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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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5 Unexpected Ways to Use Strawberries

Spring has sprung and that means Spring produce has arrived! Strawberries are a favorite fruit among kids and adults. Rich in folate and vitamin C, strawberries are not only great for you but they are versatile, too! We all know that strawberries are great in shortcake, but strawberry flavors go beyond basic desserts. Just in time for Mother’s Day, check out these creative and unexpected ways to add strawberries to your meals and snacks:

  1. Marinate: For a basic springtime snack or dessert, add fresh strawberries to lime juice and basil for a sweet and savory treat. Try this recipe for Marinated Strawberries with Lime and Basil!
  2. Sip: Looking for a way to really impress mom this Mother’s Day? Treat her to fruit-infused tea! In this recipe for Strawberry Tea, blended strawberries enhance the already—high antioxidant count of tea, keeping you and mom looking and feeling great!
  3. Savor: Ricotta and strawberries are a great appetizer or breakfast combination. Add to a grilled baguette and-voila!-you’ve got an easy but impressive looking bite that will please even the most picky palettes. Check out this recipe for Strawberry and Ricotta Baguette.
  4. Garnish: Adding strawberries to dinner is easy with this creative Pretzel-Crusted Chicken with Strawberry Relish recipe. Salty pretzels and sweet strawberries are a match made in heaven, plus the vitamin C in strawberries helps you absorb the iron from your chicken. How’s that for a perfect pair?
  5. Toss: While you may have already tried strawberries in a traditional salad, in this recipe for Red, White, and Blue Quinoa Salad, strawberries and blueberries come together with the sweet and nutty flavor of quinoa for a protein-rich vegetarian salad that looks as good as it tastes!

For more creative ideas and healthy inspirations, reach out to your local In-Store Nutritionist at Stop & Shop

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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.

Julie Hersey,
MS, RDN, LDN

Stop & Shop


Hi! I’m Julie Hersey, MS, RDN, LDN, the Nutritionist for Stop & Shop. I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, licensed in Massachusetts and have been studying nutrition for over a decade. I received a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Syracuse University, and completed the dietetic internship and a Master of Science in Allied Health Sciences from the University of Connecticut. I was born and raised in the Boston area surrounded by my big Greek family, so it is safe to say that I love everything about food, family and living a balance lifestyle.

It’s true – you are what you eat! And what you put into your shopping cart each week matters, making the grocery store a perfect place to start making small changes towards better health. Whether you a learning to manage a medical condition, confused by food labels or just seeking recipe inspiration, I am here to help guide you. My nutrition advice is practical, evidence-based, and tailored to keep health at the top of our customers list.

Need more nutrition guidance? Just ask Julie!

Email her at [email protected] or call to talk 617-770-7155

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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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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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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