Eat Low-Carbon for a Day

By: EatingWell Editors  |  March/April 2010
Eat to beat global warming with these delicious climate-friendly recipes.
Want your diet to have a lower carbon footprint? Here’s a days worth of recipe ideas featuring low-carbon ingredients to inspire you. (We used the low-carbon diet calculator at as a guide. Check out their FAQ’s for great tips on eating a low-carbon diet.)

Breakfast idea:

Try Buttermilk-Oatmeal Pancakes. Whole-wheat buttermilk pancakes are a low-carbon breakfast, and this recipe provides nearly a quarter of your daily calcium needs. Keep this meal low carbon by skipping the maple syrup.

Lunch idea:

Pair Multi-Bean Chili with a Basic Green Salad with Vinaigrette. Use beans from a store that sells them in bulk to keep from having to buy canned beans and using fresh, seasonal local vegetables, when possible.

Dinner idea:

Make a meal out of Oven Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes and steamed seasonal vegetables.

Dessert idea:

Bake up a batch of Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Snack idea:

Snack on Roasted Garlic Hummus and raw seasonal veggies.