LAW OF THE LUNCH BOX IS PACK WHAT THEY’LL EAT
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.
TRUSTING HER INSTINCTS: Sophie Rayner, with children Jack, Sammy and Lulu, doesn’t get caught up in what others think.