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Back-to-School Means Eating Healthy

healthy snacks to eat at school

Here’s an interesting fact:

According to Walmart’s “Class of 2012 Back-to-School Survey,” 76 percent of moms with children in kindergarten to 12th grade consider back-to-school a time for a fresh start over Jan. 1 and 61 percent of moms said they plan to get their families to eat healthier during the new school year. However, moms’ biggest challenge with getting their families to eat healthier during the school year is the cost of healthier foods.

I can totally relate to the results. My kids do not go to school yet, but I’m already hyperventilating over here because as I’ve mentioned before, my kids are vegetarian. I remember school lunches and from what I remember, they were not exactly 1) healthy 2) vegetarian-friendly and 3) tasty. There is no doubt in my mind that I will be packing the kids’ lunches. In fact, I’m already coming up with a few ideas for school lunches. Take a look at all the great (and healthy) foods I found on a recent trip to Walmart:

We have the trusty fruits (bananas and grapes), cheese sticks, fruit snacks, yogurt packets (with no artificial coloring), organic apple juice, dill pickle chips, Snapea Crips, ClifKid bars, Del Monte fruit bowls and this:

sliced cucumber with tajin

This is my take on a healthy version of chips. I slice up a fresh cucumber, then add some lemon and tajin over it. Gives it a little bit of kick, but it’s refreshing and you still get that crunch. And it’s no biggie if they’re sitting in a lunchbox for hours. In fact, they’re even better after a few hours because they’ve sat there marinating in the lemon juice.

And this sandwich here is no ordinary sandwich:

Open face sandwich with cucumber and tomato

This sandwich is assembled over sourdough bread and has: romaine lettuce, sharp cheddar cheese, snacking cucumbers (thinly sliced), light mayo, mustard, tomatoes and vegan peppered turkey! Yup. This sandwich is vegetarian and loaded with veggies!

There are so many different ways to play with food nowadays and make them healthier. Walmart makes it affordable to do this thanks to their fresh produce section and their new Great for You seal, available now in the produce section and on additional Great Value and Marketside items starting this fall. The Great for You seal will make it easier to identify affordable, healthier food choices.

This is not a sponsored post. I received a gift card to shop healthier back-to-school lunch alternatives. All thoughts and opinions remain my own.

Pattie Cordova is founder of Cordova Media Group, LLC, a boutique social media consulting firm that develops and creates social media strategies for businesses. She manages LivingMiVidaLoca.com and is EIC for LMVL SoCal. In her spare time (what little there is LOL) she enjoys working out, hanging out with her family (two chiclets and a Hubster) and traveling.

44 Comments

44 Comments

  1. Xenia G.

    August 17, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    We don't use Lunchables. I always use grapes, bananas or apples instead of chips and a small water bottle instead of juices. My son is picky so he usually gets by with a quesadilla!

  2. tristatecruisers

    August 17, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    my biggest challenge is making lunches for several kids–there is always one that doesn&#39;t like what i put in their lunch :)<br /><br />marci h<br />tristatecruisers at yahoo dot com

  3. Mami2jcn

    August 17, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    My biggest challenge is getting my 2nd son (who is the pickiest) to eat more fruit and vegetables. He likes apples, bananas and carrots, but that&#39;s about it.<br /><br />

  4. Lilyana Cruz

    August 17, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    incluirles frutas y vegetales, yogurt y leche! tratar de coman lo mas saludable posible! por ejemplo yo opto por un sandwich de pavo con lechuga y tomate, un yogurt y un tupper con fruta o manzana!

  5. B. Wilson

    August 17, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    My biggest advice is to hit up pinterest for ideas. Skip the bread sometimes, also!

  6. Trisha B

    August 18, 2012 at 1:23 am

    I like to make lunches fun and creative that way the kids get to play with their food and eat it,too.A couple fun ideas are turning a string cheese into a cheese guy or make a tasty rainbow of fruit by lining the pieces of fruit on small wooden skewers.

  7. stefanie gladden

    August 18, 2012 at 2:06 am

    try to switch it up, having the same things every day will get boring and they wont wanna eat healthy anymore<br /><br />fb ann lyfe

  8. AStarrA

    August 18, 2012 at 2:54 am

    My biggest lunchbox challenge is to always have different food choices and not make it boring and repetitive.

  9. Declan Cash's Mom

    August 18, 2012 at 3:28 am

    I just can&#39;t think of fun things to put in the lunch, so I end up buying packaged lunches :-(<br /><br />Those cucumbers with Tajin are making my mouth water! I like them with chile and salt. Mmmmm mmmmmm good!

  10. Heather Panjon

    August 18, 2012 at 5:05 am

    Cover All Food Groups, Grains,Dairy, Protein,Veggies,Fruit,pack fresh fruits and veggies for lots of vitamins and a yummy treat !:)

  11. Anonymous

    August 18, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Fresh Fruit is always good for lunches, take the kids shopping with you and have them pick out their own fruit. <br /><br />@LLLSummer

  12. Sandy VanHoey

    August 18, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    I try to send my grandson off with a healthy lunch. He has his fruits, cheese which he loves, sandwich, juice and I like to give him a yogurt. We keep freezer packs in his lunches to keep it all nice and cold

  13. BethElderton

    August 18, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    The biggest challenge is always getting kids to eat more veggies. I like to add shredded carrot to sandwiches for crunch or add shredded zucchini to tuna or chicken salad, because it seems to disappear.<br />bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

  14. mommy2luke2008

    August 18, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Packing lunches the night before. If I take the time to pack them the night before then I have time to put something healthy together. If I wait till the morning, then I&#39;m in a rush and will just pack something that is quick.

  15. Christy

    August 18, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    I&#39;m about to find out for the first time. I refuse to buy Lunchables. They&#39;re a great idea but they have so much fat and sodium. We did buy some Sunchips, stuff for sandwiches, yogurt, and light cheese sticks. <br /><br />[email protected]

  16. latanya

    August 18, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    biggest challenge is getting my son to eat veggies

  17. Karen Glatt

    August 18, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    I always include in lunches fresh fruit and string cheese! But I have a challenge getting my son to want to eat healthy! So I make healthy muffins, and he likes it! I try to include veges too like carrot sticks!

  18. Lisa Brown

    August 18, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    The biggest challenge is variety. You can&#39;t send them to school with the same foods every day, they just won&#39;t eat it. Keep it different, suit the lunches to their tastes but healthy.

  19. agatewood1

    August 19, 2012 at 1:22 am

    my biggest challenge is finding something healthy to pack in their lunchboxes besides chips, and cookies etc…with them not being able to store their lunchboxes in the fridge it poses a big problem for foods like veggies and yogurts etc…thank you for the giveaway!!

  20. Maureen

    August 19, 2012 at 2:50 am

    My biggest challenge is figuring out how to keep all of their lunches cold because they love yogurt at lunch time!<br /><br />Maureen<br />[email protected]

  21. Carly H.

    August 19, 2012 at 2:59 am

    Baby carrots make a great healthy snack because they&#39;re tasty and hold up well in a lunchbox.

  22. Bridget Heiple Reich

    August 19, 2012 at 3:11 am

    My biggest challenge is my daughter is in kindergarten, so this is my first year of packing lunches. I&#39;m going to try really hard to make her something healthy instead of always giving her money to buy lunch!! Healthly snacks like carrots, fruit snacks, grapes, etc.

  23. debijackson

    August 19, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    my tip is go whole grain debbie jackson,<br />djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

  24. Tabathia

    August 19, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    I like to freeze seedless grapes which are great for lunch and pack a frozen gogurt which my daughter loves<br />tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  25. Julie Wood

    August 19, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    I make a healthy wrap by getting whole wheat tortillas and I put chunks of chicken with cheese and veges on it! My son loves them!

  26. akronugurl

    August 19, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    biggest challenge is getting them to eat veggies :(<br /><br />[email protected]

  27. noreen

    August 20, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    My biggest challenge is one will not eat bread or tortilla in her lunch

  28. Cynthia Rayne

    August 21, 2012 at 12:32 am

    We try to make produce fun. Apples with peanut butter. Cucumbers with ranch dip. We carve out zuchinni and make zuch boats.

  29. Tania luviano

    August 21, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    My biggest challenge is to be creative everyday so my children eat their lunches. Love pepinos con chile!!

  30. ashley

    August 21, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    I try to make everything bite sized so it&#39;s easy to eat!

  31. Anonymous

    August 22, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Keeping it simple is a challenge. I find that making shapes with the food makes it more appetizing. Like cute the watermelon in star shapes using a cookie cutter or even add food coloring to the applesauce to make it fun. Patricia

  32. Bethany McKinley

    August 22, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Peanut butter and jelly on wheat with lots of fruit and veggies. : )

  33. Jenny

    August 22, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    My biggest challenge is having variety in lunches since my son is a pretty picky eater.

  34. Adrienne

    August 22, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    My kids always ate school lunches, we never packed from home.

  35. Elena

    August 23, 2012 at 4:24 am

    My biggest challenge is to get him to eat veggies<br /><br />elena150980 at yahoo com

  36. Shannon Bradley-Colleary

    August 23, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Lately my kids have been loving cukes. Especially the Persian cucumbers.

  37. Tracy D.

    August 26, 2012 at 1:18 am

    I make faces, animals, etc with the fruit/veggies. It makes it fun for him, and he gets the nutrients he needs.

  38. jenmalonee

    August 25, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    My biggest challenge will be to add variety. My son is so picky-I can&#39;t pack him peanut butter and honey every day!!<br /><br />Jennifer Marie<br /><br />lilnursejen at yahoo dot com

  39. Laura Jacobson

    August 27, 2012 at 4:23 am

    My biggest challenge is that he is so picky of an eater! Alot of fruit, but wish I could get some vegetables in there somehow!<br />landfjacobson @ charter.net

  40. [email protected]

    August 26, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    We do sandwich cutters for fun shapes!

  41. Anonymous

    August 28, 2012 at 4:15 am

    add fresh fruits and veggies to each lunch! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

  42. Gilda

    August 28, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Incluir en la lonchera mas frutas y verduras que comida chattarra o rápida e incluir agua natural en lugar de jugos, bebidas gaseosas o energizantes.<br />[email protected]

  43. Raina

    August 30, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    My biggest challenge is packing health y foods that need to be refrigerated

  44. Tiffany Drew

    August 30, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    My biggest challenge is finding healthy foods that my children will eat. They are both very picky and eat the opposite foods so it is very hard to find a meal that works for the both of them that is healthy.

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