleasure centers in our brains. However, these foods also tend to be higher in calories, fat, sugar, and salt. This winter season, we’re here to help you find ways to enjoy your favorite, comforting dishes, without the fear of overindulging!

Power in Preparation

Many comfort food favorites can simply be prepared in a more healthful way. When in doubt, opt to bake, broil, grill, or roast! Crispy Oven Roasted Fries deliver on flavor and texture, while reducing the calories and fat that comes along with standard French fries. Is fried chicken your go-to? Try this Crispy Oven Fried Chicken for a more nutritious spin on a classic recipe!

Simple Swaps to the Rescue

Ingredient substitutions can be used to create classic comfort foods with improved nutrition. Trade high-fat mayo or sour cream for fat-free Greek yogurt in dishes like this Zesty Potato Salad. If pizza is your heart’s desire, swap flour for veggies and avoid excess calories and carbs with this tasty Cauliflower Crust Pizza. Craving ice cream? Try this naturally sweet Banana-Strawberry Ice, and enjoy a creamy texture, without the added fat and sugar.

Spices, herbs, and citrus can also be used to reduce the amount of salt and sugar in recipes. Curb your sweet tooth with this Spicy Chocolate Popcorn, featuring ginger and chili powder, with drizzles of dark chocolate. For a reduced-salt favorite that doesn’t skimp on flavor, try this spice-packed Quick Turkey Chili.

Mindfully Delighting in the Occasional Treat

In some instances, our tried-and-true comfort foods simply cannot be altered or replaced. On special occasions, use these tips to enjoy appropriate portions of the dishes that you hold most dear.

  • liminate distractions and concentrate on what you are eating
  • Eat slowly, and savor each bite
  • Don’t feel that you have to finish everything you’ve been served
  • Listen to your body—Stop eating when you are no longer physically hungry

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Our Nutritionists

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]

Show a little love for your heart this February during American Heart Month, with a heart-healthy store tour at Giant. Click here for the schedule

Lisa Coleman, MS, RD, LDN
Lead Nutritionist

Giant Food

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[email protected]

Roxana Ehsani, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN

Giant Food
O Street Marketplace, Washington DC

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

Emily Craft
RDN, CSP, LDN

Giant Food
Severna Park, MD

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

Leslie Jefferson
MS, CNS, LDN

Giant Food
Lanham, MD

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

Nina El-Chebli
RD, LDN

Giant Food
Rockville, MD

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

Marissa Donovan,
MS, RD, LDN

Giant Food
McLean, VA

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

Lindsay Martin Pugliese
MS, RD, LDN

Giant Food
Fredericksburg, VA

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

Min Krishnamurthy
MS, RD, LDN

Giant Food
Alexandria, VA

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

Melanie Berdyck,
RDN, LDN, ACSM-CPT

Giant Food
Ellicott City, MD

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

Mandy Katz, MS, RD, CLC, LDN

Giant Food
Timonium, MD

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

Natalie Kannan
RD

Giant Food
Fairfax, VA

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

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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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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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