When you’re tired, when you’re too lazy to cook or when you’re just craving something and need it right away, you can always lean on fast food. While the term “fast food” might have been coined in 1951, the first fast food restaurant that opened was a White Castle in Wichita, Kansas, in 1921.

The true beauty of the fast food system today lies in its convenient locations and superior tastes. Franchises such as McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut have created a niche not just in the United States but all around the world. (Fun fact : More than half of McDonald’s worldwide revenue comes from outside the U.S.)

When fast food first gained increasing popularity around the 1950s, most restaurants had very simple menus. Some might find it hard to believe that one of the first McDonald’s menus offered just nine items. Today, fast-food menus have expanded considerably.

Highly criticized for heavy processing and lack of nutrition, fast food has received a lot of negative press in recent years. However, in the last five years or so, there has definitely been a conscious effort being adopted by companies to offer healthier versions of their dishes given the consumer’s focus on being fit. Several of these restaurants now offer salads and fat free options.

Fast food has definitely incorporated itself into the college culture and almost every college town has numerous fast food options. Students are always on the lookout for cheap and delicious food and tend to fall back on burgers and fries when they get cravings. However, you can save a lot of money (and calories) and satisfy these cravings by recreating some of these dishes in the comfort of your own home.

Here’s an easy and healthy version of the famous Wendy’s Frosty blogged by Averie Cooks:

Low-Fat Wendy’s Frosty

¼ cup sweetened Condensed milk

1 tub Cool Whip (I prefer the lite version.)

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1 cup chocolate milk

Give all the ingredients a blitz until the mixture reaches a creamy consistency. Freeze the mixture for up to one hour before serving. Enjoy!

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