By Rachael Link, MS, RD
Whether you’re looking to cut back on cooking time or give your favorite foods a healthy makeover, air fryers are a great kitchen gadget to have on hand. In fact, with the help of the air fryer, many traditionally fried foods like chips, fries, and fritters can be transformed into snacks that you can actually feel good about eating. Here are 15 healthy air fryer snacks to start experimenting with in your kitchen.
Rich in fiber and protein, these crispy chickpeas are a great way to help squeeze some extra nutrients into your diet. Plus, they can be easily customized to fit your personal preferences; try sprinkling on some nutritional yeast, garlic powder, or cumin for a savory snack or add a dash of cinnamon to help satisfy your sweet tooth.
These air-fried sweet potato fries are an awesome alternative to deep-fried French fries. Simply slice, season, and start air-frying for an easy snack that’s ready to enjoy in just 20 minutes.
Looking to add more veggies to your snack rotation? Give this vegan eggplant bacon a try! Not only is it high in fiber, folate, and potassium, but it’s also super versatile and can be added to lettuce wraps or roll-ups for a quick and convenient snack.
This air fryer snack recipe gives buffalo chicken wings a healthy twist by ditching the deep-fryer and trading chicken for cauliflower. In addition to packing nearly 10 grams of protein and 3.5 grams of fiber into a single serving, it’s also gluten-free, dairy-free, and delicious.
These veggie quesadillas are a simple snack that’s sure to satisfy. Although this recipe features bell peppers, zucchini, black beans, and cilantro, it can easily be tailored to your taste buds by swapping in other veggies as well.
Sweet, crunchy and full of nutrients, apple chips are one of the best air fryer snacks available. Sprinkle on some cinnamon with a quick dash of salt and enjoy!
This healthy recipe requires just one ingredient and can be prepared in less than 10 minutes, making it one of the most easy and quick air fryer snacks on the list. Plus, it’s also a great way to ramp up your intake of healthy fats, fiber, and protein all at once.
Striking just the right balance between smoky and sweet, shishito peppers make the perfect nutritious and delicious snack. Just pop some shishito peppers into the air fryer, serve with a spritz of lemon, and enjoy.
For the perfect batch of easy-to-peel hard-boiled eggs, simply switch from the stovetop to the air fryer. Try pairing these eggs with a dash of salt and pepper, a spoonful of hummus, or a scoop of guacamole to give the flavor an easy upgrade.
Not only can these beet chips help bring a pop of color and flavor to your plate, but they’re also a healthy air fryer snack that you can actually feel good about eating. In fact, beets boast a long list of important micronutrients, including vitamin C, folate, fiber, and potassium.
While making popcorn in the air fryer may sound unconventional, it’s actually one of the most easy and effortless ways to enjoy this healthy snack. Try whipping up a batch of this sweet air fried popcorn, or mix it up with a few of your favorite savory spices and seasonings.
Thai-style chili garlic paste gives green beans an extra zing of flavor in this delicious, low-carb recipe. In addition to being low in calories and full of flavor, these green beans also pack in 2 grams of fiber and protein per serving.
Made from a blend of cauliflower, sweet potatoes, garlic, and herbs, these patties are the perfect snack or side dish. Pair them with aioli or a yogurt dip to bring this tasty treat to the next level.
Low in calories yet brimming with important nutrients, these kale chips have definitely secured their slot as one of the best healthy air fryer snacks. Plus, there are plenty of flavor variations to try, making it easy to find something to quench any craving.
Whether you’re looking to boost your fiber intake or squeeze more protein into your diet, edamame beans are a great choice. Serve alongside a bit of soy sauce and some sesame seeds to elevate the flavor even more.
Craving the crispy crunch of chicken tenders but not into the deep frying? You can turn chicken tenders or even chicken breast into a great snack or meal with the air fryer and this easy recipe. This air fryer recipe uses the same step as regular breaded chicken (you can use almond or coconut flour) and skip the breadcrumbs and rely on the parmesan to deliver the juicy, crunchy flavor you’re after. Want to jazz things up further? Add a dash of Italian seasoning. Need a good dipping sauce? Warm up your favorite jar of marinara.
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