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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.

Use Guiding Stars to make better nutritious choices

Nutritious Choices Made Simple

Have you checked out your local supermarket lately?

The grocery landscape is changing at lightning speed! Gone are the days of neon lights and long grocery lines. In-store experiences like cooking demonstrations and beer tastings along with services like online shopping and in-store dietitians have really enhanced the grocery experience. In this changing world, how can you be confident that you are making nutritious choices for you and your family?

Start by filling your cart with fruits and vegetables. The more colors your cart contains, the wider variety of nutrients your body will benefit from.

Here are some suggestions to get you started:

  • Red: raspberries, red peppers, strawberries
  • Orange: clementine, carrots, butternut squash
  • Green: leafy greens, avocado, kiwi
  • Yellow: pineapple, bananas, yellow peppers
  • Purple: purple cabbage, eggplant, grapes

Easy as 1, 2, 3

Nutritionist Tip:

If you often find yourself throwing away spoiled produce, start creating a weekly meal plan. This way you will only buy what you need and use up your fruits and vegetables before they go bad. Once your cart is filled with fruits and vegetables then make wise choices about proteins, dairy, grains and fats. One tool that can help you to identify wise choices is Guiding Stars – a nutrition guidance program that rates the nutritional quality of food. Use stars to guide you towards foods with more vitamins, minerals, fiber, whole grains, and omega-3’s and less saturated fat, trans fat, sodium, added sugar and artificial colors. Look for the stars!

Nutritionist Tip:

Still have questions about eating to manage a health condition or to reach a nutritional goal? Connect with an in-store Nutritionist. Having the help of a trained nutrition professional can make navigating the aisles even easier. Visit our nutritionist page to find a Nutritionist.

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Our Nutritionists

Put your health in good hands with our Nutritionists. They are 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.

Guiding Stars, a new nutritious program that's as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Guiding Stars
It's as easy as 1, 2, 3...

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!

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Sarah Glunz,


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:
[email protected]

Joni Rampolla, RDN, LDN

1320 Londontown Blvd
Eldersburg, MD

It brings me joy to be part of the MARTIN’S family! With over 20 years of experience as a registered dietitian, I am a trusted source of information for all your health and wellness questions! The customers I counsel are successful because of my ability to connect with and guide them towards a happier, healthier life. Join me for an interactive class or store tour or a personalized, individual consultation. I look forward to empowering you to make the changes you desire!

To schedule an individual consultation, call
[email protected]

view my class schedule for March/April

view my class schedule for May/June

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Healthy Kids

Join MARTIN'S FOODS 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

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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