Because cows are a high-carbon producing animal, using non-dairy alternatives can have a big impact on our environment. Cows produce methane, a greenhouse gas that is accelerating climate change even faster than CO2 – and the Midwest drought has also driven up the price of grains needed to feed cows. Today is Earth Day and we're featuring some delicious low carbon footprint recipes from Bon Appétit Management Company (food services for a sustainable future®). This delicious smoothie recipe uses almond milk from California almonds, one of the few perennial crops that are likely to experience slight yield increases as a result of climate change’s rising temperatures. Berries flash-frozen at the peak of ripeness replace fresh ones when local fruit isn’t available, retaining all of their flavor and nutrients. Try this tasty and healthy smoothie in celebration of Earth Day and the 6th annual Low Carbon Diet Day!
Blueberry, Basil and Almond Milk Smoothie
1 10-ounce serving
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
2 medium basil leaves
3/4 cup almond milk
1/4 cup ice
1 teaspoon honey (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Top with blueberry basil leaf garnish.
EatLowCarbon.org is a great resource for learning how to reduce your carbon footprint, with diet tips, carbon food scores and a quiz on planet-friendly foods.