I have been eating Paleo for 18 months. My partner thinks I'm a freak (orthorexic?). Finally, she has started asking me what she's "allowed" to eat for breakfast instead of her staple cereal. She hates eggs, doesn't like the idea of cooking anything first thing in the morning. I'm not sure she's that serious about taking on Paleo (since there seem to be many obstacles put up), but I want to be as positive and encouraging as possible.
So far I've come up with:
. fruit, yogurt, seeds and nuts (ie a grain free musli) - she's not convinced this will keep her full for long enough
. yesterday's leftovers - Quote: "Ugh!"
and that's about it.
Please help me with egg-free suggestions (or even ways I could pre-cook eggs based stuff and make it palatable for her).
Ok, so I'm goin' with the elephant in the room answer.
Your partner knows what they like and what they don't better than we do, better than you do. This honestly reminds me of my dad who just completely hated the idea and is totally uninterested.
I'd say, personal opinion, they are an adult, they can make their own decisions and I suspect based on the tone of your post that no matter what gets offered up if it isn't their favourite cereal or toast they are out. Don't push. They'll see what you are doing and imitate, or not. Seems like a silly thing to stress over.
Get up early, make her coconut and rice or tapioca flour crepes with sour cream or yogurt and fruit, and serve them in bed.
My hubby doesn't like eggs, either. I make this: http://girlgoneprimal.blogspot.com/2010/02/recipe-grain-free-granola-nola-final.html and add vanilla or cinnamon to the mix.
He will eat it like a cereal with either raw milk or coconut milk over it, or put some on top of Greek yogurt. A little does go a long way and he finds it filling.
Here is our family breakfast staple: breakfast sausage made from ground chicken
I mix up the meat ahead of time and refrigerate. Then I cook what I need. You could also precook, even freeze them. I make these into patties or meatballs. I created this recipe bc I hated the fennel seed / overly strong flavor of most store-made sausage.
I agree with LikesLardinMayo. If he/she etc is willing in principle to accept something but adverse to actually trying it there is not a lot you can do. Pushing might only make change more unlikely.
Getting over the 'breakfast food' mentality might be a goal here, but that takes time. It's not like decades of socialisation just vanish through making a committment or to some 'paleo' diet, or having an interest in it.
Anyway, this article might be interesting http://www.gnolls.org/2131/the-breakfast-myth-part-1/. You don't have to agree with everything of course (and I don't) but there's a lot of food for thought...
How about starting off with some sort of breakfast muffin? Example http://www.multiplydelicious.com/thefood/2012/05/carrot-zucchini-spiced-muffins/. I eliminated the dates and it was still sweet enough. I make 10 on Sunday night, keep them in the fridge in an air-tight container, heat them up, and have breakfast for both of us each day. I put a few tablespoons of sunbutter on them and have a handful of veg too and I'm set through lunch. This could be a good transition off of cereals. Also could find some other ideas here: http://paleomg.com/category/breakfast/
My wife was the most anti-egg person I knew. When someone begins to incorporate a Paleo diet, their taste will begin to change. The same woman that thought eggs were "gross" now craves hard-boiled eggs. It's crazy how things work out!
My favorite choices, after leftovers which we've ruled out for your partner for the time being, are a steak, fish filet, chicken breast, or pork chop that I've cooked the day before and have ready in the fridge. I love a rare steak and often grill and slice a few to have on hand. Protein like this with or without fruit and veggies in the morning is both tasty and filling.
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