Let’s face it. We buy air fryers in the hopes of eating healthier junk food. All those foods we love, made with less fat. But what about healthy air fryer snacks? Is that possible?
You bet’cha! Below is a nice long list of them!
Are Air Fryers Healthy?
As with most forms of cooking, you can only get healthy food out of an air fryer when you put healthy food in one to begin with. So yes, air fryers CAN be healthy.
Can You Eat Healthy With An Air Fryer?
Goodness, yes. Air fryers are specifically made to cook food with less fat and still get close to that deep fried texture, despite the lack of oil. As we mentioned above, if you put healthy food in, you’ll get healthy food out. So the real focus is on finding healthy recipes you can use in your air fryer. Thankfully, there are many
Healthy Snacks In The Air Fryer
What makes a healthy snack?
Keep in mind that the term “healthy” is subjective. It means different things to different people. So take the recipes that work for you and leave the rest from the list below.
What Is The Healthiest Thing To Cook in An Air Fryer?
We wouldn’t say that there is really a “healthiest” food to make in an air fryer. Just like we would never say that there is one, single healthiest food on the planet. There might be, but keep in mind that the best nutrition comes from a rainbow of foods. Eat a broad spectrum of fruits and vegetables and lean proteins (either animal or plant based), and you will naturally eat healthier.
Why Are Air Fryers Bad For You?
The only way an air fryer would be bad for you is if you are cooking a bunch of unhealthy foods in your air fryer.
What Makes Food Unhealthy?
We often assign labels to the foods we eat. “Healthy”, “unhealthy”, “low carb”, “low fat”…. and on and on. The term “unhealthy” is just as subjective as “healthy”. And that’s okay.
Every person requires something different for optimum nutrition. There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to healthy eating. But there are some generalities that often mean that a food is truly unhealthy. Theses are the hallmark markers for unhealthy food:
High in saturated fats (particularly highly processed fats)
Anything that your own body is sensitive or allergic to
High in processed sugars
High in refined white flours
What Foods Are Good To Cook In An Air Fryer?
There are so many! If you don’t mind a small amount of prep, good, healthy food from an air fryer can be a constant thing in your eating plan.
What Can You Make In An Air Fryer That’s Healthy?
So, so much! The list below is just a starting point. Check them out, and don’t forget to look for upcoming snack recipes on this site as well.
Air Fryer Kale Chips – By Drug Store Divas
Kale Chips come out incredible when you make them in the air fryer. They’re better this way than in the oven.
Air Fryer Crispy Coca Chickpeas – By Strength And Sunshine
Looking for a quick & easy chocolate snack? These 3-Ingredient Crispy Cocoa Chickpeas are gluten-free, vegan, allergy-free, and sugar-free! This recipe can be made quick and oil-free in the air fryer or roasted in the oven! A healthy, sweet, and protein-packed snack the whole family will love!
Air Fryer Vegan Calamari – By Strength And Sunshine
Insanely crispy Vegan Calamari made in the air fryer! This healthy plant-based calamari is gluten-free, allergy-free, and oil-free! Made with Hearts of Palm and a light seasoned breading, this squid-free calamari recipe will blow your mind and become your go-to appetizer for impressing anyone!
Air Fryer Artichoke Hearts – By Strength And Sunshine
A super easy, delicious, and crispy snack or appetizer recipe! These breaded Air Fryer Artichoke Hearts are gluten-free, vegan, and allergy-free! Tossed in a lightly seasoned breading, there’s no oil needed for these healthy air fried artichokes. They’re a perfect party finger food to go along with a simple dairy-free yogurt dip!
Vegan Air Fryer Fried Pickles – By Strength And Sunshine
The ultimate crispy, tangy snack! Gluten-Free Air Fryer Fried Pickles! This healthy version of the classic deep-fried Southern recipe is vegan, egg-free, allergy-free, & made without oil! Your favorite festival food, homemade, & served with a creamy ketchup dipping sauce!
Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries – By Cook At Home Mom
These air fryer sweet potato fries are the absolutely best side dish ever! Cooking fries in the air fryer makes them nice and crispy without the need for lots of oil, plus they’re just SO easy to make!
Looking for a healthy appetizer for the big game or your next get-together? These Air Fryer Burger Bites will be the hit of the party for kids and grown ups alike, and they’re Paleo, Whole30, Keto, and Low Carb!
Air Fryer Potato Skins are one of our new favorite healthy snacks! These potato skins taste just like the crunchy and cheesy skins you know and love while being rich in fiber and protein and lower in fat (than traditional skins)!
Air Fryer Popcorn Tofu – By V Nutrition And Wellness
This Popcorn Tofu crispy and is much healthier than deep-fried nuggets because no oil is used when air frying or baking the tofu. It’s a fun option for a snack or an appetizer for kids (or the young at heart!).
Air Fryer Gluten Free Crackers – By Enhance Your Palate
Air Fried Gluten Free Crackers, Made with Lupin flour and Lentils: These Crunchy, Savory, Vegan Gluten-Free Crackers use only few ingredients and are so easy to make at home. You are going to love the irresistible flavor of these low carb protein rich crackers. These gluten free crackers are perfect as a pre-dinner nibble either with a dip or a chunk of cheese or even with a hot cup of tea. Made with whole-grain, nutrient dense ingredients, these gluten free vegan crackers will keep you coming back for more.
Air Fryer Roasted Chickpeas. How to air fry chickpeas without oil, with different flavour combinations. My number #1 favourite healthy air fryer snack, that is so easy you will be wondering why it took you so long before you cooked air fryer chickpeas.
Did you know you can make eggs in an Air Fryer? Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs are super easy. All you need are the Air Fryer and eggs. You don’t even need water. In less than 20 minutes you can have the delicious hard boiled eggs ready for your next snack or meal.
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