Meet Marek Ryniejski - Senior Software Engineer at Zipongo

Meet Marek Ryniejski - Senior Software Engineer at Zipongo

I was interested [in Zipongo] because it posed an opportunity to do work that impacts users in a unique and meaningful way.”

Senior software engineer Marek Ryniejski's first job out of college was for Mitsubishi, which took him to Japan for a couple years. Marek spent a number of years working in the electronic design automation industry, developing software that engineers use to design and create chips. Since then, he’s held jobs at Alexa Internet, SkyGrid and Grassy Creek. Now, at Zipongo, he enjoys being able to contribute to various parts of the platform. In particular, working in a JavaScript ecosystem has been a pleasure as it makes cross-pollination across the stack a lot easier.

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How to Shop for Four Popular Health Foods

How to Shop for Four Popular Health Foods

Shopping for healthier groceries isn’t always easy. Some foods might be obviously healthy, while others may require deciphering the nutrition label to figure out if it’s a good choice. To make things easier, we’ve researched four popular health foods to find simple, time-saving ways to make smarter choices. Here’s how to shop for better non-dairy milks, nut butters, salad dressings and granola.

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Tangy, Tropical Pineapples – in Season Now

Tangy, Tropical Pineapples – in Season Now

At just 82 calories per 1 cup serving, pineapples are America’s number two most popular tropical fruit behind the banana. A good thing since pineapples can supply you with 131% of daily value of vitamin C, required to build collagen as well as fight free radicals in your body. It’s also a great source of manganese, which plays a key role in energy production and as a powerful antioxidant. So, the next time you’re jonesing for something sweet, reach for a pineapple. Not only are they fat-free and chock full of nutrients, they’re also delicious raw, grilled, sautéed or broiled, as an accompaniment for meats and vegetables or tossed in salads, smoothies or salsas. Try our easy Pineapple-Tomato Salsa, which goes great with tortilla chips, tacos and grilled shrimp or fish.

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Top 3 Nutrients for Better Skin

Top 3 Nutrients for Better Skin

No doubt, you've spent some amount of time and effort to achieve healthy, glowing skin. And if you haven't, it's not too late to get started. From acne to fine lines, dry to oily skin, people of all ages have to deal with a variety of skin conditions. That said, many studies have shown that a more nutritious diet including an increased consumption of certain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants may help improve skin health. Here are the top three nutrients that can help make and keep your skin looking good.

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Meet Zipongo’s Director of Client Services Chris Deptula

Meet Zipongo’s Director of Client Services Chris Deptula

New York-based Chris Deptula, who’s Zipongo’s director of client services, has more than 15 years of product, project, program and portfolio management experience in the SaaS, eCommerce and consumer products industries. Before joining Zipongo, Chris led the mobile products portfolio at Weight Watchers where he oversaw the development and delivery of its suite of mobile apps and mobile websites for millions of subscribers in more than a dozen countries. Before Weight Watchers, he held PMO director positions at Ralph Lauren, Venda and Hyphen Solutions where he led teams of project and account managers.

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Five Spices You Should Cook With

Five Spices You Should Cook With

Cooking with spices is a great way to liven up the flavor profile of meals without adding extra calories. On top of that, spices are concentrated sources of antioxidants and phytochemicals; this means they come with a host health benefits. Here are five spices that can boost the flavor and health profile of any meal, and some easy ways to cook with them.

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Top 3 Foods to Help Guard Against Allergy Season

Top 3 Foods to Help Guard Against Allergy Season

Spring has finally sprung and most of us can't wait to get outside to enjoy warmer weather. Of course, what this also means is that we're entering allergy season. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, roughly 50 million Americans suffer from allergic rhinitis, aka hay fever. Allergies are either seasonal or perennial. If you've got seasonal allergies, then you'll likely start having symptoms soon, if you haven't already. Even though there's no known cure for seasonal allergies, certain foods can help alleviate the symptoms. Find out why things like grapes and tomatoes should become a staple during allergy season.

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Meet Colin Whooten – Zipongo’s Mobile Product Manager

Meet Colin Whooten – Zipongo’s Mobile Product Manager

“I take for granted that I know how to cook and eat in a healthy way, but I recognize that for many others this is challenging. … Being able to work at Zipongo to help making eating healthy easier is very rewarding.”

Colin Whooten has been leading engineering teams since he graduated with a degree in computer information systems. He spent many years in the financial services industry, but moved into health care a few years ago. In 2012, Colin moved from Boston to San Francisco, where he worked for the Innovation Team at Wells Fargo and a few startups before joining Zipongo last summer, first as its technical project manager but more recently transitioning into the role of mobile product manager.

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Buying Seafood the Sustainable Way

Buying Seafood the Sustainable Way

These days, eating more fish is being touted as a cure-all for all sorts of conditions. Mostly because seafood like salmon and trout is known for being high in omega-3 fats. In addition to being heart healthy, omega-3s have been linked to helping ease depression and rheumatoid arthritis. On top of that, seafood is typically low in unhealthy saturated fats. Currently, the American Heart Association recommends eating fish twice a week to get the benefits of omega-3 fats. When it comes to shopping for seafood, sustainability can vary between species of fish and how it was raised. Here’s an overview of the different kinds of seafood typically available and how to make more sustainable choices.

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Designing Zipongo’s New Mobile Apps for iOS, Android and Windows Phone

Designing Zipongo’s New Mobile Apps for iOS, Android and Windows Phone

Designing and developing completely new mobile apps for three different platforms — iOS, Android and Windows Phone — in two months? It sounded like a crazy idea at first. If you’ve got experience designing a mobile app, you know how much thought and detail a designer needs to put into creating a good mobile experience. But soon enough, the plan seemed like a viable one as long as we had a clear plan in place along with the necessary confidence in what we were about to create.

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