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Low Fat Air Fryers Compared

When comparing low fat air fryers you will notice that the appearance of the units are quite different and of course, which you prefer will be down to personal preference. However, my preference is for the Philips Air Fryer with it’s clean cut lines and pod shape. While everything is hidden away when cooking, this is likely to mean that children will be less inclined to try and watch their tea go round and round. On the opposite side, you have to pull the basket out to check on the contents and shake when cooking some items and the basket can need a good pull to get it out.

The Philips appears to be faster than the Tefal, but both take longer with chips than any other food which maybe fresh or frozen. Given the way these machines work, you are going to get splatter from both of them. With the Tefal this will be on the clear lid (which has been known to discolour and crack), with the Philips this will be mostly on the splash guard below the grill element, but the obvious parts of both machines are dishwasher safe.

As indicated, the Tefal has come in for a battering because of the need for replacement parts. Given the price, one would hope everything would work for longer, but that’s the price you pay for the new technology.  That said,  I think that Tefal have improved the stirring paddle that seems to have been at the root of the problems. The newer FZ7000 series no longer has a clip on paddle that was prone to break, instead it has a click and lock one that is far better. The Philips is far to new to have a history to draw on, so we will have to wait and see.

While both machines will cook chips, french fries, wedges, meat and poultry, there are a couple of differences.  For example, in the Tefal Actifry you can produce stir fries and currys because of the paddle and a hidden heat element. The Philips Air Fryer can’t do stir fries but will make you a nice sausage roll, bake a muffin, cake or quiche cook stuffed vegetables and brown off pre-baked bread. Basically, you need to decide where you tastes lie – do you prefer mostly savoury foods or would you like the convenience of baking in a worktop sized mini oven? If the latter, you may find that the baking tray you require is an additional add-on for some models. I believe it’s around £18 to buy separately.

The other major difference is that the Philips has a smaller capacity than the Tefal of around 20%. So if you are looking for a family sized model go for either the standard Tefal or the larger family sized model.

Taking a quick look at the De’Longhi Roto Fry, you can only cook foods that are suitable for deep fat frying as there are no more options. De’Longhi do have a good reputation though so if you just want it for chips with a bit less fat, go for this one as it’s cheaper.

The price of course is a major concern. The Philips Air Fryer can retail at £85+ but will more likely be £99+ . Some wholesale companies can offer a better deal, so try here for the Philips model. However, in monetary terms, the Tefal ActiFry is usually similar depending on the model.  There is also the Duronic AF1 /B Healthy Oil Free Jet Fryer Multicooker that is new to the market and can be found  priced around £65. Not quite the same, but if you are interested in the De’Longhi Roto Fry, the cheapest I have found it is around £65, but it is more limited in terms of what you can cook and will use more oil to do so.

For me, I’m still unsure. I like the look of the Philips, the size and it’s versatility, the price of the De’Longhi is the best but not the fact it only cooks deep fried food albeit in less oil than normal. The Tefal Actifry is more tried and tested, but comes with a questionable reliability record for some of the parts, namely the paddle and lid. No doubt these components have improved in the later models and you can purchase these parts separately should they break outside the guarantee period.

If you are searching for air fryers from the USA, please try here as most of the links on this site are for the UK.

The Tefal Air Fryer

Enjoyed by more than three million households world-wide, the Tefal Air Fryer is claimed to be the best-selling air fryer in the UK. The ActiFry is a revolutionary product which allows you to enjoy tasty, traditional, home-cooked chips, but at the same time stay healthy and feel good about what you are eating.

The ActiFry is part of the Nutritious & Delicious range from Tefal, which aims to produce innovative products for people searching for healthier ways to cook, without compromising on taste.

Healthy, perfect chips with just three per cent fat. And The Best News – Looking to buy cheap Actifry? Tefal ActiFry Low Fat Fryer, (1 kg) is still heavily reduced at £94.99. Keep an eye on the Philips though, at £84+.  Trying to keep up but it seems these prices can fluctuate within days…. trying to keep up……….!

By using just one spoonful of oil, you can make one kilogram of golden, crispy home-made chips, which is enough to feed a family of four.

That one spoonful is 100 times less than a traditional deep fat fryer, which not only means that your food is substantially healthier, but cooking is also more economical and 100% safe.

Simply load up to one kilogram of freshly-cut chips into the Tefal fryer, drop in a measure of your preferred oil using the spoon provided and set the timer, the ActiFry does the rest. Just wait for the timer to end and the alarm to sound.

The steam-free lid and viewing window means that you can always keep an eye on your food, although with the food being constantly, but gently stirred by the mixing arm, all you need to do is add you ingredients and let them cook.

The automatic lid opens at the push of a button for your convenience.
When opened, the ActiFry will automatically stop until you close the lid again. An easy grip handle means you can safely remove the pan and serve your food.

Once your food is cooked, the cover and pan can all be removed and are the necessary parts can be popped in to the dishwasher. The non-stick coating on the pan also means any leftover food comes off easily with no fuss. That’s everything you need to wash up taken care of quickly and simply. See above for the cheapest Tefal Actifry links.

The Tefal air fryer is endorsed by Ellie Krieger, MS, RD who is a registered dietician, New York Times Bestselling author, TV personality, and former professor at New York University’s Department of Nutrition and Food Studies. Ellie has created some recipes that are to be included in the recipe book that comes with the Actifry.

The Actifry does not seem as easily available for our friends in the United States, but if you are visiting from there, you can find links that offer a price comparison on a few air fryers such as the GLIP AF800 by visiting this site.

In the meantime, watch how to prepare Chicken Tikka Masala in your Actifry air fryer below!

How To Eat The Low Fat Way Without Feeling Deprived

Nutrition seems to confuse many people. However, nutrition is actually very simple if you follow a few basic rules and guidelines. This article provides several tips to help you make nutritious choices. You owe it to yourself and your family to make better food choices.

Do you want to have great nutrition while consuming fewer calories and less saturated fats? If so, then one way you can accomplish this is to switch to either low-fat (1%) or fat-free milk. Both of these milk products have identical amounts of calcium and other essential nutrients as whole milk, but without all the saturated fat and extra calories.

When considering a diet that provides an adequate nutrition level, be sure to include low fat milk. Milk provides many nutrients – including calcium and protein – that the body needs. Studies have shown that drinking milk does benefit both muscle growth, and also the body’s ability to maintain a healthy body fat content.

Eating a healthy breakfast is the best way to jump-start your metabolism each morning. Try something new for breakfast that is nutritious and yummy. Eat leftover vegetable pizza or make a smoothie blended from exotic fruits like kiwi or mango. Add low-fat yogurt to your smoothie and add a spoonful of wheat germ to top it off for increased fiber and protein.

Make healthy substitutions in your favorite recipes. If there are certain meals you love to eat, try modifying instead of eliminating them from your diet. Skim or 1 percent milk in place of whole, low-fat cheese and butter substitutes all can allow you to keep your favorite foods on the menu.

If you’re looking to cut back on fat and oil intake, try marinating your meats without oil. A popular marinade for grilled chicken can be made with three cups of apple juice, two cloves of garlic, and a cup of low-sodium soy sauce. It’s a brilliant sweet glaze akin to teriyaki, and low-fat as well!

Buy low fat yogurt and make sure you have a bit of it in your fridge. Yogurt is a great meal supplement that is low in calories and fat. It also tastes great and is good for your health. It is also relatively inexpensive, allowing you to keep your food budget low.

Start your day off by eating a healthy breakfast to get your metabolism jump-started. A nutritious smoothie, blended with fresh fruit and low-fat yogurt, is a great way to add valuable nutrients quickly and easily into the body. Try adding a spoonful of wheat germ in the smoothie to gain valuable protein and fiber.

If you feel like you don’t have enough energy to get through the day, try eating more fruits, vegetables and grains. These foods are filled with vitamins and minerals. They also have a very low fat content and are a great source of complex carbohydrates. They will help you get through your tired part of the day.

There are a lot of simple things that you can do to get more vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids in your diet. At first it may seem really difficult, and you may be tempted to revert to your usual habits. But if you stick to make wise choices, soon it will come easily and you will even enjoy it!

If you do start to miss your fries, try investing in an air fryer! You can then make them with as little as half a spoon of oil and they taste nearly as good as the deep fried variety.