Flapjacks and a Fast Food Fix

by Sara on April 12, 2013


Haaaaaapppy Fridaaay!

Whoooo—the weather man described it best when he proclaimed it “sunny but squally” yesterday!

The Boise winds sure were feisty when I headed to the gym in the morning, but that didn’t deter me from going by foot, as my mom only lives 10 minutes from the YMCA.  I’ve found that the “warm up” walk is a great way to get my heart pumping before, you know, I start pumping iron. 😉

About halfway there, one of my hair clips came out, and as I reached up to re-clip it (darn fly-aways!), my cell phone slipped out of my pocket, and fell to the ground.



Only the right hand corner was shattered, but just a few hours later, the speaker started malfunctioning. I wanted to make sure I would be able to salvage my pictures before the entire thing went kaput, so I knew I needed to get to the Verizon store as soon as possible. Since I had a few things happening in the afternoon (hello, Whole Foods date!), I wasn’t able to head out there until 5:30pm, which was apparently when everyone else decided to go. Long story short, I waited for nearly two hours, and by the time I was out of there (new phone in hand), I was hungry. Like, knaw my arm off hungry!

Remember how I said I’ve been getting better about planning my meals each week?

Well, this is what happened last night.


What you see is a veru un-planned cheeseburger and fries dinner from Five Guys.

On my way home from the Verizon store, I called my mom and wailed that I needed food right this second or else. She suggested we meet halfway at Five Guys, and although I’m not a big fan of fast food, I was so hungry that even fried crickets would have appealed (<–I’ve actually tried them!). So fast food it was.

What I didn’t realize was that Five Guys isn’t really a fast food restaurant—It took the burger flippers 10 minutes to prepare our food! Thank goodness a box of all-you-can-eat peanuts was just four feet from our table!


I made my way through a plate—or whatever those little paper containers are called—while I waited…


and then breathed a huge sigh of relief when I was finally able to dig into this.


Everything at Five Guys is sourced locally and cooked made-to-order, which for me, totally justified the 10-minute wait.  I really enjoyed my burger, which I slathered with mustard, ketchup, and pickles. I also love that the restaurant accommodates GF-eaters with a lettuce wrap option.

The fresh hand-cut fries—made with Idaho potatoes, of course—were the real show-stopper, though.


Hot. Thick. Crispy. Fresh. Perfect.

I dunked those fries in fry sauce, which brought back memories of my childhood. I used to love that stuff! It was just as delicious as I remembered—creamy and slightly tangy. Yum.

My un-planned desperation dinner may not have been as nutrient-packed as the veggie-packed frittata I’d originally planned on making, but hey, sometimes you’ve gotta roll with the punches.

Winner winner burger dinner? I’d say so! 😉


In other food-related news, I ate (almost) an entire container of hummus yesterday.


When I spotted Thai Coconut Curry Hummus at Whole Foods, there was absolutely no question that I had to have it. I popped open the container in the car on my way over to the Verizon store, and (shhh) ate it with a spoon while I drove.

Later that evening, after my Five Guys dinner, I finished off the other half with the assistance of cucumber chips.


I am SO in LOVE with this stuff!  It tastes just like Thai coconut curry soup, but with a heartier, more satisfying texture. Hope Hummus is a Denver-based company, so I haven’t been able to find their products in DC, but I’m crossing my fingers that they’ll spread east soon! If that doesn’t happen, I may try recreating a homemade version.

Apparently my hummus-eating session wasn’t enough to quiet my hunger, because I was still pining for a little somethin’ somethin’ before bed. Egg whites and peanut butter still aren’t cutting it these days, so I made…


PANCAKES! (Or “flapjacks,” if that’s your lingo…or if you like alliteration in your blog post titles, like I do. 😉 )

Because pancakes are good any time of day—be it midnight or morning. Am I right or am I right?

I made a few changes to this recipe, including replacing half the almond flour with one tablespoon of coconut flour. I also added vanilla extract and a dash of stevia because I like my ‘cakes suuhhhweeeet.


The secret ingredient in these pancakes is Chobani yogurt. You could use plain, but I highly recommend going with a flavor, as it really jazzes things up. My flavor of choice was Caramel with Pineapple—which has quickly become one of my new favorite snacks.

I topped my pancakes with honey (sooo much better than syrup, in my opinion!), and dug in.


You guys, they were flipping fantastic! If you’re a fan of the easy two or three-ingredient banana pancakes, I think you’ll really enjoy these.

Four Ingredient Greek Yogurt Pancakes

adapted from The Wannabe Chef


1 egg

4 ounces of flavored Greek yogurt (the amount in one Chobani Bite container)

1/4 cup almond flour

1 T. coconut flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder (this makes five ingredients, but it’s such a small amount, it doesn’t count!)

Optional: vanilla extract and stevia.


1. Beat egg, then add yogurt.

2. Sift almond flour, coconut flour, and baking soda together, then add to the egg/yogurt mixture.

3. Pour onto a hot pancake griddle coated with cooking spray, coconut oil or butter, and wait for small bubbles to form, then flip.



While I was eating my pancakes, I perused a couple websites for new workout shoes, and fell head over heels for these beauties.

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Don’t you looooove them?


Lisa actually brought the wedge sneaker trend to my attention the other day, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about them! Seriously? Do people work out in these? And if not, when would you wear them? I’m confused. 😉

In all seriousness though, I really need new running/workout shoes, as mine are literally falling apart. I’m hoping to try on a few pairs at a running store this weekend, and then find them cheaper online. Although I prefer to support local stores, it’s amazing how much money can be saved when you shop online!

Tonight I’m meeting Meg for vinyasa yoga, and then grabbing sushi afterward. It’s going to be my first time in a yoga studio since 2008! I’m feeling simultaneous pangs of nervousness and excitement!

Hugs, and happy weekend!

I want to know…

Syrup on pancakes: yay or nay? What’s your favorite pancake topping?

I’ve never liked syrup! Nut butters, honey etc. for me, please!

Where do you usually buy your “exercise shoes” and what do you call them?  Sneakers? Running shoes? Trainers? Something else? What brand/model are you wearing right now?

I’ve always called mine “running shoes,” even if I don’t run in them! I’ve noticed that people in the UK say trainers, which I’ve never heard in the U.S.!

And just for fun, a little “this or that”…

Ketchup or mustard?

Waffle fries or regular fries?

Brightly colored exercise shoes or more subdued tones?



  • http://twitter.com/FitSwissChick Lucie Pfaendler

    So glad you enjoyed your uplanned burger meal, it looks delish!! The pancakes look oh-so-good. It’s more than a week since I had my last pancakes I’m getting really nervous :-) I top mine with unsweetened apple sauce and nut butter, or I dip them in cacao yogurt, mmmmmmh.
    I call my shoes runners and I always wear Asics!! They are the BEST for me, absolutely love them.
    Happy Weekend Gorgeous!!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      I still need to try your cacao yogurt “frosting!” It looks so so good!

      Asics were my go-to running shoes before I bought my latest pair of Nike Free’s. If/when I get back into long distance running, I’ll definitely go back to Asics, though, because they offer much better support!

      Love you!! Happy weekend! <3 xoxo

  • http://twitter.com/flakeandcake Claire

    Yummy looking burger dinner, sometimes you just have to go for the fast option! And its so satisfying when that hits the spot :) Not sure I could stomach crickets though!! So sorry to hear about your phone though, how rubbish – glad you were able to get a new one sorted pronto. I love the look of those pancakes, using greek yog makes them so super fluffy and thick. Syrup on pancakes was something I tried for the first time when I was in the US a few years ago and it felt so decadent! If I’m making pancakes at home they’re usually the traditional thin crepes which taste better with humble lemon and sugar or ice cream and berries in my opinion – I’ll never use syrup. I call my running shoes trainers ;). And ketchup and mustard YUM!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Mmm…I could definitely get on board with adding ice cream to my pancakes or crepes! That sounds absolutely wonderful!

  • http://www.sweatlikeapig.com/ Tara @ Sweat like a Pig

    Um, I love fast food haha. From what I’ve heard about the place, Five Guys will be my first stop when I get to the US!

    I’m surprised you haven’t seen the sneaker wedges yet! When my best friend came to visit last summer, she was all about them. You can wear them with jeans, leggings, etc. I can’t see myself getting a pair – I spend enough time in trainers (hehe) as it is! Because I don’t do any cardio, I only wear flat-bottomed casual trainers that most people wear for fashion, not for working out in (despite the fact that they’re actually ideal for squats and deadlifts!). Fine by me, because I have the coolest shoes in the gym!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      If I can lure you across the pond with a trip to Five Guys, then we have a deal! In fact, I’ll take you there every day, if you want!

  • Sophia

    Ooh lemon juice and nothing else on pancakes or crepes I have such a sour tooth so lots of plain lemon is perfect! Ketchup (although mustard is so good) and I think I’ll go for crinkle cut fries! And have you tried sweet potato pancakes? I’d recommend them highly and I’m sure honey would be lovely on top! Plain brown rice ones are also great if you ever have an upset tummy :) Sophia

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Ooh, I’ve never tried drizzling lemon juice on top of pancakes, but I may give it a try–possibly with a dusting of powdered sugar to sweeten it up a bit. :)

      I’m a huge fan of crinkle cut fries, too! And no, I’ve never had sweet potato pancakes! Can you believe it? Given my love for sweet potatoes, I think that’s something that needs to change soon. :)

  • coco

    I broke my iphone a while ago and still using it. as long as it works, I don’t mind carrying a scratch phone. 😉

    I also don’t get the trend of wearing sneakers when you don’t workout. they’re not so pretty no matter how you style it.

    syrup + PB2 sauce is my go-to topping for pancakes now.

    I need to get a new pair of running shoes too… may go to running store this weekend. it’s nice to have the staff looking at it for you. I run so I really need a pair of running shoes. :)

    like both ketchup and mustard.

    no fries

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      I love adding PB2 to my pancakes, too. :) Good luck shoe shopping this weekend!

  • Anne


    Fill this out! Maybe they’ll bring it to DC! I’m so sad I can’t get it in Chicago.

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Thank you!! I’m guessing that if they won’t send it to Chicago, they probably won’t send it to DC. It’s worth trying, though!

  • http://Www.annatheapple.com/ AnnaTheApple

    Oh no! Sorry about your phone. What a nightmare. I swear it’s only time before I drop mine. I went through four Ipods back in the day…though all within their warranty so Apple just kept replacing them. Win!
    Those fries look so yummy. I love it when there’s more to them than just the regular boring fry. Always ketchup, never mustard. I can’t stand mustard! But I do love a bit of BBQ sauce as well…ahh I could put BBQ sauce on anything haha. I’m not even sure what waffle fries are – but they sounds AMAZING.
    Mmm I WILL make pancakes this weekend! It is my aim to mix it up and have something different. I don’t have any coconut flour but I do have almond flour so I will definitely look into that recipe. It looks good!
    Yeah my running shoes are ‘trainers’. That’s what us Brits call our, er, exercise-related shoes, like I guess you call them sneakers. So funny, when I was younger I used to read a lot of R.L.Stein books and they were always set in America and I literally had no idea what these sneaker things he kept referring to were! Hehe.
    Have a lovely weekend :)

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      I’m SO with you about BBQ sauce on anything! When I was little, I’d always ask for BBQ or sweet and sour sauce to dip my fries in. :)

      Haha, so funny about the R.L. Stein books! (I used to love them, too). A lot of people say sneakers, but others say “running shoes” or “workout shoes.” I think it depends where you grew up/what part of the country you live in.

      Happy weekend! <3

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    I like syrup on pancakes once in a while, but it has to be real maple syrup. No sugar free (how did I manage to convince myself that it was good back in the day?) or table syrup for me!

    I’ve never been to a Five Guys…but I’ve heard such good things! One just opened up in my parents hometown, so I may have to try and go next time I’m in for a visit.

    I just picked up a pair of Nikes last weekend…my go-to for crosstrainers.

    Ketchup, waffle fries, and bright colours :-p

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      I managed to convince myself that sugar free syrup was delicious for several years, too—and I’d never even liked syrup (even the real stuff) prior to that! But it was–you know–*sugar free,* which was a revered label for me. If it had those words slapped on the bottle, it was in my cart. Oy. Glad those days are long gone!
      Let me know what you think of Five Guys! <3

  • Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl

    4 ingredients for pancakes? I am ALL about that!!

    And sometimes…you just NEED that fast food fix! 😉 How cool that they have all-you-can-eat peanuts, too! I would be all over those!

    Have a great weekend :).

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      I think the peanuts were my favorite part of the visit. 😉 Happy weekend! <3

  • Brittany Lesser

    Sooo many great things in one post! I NEED to find that hummus. Sounds too good to be true! I like both betchup AND mustard, but I’ll go with ketchup 😉 Waffle fries FTW. Brightly colored for sure. I like attention.

    • Claire @Keeping Up With Claire

      Hahahaha “I like attention.”…”my bright shoes bring all the boys to the gym.”

      • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

        Haha!! That’s *definitely* the very reason I wear hot coral shoes…The guys line up to spot me when I bench press! 😉

  • Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife

    I love 5 guys. This one time I got the veggie burger though thinking it would be a veggie.. burger… instead it was just lettuce and tomato on a bun. guess I won’t get that again haah. those pancakes look delicious I’m sure it would taste awesome with the coffee and chocolate chobani bite! (:

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Haha, that’s so funny about the “veggie burger!” I sure hope you got your money back!

      Oh gosh, the pancakes made with the coffee and chocolate bite would be amazing!!

  • Meg @ A Dash of Meg

    Awwwww NOOOOOOO your poor phone sis :( AHHHHH! I’d be crushed!!!!!!!!!! (No pun intended tehe!)

    Anyways, I’m thrilled to try these pancakes! They look amazing! I’m really liking baking with almond flour, so these excite me so much!!!!!! I also really like the fact that they have Greek yogurt in them 😀 yum!!!!!!

    So, I really really miss you. Like crazy.

    I wish you were in London right now :( I just really need my sis <3

    Enjoy your yoga and sushi tonight! HOW FUN! Wish I was with you! I'm going out for dins with my bf after I get my haircut.

    Love you

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Oh sis, I miss you like crazy, too!! Only a month until we’re reunited!

      I think you’re going to love the pancakes! The almond flour makes them super tender and delicious. :)

      Can’t wait to hear about your dinner date tonight! <3 xoxo

  • RedLetter Daye

    OMG, 5 guys has THE BEST burgers. I definitely need to get my hands on one.

    And those wedge sneakers, I was just talking to my friend about them recently. I don’t get them either. I don’t know how people pull them off, and I don’t know that I want to.

    The past few days I tried switching out my Reebok Realflex running shoes at the gym, for my Nikes (that I actually bought to wear to music festivals): http://www.dsw.com/shoe/nike+women%27s+victoria+nm+sneaker?prodId=256658&activeCats=cat10006,dsw12cat460004

    Similar to those. Since I don’t really run anymore, and they say flat soles are better for weight lifting (deadlifts, squats, etc.), and they are pretty comfy, I’m now a convert. I actually don’t really like the look of running shoes, so now when I buy new gym shoes, I’ll definitely be investing in some fun looking, casual sneakers that are more versatile for outside the gym, too.

    Ketchup. Waffles (or curly, or rasta, or gravy, or BBQ Tofu!..). Bright colored!

  • http://twitter.com/purelytwins Lori and Michelle

    used to love waffle fries :) now we love parsnips as our fries

  • http://twitter.com/ShannonLauraK Shannon

    Aw, sorry about your phone!
    Yum, those “flapjacks” look so good! I need to get some almond flour so I can make them.
    Ketchup or mustard? I’ve never been a ketchup fan so mustard it is.
    Waffle fries or regular fries? both!! :)

  • Melissa @ Mouthwatering Morsel

    question. what does squally mean? sorry about your iphone butttttt you have some amazing pictures of amazing foods. :)

    Those shoes look like they’re more for hip hop dancing. which is what my friends wore when I use to dance. you wear them with skinny jeans or basketball shorts or sweats.

    if the pancake is good enough, you don’t need toppings. just my reasoning for never adding anything. ketchup. waffle fries. brightly colored exercise shoes. :)

    have a great weekend lovely!

  • Sally

    Yes, syrup on pancakes…but only the real maple kind! I’m a Chobani Bite fan too…wish they sold the fig flavor here.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin

    Sometimes there’s nothing more satisfying than a good ol’ burger. I’ve never been to Five Guys before, but it looks good! You need to come here and go to The Works with me – they actually have GF buns! You’d love it. 😉

    I love syrup on my pancakes. When I was younger I was actually obsessed with having corn syrup on my pancakes/waffles. I haven’t had that in ages though, so I don’t know if I’d still like it. These days I go the maple syrup route along with some soy nut butter/almond butter and banana!

    Have fun at yoga and sushi tonight! That sounds perfect. :)

  • Lillian_SeizeTheLatte

    Pancakes and a burger sounds freakin’ fantastic — sometimes a girl just needs some Five Guys and flapjacks. :) I’m a big fan of putting strawberry jam on my pancakes, but if I go the maple syrup route, it has to be legit maple syrup (none of that corn syrup crap). Hope you have an awesome weekend!

  • Claire @Keeping Up With Claire

    Awww, so sorry to hear about your iPhone! I’m terrified of cracking mine and drop it all.the.time. Also, my dad is OBSESSED with Five Guys! When my mom was in the hospital for a few months last year, he was in heaven because there was a Five Guys a few blocks from the hospital. I love the free peanuts! I’ve been known to eat quite a few of those suckers.

    On the shoes-I call them running shoes although I used to call them sneakers. My best friend’s dad calls them “Sneaks”, which I love.I usually buy them from Dick’s-they surprisingly have a pretty great selection!
    And here we go…
    Ketchup, waffle fries, and BRIGHT shoes-the brighter, the better!
    Have a fun weekend love! Hope you’re enjoying your time home! <3 you gorgeous!

  • http://lisalately.com/ Lisa

    Haha those shoes are just awful, I can’t get over them.
    I suggest not those ones 😉
    Mmmm…those pancakes look wonderful! If only I could eat dairy and eggs. Darn. I wish coconut flour worked well in vegan recipes, since I adore the stuff.
    I was never a syrup lady either, I usually did plain but these days I love nut butter and berries!
    Ketchup for me, since of my allergy to mustard. Boo.
    Never had waffle fries, don’t even know what they are haha, so regular fries for me.
    And BRIGHT for the win!
    Love you!!! Have an amazing weekend!xo

  • runwithspoons

    Seeing as I’m Canadian and all, I feel like I have to say that syrup on pancakes is a definite must. Not saying that there’s anything wrong with bananas, nut butter, and honey, but I do love my maple syrup 😀 I think it’s better on waffles though, because it pools in all of the little squares and just makes things oh so delicious. Have you ever tried pancakes with a sprinkle of icing sugar? That’s how my mom used to serve them for me when I was growing up and it definitely holds a spot in my heart. For everything else, ketchup, waffle fries, and bright colors!

    Happy Friday, love! <3 <3

  • http://twitter.com/JessieLoves2Run JessieLovesToRun

    Five Guys and Red Robin have my favorite fries ever (sweet potato at Red Robin though). I could seriously just eat them for my meal… if it were healthy lol

    love syrup on my pancakes, but just a little bit. I prefer to top them with some type of nut butter and fruit (apples or clementines).

    I refuse to choose between mustard and ketchup. They are both equal to me =)

  • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

    On your next trip across the pond, you *definitely* need to visit In-n-Out Burger! It’s my all-time favorite, and holds a special place in my heart because I used to go there when I was little–long before it became famous! Unfortunately they’re only in the western states (California, Nevada, and Arizona), but maybe that’s a good thing because it remains a novelty to me. The cheeseburgers are amazing!

    We have Shake Shack in DC, and while it’s good, it’s no In-n-Out. 😉

    Happy Friday, my dear! <3 xoxo

  • Natalie @ Lift,Sleep,Eat

    Oh no sorry about your phone! Glad you managed to get a new one sorted..even if you did have to wait 2 hours?!
    Syrup on pancakes…sometimes..it completely depends what type of mood im in haha!
    I am in LOVE with wedge trainers; they fit my style completely but I would never workout in them..I just wear them day to day in my casual clothes…haha funny that us UK lot say “trainers” as well.
    Ketchup! Regular fries and brightly coloured shoes!! (even though my pair I’m wearing at the minute aren’t :(..snif..need a new pair..wishing I’d picked some up when I was in L.A.)

  • Life’s a Bowl

    Mmm – Five Guys, hummus, pancakes… You’ve caught my attention 😉 I’m definitely a mustard > ketchup person. Fries are fires, as long as they’re crispy and not soggy I’ll eat them whichever way they’re served. And definitely brightly colored shoes [and clothes and accessories and bags and nail polish]… Happy weekend girl! XO

  • Amanda Newsome

    Five Guys is so good! I’ve actually only had it once but I think your post has put it back on my radar to stop in soon. Those pineapple caramel Chobani bites are also my new favorite thing! They’re expensive but they manage to find their way into my cart every grocery trip.

  • http://www.starsystemz.com/blog Courtney Violet Bentley

    Ketchup all the way although lately I have been loving Dijon mustard with pickles :-) I love my “trainers” bright colored and ask getting into more fashionable workout clothes lately. I have never had five guys before but love the peanuts before your meal love that! Have an amazing Sunday :-). Love + shine courtstar

  • Ashlee@HisnHers

    Aw I hate how fragile iPhones are! Or maybe just how clumsy I am 😉 I seem to break mine every few months!

  • Casey

    Definitely mustard (ketchup freaks me out), regular fries (actually sweet potato fries) but anyways they’re more dip-able , and bright colored exercise shoes! Mine now are grey with bright neon pink and yellow and some silver accents!

  • Jay

    FYI, the link to the original recipe doesn’t work …

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