Eat Healthy This School Season with Wal-Mart as Your Guide ($25 GC Giveaway)

My daughter is a rock star. Her eating habits are definitely beginning to transfer my unhealthy way of eating to a more healthier lifestyle. She’s only 14, but has a great head on her shoulders when it comes to making healthy lunch choices. I’ve went from eating burgers and fries all the time to sandwiches, soups, veggies, and fruits — all because of her smart choices when we are grocery shopping.

Most of the time, when the word healthier is mentioned the first response from others is, I can’t eat healthy because it costs too much to eat healthy.” Thanks to Wal-Mart and their healthy lunch options, I can now change her good eating habits to great eating habits!

Just a small sampling of the foods we brought home with our $25 challenge

My daughter and I visited Wal-Mart armed with $25 to see what we could come up with that was considered “great healthy lunchbox” options. I asked her to create 5 examples of a healthy lunch and this is what she suggested.

  • Lunchbox Option 1: The Breakfast Box: Yogurt cup, Apple bites, juice, lowfat Great Value Strawberry Bar
  • Lunchbox Option 2: The Mexican Box: To go salsa cup (only has 50 calories), snack pack of tortilla chips, 100 calorie pack of Wholly Guacamole, 2 small tortillas, 2 slices of honey ham, shredded lettuce, grape tomatoes, and grapes for dessert, flavored water (zero calories)
  • Lunchbox Option 3: The Sandwich Box: Honey Ham Sandwich on Nine Grain Bread with mustard, carrot sticks with ranch dip (only 30 calories), sugar free jello, Sun Chips Harvest Cheddar flavor, flavored water, and Trail Mix with dark chocolate and whole dried cranberries (great for energy for the afternoon slump)
  • Lunchbox Option 4: The Italian Lunchbox: Slices of hard salami (better choice than pepperoni), string cheese, to go marinara sauce pack (get the ingredients to make homemade and keep in the refrigerator), whole wheat bagel minis (100 calories per serving), water, orange, Great Value Applesauce
  • Lunchbox Option 5: The Salad Lunchbox: Create a salad filled with all your favorite healthy components — romaine lettuce, tomatoes, diced cucumbers, diced squash, grilled chicken chunks, Shredded carrots and more. Drink a healthy dose of Great Value apple juice and finish your meal off with fresh strawberries dipped in dark chocolate.

What healthy lunchbox options would you come up with?

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I received a $25 Wal-Mart gift card in order to write this review. All opinions listed are my own.


  1. says

    Salad with spinach, mandarin oranges, sliced strawberries, pineapple, grilled chicken, pecans, and poppyseed dressing (like Panera serves) – YUM!

  2. Selene M. says

    Home-roasted turkey on whole-grain bread with cheddar cheese,tomato and lettuce (packed separately, celery and carrot sticks, and an apple.

  3. Seyma Shabbir says

    turkey sandwhich or chicken quesadilla with peas, cheese, carrots. Cut apples, cut cucumber, juice box (all natural).

  4. Lisa Brown says

    A simple chicken salad – Romain and butter lettuce, lean chicken breast, olives, tomatoes, little cheese, sunflower seeds.

  5. Amanda Petrie says

    Ham on sprouted grain bread with low fat mayo, clementine, non-fat Greek yogurt, homemade banana chocolate chip mini muffin

  6. says

    I think the challenge is a great idea to motivate children to do something good for themselves. If gives them a sense of achievement, ownership and they are therefore more likely to follow up.

  7. Stephanie Hungerford says

    Whole wheat tortilla smeared with a modest layer of peanut butter or healthy spread of your choosing either raisins or as a special treat a light sprinkling of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, Peel a banana and wrap in the tortilla and yummy serve with Milk or water.

  8. corrie says

    we try to eat a lot of whole grain and we dont eat chips. we also try to add fruits and veggies in our lunches also.

  9. Margaret Smith says

    I like to add sliced fruit or veggies and a little container with peanut butter that my kids use as a dip.

  10. Amanda K. says

    Fruits/veggies, turkey on rye with cheddar cheese. Sometimes I’ll throw in a small cookie if they have been good.

  11. Tari Lawson says

    My healthy lunch box creation is a whole wheat tortilla spread with natural peanut butter and rolled up. I call it a peanut butter roll-up.

  12. DeeAnn S says

    I love salads and eat them almost every day. My favorite is romaine, hard boiled egg, sliced mushrooms, swiss cheese chunks, onion crisps, croutons, and a creamy poppy seed dressing. Thanks.

  13. Jamie Brigham says

    I always put fresh fruit in their lunches, I use a tupperware container to keep them crispy and fresh and I sit them on an icepack.

  14. shaunie says

    A simple turkey sandwhich with lettuce, sliced apples, purified water with a hint of real fruit juice (a water splasher) and kettle chips

  15. Brent Dotson says

    Tuna Fish sandwich. I like the tuna with sweet pickles in it and on toasted wheat bread. Regular Almonds for something crunchy and crystal light orange drink.

  16. Katie Rose says

    I like to toss quartered cherry tomatoes sprinkled with salt, pepper, onion & oregano into a container with some cubed cheese and maybe a dash of red vinegar and some diced pepperoni. Add an apple and it’s complete!

  17. Dee says

    I make a turkey and provolone sandwich on seven grain bread for nieces during summer when I take them to camp that has tomatoes and lettuce and some honey mustard.

  18. Maryann says

    I give my kids fruit of their choice, cheese, crackers and one snack made from whole grains…teddy bears or goldfish.

  19. Ambet Remme says

    Peanut butter & jelly sandwich with a organic yogurt and fresh fruit, and a organic juice or milk box. I would probably pack apples often since my daughter’s name is Apple. <3

  20. Juli Guthrie says

    My boys usually get a whole wheat pb&j, a fruit, veggie straws, and a small treat with either a homemade cookie made with wheat or a few bunnies.

  21. Sarah W says

    sliced cucumbers, hummus, flat out flat bread in olive oil and rosemary flavor, fresh raspberries, blackberries and strawberries. Water.

  22. Ellie W says

    I send sliced bananas so my grandson can have them with his milk. At home I slice them into a mug of milk for him.

  23. Debbie C says

    Fresh ground peanut butter, nothing added, fruit only jam, and organic sliced almonds all on whole bread with veggie snack chips and drinkable yogurt.

  24. Wendy M says

    With a super picky eater I try to pack anything healthy that he will eat. Grapes and cheese cubes are probably tops on his list

  25. Kim H says

    We eat low carb/no sugar, so my healthy lunch would be a chef salad with hard boiled egg, ham & cheese with lots of veggies and a yummy dressing.
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  26. Hana says

    turkey sandwich on whole wheat, multigrain bread with lettuce, tomato, and lite mayo. cheese stick on the side and a fruit cup. water to wash it down =)

  27. Geoff K says

    My choice would be a whole wheat pita with turkey breast, lettuce, cucumbers, peppers, and low-fat cheese, apple slices, and hummus with veggies.

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  29. kimbuckjr says

    My healthy lunchbox creation is a tuna or chicken sandwich on wheat bread with grapes and carrots. So good!

  30. Amy B says

    I usually add a vegetable and fruit to the mix. My children love fruits and veggies so they don’t mind me adding a few of each.

  31. kymi a says

    my healthy lunch box creation is whole wheat tuna sandwich with veganaise mayo, carrot, olive, celery snack & fuji apples with alittle caramel dipping sauce.

  32. Emilee says

    Wrap filled with chicken, mozzarella cheese, romaine lettuce, tomato and light italian dressing + Carrots with light ranch dip (or homemade ranch) + water with Peach tea Crystal Light

  33. Missy L says

    My son likes Peanut Butter/Banana/Honey sandwiches, yogurt, grapes, and special treat in his lunch. Maybe a cookie or pretzels. When he packs a lunch he packs a small bottle of water for his drink.

  34. Karen says

    I like to cut up pieces of cheese and lunch meat (like ham or turkey) and have a little dip for it, apple slices with dip.

  35. Tina says

    We love apple slices and peanut butter. also grapes are great. You freeze them the night before and they are still chilled or frozen when you have lunch.

  36. rebecca says

    I like to add baby carrots (yes, with ranch…) to anything I would normally put chips with. we do apples with cheese and then a sandwich.

  37. Melissa P. says

    I make chicken salad with celery, grapes, apples, a little celery salt, pepper, mustard, and mayo. I also make tuna fish with celery, grapes, apples, a little celery salt, pepper, mustard, mayo, and relish.

  38. says

    I recently found an amazing chocolate pudding recipe using pumpkin as the main ingredient. I am excited that the kids love it too, so it will be a perfect sweet treat for their lunch boxes.

  39. says

    We’re fairly traditional in our lunch packing – doing it in “mass quantity” requires a simple formula :) So most days, it’s pb&j on whole grain bread, carrots and/or fruit, pretzels &/or fruit or pudding cup, with water or juice. This year, we only have to pack three lunches…. That feels like such a small number for our gang :)

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