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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.

Grilling and Local Produce

Grilling and Local Produce

  • Move over hamburgers and hot dogs, it’s time to make some room on the grill for summer’s bounty of local produce! Grilled veggies are quick to prepare and have a nice hint of smoky deliciousness. They can stand alone as great nutrient-rich sides or toss them with a few other ingredients to create a colorful salad like this one made with grilled kale and corn.

  • The natural sweetness of fruit is intensified as it gets kissed by the fire. For a unique sweet treat that will delight your family and friends, try this Grilled Peach recipe which is served with yogurt and honey walnuts!

  • Here are a few tips for grilling up the perfect summer produce to add a rainbow of color, and vitamins, to your BBQ spread:
    • Oil ‘Em Up – Use a light brushing of oil to prevent veggies and fruits from sticking and drying out. Plus, this will help your seasoning stick more uniformly.
    • Keep ‘Em Contained - A grilling basket, skewers or lightly oiled foil packets are a great way to keep from losing your produce to the coals.
    • Rotate ‘Em - To prevent burning and ensure they’re getting cooked through, sear vegetables over high heat and then move them to a cooler part of the grill to finish cooking.
    • Know Your Produce – Some cook very quickly, like tomatoes, peppers and leafy greens, while denser ones like potatoes and other roots, and squash take longer. Pre-cooking those by blanching or steaming them until just barely tender will reduce the grilling time. The best fruit to hold up on the grill are those that are fairly firm and not overripe. Some to try other than peaches are mangoes, pineapples, melons, bananas, figs, and avocados.

  • Pizza on the grill? Yep, grilling gives the dough a smoky flavor that’s reminiscent of those found at fancy wood-fired pizza joints. Plus, who wants to turn on the oven on a scorching summer day? Have fun topping your own personal creations like these Grilled Mini Pizzas. Remember, the more colorful, the better to ensure you’re getting a variety of nutrients. And you can add your grilled proteins on them afterwards for extra flavor.

  • Switching up your marinades is an easy way to take your taste buds for a tour around the world. For a spicy Southwest kick, try this Cilantro-Lime marinade. For an Asian inspired meal, check out this Soy-Ginger marinade. The bok choy in the recipe can also be thrown on the grill rather than pan sautéed. Keep in mind that these marinades can be used with any protein choice, including heart-healthy salmon, portabello mushrooms, tofu and tempeh. To balance out the heavier meat items, it’s a great idea to have some vegetarian alternatives available.

  • For a bold flavor, consider using coffee in a dry rub like this one on Grilled Sirloin, which is a nutritionist-approved choice in that it is a lean cut of meat with less of the unhealthy fats. Herbs and spices offer a taste explosion without the need for heaps of salt and sugar. Plus, they are a great dose of antioxidants!
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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]

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Lisa Coleman, MS, RD, LDN
Lead Nutritionist

Giant Food

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Melanie Berdyck,

Giant Food
Ellicott City, MD

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Marissa Donovan,

Giant Food
McLean, VA

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Natalie Kannan

Giant Food
Fairfax, VA

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Emily Craft

Giant Food
Severna Park, MD

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(410) 975-7186

Roxana Ehsani, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN

Giant Food
O Street Marketplace, Washington DC

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(202) 238-0184

Min Krishnamurthy

Giant Food
Alexandria, VA

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Thu Huynh, RD, LDN
In-Store Nutritionist

Giant Food
Rockville, MD

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Leslie Jefferson

Giant Food
Lanham, MD

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(301) 306-1196

Mandy Katz, MS, RD, CLC, LDN

Giant Food
Timonium, MD

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(410) 308-9791

Lindsay Martin Pugliese

Giant Food
Fredericksburg, VA

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Healthy Kids

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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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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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