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Try this banana bread recipe with healthy, flavor-boosting parsnip

This cheap, easy-to-find vegetable is the secret to a healthier banana bread.
/ Source: TODAY

Banana bread is always a smart move when you want to sneak extra helpings of potassium and vitamin B into breakfast, dessert or snacks, but here's one way to make that tasty little slice even healthier: Boil up a few parsnips and add them to the batter for even more of a nutritional boost!

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Naturally sweet, these root vegetables pack a lot of fiber, vitamin C, and folate into each bite, but with no fat to weigh things down. Keep things on the light side with Greek yogurt and feel free to swap in whole wheat flour for half the all-purpose flour if you want to up the benefits of this bread even more. Your family's favorite snack just got a whole lot healthier — and, dare we say, even tastier?

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Casey Barber is a freelance food writer, photographer, and recipe developer, the editor of the online magazine Good. Food. Stories, and the author of Pierogi Love: New Takes on an Old-World Comfort Food and Classic Snacks Made from Scratch: 70 Homemade Versions of Your Favorite Brand Name Treats.