Kids Eating Healthy With Walmart Challenge and $25 Gift Card Giveaway (Ends 8/24)


I was recently challenged to transform a typical good lunchbox into a GREAT lunchbox using healthy choices purchased at Walmart. I have to admit that I've been in a lunchbox "rut" of my own. I mean I want my kids to eat better but I struggle with the cost of healthier foods to pack everyday. Challenge accepted!

My mission

Makeover a pretty standard meal of a turkey sandwich (with lunch meat), dressed with mayo on white bread and fruit snacks.

My result


-I started off with antibiotic-free, hormone-free chicken in place of the lunch meat turkey. Luckily Walmart sells HarvestLand boneless, skinless frozen chicken breasts in 2.25lb boxes for around $9.50. This equals twelve 3oz portions for around $0.79 per serving.
*I used my Homemade Chicken Shawarma recipe and portioned it out in 3oz servings
-In place of white sandwich bread, I used 8 grain Oroweat Pocket Thins (100 calories, 5 grams of fiber per servings). I cut these into wedges for easy pick up. Cost: around $2.50 for 8 servings = $0.31/serving.

-In place of the calorie laden mayonnaise, I used gluten-free Sabra Classic Hummus. This is one of those foods that kids love and so do parents because it's packed with nutrition. Cost: around $4.50 for a 17oz family size (1oz serving size) = $0.26/serving. Lower with coupons

-Last but not last, I replaced the fruit snacks with fresh berries which are packed with nutrients, fiber and vitamins. Cost: around $0.50/serving.

THE BEST PART - My daughter Skylar loved this made-over meal! She even shared with her best friend at school and she also loved it. Healthy doesn't have to be boring.

DRUMROLL...

The turkey sandwich meal has approximately 400 calories and very little fiber and nutrients.

The grilled chicken meal has approximately 320 calories and a whopping 12 grams of fiber! Cost per portion is around $1.86. This is about the same or slightly more than the turkey sandwich but way worth it and about half the price of a McDonald's meal. 


Giveaway (This giveaway will end on August 24th at 12pm CST)
*Winners will be chosen randomly using Random.org.

1 lucky My Baton Rouge Mommy reader will win a $25 Walmart Gift Card to makeover your own lunchbox meal.

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Comments

  1. My biggest challenge is getting my kid to eat his lunch at all. He's so chatty at lunch time that he runs out of time to eat. He usually ends up finishing his lunch as a snack when he gets home from school. AAB

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  2. My biggest challenge is getting my son to eat fruit. All he likes is applesauce.
    M.L. (Michelle Lesley)

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  3. My biggest challenge is getting my 7 year old to eat veggies. The only vegetable he likes is baby carrots.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  4. My biggest challenge is finding healthy baby foods for my 7 month old. I send fresh puréed fruits and veggies to daycare in his lunchbox.

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    1. My biggest challenge is getting my son who is autistic and a picky eater to healthy foods period. I now have to fix his lunch everyday for school because he attends Hope Academy and I can not afford the meal plan. So everyday I have to give something healthy instead of just sweets, and what he likes. I am also competing against the school's meal plan and it is a peanut free school. So no more peanut butter & jelly sandwiches.

      Jimmie Smith aka Couponhustla

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  5. Best tip is to freeze seedless grapes and it will make for a tasty snack and sometimes it's okay to add caramel dip to apple slices as far as comprises

    T. B.

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  6. Tip- Cut raw veggies into smaller, more kid friendly pieces. Cut baby carrots and celery lengthwise so they are about 1/4 their normal thickness. This is how I have gotten my 3 year old to eat more raw veggies. A.K.

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  7. My granddaughter is a very picky eater and I need to find things she will eat. She is buying her lunch, but I know she must throw most of it away. Not only is that costing a lot of money, but she isn't even eating much. She needs to take her lunch with some healthy items such as you suggested. ML

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  8. Best healthy lunchbox tip just make sure all 4 food groups are represented and don't worry about weather they eat it all or not.
    loriagalbraith at gmail dot com


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  9. The biggest challenge we're facing is that the Pre-K and Kindergarten students go to lunch so early (before 11!), so they haven't had time to get hungry again after breakfast. Also, my kids are both slow eaters, and they only have about 20 minutes in the cafeteria. They always tell me they never have enough time to finish...but at least we can use their leftovers as afternoon snacks after school. MR

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  10. My biggest challenge is to get my 2 year old to eat at all, all he ever wants to eat is junk food. I don't even bring candy chips cookies or that kind of things home anymore. So now all he wants to eat is meats if I fix him a plate with veggies,rice,potatoes,noodles or something he won't eat anything he just eats the meat of the plate. Still have not figured out how to get him to eat everything:-(. GB

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  11. When my son was little,my biggest challenge was getting him to eat vegetables!I can remember trying to make pictures out of them,to make it more funnier for him!

    TV

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  12. my daughter hates eating vegetables!!
    freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

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  13. My tip is to include fruits and veggies that your child likes and will eat for sure.

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  14. Swap our hummus for ranch dressing as a dip for veggies!

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  15. My biggest challenge is getting my son to eat healthy when he is watching all the other kids around him eating "junk." bmas999 at hotmail.com

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  16. My healthy lunchbox tip is always adding either a fruit or veggie in the lunchbox or cut up the food item in different shapes. Something about eating a flower shape or heart shaped sandwich makes it taste so much better!

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  17. My biggest challenge is that my son does not like meat. I have to get creative and think of ways to get him to eat protein (eggs, pb, etc)

    Jennifer Marie

    lilnursejen at yahoo dot com

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  18. I like Walmart on fb (Jennifer Messner M)

    Jennifer Marie

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  19. Email subscriber

    Jennifer Marie

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  20. I like you on fb (Jennifer Messner M)

    Jennifer Marie

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  21. I follow you on twitter (JenniferCNP)

    Jennifer Marie

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  22. shared on fb

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    Jennifer Marie

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  24. My kids love peanut butter, so I usually send it with fruit like grapes, apples, and bananas. Also try ground turkey tacos. You can use wheat tortillas cutup or I've used pita bread before. JB jaxsonj8@yahoo.com

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  25. I send a banana with some chopped nuts, shaved dark chocolate, or rice cereal to dip it in.

    freeze low sugar juices that will still be cold by lunch.

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  26. Follow my BR mommy on facebook

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  27. I always include a different variety of fruits and vegetables in their lunches so they don't get bored. Thanks!
    romapup at gmail dot com

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  28. I send the lunchables, sliced meat, cheese and crackers, along with fresh fruit. Daughter loves it.

    T A

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  29. I always throw in some carrots, or grapes, or some type of fruit in there everyday!

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  30. I am a fan of Walmart on Facebook. CP

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  31. I subscribe through a reader. CP

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  32. I am a fan of yours on Facebook. CP

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  33. I follow you on Twitter.

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  34. Tweeted it on Twitter. CP

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  35. I always include fresh vegetables and fruit. We love fresh produce.
    KMC

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  36. My husband and I decided not to introduce any fast food or processed foods to our daughter and it's really paying off. She's 6 now and has never had so much as a McDonald's french fry or a single M&M. By the time she started school she loved all sorts of fruits & veggies. I've started making healthier versions of the processed foods that her classmates are eating and she doesn't feel like she's missing anything. She loves chowing down on hummus and broccoli, black bean and sweet potato burritos, or tuna and triscuits while her classmates eat their Lunchables. E.M

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  37. We love produce. Apples, cucumbers, green peppers, etc. All from the local farmer's market.

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  38. my tip is to include fresh fruits! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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