Young At Heart Mommy | South Florida Lifestyle Blogger: Healthy Twists For Back To School Lunches At Walmart & Giveaway

Aug 21, 2012

Healthy Twists For Back To School Lunches At Walmart & Giveaway



The clock is ticking! By this time you probably have all of your back to school shopping done, bag packs are packed, and lunchboxes are ready to be stuffed for the first day. If you take a peek in your kitchen, are all of the meals and snacks you purchased for your children the BEST choices? Children who eat nutritious meals tend to better in school and stay focused.  This year try substituting sugary fattening foods with healthier options, also known as- BRAIN FOOD! When asked to create my own healthy lunches I started brainstorming immediately. Kids like variety and a small change to their lunch can make all the difference. All of the ingredients used can be found at Walmart and for an affordable price. Eating healthy does not always have to be expensive and it you don't have to give up an arm or leg.



At Walmart you can get everything you need to make a great lunch for your children and even yourself. Variety combined with affordability makes Walmart my favorite place to shop through the school year. I have learned that buying fresh ingredients actually makes each meal stretch.  I was challenged to come up with a few of my own ideas to make the "typical" lunchbox healthier. Take a look at what I came up with!


Turn the everyday turkey sandwich into a healthy wrap packed with nutrients. I used the Mission Wraps in Garden Spinach Herb. These can be found in the produce or bakery section of your local Walmart. Instead of using white bread, these wraps have 0 grams of trans fat and no cholesterol. As an alternative to mayonnaise I used Kraft Philadelphia Herb & Garlic low fat cream cheese spread. Inside I added shredded lettuce, match stick carrots, sprinkled cheese, and Oscar Meyer Deli Fresh Oven Roasted Turkey Breast. For side items I replaced the usual cookies, chips, and sweet snacks with low fat options. These include Activia Peach yogurt, Sunmaid cranberries, fresh orange slices, and Rold Gold Honey Wheat Pretzel Twists. While I typically pack two juice boxes I decided to replace one with a bottle of water to reduce sugar intake.


The next healthy alternative I came up with can be used for breakfast and lunch as well. Using mini Kellogg's Eggo Waffles I created tiny sandwiches filled with crunchy peanut butter and banana slices. This is a twist to the popular peanut butter and jelly. You can even add raisins around the rims. I also added carrot chips with low fat Ranch dressing. For the fruit servings, I packed watermelon and Mott's Cinnamon Apple Sauce. Like the first example, I paired Apple Juice with a bottle of water. 


Last but not least, I made a change to "Ants On A Log" cutting out the peanut butter and replacing it with a Philadelphia cream cheese stuffing. The spread is made by combing cream cheese, honey, sliced almonds, and cranberries. I also made chicken salad with low fat mayo paired with multigrain crackers. Sliced apples and a mixture of candied nuts are on the side for a snack. Once again, a bottle of water and fruit juice.

As parent's we can all make a change in our children's diet by providing them with healthier options this school year. Don't be scared to try something new. If you choose wisely you will see that eating healthy can actually be affordable. I am giving away a $25 Walmart gift card to one of my readers to help assist in buying nutritional components for your child's lunch! Enter below and good luck.
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Disclosure: I received a gift card to shop for components to make healthy lunches at Walmart for my consideration and to share my honest opinion and experience. I am under no obligation to post a positive review on them. I will not be compensated for this review. As always, opinion are my own!

83 comments :

  1. Cutting strips of red and green bell pepper and pairing them with carrot rounds and raisins allows kids to make veggies faces. Fun food is usually eaten up!

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  2. I could definitely add more fruits and veggies.

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  3. Instead of potato chips, using fruit/veggies with dips or bagel chips!

    jenna at loveofbabyonline dot com

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  4. I would include his favorite fruits in his lunchbox

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  5. Adding more fruit/veggies instead of chips/crackers

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  6. I like the fruit & vegetables Walmart has in the packs. They come with peanut butter or yogurt only a $1.00 a piece I usually buy a case of them for Back to school time, my boys love em (Detroit Mom)

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  7. Instead of cheetos, which my son really loves, I give him cut up carrots and a whole grain muffin! He really seems to like healthy food better!

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  8. Those turkey wraps look so good, I got hungry just eyeballing them. You gave me a lot of great ideas for lunch. Thanks!

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  9. My daughter loves when I pack pretzels or fruit slices and a little bit of peanut butter to dip it in.

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  10. The mini Eggo Waffles with peanut butter and banana slices sound delicious! I would probably try Eggos w/ nutella and banana or maybe nutella and cream cheese.

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  11. Instead of chips, baby carrots and grapes.

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  12. I would have died and gone to heaven if my mom had packed such healthy lunches for us.. You came up with some great meals and I have never seen the Mini Eggo's.

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  13. My daughter loves applesauce cups and string cheese.

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  14. My daughter would like grapes with yogurt and crackers in a healthy spread!

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  15. I'd add more grapes and berries.

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  16. i would definitely try the first option. the wrap is very appealing

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  17. Hi,

    I would add more fresh fruit and crunchy veggies and dip.

    Thanks !

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  18. more veggies...i usually add fruit..i love the Eggo idea, very cute!!

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  19. grapes my little one loves grapes!

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  20. I buy the small individual fruit trays and send them as a side.

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  21. my daughter doesnt like bread lol so instead of peanut butter sandwiches i pack her apple slices and pb!

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  22. Just replacing the high fat or sugary snack with whole grains and natural sugars, like in fruit.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Robin Bouza
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  23. I would add a banana, maybe some berries.

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  24. I think it would fun to add food coloring to the applesauce and eve yogurt to make fun colored dips. Patricia

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  25. apples with peanut butter to dip them in

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  26. natural, salt-free peanut butter and organic jelly on 100% whole wheat bread with fresh banana and strawberry slices inside

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  27. I would pack my daughter lunch the way you packed yours. the chicken wrap is such a great idea! it looks good and its different

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  28. add fruits and veggies

    freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

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  29. I would add carrots...if only she would eat them!!

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  30. Whole wheat wraps with veggies instead of plain bread...
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  31. I'd make fruit and peanut butter wraps instead of pb and j sandwiches.

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  32. Kids need more fruits and vegies in their lunches to keep them healthy, there are all kinds of things we need to put in our children's lunches

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  33. Making my own fruit snacks! My son loves them, and I know if I would make my own, they would be way healthier for him!

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  34. lookes yummy and good for my son

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  35. For a healthy twist to lunches I would add homemade fruit muffins.

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  36. My son loves to dip veggies in hummus

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  37. I would add more fruits and maybe some healthy trailmix instead of chips.

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  38. Adding fruits and vegetables to my sons lunch is the way to add healthy foods!

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  39. I make sure there is bottled spring water in my son's lunch..thanks, simmsmba@gmail.com

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  40. dried fruit and nuts is a delicious and dependable snack for lunches...

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  41. more fresh fruits and veggie options

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  42. fresh fruit for dessert, wheat bread instead of white

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  43. Maybe putting bananas on his PB and Honey sandwich, also giving him carrot sticks to munch on!

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  44. I put more fruit in their lunches and I buy 100 calorie pack snacks to help with portion control.

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  45. I just add fresh fruits to their lunch.

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  46. I would like to add more veggie snacks to my son's lunch!

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  47. Instead of ranch and carrots I want to do peanut butter and carrots with raisins!

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  48. I buy 100 calorie packs, whole wheat bread, low-fat peanut butter (most of the time), and low/nonfat cheese. All of those make lunches/snacks healthier & still look the same ;)

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  49. Using whole wheat breads! And no chips. Fruits and veggies.

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  50. I could use baked chips instead of the full fat kind.
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  51. I think switching out chips with veggies and hummus would be a good idea.

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  52. I'm sure they would love to have little dip containers for dressings to encourage them to eat veggies.

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  53. apple slices or baby carrots

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  54. celery and carrots sticks with dip

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  55. cream cheese instead of sugary dips

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  56. I think I'd try cutting fruits and veggies into fun shapes!

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  57. I like the idea of the pnut butter and waffles w/ banana slices. I make my son an apple, cheddar cheese and peanut butter sandwich he loves on Whole Wheat bread...you could probably also do it in a tortilla as well..thanks!!

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  58. Thankfully my daughter loves carrots, apples and peppers so I can always sneak some in.
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  59. Adding more furits and veggies!
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  60. Add more fruit and veggies!
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  61. instead of chips--replace it with an apple or banana :)

    marci h
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  62. I could put in pre sliced apples!

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  63. fruit strips

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