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Healthy Recipes for Your Favorite Restaurant Meals Without the Commercial Ice Machine

by dawood ali
by dawood ali

You’ve decided to take the dive and go the healthy route.

Congratulations on your new commitment to a better, healthier lifestyle!

The only hiccup is that you still have those secret hunger pangs for your favorite restaurant meals and your daily Mocha Frap.

No worries. We’ve got you covered with some healthy recipes to satiate those cravings sans the commercial ice machine. We know what it feels like to want that Shamrock Shake from McDonald’s during St. Patrick’s Season or an Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Dog.

A Few Frozen Treats

Here are some of the classic frozen delights that have been modified to be healthy and guilt-free. You might want to pick up a Manitowoc ice machine or a similar commercial ice machine. The nugget ice makes these treats extra smooth. Enjoy!

1. The Wonderful Wendy’s Frosty

Who doesn’t have a Frosty childhood memory?

Popular blog, My Natural Family, brings the Frosty home and packed with antioxidant rich raw cacao powder and potassium filled bananas.

One of her followers suggests freezing the banana or swapping the banana altogether for almond butter.

Either way, this one is a chocolaty hit get more information.

2. The Satisfying Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino

Another for your Manitowoc ice machine, the health blogger over at The Lemon Bowl has whipped up a Mocha Frap recipe that at 70 calories contains less than one-fourth of the calories of it’s counterpart, less than 10 percent of the carbs, and only 6.8 grams of sugar!

Now that’s a sweet deal.

3. The McDonald’s Shamrock Shake

Another triple threat, this dairy-free, vegan, Paleo recipe by Hayley Ryczek is my favorite frozen treat. Filled with potassium and creamy smooth thanks to the avocado, this shake will have you wondering why you ever went to McDonald’s at all.

Only available during the St. Patrick’s Day Holiday season at McDonald’s, now you can have this green shake any day of the year.

Want these frosty treats on a whim? Having a Manitowoc ice machine handy can help keep fresh, soft ice on hand for the perfect consistency.

Some Restaurant Favorites

Here I’ve listed a few top dishes from fan favorite restaurants. What until you smell that Spicy Cajun Pasta!

1. TGI Friday’s Spicy Cajun Pasta

In their version of this TGI Friday best-selling recipe, Genius Kitchen uses V-8 juice and chicken stock to give it a healthy vitamin boost.

Best of all, blog followers rave about the sticky, spicy Cajun sauce!

2. Buca Di Beppo’s Chicken Glorioso

Buca Di Beppo is known for is bizarre interior décor, a large table with the spinning bust of the pope as its center piece, and delicious, homemade Italian food served family style.

The geniuses at Genius Kitchen serve us another healthy hit that is sure to please the famiglia.

3. Sweet and Sour Chicken

Miss Chinese takeout?

Head over to Legion Athletics and check out their slimmed down and tricked out version of Sweet and Sour Chicken and other fast food favorites.

It’s okay to break out the chopsticks, but go light on the soy sauce, they warn.

With so many options surrounding us every day and a long personal history of gorging on Chinese take-out and budget busting dinners out with friends and family, it’s hard to stay committed.

The recipes above can help you get started on preparing some of your favorite treats and restaurant meals in a healthier, more economical way even without the expensive kitchenware or commercial ice machine.

Your friends and family will never be able to tell the difference!

This article was originally published on @dawood