Chill Out with Zucchini and Fresh Mint Gazpacho

This is a perfect recipe to use the bounty of zucchini that July brings, and it will keep you cool!  Enjoy!

Zucchini and Fresh Mint Gazpacho

from Ideal Protein Healthy Recipes, vol. 1

Preparation: 15 minutes

Cooking: 10 minutes

Refrigeration: 1 hr

Servings: 4


2 large zucchini

4 cloves garlic, minced

4 cups light vegetable broth

15 leaves of fresh mint

1/4 cup olive oil

3 tbsp plain yogurt 0% fat


freshly ground pepper


Wash and dice zucchini.  Set aside.  In a large skillet, lightly brown garlic in olive oil at low heat.  Add zucchini and vegetable broth.  Stir and simmer for 20 minutes over low heat, partially covered with lid.  When done, remove from heat and add washed mint.  Mix soup and add salt and pepper to adjust seasoning.  When chilled, add yogurt.  Mix and put in refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving.

Per serving: Calories 226; Fat 9g; Protein 10g; Carbohydrates 8g

The “Parent Trap”–Finishing your kid’s food

Do you find yourself finishing the food your children hand you or leave on their plate?  You don’t want it to go to waste, so you let it go to your waist instead!  You deserve better!  Here are a few suggestions:

1. Wrap their leftovers and put them in the refrigerator to eat later.

2. Carry small zip lock bags with you when you go out to put leftover food into and take it home for later.

3. Carry an IP snack, drink or bar with you, in case you are too hungry to resist.

4. Remind yourself that these calories add up, and that you are not a garbage can!

5. If you do eat a bite or 2, write it in your food journal.  Writing it down makes you more aware, so you can make a change.

Breaking old habits and starting new ones, even in small ways, will bring success.

Welcome our newest Ideal protein coach!

We are pleased to announce a new addition to Banic Chiropractic and Massage.  Heather Christensen has joined our team as an IP Diet Coach.

Heather is a graduate of the Fitness and Nutrition Consultant program at the BodyMind Academy in Bellevue, Washington. Her studies were based on an integrated approach to wellness, which considers the whole person– body, mind and spirit– in making permanent lifestyle changes. For the last 6 years Heather has been sharing her passion for food, fitness and good health by teaching seminars, workshops, and by coaching individuals. She emphasizes whole foods, mindful eating, stress reduction, and healthful weight management.

Heather’s other life experiences include teaching Yoga for the last 9 years, as well as teaching English, social studies and journalism to junior high school students, where she shared her love of poetry, reading, and writing. Heather also spent several years in the restaurant industry in every aspect of service and food preparation. She has two vibrant, healthy, joyful sons and loves to spend time with her family camping, fishing, hiking, biking, going on road trips and finding adventures near and far.
Heather’s contact info:
(425) 591-7010