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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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Quick & Easy Dinners

Like everything else in life, having a plan keeps you on track with your meals and budget. Making dinner quick and easy is all about the plan. And, by including a balanced mix of fruits, veggies, protein, and whole grains, you can keep things healthy and nutritious.

Saving time and money each week is the name of the game. Make sure you look through your calendar each week before you start. Nothing’s worse than planning a meal you can’t prepare because you get home too late.

Check your pantry and use ingredients you already have available to start your menu. Remember that you can prepare for the week by pre-shredding rotisserie chicken, roasting big batches of vegetables and making time-consuming sides like rice and beans. Doing so keeps your shelves and fridge stocked with prepared ingredients throughout the week.

Fill in your meal plan with favorite recipes that you know your family will enjoy. One-sheet recipes like a sausage, potato and veggie bake and slow cooker meals like kid-friendly pulled pork also make prep and cooking easy throughout the week. Have a fan favorite? Make double and freeze half for another week!

Try out one new recipe a week to keep things interesting and introduce your family to new flavors. Meal planning doesn’t need to be boring - mix it up with something new to make sure you are expanding your horizons.


Here are some of our favorite go-to meals that you can prepare quickly and have on the table in no time!

Pizzas & Flatbreads Start with pre-made crusts and shredded cheese. Top it with grilled veggies and a healthy protein. Or, get creative – BBQ pizza anyone?

Paninis & Quesadillas Grilled sandwiches or tortillas stuffed with cheese, veggies, and protein make for an easy, balanced meal. Even if you don’t have a Panini press or foreman grill, you can make them in a pan using another pan to press them down. Play with food combinations from your fridge or borrow ideas from your favorite restaurants! Our favorite is an Italian Panini stuffed with pesto and mozzarella.

Breakfast for Dinner Always a kid favorite! Breakfast can consist of omelets, egg sandwiches, high protein pancakes made with peanut butter, quiches or frittatas filled with your favorite vegetables. Made in ten minutes plus just a little bit of cooking time, serve with a side of fruit, and you're done.

Pasta Pasta night doesn’t have to be the same old meat sauce. Mix things up with chicken, tomatoes, and peppers red sauce, consider using pesto with shredded chicken or making a fun taco mac and cheese.


Savory Magazine offers free meal planning tools that can help make it easier. But first and foremost, you can also check out the Savory Sunday section of the magazine for a week’s worth of meal ideas.

Like to keep things digital? Use the meal-planning tool to generate a shopping list or use Peapod to save even more time.

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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

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

Marissa Donovan,

Giant Food
McLean, VA

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

Natalie Kannan

Giant Food
Fairfax, VA

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

Emily Craft

Giant Food
Severna Park, MD

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

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

Min Krishnamurthy

Giant Food
Alexandria, VA

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

Thu Huynh, RD, LDN
In-Store Nutritionist

Giant Food
Rockville, MD

To schedule an individual consultation, e-mail
[email protected] or call:

Leslie Jefferson

Giant Food
Lanham, MD

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

Mandy Katz, MS, RD, CLC, LDN

Giant Food
Timonium, MD

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

Lindsay Martin

Giant Food
Fredericksburg, VA

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

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

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

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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.
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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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