28 Healthy and Tasty Plant-Based Air Fryer Recipes for Busy Athletes

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Plant-based air fryer recipes are the perfect solution for busy athletes who want to make quick healthy meals without sacrificing taste. Air fryers offer a convenient way to prepare nutrient-rich, delicious meals that will give you the energy you need to power through your workouts. 

Not only that, but air fryers cook food quickly, so they are perfect for busy athletes who don’t have much time to prepare food. From breakfast dishes to snacks, main courses, and desserts – air fryers provide countless options for creating delicious and healthy meals without spending hours in the kitchen. 

Plus, air fryers can quickly reheat leftovers or frozen foods, which makes meal prep a breeze. Below is a list of almost 30 healthy plant-based air fryer recipes that you will want to add to your repertoire.

Are air fryers healthy?

Air fryers are soaring in popularity and for good reason. Not only do they offer an easy way to make yummy food, but there is a wide variety of air fryers on the market that can suit any lifestyle. 

The air fryer is like a small countertop oven. But unlike the old toaster ovens, air fryers circulate hot air around the food to create a crispy texture. Air fryers are available in different varieties, such as smaller sizes for 1 to 2 people or larger sizes for the whole family. 

Some air fryers are simple with a few knobs, while others have multiple digital cooking methods. And air fryers do more than “fry”–you can make baked goods or roast foods in them as well. 

How to Use an Air Fryer to Make Quick, Nutritious Meals During Training Season  

To get started using an air fryer, you’ll want to stock your kitchen with some nutritious ingredients, such as plant-based proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats, like nuts and seeds. Check out this ultimate pantry list for the best foods to keep on hand. 

Once you’ve gathered a few items from the grocery store, you can begin experimenting with different recipes. I highly recommend meal prepping some meals and snacks, so you have quick fueling and recovery options available anytime.

The air fryer makes meal prep easy, since it cooks food very quickly. You can cook multiple batches of food in no time! If you find a recipe you really like, adjust the spices or add herbs to keep things interesting. 

For busy athletes who are short on time but still want access to healthy meals during training season – an air fryer is definitely a must-have kitchen appliance! When used properly, an air fryer can be a great tool for preparing delicious meals that will fuel your body all throughout training.

28 Simple Plant-Based Air Fryer Recipes

Here are 28 RD-approved vegetarian and vegan air fryer recipes for busy athletes:

  1. Air Fryer Pizza | Greenletes
sliced veggie air fryer personal pizza

2. Air Fryer Crispy Tofu | Greenletes

3. Air Fryer Roasted Crunchy Chickpeas | Greenletes

4. Tortilla Chips (Air Fryer) For Kids | Carrots & Cookies

5. Air Fryer Butternut Squash – Plant Based with Amy

6. The Best Air Fryer Tempeh – Bucket List Tummy

7. Air Fryer Sweet Potato Wedges – Bucket List Tummy

8. Seasoned Air Fryer Parsnips – Easy Chickpeasy

9. Air Fryer Tofu Wings – Easy Chickpeasy

10. Crispy Air Fryer Tofu [4 Ways!] – Colleen Christensen Nutrition

11. Honey Garlic Air Fryer Tofu | The Lean Green Bean

12. Perfect Air Fryer Apple Chips (with chocolate dip) | Craving Something Healthy

13. Air Fryer Falafel | Shaw’s Simple Swaps

14. Air Fryer Zucchini Fries – HOORAH to Health

15. The Best Air Fryer Asparagus – HOORAH to Health

16. EASY 30 minute Air Fryer Stuffed Peppers (vegetarian) – Nourished by Nic

17. Best Air Fryer Cauliflower Tacos Recipe | Delish

18. Air Fryer Cinnamon Crunch Granola | Delish

19. Air-Fryer Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe | EatingWell

20. Air-Fryer Everything Bagel Curly Fries with Scallion-Yogurt Dip Recipe | EatingWell

21. Air-Fryer Broccoli-Cheddar Quesadillas Recipe | EatingWell

22. Air Fryer Cauliflower Wings – Delish Knowledge 

23. Air-Fryer Potato Cakes Recipe | EatingWell

24. Air-Fryer Tortilla Chips with Mango Salsa Recipe | EatingWell

25. 10-Minute Air Fryer Breakfast Cookie – Nourished by Nic

26. Kale Chips (Air Fryer) | Carrots & Cookies 

27. Air-Fryer Portobello Parmesan Recipe | EatingWell

28. Air-Fryer Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Recipe | EatingWell 


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I’m Natalie Rizzo, an NYC-based Registered Dietitian.

My mission is to help everyday athletes fuel their fitness with plants.

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