Dietitian Upgrade: Chips & Queso

Posted on December 26th, 2017


In the land of holiday parties, fiestas, get-togethers, and more, you can always count on there being chips and dip. One of my favorite chips and dip combos is Tostitos Scoops and Velveeta with Ro-Tel!

This year, though, I decided to change things up because I found my recipe from years past to be a wee bit on the salty side. Here are my two solutions for decreasing the saltiness of my go-to party snack:

  1. Rinse the Ro-Tel
    I typically use the Ro-Tel Mild since I cannot handle the spiciness of the original (I am a lightweight when it comes to spice!). While one serving of the Ro-Tel Mild has 380mg of sodium, I can reduce that by 41% simply by rinsing the product before adding it to the cheese! Now that 380mg of sodium is only 224mg!
  2. Use Ro-Tel Original No Salt Added
    Ro-Tel has recently added a new member to their product family: Ro-Tel Original No Salt Added. This little dandy only has 15mg of sodium per serving – no rinsing needed!
  3. Use an Unsalted Chip
    Even though the Tostitos Scoops are my favorite for the particular snack in question, Garden of Eatin’ Unsalted Blue Corn Chips are a staple at my house. With only 10mg of sodium per serving, they pack great flavor, color, and crunch with very little salt! These look great in any party bowl!

So I gave the #2 option a whirl recently, and while it was much less salty, it was so much more spicy! This is what inspired me to introduce an apple into the mix. And I must say, I wasn’t disappointed! Quite frequently I’ve eaten apples with cheese, and I’m surprised it took me this long to figure out that they go splendidly with Velveeta and Ro-Tel dip!

I hope you enjoy these ways to decrease the sodium content in your chips & queso and are inspired to try something new (what a great way to get an extra serving of fruit into your day!)!

Sydney Cavero-Egúsquiza, MS, RD/LD is a Reasor’s Registered Dietitian, and she enjoys sharing new food combinations with you! Sydney offices out of the Bixby Reasor’s, and she also provides dietitian services at the Reasor’s stores at 71st & Sheridan, Jenks, and in Sand Springs.

Information included does not constitute medical advice and should only be used as a general recommendation for a healthy, balanced diet and lifestyle. Reasor’s Registered Dietitians’ opinions and recommendations are their own; they are not paid to endorse any products or services.