Healthy Shakes & Hardywood Brewery

Can I state the obvious for a second here? It’s hot. Like really hot. Like I didn’t know it was possible for places to be this hot/humid. But it is. So you have two options:

  1. Complain about the heat every 5 seconds
  2. Pour yourself a cool glass of something

Since I like to see the glass (literally) half full, I went with #2.

While my fro-yo addiction is still going strong, I occasionally satisfy my desire for some cold creamy deliciousness in a slightly cheaper and healthier way. After making an impulse vanilla-wafers purchase, I realized I should do something more than consume the whole box as I dipped them in dark chocolate dreams peanut butter (although that’s a perfectly acceptable thing to do, just so we’re clear on that). I also had some frozen strawberries I wanted to use up, so this was created in my kitchen:

Strawberry Shortcake Shake

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 3 packets stevia (or 6-8 drops of liquid stevia)
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • pinch xanthan gum (optional, but it makes it thicker!)
  • 4 vanilla wafers

Blend everything except the vanilla wafers in a blender until very smooth. Add in 3 of the vanilla wafers and pulse until combined, but you’ve still got some cookie chunks. Crumble the last wafer on top.

The whole shake has 290 calories and 27g of protein and 6g of fiber! For full nutritional info, click here!

If that doesn’t cool you off, then you’re crazy.

Despite the heat, I ventured out to the Food Truck Court at Hardywood Brewery with my friend Kate. I’d been to the Food Truck Court when it was at the VMFA  (you can read about it here) so I knew what to expect, but I’d never been to Hardywood, so I was excited to check the place out.

This place was so cool! Kate’s friend showed us around, and I couldn’t believe how huge the place was! Honestly, it deserves a post all it’s own, when I can spend more time tasting! Maybe I’ll stop in for one of the events, because the summer concert series sounds like so much fun! You can read the whole Hardywood Brewery story here!

Mr. Darcy seemed to enjoy the place, despite the heat, and Kate and I shared some chips & guacamole from the Habenero food truck.

We didn’t get to stay too long, because Lindsay and I were going to the driving range with the boys. Not because I’m a golfer (although this picture could prove that wrong) but because I love whacking golf balls. My dad says I have “good club speed” which is a nice way of saying “sometimes you swing so fast you miss the ball.” But that’s ok. The point is to have fun, and I always have fun!

Which do you prefer: salsa or guacamole?


  1. That shake looks so good! I think I prefer guac only because I’m obsessed with avocados right now. But I do love salsa with chips.

  2. 1 omg is your dogs name mr. darcy??? 2. that shake looks amazingggg 3. holler at me next time you go food trucking’ i want to eat all the things.

    • Haha it’s actually my friend Kate’s dog! Isn’t he adorable?! And I’ll totally hit you up next time we go! I think it might be a regular Thursday night occurrence but I’m not sure 😉

  3. after our race last night, nothing sounded more appealing than a cold beer. It was amazing!

  4. Yum- that sounds like a creamy, fruity, cool treat!

    Hope you had fun at the driving range! I went golfing a few times several years ago- I couldn’t believe how tough it is to actually make contact with the ball! 🙂

  5. Hooray, Mr. Darcy is famous!

  6. Yum, that shake looks delicious! I prefer guacamole, or just anything avocado! 🙂

  7. Ummm, I’m a new reader so I just want to be clear: Your dog’s name is Mr. Darcy?!! That’s awesome!

  8. I completely forgot that ‘nilla wafers exist! I used to LOVE those as a kid! And oh, I love salsa. But I also love guacamole! I don’t know how I’d ever choose just one…

  9. guacamole all the way!

  10. This shake looks so yummy!

  11. guacamole and salsa! i can’t choose between them… i need them both. 🙂 delish shake!

  12. Many thoughts. Here come some:
    1. So, probably the way you had the random need for vanilla wafers in your life is similar to what happened with me an graham crackers last week. I dunked them in chocolate protein powder ‘goop’ but what I really wanted to do was dip them in milk and count to 30 and try and remove the cracker before it broke off into a soggy mess. Because I was a really cool kid and did stuff like that.
    2. Reginald’s Cashew Nilla Peanut Butter tastes a bit like Vanilla Wafers, but my Nutty Butter flavor for August will be better. Get excited, birthday month twin. 🙂
    3. I want to go to the Food Truck Court. Food Trucks = Austin and Austin = Awesome.
    4. Maybe I should just move to Richmond.

    • In reverse order:
      4. Yes, you should move to Richmond. Like now.
      3. Food Trucks = awesome. (I bet austin is even more amazing but we can determine that later)
      2. I canot WAIT To try it and I love that we’re b-day month twins
      1. Suddenly, my craving totally makes sense.

  13. Heck yes to that shake!! It sounds seriously yum.
    And guacamole ALL THE WAY. On everything. Get in my belly!

  14. I’ve been loving smoothies since the weather has been so brutal lately. This strawberry shortcake smoothie look amazing. I LOVE nilla wafers. 🙂

  15. I definitely prefer guac for all of that avocado goodness!

  16. I am amazed at the stats on the shake!! Seriously..amazing!! I don’t think I could choose between salsa and guac if my life depended on it!! I am so in love with both!! Can I mix them together and call it a day? haha.

  17. That strawberry shortcake smoothie looks delish!

  18. Oh my goodness…I’m in love with your blog. Seriously. Adding it to my reader as we speak!
    The strawberry shortcake smoothie sounds AMAZING. I’ve been on a huge smoothie kick for the past few weeks (I blame the warm weather) and I can’t wait to try this one.
    As for guacamole vs. salsa, if I had to choose, I’d probably go with salsa. It’s just so versatile and there are so many different types! But, I looove me some guac. Mmm…

  19. I’m glad you say dipping the wafers in DCD is perfectly acceptable; I agree 😉
    Having said that, great idea to use them in a smoothie and I wish it was hot enough here a to need one of those and b to complain about it!
    I love the dog’s name too… 🙂

  20. I am obsessed with SALSA and GUAC mixed together! I eat it on a piece of romaine lettuce YUMM Love and Shine CourtStar

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