Healthy Air Fryer Recipes
For many years, frying food usually involved adding bucket loads of oil and producing an unhealthy meal as a result. Although usually delicious, the impact which fried food can have on your health is never usually worth it.
That was the misconception, anyway; before air fryers were invented.
Air fryers provide you with the chance to fry food as you usually would but through a far healthier, and pleasant, mechanism. If you have a love for fried food yet worry about what you’re putting into your body, then check out these 10 super healthy air fryer recipes which we can guarantee you’ll love.
1. Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet potato fries can be enjoyed as a light meal or as a side dish to any yummy larger main. Cooking them through the air fryer requires very little oil, meaning you’re left with crispy fries full of sweet goodness. A serving of these air-fried sweet potato fries only adds up to 221 calories with 5g of fat – if you like to have a colorful plate then this is the recipe for you. Learn how to make them here.
2. French Fries
If you prefer to munch on French fries over sweet potato fries, then know that you can do so without guilt thanks to air fryers. Believe it or not, potatoes are actually considered to be healthy (when eaten in moderation) due to being so rich in potassium. At just 278 calories per serving, you’ll never have to worry about the consequences of a delicious plate of fries again. Get frying with the help from this recipe.
3. Crispy Chickpeas
Chickpeas are like marmite; you either love them or hate them. If you think that they’re a bit bland straight out of the tin, mix things up a bit and chuck them in the air fryer. You’ll end up with a batch of super crunchy chickpeas which can be grazed on throughout the day. With the help from this chickpea recipe, you’ll have a portion worth just 197 calories yet packed with 7g of fiber and 8g of protein.
4. Zucchini Fries
Air fried zucchini fries are so good that even the fussiest of eaters won’t mind that they’re made from a vegetable. We’ve found this recipe which creates a batch of glorious crispy fries which equate to 213 calories! If you’re okay with adding a few more calories to this recipe, then be sure to dip the fries in a small bowl of Greek yogurt for the full effect. It’ll be worth it.
5. Sweet Potato Cauliflower Burgers
We hate to admit it, but the majority of burgers aren’t particularly healthy, no matter how much we wish they were. Luckily, there’s a loophole, and it’s in the form of air fried sweet potato cauliflower burgers! These patties will be perfect as the main attraction of a meal or amongst a salad, and at just 85 calories per patty, you can’t go wrong. Cotter Crunch has the best recipe for this and we promise you’ll love the result.
6. Buffalo Cauliflower
Speaking of cauliflower, it’s incredible to realize just how much it can be used as a healthy replacement to not-so-healthy foods. At just 123 calories per batch, this recipe will be your absolute go-to for when you fancy a healthy alternative to buffalo wings. Who knows, you might even end up enjoying this alternative more than the original. You certainly won’t get any meat sweats, that’s for sure!
7. Baked Salmon
Putting salmon in the air fryer is not only healthy, but it makes far less of a messy experience, too! By putting the salmon in the air fryer, you are reducing the number of oils it creates and giving it back its lovely moistness. Team this recipe up with a nice side of fresh salad and you’ll have a perfect meal which can be enjoyed all year round; at less than 200 calories, too!
8. Perfectly Crispy Tofu
Tofu is great, but it always seems to end up soggy and with a weird unenjoyable texture. If you’ve experienced this, then it’s time to chuck the tofu in the air fryer and win back your love for it. We came across this crispy tofu recipe and it’s like no other; it helps you to produce a ‘ridiculously clean’ batch of healthy tofu containing just over 200 calories.
Did you know that you can make a reasonably healthy steak meal with help from an air fryer? Well, with this air fryer steak recipe, you’ll be ready to produce a hearty meal with half the calories – around 250, to be exact. Literally, all that you need to do is chuck your steak (with preferred seasonings) into the air fryer and leave it to work its magic for around 12 minutes. It’s never been so simple to make a perfectly cooked steak!
10. Roasted Broccoli
We might have grown up saying that we hate broccoli, but you’ll be surprised to realize just how flavorsome it is when cooked correctly. Give broccoli another chance and introduce it to the air fryer with a few added bits of seasoning and you’ll be good to go! This low-calorie and low-carb recipe will give you all of the information needed to create a bowl full of perfection, and we recommend adding some Asian condiments to give it a final touch of flavor.
Fall Back In Love With Healthy Food
No one said that healthy food had to be boring, and with the above 10 recipes ready and waiting to be followed and cooked up in your air fryer, there’s nothing stopping you from enjoying a tasty, healthy, meal. Let us know which recipe ends up being your favorite and if you have any other recipes which should have made it onto this guide! We love finding low-calorie alternatives and hope that these keep you smiling for years to come. Who knows, you may even end up being famous for your super healthy and delicious creations.