Olivia Rees, MS, RDN, LDN

We’re celebrating National Nutrition Month by raiding the kitchens of two of our Registered Dietitians. We asked QMG Registered Dietitian Olivia Rees to share a few items she keeps stocked in her kitchen. If you’re interested in learning how our Nutrition Services can help you, click here or call us at (217) 222-6550, ext. 3481.

Here’s what Olivia had to say:

  • Lentil/bean-based noodles: I do not like the taste of whole wheat pasta because of the gritty texture. I came across the bean/lentil noodles at Aldi. These are great because they are an excellent source of fiber (similar to whole wheat pasta), but have the added benefit of having protein as well. My favorite flavors are chickpea and red lentil.
  • Popchips: Popchips are a salty snack that I enjoy! They are lower calorie and lower in fat than regular potato chips. I prefer to get the single-serving packages too for easy grab-and-go items. The variety pack at Sam’s is my favorite and includes sea salt, sour cream and onion, and barbeque (which is my favorite flavor!).
  • Milk alternatives: I live by myself, so I often purchase milk alternatives because of their longer shelf lives. My go-to milk alternative is soymilk because it has the same amount of calcium and protein as cow’s milk. Soy’s milk is also slightly sweeter than cow’s milk so it’s a great alternative to smoothies. I find soymilk cooks better than other milk alternatives (such as almond milk or oat milk). For an added bonus, I find a soymilk that has added vitamin D in it too.