LAW OF THE LUNCH BOX IS PACK WHAT THEY’LL EAT

Sunday Mail - - NEWS - RE­BECCA BAKER

WITH four chil­dren aged 11 and un­der, Ade­laide mum So­phie Rayner has plenty of prac­tice when it comes to put­ting to­gether a school lunch box.

She has learned to trust her own in­stincts and not get too caught up in what oth­ers think about what she’s giv­ing her kids to eat.

“When my el­dest, Jack, first started school I did put a lot of pres­sure on my­self, wor­ry­ing about what I packed and try­ing to make sure it looked amaz­ing,” she said.

“But I found so much would come back home again and I was bet­ter off put­ting in what Jack liked to eat.

“Kids are much more in­ter­ested in play­time and just want some­thing that is quick and easy to eat.”

She says in ad­di­tion to a main lunch item as sushi, a ham and cheese sand­wich, or home­made sausage roll, the kids each get two bits of fruit (or veg­eta­bles) as well as a “carby” snack, such as rice crack­ers, to fill them up. She also packs one sweet treat each day.

“The main thing I like to en­sure is they have some sort of pro­tein in their lunch box every day to avoid them hav­ing an en­ergy slump in the af­ter­noon,” she said.

Mrs Rayner said she be­lieved the fo­cus should be on ed­u­cat­ing chil­dren about healthy eat­ing, in­clud­ing where food comes from.

Pic­ture: NAOMI JELLICOE

TRUST­ING HER IN­STINCTS: So­phie Rayner, with chil­dren Jack, Sammy and Lulu, doesn’t get caught up in what oth­ers think.

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