With the new year upon us, healthy eating is once again top of mind. With healthy eating comes healthy cooking. Indeed, cooking and eating at home has consistently been shown to be a great way to support weight loss. And many gadgets have hit the market to help make cooking from home easier, faster, and more convenient. Sure, that includes the crockpot or slow cooker. Pressure cookers are also fantastic tools. But perhaps the easiest way to lighten up your home cooking is with an air fryer.
Let’s take a look at what it is, what it does, and our ten top weight-loss recipes for the air fryer.
What Is an Air Fryer?
There isn’t a single type or brand of air fryer, and each one has differences. However, the core concept of each is to mimic the results of deep-frying without all of the added oil. It does so by circulating hot air. The hot air then leads to crispy, tasty food. Yet, because of the decrease in fat and oil, calorie counts are dropped. Plus, cleanup is much easier. This leads to low-calorie air fryer recipes for the whole family to enjoy.
The size you choose for your weight loss air-fryer recipes depends on how many you typically cook for. A smaller household of one to two people can easily get away with a three- to four-quart air fryer. A larger family of three to five would do better with a five- to six-quart air fryer.
What Can You Cook in an Air Fryer?
While many people only use their air fryers to cook up frozen or processed meals that are traditionally deep-fat fried, such as French fries, chicken wings, or cheese sticks, they are much more versatile.
Air fryers can make even healthier meals—and they can do so in much less time than a traditional oven. Here are 10 top weight-loss recipes to try in your air fryer:
- Egg Cups from Eazy Peazy Mealz Baked Eggplant Sticks from Skinnytaste
- Baked Eggplant Sticks from Skinnytaste
- Air Fryer Sweet Potato Tots from Cooking Light
- Air Fryer Avocado Fries from Cooking Light
- Air Fryer Asparagus from Kalyn’s Kitchen
- Korean Air Fried Cauliflower from Fabulessly Frugal
- Air Fryer Chicken Tenders from Skinnytaste
- Air Fryer Steak from Delish
- Air Fryer Salmon from Delish
- Air Fryer Banana Bread from Cooking Light
As you can see from the variety of weight-loss recipes to try in your air fryer, you are only limited by your imagination when it comes to creating delicious, healthy recipes. Have fun and play around with some of your favorite recipes. Or explore new ideas with Youtube videos and other online resources to find or experiment with new low-calorie air fryer recipes.
Losing weight doesn’t mean giving up the foods you love. It’s often just about reimagining your creations to cut calories while leaving—or even boosting—the flavor. Bonus: unlike traditional ovens, air fryers keep the kitchen cool.