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Byline: Food writer Monaz Dumasia shows us how to grab a nutritious breakfast even for busy people with a long commute on the agenda

e all know breakfast is important to Wkick-start the day. But with busy mornings, it's easy to miss out in the mad rush. Mum-of-two Adele Jennings always makes sure her children have breakfast each morning but nds she struggles to nd time to eat a healthy breakfast herself. Monaz Dumasia trained at Leith's School of Food and Wine and is a food writer for some of the UK's biggest lifestyle and cookery magazines. Can she help Adele save her family breakfast? Adele Jennings is married to Mark, 41, and is mum to Amber, 11, and Jacob, four.

Adele Says:'Breakfast, for us, is a rush but I make sure the children have plenty of time to eat. Amber, 11, and Jacob, four, eat together while I'm showering and my husband Mark is making Amber's packed lunch. 'I drive 70 miles to work, so I dash out the door with a cup of tea in my travel mug. Sometimes I'll snatch a piece of toast on the go or grab a Kellogg's Special K Bar and eat in the car.

Brain food Adele Says: 'I do love Kellogg's Crunchy Nut Corn Flakes but I have trouble nding the time. Mark doesn't even eat breakfast at all. He just has a mug of tea!

'Amber has natural yoghurt with granola for breakfast or sometimes Kellogg's Coco Pops in the winter.

'Jacob, on the other hand, is a little fuss pot. He will only eat his favourite cereal with half a teaspoon of chocolate spread mixed in and warm milk.

'If there's one thing I wish I could change about breakfast it would be to have the time to all sit together and chat to the kids about their day.

'I believe breakfast is really important, especially for children as it takes them through until lunchtime so their brains absorb what they're learning at school.

'From September, we'll all have to be up even earlier as Amber has to start secondary school and Jacob will start primary school.

'I know breakfast is meant to be the most important meal of the day, but us parents really struggle to nd the time!' Monaz says...

'For Adele, skipping breakfast is not ideal when she has such a long day ahead. A balanced breakfast will help her to concentrate better. A bowl of cereal with milk is a quick and nutritious solution, but she could try making a cereal smoothie for her travel mug the night before. Simply blend a large handful of Kellogg's All-Bran with a dollop of natural yoghurt, half a banana, some berries and splash of milk then stash it in the fridge. While weekday family breakfasts might be difficult, they could make a special effort at the weekend instead and catch up at the breakfast table.'

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 23, 2015
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