A recent United Nations Food and Agricultural Report revealed that dairy production accounts for 4 percent of man-made greenhouse gas emissions. That may seem like small potatoes compared to the 14-22 percent contribution from the meat industry, but that four percent adds up to over 1.3 billion tons of greenhouse gases per year!
Cutting dairy out of your diet completely might feel a little extreme for some folks, but even cutting back consumption can make a huge difference in your food’s environmental impact. Luckily, it’s simple and delicious to plan dairy-free meals! Here are some substitution ideas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
At breakfast time, peanut butter or other nut- and seed-butters are your best dairy replacements. Try spreading peanut, cashew, or almond butter on your toast instead of the dairy sort. A tablespoon of PB turns a regular bowl of oatmeal into a hearty breakfast, too!
If you’re more of a grits kind of breakfast-eater, you can substitute non-hydrogenated margarine or even a tablespoon or olive oil for that pat of butter. It’s better for your heart and just as tasty!
Looking to lighten your coffee or tea without dairy? No problem! There are a number of good soy creamers on the market. A new product, Mimicreme, is also excellent and contains no soy products, in case you’re trying to cut back on your soy intake. If you want to keep it simple, plain old almond milk is excellent in coffee and tea!
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