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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

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.

Sarah Glunz,
MS, CNS, LDN

GIANT Food Stores

As the Lead Nutritionist, I want to ensure that we're doing our best to improve the health and wellness of our customers, associates, and communities. Please reach out to me with any questions or concerns about our nutritionist program. I'm happy to help!

Contact Info:
Call
717-254-2913
[email protected]

Central PA In-Store Nutritionists

Shanna Shultz,
RD, LDN

GIANT Food Stores
Harrisburg, PA

A dash of color, a pinch of portions, and a sprinkle of variety is my recipe for a fun food experience! In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, my hope is to cheer you on in meeting your nutrition goals while maintaining a positive and exciting outlook toward the vitality of food. Whether you're cooking for one or a crew, together we can create meal ideas that fit your dietary needs, budget, and taste buds!

To schedule an individual consultation, call
717-545-0489
shanna.shultz
@giantmartins.com

view my class schedule for January/February (PDF)

Holly Doan,
RD, LDN

GIANT Food Stores
Enola, PA

I find great joy in helping customers develop healthy habits in an effort to meet their overall wellness goals. My favorite part about my job as an in-store nutritionist is being a support to my clients on their journey to a new lifestyle. I am passionate about empowering you to make the best choices for yourself and your family. I would love to hear your story!

To schedule an individual consultation, call
717-909-7012
[email protected]

view my class schedule for January/February (PDF)

Kilene Knitter,
RD, LDN

GIANT Food Stores
Lancaster, PA

I believe in a balanced lifestyle approach that brings joy to your life and a smile to your face. Whether you are taking the first step or are already on your wellness journey, I am excited to encourage and work with you to meet your personal health goals! Together we can develop an individualized approach that finds creative ways to enjoy the foods you love and build healthy habits that fit into your lifestyle. Looking forward to meeting you soon!

To schedule an individual consultation, call
717-293-1462
kilene.knitter
@giantmartins.com

view my class schedule for January/February (PDF)

Madelyn Barrows,
RDN, LDN

GIANT Food Stores
Camp Hill, PA

My passion is for teaching people about the powerful things that food can do! Whether you want to fuel up for your next game, eat right to manage a health condition, or maintain your energy through a busy day, you are not alone on your nutrition journey. Let’s team up today to help reach your goals! Call or email me to learn more about the nutrition services GIANT provides!

To schedule an individual consultation, call
717-724-1166
madelyn.barrows
@giantmartins.com

view my class schedule for January/February (PDF)

View Cooking School Events January/February (.pdf)

Philadelphia Area In-Store Nutritionists

Rabiya Bower,
RD, LDN

GIANT Food Stores
Flourtown, PA

I love talking about healthy food and teaching others about making nutritious (and tasty!) choices. My expertise is in diabetes management, maternal & children's health, and overall physical well-being. I can help you find healthy choices in the store, create enjoyable meals, and manage food allergies or medical conditions. I look forward to working with you to reach your health goals!

To schedule an individual consultation, call
215-836-4300
[email protected]

view my class schedule for January/February (PDF)

view my kids classes (PDF)

Christina Fava,
MA, RDN, LDN

GIANT Food Stores
Willow Grove, PA

I have a passion for helping customers make healthy decisions while they shop, providing one-on-one nutrition consultations and teaching health-related classes. I have a background in diabetes and weight loss education and experience creating individualized meal plans.

To schedule an individual consultation, call
215-784-1960
[email protected]

view my class schedule for January/February (PDF)

View Cooking School Events January/February(.pdf)

Courtney Schoepe,
MA, RD, LDN

GIANT Food Stores
Havertown, PA

I’m a registered dietitian with a background in counseling clients of all age groups with various health conditions and dietary needs. I look forward to helping customers achieve healthier lifestyles and make better choices as they shop.

To schedule an individual consultation, call
610-449-1161
courtney.schoepe
@giantmartins.com

view my class schedule for January/February (PDF)

Lehigh Valley In-Store Nutritionists

Mary Ann Moylan,
RD, LDN, CDE

GIANT Food Stores
Trexlertown, PA

I can help customers shop and answer questions about special diets. I have a special interest in diabetes and weight management, and am certified in both. I’m most at home teaching people about healthy eating and helping them adjust their eating habits to promote good health.

To schedule an individual consultation, call
610-391-0152
maryann.moylan
@giantmartins.com

view my class schedule for January/February (PDF)

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Healthy Kids

Join GIANT FOOD STORES 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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