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
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.
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?