Christening My D60 & Reading the Fine Print

10 Wed, 2010 § 9 Comments

We couldn’t wait to get out & play with the new camera after the lens finally arrived…

the Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1.8D to be exact

…thing was, I wanted my first shot to be special…

not just any quick shot to start things off.

So it actually took me a whole day after it arrived to finally pop the cherry.

Ok, so technically this isn’t the first photo taken, but the one I liked best from a series of first shots.

[Have I mentioned if you click on most of my photos here it takes you to my — or Dave’s — Flckr page?  Better view sometimes.]

What do you think?  He’s handsome, eh?

The excitement was short-lived as I realized the camera wasn’t auto focusing. ??

Hmmm.

After a little research, Dave discovered…

“AF-S & AF-I lenses: all functions fully supported…AF-D & AF-G lenses: all functions fully supported except auto focusing.” 😦

This was an AF-D lens in case you missed it 😉 & it just wasn’t going to cut it.

Fortunately we could exchange it for a different lens & opted for the

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm 1.8G

Now I’m just waiting for its arrival…keeping myself occupied…

making a few sensational protein bars to pass the time. 🙂

That’s right.

Sensational Cranberry-Hemp Bars

Inspired by Averie’s Protein Bars.

  • 1 Banana

Mash.

  • ½ C cooked Quinoa
  • 1 ½ C 7Grain Rolled Cereal [or oats]
  • 10 scoops [scoop = ~1T] Hemp Protein Powder [You can adjust this to your liking or leave it out completely; I wanted to amp up the protein.]

Combine & mix with mashed banana.

  • 1T Flax, whole
  • 1T Flax, ground
  • 2T Chia seeds
  • 2T Hemp seeds
  • 1 tsp Maca powder
  • 1 ½ tsp Cinnamon

Combine & add to oat-banana mixture.

  • 1 C [apple juice-sweetened] Cranberries [or dried fruit of choice]
  • ¼ C Cacao Nibs [optional — can use chocolate chips]

Add your stir-ins to the mix.

  • ½ C Sunflower seed butter [or nut butter of your choice]

Stir this in as well — it takes a little skilled maneuvering to really mix it in.  😉

  • ½ C Brown Rice Syrup
  • ¼ C Coconut Oil, in liquid state [set jar in a bath of warm water to liquefy]
  • 1 tsp Vanilla

Combine wet ingredients & stir into the mixture until well combined.

Now line an 8×8 [or other size] pan with plastic wrap [for ease of clean up] & firmly press mixture into the pan.

Chill in freezer ~2 hours.

Remove.  Lift firmed mixture from pan using the plastic wrap, cut into bars & wrap for individual consumption.

I cut mine into 12 small bars.

I don’t obsess over calorie-counting, etc…so I just roughly tallied the ingredients/nutrients…& roughly estimate my bars to be ~300 calories & ~10g protein each.  There is definitely more fat in these than many store-bought varieties; but it’s “healthy” fats from whole foods, so I’m not worried.  Plus, these are so much tastier.

But now Dave needs some!

Chocolate-Mint Powerhouse Bars

10 powerhouse bars

~350 calories & 12 – 13g protein

 

  • 1 Banana

Mash.

  • 2/3 C cooked Quinoa
  • 1 ½ C 7Grain Rolled Cereal [or oats]
  • 5 scoops [scoop = ~¼ C] Chocolate Whey/Soy Protein Powder

[If your protein powder is not chocolate flavored, just add carob or cocoa powder — maybe start with ¼ C ??]

Combine & mix with mashed banana.

  • 1T Flax, whole
  • 1T Flax, ground
  • 2T Chia seeds
  • 2T Hemp seeds
  • 1 tsp Maca powder
  • 1 ½ tsp Cinnamon

Combine & add to oat-banana mixture.

Don’t forget your stir-ins!

  • heaping ½ C [apple juice-sweetened] Cranberries
  • ¼ C Cacao Nibs [optional]
  • ½ C Sunflower seed butter [or nut butter of your choice]

Stir in.

  • ½ C Brown Rice Syrup
  • ¼ C Coconut Oil, in liquid state
  • ½ tsp Mint extract

Combine wet ingredients & stir into the mixture until well combined.

Now repeat the pressing, freezing, cutting process with your chocolatey-minty-yummy bars!

We have been storing ours in the freezer — just pull them out a few minutes early to allow them to thaw a bit before chowing down.

These are G O O O O O D.

Enjoy!

~

What are your protein go-tos?  I’m needing some ideas to switch it up a bit.

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§ 9 Responses to Christening My D60 & Reading the Fine Print

  • Natalie says:

    My protein go-tos are organic plain greek yogurt, quinoa/lentils, and nuts or nut butters. I am not a big fan of protein powder and don’t eat meat or much dairy so I am always looking for good ideas too!

    • Allie says:

      This list looks very similar to my own…for similar reasons…which is why I am always looking for good ideas! I love greek yogurt, but I don’t seem to digest dairy very well, & I struggle with the ethical dilemma of it [more so than meat even]. Yogurt seems to feel better on my stomach than cheese & such though. I can easily eat way too much nut butter too — it’s so good! I do use hemp protein which I like & feel good about since you can find it raw, etc…& it’s not processed like soy, etc. Just a few sprinkles of hemp seeds can amp up the protein though if you don’t want to use powder! Let me know if you come across other fantastic ideas. I’ve really debated eating fish again.

      • Natalie says:

        I feel the same way about dairy. I struggle with the ethical part of it too, but always find I feel a little more balanced when I have some in the morning. I like the idea of hempseeds, I may try some.

      • Allie says:

        Exactly! I’m so happy we’re friends now 🙂 We seem to have quite a bit in common…

  • These look awesome! Such a great idea for people on the go and way less expensive in the long run 🙂 I am going to have to use this recipe for some of my workshops. I will be experimenting with them this week for sure! Thanks so much!

    • Allie says:

      A rough estimate: I think each bar came to just under $2, but that depends on what ingredients you use obviously & could be decreased even more if you shopped sales & found whole sale prices for some of the bulk stuff. Let me know how it goes in your workshops!

  • Forgot to mention–bee pollen is a GREAT substitute for protein. Although it is not vegan, it is a great source for vegetarians 🙂

    • Allie says:

      That’s great — I had no idea. I just saw bee pollen at New Frontiers last week; I will have to pick some up & give it a try. Do I just mix it with other foods?

  • Yes! You can mix it in other foods. I usually use mine in smoothies or oatmeal 🙂

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