Meet Brianna Schmid – Client Services Manager at Zipongo

Meet Brianna Schmid – Client Services Manager at Zipongo

I’m thrilled to be joining a team that’s passionate about the health and wellness of individuals and communities at large.”

Brianna Schmid, Zipongo’s newest client services manager, got her start in corporate wellness after finishing grad school and moving to the Bay Area. A Southern California native and self-proclaimed perpetual runner, Bri is passionate about providing educated guidance in the health and wellness fields as well as prioritizing an active, wholesome lifestyle. Bri, who’s a member of the Yelp Elite squad, likes to spend her free time in her personal “test kitchen” trying a new recipe or outside enjoying one of San Francisco’s many gems.

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Understanding Added vs. Natural Sugars

Understanding Added vs. Natural Sugars

For more than two decades, we've been seeing the same set of information on nutrition facts labels plastered on most packaged foods in the United States. Just recently however, the FDA announced a few proposed changes to the label, one of which is to add a new line item for “added sugars.” This addition will show up under carbohydrates and total sugars on the labels. However, this update has sparked a lot of debate over just how helpful and clear the new nutrition facts label is. As well, some folks have been confused about what the difference is exactly between total sugars and added sugars.

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Antioxidant-Rich Asparagus – in Season Now

Antioxidant-Rich Asparagus – in Season Now

You know spring is just around the corner when asparagus starts showing up at your local grocery store. In season from February to June, asparagus is rich in folate, which is vital when it comes to producing cells in your body. This spring veggie is also a great source of vitamins E, A and C — all antioxidant powerhouses in their own right. And let’s not forget about the fiber and potassium you’ll be putting away when you add asparagus to your meal. So, next time you’re thinking about what to have for dinner, try our recipe for Asparagus, Basil and Pea Pasta.

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Meet Bobby Maknoon – Zipongo’s Community and Social Media Manager

Meet Bobby Maknoon – Zipongo’s Community and Social Media Manager

"Developments in technology are giving healthcare providers powerful tools to help their clients change behavior, access healthy foods and prevent chronic disease."

LA native Bobby Maknoon decided to pursue a degree in nutrition and dietetics to combine his interests in food and science with his passion for helping people. After graduating from SF State University, he joined Zipongo as the community and social media manager. Bobby's favorite part of being a social media manager in the nutrition world is translating complex nutrition topics into easily understandable terms that engage and attract folks from all walks of life. 

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Umami - a Healthy Way to Boost Flavor

Umami - a Healthy Way to Boost Flavor

Umami, also known as the savory taste, plays a big role in rounding out the flavor profile of meals. Along with sweet, salty, sour and bitter, umami is the fifth basic human taste that helps make what you eat taste delicious. Since the discovery of umami more than 100 years ago, researchers have investigated umami and any possible relationships to health. One study found that eating umami-rich foods can increase satiety and help prevent overeating. In healthy cooking, umami-rich foods are a great way to boost the flavor profile of meals without loading on extra calories. Next time you get cooking, try experimenting with these five umami-rich foods that just so happen to be healthy, too.

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Know Your Calories and Take Charge of Your Health

Know Your Calories and Take Charge of Your Health

It’s no secret that Americans have been gaining weight. Obesity rates have more than doubled in adults and children over the past 40 years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third, or 78.6 million, adults are obese. Heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and some cancers are all conditions that are brought on by obesity. And they’re all preventable. Enter The Calories In Calories Out Cookbook, which is intended to help readers increase their calorie awareness so that they’re eating not only the right amount, but also the right kind of calories. Find out more about the cookbook and try the recipe for Chicken Curry Stir-Fry.

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Meet James Watson – Software Engineer at Zipongo

Meet James Watson – Software Engineer at Zipongo

“Being a team member of Zipongo isn't about making shareholders happy; it's about helping good people make good decisions to live a healthy lifestyle.” 

James Watson got his start as a junior developer at a web agency right out of college. That’s where he gained experience building web applications of many shapes and sizes utilizing various kinds and configurations of new and old technology. James wanted to get more specialized, so he went to Curse, Inc. as a front-end developer. After spending time becoming proficient at some of the latest technologies and methodologies, James felt ready for the next big step: taking on the role of front-end engineer at Zipongo.

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The Lowdown on GMOs

The Lowdown on GMOs

What’s all the fuss around GMOs? You’ve probably heard or read about some groups who claim that eating GMOs can cause autoimmune diseases, food allergies and certain cancers. GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, are foods that have had their DNA altered through bioengineering. Foods are genetically modified for many reasons, for example, to better repel insects or to increase their shelf life. Currently, the FDA considers genetically modified foods to be safe for consumption.

Here are the facts on genetically modified foods and products where you’ll commonly find them.

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The Best Hot Sauce - Taste-Test Approved

The Best Hot Sauce - Taste-Test Approved

Spicy foods do more than make you sweat. In addition to giving your taste buds a thrill, they come with numerous health benefits. Cayenne, chili peppers and products like hot sauce contain compounds called capsaicins that have been studied for their medicinal and healing powers. To find a healthy way to spice things up, we taste-tested five popular brands of hot sauce to find the tastiest and most nutritious product among the bunch.

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