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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,


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 January/February (PDF)

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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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