In cooking and baking, bananas and plantains are so versatile.

Nutritionally, they are always filling without being problematic if you’re trying to lose some stubborn fat. Potassium, manganese, copper, and more are all vital minerals found in bananas.

healthy banana breadThey also provide carbs, which are useful for energy, especially in the morning when your tank must be full to start the day. Bananas also make a great pre- or post-workout snack.

Eating bananas day in and day out gets old though. Making banana pancakes (on Sunday morning, as the Jack Johnson song goes) is a great alternative, and so is making banana bread.

Just 8 minutes. That’s how long it will take to make this Easy Banana Bread recipe (page 23 of Eat More, Burn More).

And it’s great. Not only is banana bread delicious, moist, and filling, but my recipe is also resolutely fat-burning.

No white flour, no white sugar, no butter… and lots of bananas.

For those reasons, this banana bread recipe burns fat and fills you up at the same time. It makes an easy breakfast (grab a slice and go), or a great snack.

Did I mention it’s also gluten free?

Many of my readers have Celiac disease, are allergic to gluten, or choose to exclude gluten from their diet. That’s OK! The only flour in this recipe is coconut flour.

You see, the natural fiber content of bananas really helps your fat-burning efforts. But talking about fiber, there is a lot of fiber in coconut flour. That’s a great thing because it doesn’t spike your blood sugar (which leads to weight gain).

Coconut flour is now available in most supermarkets, in the health foods section. It’s pricier than regular white flour, but the investment is worth it.

One of the advantages for instance, is that my 5 children love this bread so if you have kids, you kind of owe it to yourself to try it.

You can grab my recipe below and try it (remember, 8 minutes is all it takes!). Here are a few variations:

First, you can make it in a loaf pan, but can also use an old-fashioned skillet. That would actually bake the bread very well (Cast-iron is a great heat conductor), and gives it an authentic, rustic look and feel.

You can also use muffin cups. Make sure that you spray the inside so that they remove easily once fully baked.

And of course, make sure you adapt the baking time; muffins bake faster because they’re smaller than a loaf.

An easy test is to insert a small paring knife in the very inside of the banana bread once it’s cooked. If it comes out clean (a little moisture is ok), then the bread is cooked. Make sure you rest it a bit so that it finishes cooking with carryover cooking, and to make it easier to cut and serve.

Here are other variations. You can add toasted pecans or walnuts, and even chocolate pieces, as long as the chocolate you use contains more than 72% cocoa. Only then it is fat-burning.healthy recipe

But that’s not it. Other twists include adding a tablespoon of almond butter to the dough. Or load it up with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, maybe to create a Fall or Winter mood.
If you’re feeling a bit adventurous, you can experiment with a cup of shredded zucchini or carrots. You won’t really taste a major difference (Zucchini and banana? Yuk!), but you would increase your fiber intake even more, which is great if you’re watching your figure.

Really, I insist. Every family should have a banana bread on the counter at any time. It’s great for every member of your family, including kids. It provides good nutrition, energy, and of course… it’s delicious!

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Brief summary about your startup

Established in 2010, NEOFECT is a mobile health startup with a vision to deliver an affordable and effective at-home system to aid neuro patients with central nervous system disorders such as a stroke.

Its first product, RAPAEL Smart Glove, combines a wearable device, virtual reality and gamification for rehab exercise, while its software analyzes the data from built-in sensors and provides training tasks based on the patient’s activity level.

The device has been successfully employed by a number of major hospitals in South Korea since December of 2014, and approved for use in the US and Europe. NEOFECT has offices in S. Korea, San Francisco, and Poland.

Why and how it was started

The President of NEOFECT, Ho-Young Ban, experienced first-hand the difficulties faced by stroke patients and their families when his father and two uncles fell victims of stroke.

Although his uncles were fortunate to survive, they had to turn down the rehab therapy because of the costs involved. So, when his friend Young Choi came up with an idea of Rapael, Ban could not resist.

Soon after, their classmate from the University of Virginia’s Darden MBA program Scott Kim joined the team to launch the US operations.

Kim was born with spinal bifida and went through a surgery and a long rehabilitation process, so he immediately recognized the opportunity and became a co-founder and the CEO of the Neofect’s US office.

What has been the biggest success factors

Personal motivation of the founders combined with the latest, most advanced smart technologies have become the major engines behind the company’s success.

– Gamification, which motivates a patient throughout the rehab process. It helps to induce neuroplasticity for hand function of a patient with a brain damage.

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– Artificial Intelligence: the software analyzes data from the glove’s sensors and provides training tasks based on the patient’s activity level. The algorithm is designed to enhance learning multiple functions by offering an optimal task at a proper level of difficulty.

– Wearable Device: RAPAEL Smart Glove is a wearable bio-feedback training gadget. Lightweight and designed to fit different hand sizes, it uses the Bluetooth technology to collect the patient’s data.

What are the biggest challenges you have faced launching and running the company?

The biggest challenge was the product’s concept itself. Many people believed that Rapael could be a threat to the therapists. Fortunately, after we launched the program in several hospitals, we’ve been able to prove that our device is designed with the doctors’ and patient’s needs in mind and helps them make the rehabilitation process more efficient.

Which do you think is most important: the right market, the right product, or the right team?

This sounds like a cliché, but the right team is easily the answer to me. With the right people, you can make necessary adjustments based on new information to make sure there is a product-market fit.

My previous job was to lead a team to make mobile apps – without any exception, all great apps loved by users were made by great teams.

Final words for those chasing the startup dream

Never underestimate the importance of execution. Many people waste their time just to validate what they think or others think, or even just to finish the conceptualization.

However, you should “fail fast” in order concentrate your efforts on building a product which has a market demand, and of course, to save time and money as well.

Plus, you should fail while you are small rather than big, if you’re meant to face it. The earlier you do the reality check, the faster you can reach your goal, although it might cost you a couple of failures at the beginning.

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