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12 Best Air Fryer Recipes for Weight Loss

12 best air fryer recipes for weight loss. picture of delicious, low-carb chips!

Air fryers are all the rage right now, and we are on board with it! This beloved kitchen tool lets you make fried foods in a MUCH healthier way. Love the air fryer as much as we do? Then here are our most popular air fryer recipes all in one place. Enjoy!

Air Fryer Donut Holes

A Profile twist on a classic breakfast treat! These low-carb, air-fried donut holes are a winner.
Low carb plant based Air Fryer Donut Holes for weight loss
TOTAL TIME
10 mins
COURSE
Breakfast
CUISINE
American
INGREDIENTS
INSTRUCTIONS
  • Combine all ingredients except for stevia, using enough water to make a dough consistency.
  • Roll into balls.
  • Air fry for 10 minutes or until firm on the outside.
  • Sprinkle with stevia
NOTES

Profile Exchange 1 profile meal replacement, 1 flex food

 

Buy the Plant-Based Shakes on our online store!

KEYWORD
air fryer, low carb breakfast, Profile Swaps

Chick-Fil-A “Copycat” Breaded Chicken Sandwich

There has been a lot of talk lately about which fast food restaurant has the best chicken sandwich. "Popeyes" or "Chick-Fil-A"?!?! Enter the "Profile-Approved" Breaded Chicken sandwich into the conversation. Straight off the griddle taste with a fraction of the calories!
Delicious low-carb copycat of Chick-FIl-A chicken sandwich
COURSE
Main Course
CUISINE
American, Profile
INGREDIENTS
INSTRUCTIONS

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CHICKEN:

  • Pound chicken to ½-inch thickness.
  • Cut in half and place in zip lock baggie with pickle juice. Marinate overnight.
  • Preheat air fryer for 5 mins at 400 degrees.
  • In a small shallow bowl mix together parmesan cheese, crushed Profile Salt & Vinegar Chips, and salt and pepper.
  • Remove chicken from the baggie and discard pickle juice.
  • Place chicken in bowl to coat with breading mixture evenly.
  • Place a piece of parchment paper in air fryer basket, lightly coat with cooking spray.
  • Place chicken in preheated air fryer and spray the chicken with nonstick cooking spray or olive oil.
  • Cook chicken for 7 mins.
  • Flip chicken and continue cooking for an additional 7-8 mins. This can vary based on the size of your chicken. Internal temperature should be 165 degrees.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE BUN:

  • Mix Profile Pancake mix with a dash of salt and pepper and 2 ounces of water.
  • Spray a round glass bowl with cooking spray and pour in mix.
  • Microwave mix for 1 minute.
  • When cooled, remove from bowl and cut in half.
  • Assemble the sandwich – bun, chicken, pickle slices, bun. Enjoy!
NOTES
Did you know you can purchase the ingredients for the “Copycat” Breaded Chicken Sandwich on our new online store?
 
Profile Homestyle Pancake Mix
KEYWORD
air fryer, Air fryer recipes for weight loss, Healthy Copycat Breaded Chicken Sandwich, Healthy Substitute Breaded Chicken Sandwich, Profile Chicken Sandwich

Cauliflower BBQ Wings

This is a great take on a classic bar food. Try it out at your next gameday get together. These "wings" are perfect for air-frying as well.
Delicious Cauliflower bbq wings for weight loss
COURSE
Appetizer
CUISINE
American, Profile
INGREDIENTS
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat air fryer to 350 degrees.
  2. Crush the chips in a shallow bowl.
  3. Soak cauliflower florets in egg whites.
  4. Press the cauliflower florets into the chip crumbs until well coated.
  5. Lightly spray air fryer basket with non-stick spray. Place the cauliflower florets in the air fryer and cook for 15 minutes. Toss every 5 minutes to ensure an even crisp.
  6. Toss with BBQ sauce or serve on the side.
NOTES

Profile Exchange: 1 Profile Meal, 1 oz very lean protein, 1 cup vegetables, 1 flex food

Get the BBQ sauce in our online shop!

KEYWORD
Air fryer recipes for weight loss, Cauliflower wings, Profile Swaps, Profile-approved wings, Wings

Everything Bagel Chips

A healthier version of the classic Everything Bagel Chips. You'll love the crunch without the extra carbs. Delicious!
Low carb everything bagel chips are delicious!
COURSE
Side Dish, Snack
CUISINE
American, Profile
SERVINGS
1
INGREDIENTS
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Cut pizza crust into small triangles using a pizza cutter.
  2. Spray each triangle with olive oil spray and top with Everything Bagel Seasoning and place in air fryer.
  3. Bake for 10-15 minutes at 350, or until chips reach desired crispiness.
  4. Enjoy chips with guacamole, hummus, or cheese spread!
NOTES

Profile Exchange per serving: 1 Profile meal replacement

KEYWORD
Air fryer recipes for weight loss, Low-carb swaps, Profile Swaps

Maple Pecan Donuts

You're going to love this low-carb, air-fryer friendly donut recipe. This is a tasty, low-carb swap for what is normally a carb-filled treat!
tasty low carb maple pecan donuts
PREP TIME
5 mins
TOTAL TIME
25 mins
COURSE
Breakfast
CUISINE
American, Profile
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 Package Profile Pancakes
  • 1 package Profile Maple Pecan Shake
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  • 4 oz Water
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar-free Maple Syrup
  • 8 Pecans Chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Or use air-fryer.
  2. If using donut pan, spray with non-stick spray. If using muffin tins, roll small sheets of aluminum foil into cylinders (tall enough to reach the top of the tin) and spray with non-stick spray.
  3. Set aside.
  4. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk egg and add pancake mix, shake mix, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and chopped pecans.
  5. Divide batter into 6 donut molds or muffin tins.
  6. Bake or air-fry for 17-20 minutes.
NOTES

Profile Exchange: 1 Profile Meal, 1oz lean protein, 1 fat

Did you know you can get the Pancake Mix in our new online store?

KEYWORD
air fryer, air fryer donuts, low-carb donuts, Low-carb swaps

Zucchini Garlic Bites

These tasty Zucchini Bites are a great way to get your veggies in but also feel like you're having a treat! Try them in your air-fryer for that crispy "fried" taste.
delicious Zucchini Garlic Bites
TOTAL TIME
25 mins
COURSE
Appetizer, Snack
CUISINE
American, Profile
SERVINGS
1
INGREDIENTS
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly coat a baking sheet with non-stick spray. (or consider using your air-fryer!)
  2. Use a cheese grater to grate zucchini. Place in a paper towel and wring out the moisture.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except the marinara sauce and mix well.
  4. Shape mixture into small balls, using about a tablespoon of the mixture, and place on baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until golden. Serve with warm Profile Marinara Sauce.
NOTES

Profile Exchange: 1 Profile Meal, 1oz lean protein, 1-2 cups vegetables, 2 fats

Did you know you can get the Salt and Vinegar chips from our online store?

KEYWORD
air fryer, healthy swaps, profile comfort foods, Profile-Approved Zucchini, Zucchini

Fried Pickles

Enjoy this appetizer favorite with all the zesty flavors with a boost of added protein! Throw them in the air fryer for that crispy golden goodness.
zesty high protein fried pickles
COURSE
Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
CUISINE
American
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 package Profile Pancakes
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 ½ – 2 Tbsp. of water
  • 1 small jar of dill pickle chips
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Pat dry the pickle chips with a paper towel
  2. Combine Profile Pancake mix, garlic powder, and baking powder into large mixing
  3. Add egg white and water and mix all ingredients together
  4. Dip dill pickle chips in batter
  5. Add pickle chips into an Airfryer and bake for 8-10 minutes at 400 degrees
  6. Alternatively, place pickles on baking sheet and bake at 450 degrees for 8 minutes on each side
  7. Let cool and enjoy your fried pickles!
NOTES

Profile Exchange: ½ meal replacement, ½ oz. very lean protein, 1 cup vegetables

KEYWORD
air fryer, Low-carb swaps

Zucchini Fritters

Savory, tender, veggie-forward. They are so versatile - you can put them with anything! Plus, they only take 30 minutes to make and have a make-ahead option.
Delicious savory low-carb zucchini fritters
COURSE
Side Dish, Appetizer
CUISINE
American, Profile, Low Carb Bar Food
SERVINGS
12
INGREDIENTS

2 cups cooked and cooled quinoa
2 cups shredded zucchini (~2 small zucchinis as recipe is written) 2 Tbsp olive oil, plus more for cooking
1/2 cup finely diced onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 1/2 cups spinach (or combination spinach, kale, and swiss chard)
1 egg 1/4 tsp salt, plus more to taste pinch of black pepper
1/4 cup fresh dill (or 2 Tbs of dried dill)
3/4 cup oat flour (or 1/2 cup + 2Tbs oats, ground) + more if needed

INSTRUCTIONS

1. If you do not already have cooked quinoa, prepare it at this time — 2/3 cup uncooked quinoa will yield ~2 cups cooked.
2. Shred zucchini using either the coarse side of a box grater or the grater attachment of a food processor. Then transfer to a clean towel and squeeze out excess moisture - try to get it as dry as possible!
3. Heat a large pot or rimmed skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add oil (or water), onion, and garlic. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently, or until the onion is tender and fragrant. Add zucchini and sauté for another 2 minutes. Lastly, add chopped greens and stir to slightly wilt. 
4. To a large mixing bowl, add sautéed vegetables, quinoa, salt, pepper, dill, and egg. Then, mix in oat flour and stir until combined. If too wet to handle, add more oat flour until tacky and able to mold into patties.
5. Optional step: let mix rest in fridge for 1 hour to 24 hours.
6. Form into thin (roughly 1/4-inch-thick) patties the size of the palm of your hand.
7. Air Fry until golden brown, ~4 minutes should do the trick
8. Serve hot with garnishes like lemon juice, yogurt, hummus, dill sauce, etc. 

NOTES

Profile Exchange Values: 2 fritters = 2 starches, 1 cup vegetables, 1 fat, 1 flex

KEYWORD
Zucchini, Air-Fryer, Low-Carb Swaps, Low-Carb bar food

Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator up to 3-4 days, or in the freezer up to 1 month. Reheat in your air fryer. If frozen, thaw before reheating.

Chile Relleno Boats

Profile member Jessica Riggs created this recipe for Super Bowl Sunday, and loves food that is colorful and flavorful! This looks like a great way to satisfy your comfort food craving, while still sticking to plan!
tasty Chile Rellenos Boats made in an air fryer
COURSE
Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
CUISINE
American
INGREDIENTS

1 large poblano pepper (1/2 cup veg) 

1 small onion sliced and sauteed (1 cup veg) 

1/2 cup cauliflower rice

1 oz fat free cream cheese (1 flex)

Fiesta blend seasoning

1 packet Sloppy joe mix 

1/4 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese (1 fat)

sliced roasted red peppers

canned green chilis

jalapeno slices

green onions

cilantro

1/4 cup salsa,

 1/4 cup fat free sour cream

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Slice poblano pepper in half lengthwise, deseed
  2. Mix sauteed onion, cauliflower rice, cream cheese and fiesta blend to taste.
  3. A squeeze of lime juice will enhance fiesta blend seasoning.
  4. Spread over pepper.
  5. Prepare sloppy joe mix, reduce water for thicker consistency if desired.
  6. Spread over cream cheese mixture.
  7. Sprinkle with shredded cheese.
  8. Add remaining toppings as desired.
  9. Bake in a toaster oven or air fryer 10 minutes until the cheese is melted and lightly browned. 
  10. Top with salsa and sour cream if desired.

KEYWORD
air fryer recipes, low-carb air fryer meals, healthy Mexican food

Low Carb Tortilla Chips

Did you know that tortilla chips can be low-carb?!?! Check out the recipe below. You'll love it.
Low-Carb tortilla chips
TOTAL TIME
15 Minutes
COURSE
Appetizer, Snack
CUISINE
Mexican, Profile
EQUIPMENT

Air Fryer

INGREDIENTS
  • 4 high fiber and low carb whole wheat tortillas
  • vegetable oil spray
  • herbs and spices to your taste
  • optional: salt and black pepper
INSTRUCTIONS

  • Stack tortilla rounds together and cut into 8 wedges.
  • Place in Air Fryer individually; do not stack or double up giving them room to toast.
  • Spray tops of tortilla wedges lightly with vegetable oil spray and air fry till browned, about 10 minutes.
  • Remove from air fryer and enjoy
NOTES

Tips: Watch closely to prevent over-browning of chips. Serve with Hot Artichoke Dip and crisp fresh veggies! Also, great with our Healthy Greens Veggie Dip!

KEYWORD
Low-carb swap ideas, Low-carb swaps, Low-carb tortilla chips

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Chips

Air Fried Sweet Potato Chips
TOTAL TIME
10 minutes
COURSE
Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
CUISINE
American, Profile
INGREDIENTS
  • Cooking Spray
  • 1 14 oz sweet potato very thinly sliced and divided (a mandolin slicer works great)
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary divided
  • 1/2 tsp salt divided
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper divided


INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Arrange one-fourth of the potato slices in a single layer on your air-fryer.
  2. Sprinkle evenly with 1/4 tsp. of rosemary, 1/8 tsp. salt, and a dash of pepper.
  3. Air Fry  at 390 degrees for 12 minutes.
  4. Check for crispness.
  5. Continue to cook at 30-second intervals until done.
  6. Repeat procedure with remaining potato, rosemary, salt, and pepper.
NOTES

Profile Exchange: 1 starch

KEYWORD
air fryer, Low-carb swaps, Low-carb chips, Profile Chips

Air Fried Kale Chips

Yes, Kale can be surprisingly delicious. Follow this recipe for easy to make, low-carb Kale chips! They're a great substitute for your favorite snack chip.
Low Carb Air Fried Kale Chips
TOTAL TIME
30 minutes
COURSE
Snack
CUISINE
American
SERVINGS
4
EQUIPMENT

Air Fryer

INGREDIENTS
  • 4 oz fresh Kale
  • 1 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder optional

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Wash and dry Kale, then cut out and discard center stems.
  • Place ½ of Kale in the center of a paper towel and fold over 
  • Dry the Kale and to help flatten the Kale to make chips.
  • Repeat with the other half.
  • Cut the Kale into small pieces (2 inch diameter) to make about 40-45 chips.
  • Using a pastry brush, dab a small amount of olive oil on each piece, then sprinkle with salt (and garlic powder).
  • Air Fry at 390 degrees for 15 min until crisp but not brown.
NOTES

Profile Exchange: 1 fat, 1 cup vegetables

KEYWORD
healthy swaps, Kale, Kale Chips, Low Carb Snacks, Profile Swaps, Weight Loss Swaps

If you like the Air Fried Kale Chips, you might also like our low-carb Air Fryer Jicama Recipe!