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September 2021

Health and Wellness

Di papatalo sa sakit: Filipino celebrities join the vaccination campaign

Dimples Romana, Gretchen Ho partner with Tuseran and Unilab to launch campaign to call for urgent vaccination against COVID-19

Filipinos are always looking ahead. Amidst being affected by the Covid- 19 pandemic, they keep looking forward to returning to a normal life—being able to hug friends and family again, returning to school and the office, traveling anywhere, celebrating holidays and milestones, and simply being able to go out whenever one wants, whether it’s for coffee with friends, a movie, or a relaxing massage.

Filipinos have never allowed themselves to be defeated by all of this, no matter how long and painful the last months have been. This is why an increasing number of celebrities and influencers have decided to take control of their health by being vaccinated against Covid-19 and are now sharing their experiences.

For these celebrities, winning the battle against Covid-19 calls for smart choices, and that includes getting vaccinated.

Vaccinations are the best weapon we have against Covid-19, complemented by safe practices such as social distancing, the use of masks, and hygienic practices. They help protect against severe Covid disease and so helps prevent hospitalizations and death. According to the World Health Organization, Vaccination is safe and any licensed vaccine is rigorously tested across multiple phases of trials before it is approved for use, and regularly reassessed once it is introduced to the public.

On Instagram, actress Dimples Romana recalled how heartbroken she was when her son, Alonzo, asked why he couldn’t punch the virus so he can see his classmates. She explained that “today, fighting means staying home, praying, following safety rules, and getting vaccinated.” Dimples offers this explanation on why the need for vaccine: “Just think of it this way, kung sa common ubo nga, sipon at sakit ng ulo, we take Tuseran Forte di ba? Ibang-iba naman kapag nagka-COVID ka, ibang kalaban eh! …Ang bilis makahawa at di nakikita!… Get vaccinated please!”

Posting a photo of herself getting vaccinated along with the Olympics-bound delegates, sports journalist Gretchen Ho  wrote “kahit may pandemya, pursigido tayo sa trabaho kaya dapat maging malakas at healthy. We can all contribute to ending this pandemic by taking good care of ourselves and being responsible.”

Indeed, the prolonged pandemic has been challenging for everyone but a positive outlook can make a difference. Motivational speaker and coach Lyqa Maravilla acknowledges that “being stuck at home during the pandemic can leave us feeling helpless and hopeless. One thing I keep asking myself is, what can I do? One thing is to get vaccinated. Don’t just do it for yourself. Do it for your loved ones. Do it for the health care workers. Do it for our country.”

YouTuber Mommy Haidee also weighed in, reminding followers to “give it a shot, guys. Do it for yourself and your loved ones. Any protection is better than nothing at all,” as she showed off her own vaccination card.

A normal future is something that everyone looks forward to. Radio and TV host Show Suzuki posted about his dog Gonta greeting him with a smile after his vaccination. “He knows that he can look forward to more adventures again in the near future,” adding “your health should always be your top priority especially if you have people/dogs who rely on you.”

Besides vaccinations, these influencers proactively manage their health, taking Tuseran Forte to address common ailments.  Clinically proven to be effective against cough, colds, and headache, Tuseran Forte has helped these influencers in ensuring they stay on top of everything at hindi nagpapatalo sa sakit.

It may be impossible to fathom how the road to normalcy will look after such a long pandemic, but with vaccine, we can return to our old lives one day. We can see our friends and family again, rejoice and party as much as we want, and go to new places.

We must be proactive about our health in these unpredictable times. We can overcome health challenges and go about our regular lives by being vaccinated and being prepared for common illnesses.

Ang Pilipino, ‘di papatalo sa sakit. Magpabakuna para talunin ang COVID, mag-gamot sa ubo, sipon at headache sa tulong ng Tuseran Forte!




Lifestyle, News

Vote Pilipinas holds #MagparehistroKa Grand Townhall with message that “it is not too late” to register and voters registration now extended

Voter Registration Deadline Extended, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) had announced today from the initial deadline of September 30 to October 11 to 30, 8am to 5pm from Mondays to Fridays (except for the last day, Oct. 30). Allowing more time for eligible Filipino voters to register for the 2022 national elections. Overseas voter registration is also extended for another 2 weeks, from October 1-14.

Vote Pilipinas, the official voter registration information campaign of COMELEC, held the last stretch of its townhall series, #MagparehistroKa Grand Townhall a few days before the COMELEC’s announcement of extension for voter registration.  Streamed across various online platforms, the event gathered COMELEC officials, youth representatives and partner organizations to participate in an online forum and roundtable discussion to encourage more Filipinos eligible to vote to register for the upcoming 2022 national elections.

“As early as June, we already reached our initial target of registering 4 million new and reactivated voters. We now stand at almost 63 million registered voters for 2022. We want to thank Vote Pilipinas for playing a vital role in being the partner of the commission in campaigning for more people to register“ said Director James Jimenez from the Education and Information Department of COMELEC in a keynote speech.

Several partner organizations also participated in the forum delivering each of their insights during the discussion. “Kailangan nating maibahagi sa ating mga kabataan na the right to vote is a right of passage for everyone. We want to raise a new generation of voters, na kikilatisin ang bawat boto at hindi magpapabili ng boto” said TOWNS Foundation Chair, Ces Orena Drilon.

“Ito ang panahon kung saan tayo ay lahat pantay-pantay, to have a choice to choose their leaders. Kailangan lahat ng sectors ng society, kailangan mag participate, kailangan bumoto” said Ron Astillas, Chair of the LGBT Chamber of Commerce. “Grab the Vote is all about action, we’ve been trying to find ways to create awareness and education through our app and at the same time offering safe mobility  solutions for Filipinos who need to go to registration sites and express their civic duties” added Crisostomo Alcaraz Deputy Country Marketing Head of Grab.

“We want to thank our campaign partners, who enabled us to push and share information on voter registration to every Filipino. With the extension, we hope to still encourage more Filipinos and it is never too late to register as we draw closer to the new deadline” says Ces Rondario, Impact Hub Manila’s co-founder and head of Vote Pilipinas.

Once again, Vote Pilipinas encourage everyone to participate in the Magparehistro Ka! Challenge a social media campaign set to incentivize newly registered voters who are encouraged to post their selfies and captions detailing why it’s important for them to register to vote.

Again to participate in this challenge, newly registered voters simply need to do the following:

  • post a photo of themselves on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter,
  • answering the question in their caption: “Bakit mahalagang magparehistro?”
  • participants must follow @votepilipinas,
  • use the hashtags #MagpaRehistroKa, #VotePilipinas, #RegisteredtoVote, and #LiveSmartVoteSmart
  • send a photo of their registration stubs and proof of entries to the Vote Pilipinas account.

To learn more, visit Vote Pilipinas on Facebook or through






The Biggest footwear and Apparel is back for Markdown Madness

You heard it right and good news to everyone like me that one of Manila’s biggest footwear and apparel sale events is back in full-swing this month! You can enjoy up to 70% off your favorite footwear brands on October 4-11, 2021 at the Glorietta 4 Activity Center and on October 25-31, 2021 at the Trinoma Activity Center. Participating brands include: Skechers, Merrell, Sperry, Keds, Saucony, Pony, Polo Ralph Lauren, and No Fear.

The following protocols to ensure the health and safety of their customers and to have a safe shopping experience:

  • Event entrance is equipped with temperature check.
  • Attendees must wear face mask & face shield.
  • QR code and health declaration forms are available at the event entrance.
  • Observed social distancing (crowd will be limited to 30% of event area capacity).
  • Alcohol dispensers are provided at the entrance & inside the activity area.
  • Activity Area is cleaned and disinfected prior to opening and throughout mall hours (at least every 3 hours).
  • Safety protocol officers are deployed within the activity area to reinforce safety.

Just visit Markdown Madness on their official Facebook page and on Instagram @markdownmadness, for more information and updates.





New exciting and fascinating offers coming from our favorite Yellow Cab, be ready for this amazing delectables that will be coming right up for this most awaited holiday season. Yellow Cab makes sure to serve us with tasty and crave-worthy foods. Here they serve a new scrumptious flavor of potatoes. This October Yellow Cab is excited to present with us the Sloppy Wedges. They’re also introducing a new side to complement their bestselling pizza, pasta, and wings- the Sloppy Wedges.

The well-loved staple Sloppy Wedges:

  • Crispy on the outside, yet fluffy and tender on the inside
  • It comes with choices of sauce- Spicy Cheese, Garlic Ranch or Smoky BBQ and Ultimate.
  • They also have Sloppy Wedges that have all three sauces in one.

We’re also excited as Yellow Cab shares their bestselling pasta flavors as it also comes in a bigger sharing size that suits for the great celebration that will take place this holiday season.

  1. Charlie Chan– a uniquely Yellow Cab pasta with Chicken strips, shiitake mushrooms and roasted peanuts in a sweet, tangy and spicy oriental sauce.
  2. Chicken alfredo– a familiar creamy pasta with chicken strips, olives, and basil chiffonade.
  3. Spaghetti & Meatballs– A Yellow cab takes on a classic- Traditional spaghetti with giant meatballs baked and shimmered in a chunky red wine tomato sauce.

Me and Charlie Chan pasta tray

Sloppy Wedges

I’m astonished with the new flavors that are coming. As I tasted Charlie Chan, as always it gives me the ideal taste of a great pasta. It’s so yummy and you will taste that sweet, tangy and spicy oriental sauce. And the Sloppy Wedges became my favorite as it tastes so good and you will enjoy every bite on it. The tenderness and crispness is there and it’s surely a must to experience for everyone. It’s just so perfect for all occasions since it serves in a bigger sharing size and it never fails to amaze us with its deliciousness. I’m not really a fan of spicy foods but these are an exception: a well blend of spiciness that everyone will love.

It will be available in all Yellow Cab stores nationwide for delivery, take out, Curbside pick-up, and drive thru. The Wings Party Box will also be available nationwide from October 4, 2021 to January 9, 2022, for delivery, take out, pick up and drive thru with prices starting at P1,000. The Sloppy Wedges will be available in 4 flavors, Spicy Cheese, Garlic Ranch or Smoky BBQ and Ultimate starting at just 129.

Visit for additional information about Yellow Cab’s current retail operations, goods, and services, as well as their social media accounts at, Twitter @ycpizzaofficial, and Instagram @yellowcabpizza.

Food, Lifestyle


New ads and digital content mark the first global campaign for the brand since 2017

Royal™, one of Coca-Cola Philippines’s biggest brands and the country’s leading fruit-flavored sparkling drink, has announced the launch of a new advertising campaign inviting consumers to combat the ‘gray’ in everyday life by being playful and colorful.
This is the first global campaign for Fanta, the international brand name for Royal™, since 2017. ‘Colorful People’ is given a local flavor to celebrate those exceptional people who are young at heart and do not let the gray or low parts of their life win.


According to Cesar Gangoso, Coca-Cola Philippines Marketing Director, “Royal™ is a colorful, playful and delicious drink that Filipinos love. This new campaign encourages consumers to fight the gray in their lives by being authentic and playful and ultimately, to enjoy life to the fullest, regardless of their age.”

People tend to be overridden by adulthood’s conformity and seriousness as they grow older. RoyalTM seeks to relieve the monotony by urging Filipinos to be ‘colorful’ by infusing joy and humor into their daily lives and offering them a place to let their inner kid out. For decades, RoyalTM has been a favourite drink among teenagers. The beverage company, on the other hand, understands that being playful and childlike never ends at any age. As a result, no matter how the times change, what RoyalTM stands for will remain the same: having fun is something that everybody, regardless of age, can accomplish. Generation Kulit – a playful generation defined by attitude rather than age – is the name given to these “colorful fun-loving people” in the Philippines.

This playful generation is encouraged to share their kulit moments through the hashtag #GenerationKulit on social media and join Royal™ Philippines’ celebrity guests in showing how they fight back the monotony and seriousness of their days through playful fun.

‘Colorful’ recognizes and celebrates a Generation Kulit of Filipinos to keep the good vibes coming. These are your street performers or karaoke singers who work hard to make strangers smile and are not afraid of looking foolish. As a start, Royal™ is partnering with fun and young-at-heart Filipinos like Kim Chiu, Luis Manzano and Alex Gonzaga to talk about how they fight back everyday grays with playful fun, do wacky challenges, and give away prizes and surprises to their fans. A series of livestreams will be scheduled starting October 1, Friday on the Royal™ Philippines Facebook. Kim and Luis will be joined by TikTok sensations Teacher Dan and Berto Berioso, actress and vlogger Alex Gonzaga with her mom, Mommy Pinty, for an afternoon filled with lots of laughter and kulitan.

Meet Royal™ Philippines’ Generation Kulit — a generation of Filipinos defined by their playful and fun attitude and not by age, who brings good vibes to everyone’s daily lives.

In addition, people from different walks of life will be featured in a short film – hoping to inspire others to be part of Generation Kulit. As more people become part of this new generation: “Generation Kulit,” Royal™ will be sharing their fun-filled videos and colorful personalities each week.

To make it even more exciting, Royal™ is also inviting everyone to join their Play On! Promo where consumers can win awesome prizes. To join, consumers need to buy a specially marked Royal™ bottle, look for the 8-digit alphanumeric code underneath the bottle cap or label, and enter the code via the Royal™ Philippines Facebook Messenger any time from August 14 to November 6, 2021.

Royal™ Philippines is sharing the fun through their ongoing Play On! Promo where consumers can win awesome prizes such as a Nintendo Switch, Samsung Galaxy A52 mobile phone, Oishi snacks, mobile load, and up to Php 100,000 weekly. Promo mechanics can be accessed via the Royal™ Philippines Facebook page.

A new television ad named “Colorful” is part of the campaign, as are over 50 pieces of digital content and out-of-home assets. The campaign, which was conceived by SANTO Buenos Aires and modified by Craft Philippines, will launch in 2021 in various countries across the world. Using the hashtag #GenerationKulit on social media, see how Generation Kulit is making daily experiences more entertaining. Visit for more information.

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Coca-Cola has been refreshing Filipinos and making a difference in the Philippines for 109 years. The Philippines was Coca-Cola’s first market in Asia to begin local bottling operations. Today, the Coca-Cola system in the Philippines has evolved into a total beverage company, offering a diverse portfolio of brands in its beverage portfolio and employing over 15,000 Filipinos in over 19 manufacturing facilities and more than 60 distribution centers nationwide. As part of its long-standing commitment to the country, Coca-Cola continues to go beyond good as a business by continuously supporting safe water access programs in over 250 communities, empowering around 250,000 women entrepreneurs through training and peer mentoring, and accelerating packaging collection and recycling under its global World Without Waste initiative.


  • Lead creative agency: SANTOS Buenos Aires
  • Creative agency (PH): Craft Philippines, Visual Latina
  • Adaptation agency: Ogilvy Sydney
  • Connections agency: UM
  • Social agency: Digitas




Target of McDonald’s Philippines to vaccinate 100% by October

Giant restaurant, McDonald’s Philippines who always serve their customers and their people first has vaccinated 98% of its restaurant managers and crew in NCR with their first dose. Which is more than 14,000 store employees in the region, the company has fully vaccinated 68% and on its way to hit its goal of 100% by October. This is what the McDonald is constantly working with regard to a safe environment for their people and for customers to enjoy their McDo foods.

“Our top priority is to provide our people and customers a safe environment to work at and enjoy their McDo favorites. With the continuous spread of the more dangerous COVID-19 variant [Delta], we are committed to get all eligible employees nationwide fully vaccinated. We need to ensure they are better protected against the more severe effects of COVID-19, keeping their families and customers safe as well,” said McDonald’s Philippines President & CEO Kenneth S. Yang.

Under its M Safe program, McDonald’s purchased vaccines for all its employees together with other private companies under tripartite agreements.  The vaccines are to be given to the employees for free. With the rampant threat of the Delta variant, the company had also encouraged their employees to get vaccinated as early as June in their respective LGUs to receive the much-needed protection against the virus. All McDonald’s employees fall under the A4 category.

With the recent government announcement on the Pilot Alert Level System in NCR, McDonald’s restaurants with fully vaccinated managers and crew members welcomed back customers for dine-in last September 16. In accordance with the IATF guidelines, fully vaccinated customers can opt to dine indoor within the 10% store capacity, while outdoor dining will be open to all customers with a store capacity limit of 30%.

The QSR giant assured that they will continue to offer safe, feel-good experiences for customers whether in the store, Drive-Thru or Delivery, through crew and managers who are protected/healthy and working in a safe environment. With the constant acquisition of Safety Seal Certifications and active participation in boosting vaccine confidence through the Ingat Angat Bakuna Lahat program, now in over 50% of all restaurants nationwide.




Food, Lifestyle

Sting Energy Drink gives vital workers a boost

The epidemic demonstrated that not all heroes are clad in capes. Our economic frontliners make life easier and safer for us. Among them are delivery drivers, construction workers, and market vendors. Essential workers prepare for busier days ahead as the most joyous season of the year approaches. They anticipate increased delivery volumes, more traffic at food shops, and increased demand for their services. They require a small push from energy drinks to get them through the day.

Sting is one of the energy drinks known and well-loved among Filipino essential workers.
It is a product of Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. (PCPPI), the exclusive manufacturer of PepsiCo beverages in the country.

Sting helps build stamina needed to last a long and tough day. It sharpens the mind and body to endure taxing situations.

“As we enter the last quarter of the year, we hope to power up our economic frontliners through Sting. Their commitment to their jobs, despite the threat of the pandemic, is commendable. PCPPI, for its part, continues to produce beverages that are not only refreshing, but energizing as well,” said PCPPI president and chief executive officer Frederick D. Ong.

Sting is a refreshing energy drink that gives one a positive kick. It comes in strawberry flavor in 300ml and 330ml bottles. It is available in supermarkets, groceries, convenience stores, and sari-sari stores nationwide.

Pepsi-Cola, Mountain Dew, 7-Up, Mirinda, Gatorade, Tropicana, Lipton, Mug, Premier, Milkis, and Aquafina are just a few of the well-known beverage brands that PCPPI manufactures exclusively in the Philippines.

About Pepsi Philippines
Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. (PCPPI) is the exclusive manufacturer of PepsiCo beverages & snacks in the Philippines, with a relationship spanning 70 years. PCPPI is a listed company in the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE: PIP) with Lotte Corporation which is a holding company of Lotte Chilsung Beverage, one of the biggest beverage companies in South Korea as the lead shareholder co-managing with PepsiCo. PCPPI manufactures and sells well-known food and beverage brands: Pepsi-Cola, Mountain Dew, 7-Up, Mirinda, Mug, Gatorade, Tropicana, Lipton, Sting, Premier, Sips, Milkis, Let’s Be and Aquafina. It has established 14 manufacturing facilities across the country, serving more than 700,000 outlets and providing employment through its extensive distribution network.
PCPPI is committed to create a positive impact on society with programs focused on environmental sustainability, nutrition, education, and livelihood. For more information, visit





Hanabishi & Mega Prime’s LazLive Cooking Demos on September 26 & 30 will teach you how to make simple dishes

On September 26 at 6:00 PM and September 30 at 5:30 PM, Hanabishi Appliances and Mega Prime Global link up once more for a LazLive culinary demonstration. On Hanabishi’s official Facebook page, both events will be live streamed.

According to Cherish Ong-Chua, Vice President, Finance and Marketing at Hanabishi Appliances, “Hanabishi and Mega Prime Global along with The Bailiwick Academy are holding these cooking demonstrations so our audiences can learn how to prepare simple meals using Hanabishi cooking appliances. We made sure that they are easy to follow so that even those who don’t know how to cook and operate basic kitchen appliances can do the dishes at home.”

Learn how to prepare beef pares using an electric pressure cooker and homemade pizza with an air fryer oven.

“From these simple dishes, we hope more people would be encouraged to cook their own meals at home. Both Hanabishi and Mega Prime are here to help our customers make their cooking easier and healthier,” said Chris Fernandez, head of marketing at Mega Prime Global Corporation.

Grace Parazo, CEO of The Bailiwick Academy, added that chefs will be preparing the dishes, they made sure that the cooking procedures are easy to follow.

“It will be a fun and educational event, and we hope we could encourage more people to take up cooking,” she said.

Vouchers and Amazing Deals

All throughout the livestreams, Hanabishi and Mega Prime Global will be giving away discounts and vouchers. Exclusive bundles will also be up for grabs.

Those who will purchase a Hanabishi electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, and fryer during live events will receive free bundles of Mega Prime products.

Products to Be Used During the Cooking Demos

Hanabishi’s electric pressure cooker and air fryers are two of its most popular product lines.

The Hanabishi HDIGPC10in1 that will be used during the event has a 5.7L capacity. It can be used as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, stir fry pan, steamer, yogurt maker, cake maker, warmer, searing pan, and sterilizer.

It has a 10-program cooking selection: rice, multi-grain, soup, meat/stew, poultry, fish, steam beans/chill, yogurt, porridge. It comes with a digital display and an intelligent no-pot sensor.

Hanabishi air fryers, meanwhile, come in two variations: the standard air fryer and the air fryer oven, which comes in two sizes.

The Hanabishi HAFRYER70 features a 7-liter capacity and a cooking time range of 1 to 30 minutes. It can be cooked at temperatures ranging from 100 to 200 degrees Celsius. It includes a non-slip base as well as an air fryer basket. Furthermore, the Hanabishi Air Fryer Oven HAFEO23SS features a 23-liter capacity and a temperature that can be adjusted. Air fry, boil, bake, toast, convection broil, and convection bake are the six functions. It also includes a rotisserie. It comes with an air fryer basket, baking pan, and oven rack, as well as a stainless steel housing.

For more information about Hanabishi products, visit and its official flagship store on LazMall :

*For updates on the upcoming cooking demonstration schedules, please follow Hanabishi’s official Facebook account: Also follow its Instagram: @myhanabishi for the latest product news and promotions.

*For more information about Mega Prime products, visit, and its official Facebook Page:

*For more information on Bailiwick Academy, visit their website and social media pages: Facebook : IG:

About Hanabishi:
Spanning more than three decades, Hanabishi has established its reputation as a provider of affordable yet quality home products that lasts, which paved the way for its tagline “Kapartner from Start to Forever.” Hanabishi Home Appliances are available at leading appliance stores nationwide. For more information about Hanabishi, please visit like them on Facebook:

Returns with another game-changing hip-hop anthem, Def Jam Philippines releases “Puso At Diskarte”

Featuring some of the most important rap acts of our time and considered as one of the most respected record labels in the country, Def Jam Philippines. Puso At Diskarte” serves as the maiden track off Def Jam Philippines’ collaborative EP, RHAPSODICITY, which is touted as a “lyrical EP.” The upcoming compilation will also feature tracks such as the propulsive jam “Lahing Maangas,” the lyrical heavyweight “Diversity,” the future smash “Lakbay,” and the Pino G.-produced “Epic.”

Produced by CURSEBOX, the anthemic banger delivers show-stopping verses that set the bar high for hip-hop collaborations, and massive, titanium-grade beats that blur the boundaries between gangsta rap and contemporary urban music.

According to Allan Mitchell “Daddy A” Silonga, A&R Senior Manager of Def Jam Philippines, “Puso At Diskarte” started out as a concept which aims to gather hip-hop icons from different affiliations and groups within the community. “With the help of Dcoy, we’ve messaged them one by one, and explained to them the vision behind the project,” the label honcho shares in a statement. “We’ve always wanted to foster dream collaborations that push the envelope in terms of artistry and impact, and produce an iconic music video to complement the bigness of the idea. ‘Puso At Diskarte’ not only shines the spotlight on grander themes in hip-hop, but also elevates it as an art form and a cultural force.”

Lyrically speaking, the all-star collab track documents the struggles of every hip-hop artist involved in the project and how they managed to survive the odds through determination, commitment, and hard work. All the participating artists penned their parts, with Daddy A co-writing some of the verses and the bridge. This exchange of ideas resulted into a compelling rap tune that fosters a sense of community and teamwork, honoring what Def Jam stands for in the first place both as a label and as a pioneering hip-hop dynamo.

As Daddy A puts it, “This EP will be remembered because of the lineup of artists and their collaborators. It’s really a miracle specially during this pandemic to put together a massive EP like this. This is gonna be epic!”

For more updates just follow Def Jam Ph of their social media: Facebook Instagram Twitter | TikTok | YouTube

About Def Jam Recordings
Founded in 1984, Def Jam Recordings began as a maverick independent label inspired by downtown New York City’s vibrant street culture and the emerging sound of hip-hop. Def Jam has represented the very best in cutting-edge music for 35 years, pioneered by iconic stars like LL Cool J, Slick Rick, The Beastie Boys and Public Enemy. Over the following two decades, Def Jam established its dominance with superstar acts like Jay-Z, DMX, Ja Rule, Method Man & Redman, Ludacris, Rihanna, Jeezy, and the inimitable Kanye West. Now in its fourth decade, Def Jam’s music and lifestyle has grown into a global brand – synonymous with creativity, quality and authenticity – encompassing a diverse roster of marquee and emerging stars like West, Justin Bieber, Alessia Cara, Logic, Pusha T, Jadakiss, Vince Staples, Jeremih, Big Sean, YG, 2 Chainz, Dave East, and Jhene Aiko, among others.



Health and Wellness

8 Healthy Snacking Ideas to Eat Before and After a Workout by Dana Ryan PhD, MBA, M.A. – Director, Sport Performance and Education, Herbalife Nutrition

Healthy snacking is an important part of anyone’s diet. But for athletes and active individuals, snacking ensures adequate fuel for exercise, improves muscle recovery, boosts mental performance, and helps maintain healthy body composition.

As a sports dietitian, athletes often ask me: What should I eat before and after a workout? What’s a good sports snack? These are great questions I’ll be happy to answer.

Healthy Pre-Workout and Post-Workout Snacking

Snacks are “mini-meals” that fill the gap between our main meals and provide the energy and nutrients our bodies require. Your hunger signals, as well as your job, academic, sports, or sleep patterns, should influence the amount and type of snacks you consume.

To stay on track with your nutrition and performance goals, you must make smart snack selections. Here are some of my favorite healthy snacking ideas:

1.)Combine Lean Protein with a Carbohydrate and/or Healthy Fat.

In general, think of balance when looking for snacks to curb hunger. Pair protein-rich foods with a carbohydrate or healthy fat for a balanced snack. It is crucial to have lean protein at every meal and snack to support muscle growth and repair. Protein also promotes fullness, helping ward off hunger until your next meal.

Carbohydrates provide both your body and your brain with energy. Choose whole grains, like whole-wheat bread or crackers or a high-fiber cereal, for long-lasting energy. Healthy fats, like nut butter or avocados, also provide energy with staying power.

Examples of balanced snacks include Greek yogurt with granola, half a turkey sandwich, a fruit smoothie made with Greek yogurt, a banana with peanut butter, string cheese and fruit, and trail mix.

2.)Don’t Ignore Your Hunger Cues. Listen to your body and pay attention to your hunger cues.         Common signals include stomach rumbling or growling, fatigue, shakiness or dizziness, and poor concentration.

If you have these symptoms, too many hours have passed without fuel. Being able to recognize these signals is crucial for athletic performance. You’ll need energy to perform your best.

Typically, spacing meals and snacks out every 2-3 hours is adequate timing to avoid hunger pangs and to ensure your body has enough fuel. This amounts to 2-3 snacks in addition to three main meals per day.

3.)Fuel Your Exercise with Pre-Workout Snacks. Carbohydrates are the preferred source of fuel for exercising muscles. Timing is important: prioritize easy-to-digest carbs in your pre-workout snack.

A small amount of lean protein is okay, but limit or avoid fats, as they may cause digestive issues if eaten too close to the time of your workout. Timing will vary, but eating your snack one-hour pre-workout should allow enough time for digestion.

Examples of pre-workout snacks include a fruit smoothie or applesauce, a handful of dried fruit plus whole-grain cereal, Greek yogurt with berries, a piece of fruit plus a carbohydrate-electrolyte beverage, and a piece of whole-grain toast with jam.

4.)Refuel, Repair, and Recover with Post-Workout Snacks. A good post-workout snack should have three components: protein, carbohydrates, and fluids. The goal after exercise is to replace the fuel that was burned, restore fluids lost through sweat, and provide protein to promote muscle repair.

Aim for at least 20 grams of protein in your snack to prevent muscle breakdown and to promote muscle building. Eating your snack within the first hour after exercise is ideal for replenishment and rebuilding.

Examples of good recovery snacks include low-fat chocolate milk, a protein shake, a fruit and Greek yogurt smoothie, trail mix with dried fruit, whole grain bread with nut butter, and banana plus low-fat milk.

5.)Snack Mindfully and Avoid Distractions. Munching mindlessly is an easy way to end up with your hand at the bottom of an empty bag of chips without knowing how it got there.

First, make sure you chose a healthy snack that aligns with your performance and health goals. Then, stop what you’re doing for a few minutes – turn off the TV, put down your phone, and close your laptop – and eat your snack.

Eating without distractions will help you feel more satisfied and you’ll be less likely to overeat.

6.)Don’t Get Tricked by Treats. Distinguish a healthy snack from a treat. Healthy snacks are nutritious and satisfy hunger. Treats, such as sweets, fried foods, and chips lack useful nutrients and provide “empty” calories,” meaning they cannot help your body grow, recover or perform to the best of your ability.

Treats might satisfy a craving, but they rarely satisfy hunger, leaving you to reach for something else soon after. Treats often lead to overeating, which could eventually lead to weight gain. Instead, choose a healthy snack that can satisfy your craving while making you feel full.

7.)Choose Healthy, Convenient Snacks to Fill Nutrition Gaps. Whether you’re fueling for exercise, replenishing energy losses, or building and repairing muscles, your body needs constant nutrition. In my experience, many athletes are consistently hungry and can’t seem to get enough calories throughout the day.

When you’re on-the-go, choose a convenient snack such as a protein bar, fruit, or Greek yogurt. Snacking is a great way for active people to get the extra nutrition they need to achieve body composition and performance goals.

8.)Plan Ahead. Prepare healthy snacks at home to take with you to work, school, or training. Skip the vending machine and avoid buying snacks where healthy options are limited.

By prepping nutritious snacks ahead of time, you’ll not only save money, but you’ll also get more nutritional bang for your budget. In your backpack or sports bag, keep some portable snacks.

You will not miss your nutritious snacks if you plan ahead and know your schedule.

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