Meet Alex Muresan – Director of Engineering at Zipongo

Meet Alex Muresan – Director of Engineering at Zipongo

“I’m proud that we’ve grown our engineering team so quickly and with top-notch talent.”

Zipongo’s Director of Engineering Alex Muresan studied computer engineering at Georgia Tech. Following graduation, Alex worked on front-end web development at AOL. He then joined the social discovery startup Tagged where he grew into a senior lead role and led Tagged’s iOS engineering team. At Zipongo, Alex is focused on growing the development team and creating products that will help people eat healthier.

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Meet Nayoung Kim – Zipongo’s Creative Director

Meet Nayoung Kim – Zipongo’s Creative Director

All of us here spend a lot of time thinking about how to help users eat healthy and be well. We’re all striving to provide a better solution towards this goal.”

Creative Director Nayoung Kim approaches design thinking with a steady eye towards optimizing the user experience. While at Adobe, she was in charge of the UX initiative for Flash Pro and Edge Animate as its lead designer. Nayoung also created new service concepts as part of the Creative Cloud ecosystems. Prior to Adobe, Nayoung gained experience in a wide range of industries, from designing mobile devices at LG Electronics to manufacturing eco-friendly furniture at Grini.

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The Best Reduced-Fat Cheese - Taste-Test Approved

The Best Reduced-Fat Cheese - Taste-Test Approved

It’s no secret that Americans love cheese. An estimated 30 pounds of cheese is consumed per capita in the U.S. on a yearly basis. Cheese enhances the flavor, texture and savoriness of food, making it an irreplaceable ingredient in many recipes. On the nutrition side, cheese is a good source of protein and calcium. It’s also high in saturated fat and sodium, which means it’s best consumed in moderation.

To explore healthier ways to enjoy cheese, we taste-tested popular reduced-fat varieties to find the best-tasting choice. Read on to find out the results as well as some ways to enjoy full-fat cheese as part of a healthy diet.

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Anti-Inflammatory Foods for Better Health

Anti-Inflammatory Foods for Better Health

According to Anti-Inflammatory Eating Made Easy by Michelle Babb, MS, RD, CD, following a Mediterranean-style diet can help relieve inflammation and therefore reduce the risk of certain diseases. Researchers are finding that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans and legumes, olive oil and omega-3 sources such as salmon — all of which fit with the Mediterranean diet — does seem to help. If you think your diet needs a tune-up, then consider Anti-Inflammatory Eating Made Easy, which includes 75 recipes, a 21-day nutritional cleanse, sample menu plans along with a thorough explanation of what inflammation is and how it affects you. To get a taste of what’s inside the book, check out Babb's recipe for Mediterranean Salmon Skewers.

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Meet Korin Lee – Marketing Manager at Zipongo

Meet Korin Lee – Marketing Manager at Zipongo

“I joined Zipongo because I believe our technology solutions can help simplify the decision-making process for people, helping them eat healthy based on their individual health needs, preferences and access.”

Marketing Manager Korin Lee moved to the SF Bay Area to pursue a master’s degree in public health at UC Berkeley. She ended up staying and spent seven years at Kaiser Permanente, taking on various roles including that of wellness implementation manager and business consultant. Korin, who has co-hosted a radio show with a chef and French cookie maker, joined Zipongo because it brings her love of food, cooking and healthy living all together in one place.

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Three Whole Grains You Should Try

Three Whole Grains You Should Try

Whole grains are a great staple to add to your diet due to their high fiber content and because they're packed with essential minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. You've probably already tried oats or brown rice. Following are three less common whole grains you should start adding to your diet, not just because they're healthy choices, but because they're full of good flavor too.

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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 the 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. 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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