You might be surprised to find out that a registered dietitian would be a big fan of frying — air frying, that is. But as the author of Healthy Air Fryer Cookbook, Dana Angelo White will argue that there is a healthier way to fry and still enjoy your favorite indulgent dishes.

If you’re ready to give it a try, make sure you have White’s list of air frying essentials. Here’s what she recommends to get started:

Air fryer

You’ll need an air fryer, of course, to go along with your cookbook. I used a Philips model when creating and testing recipes for this book, and it was amazingly easy to use. The powerful circulating air cooks and bakes to perfection with little or no added fat.

6-inch round baking pan

For sensibly portioned baked goods like my Raspberry Yogurt Cake, this adorable round baking pan is the perfect size. It makes just the right portion for a dessert that’s not-too-big or not-too-small!

Avocado oil spray

This spray oil from Chosen Foods is one of my favorite new food finds. The unsaturated fat in avocado oil is heart healthy and has a high smoke point, making it perfect for sautéing and air frying. The chemical-free spray also lends to a light and even oil coating, so you won’t have a greasy aftertaste.

Parchment sheets

I love using these durable parchment sheets by King Arthur Flour that can be cut to size for baking, freezing, and yes — air frying. They prevent food from sticking without using added fat and then cleanup is totally simplified.

Organic masa harina

I have become obsessed with making homemade corn tortillas. It’s one of those things that seems daunting until you try it. And after that, there’s no going back. One of my favorite recipes in the book is huevos rancheros featuring handmade toasted tortillas made with only 1/4 teaspoon of oil per serving. The star ingredient is fiber and antioxidant-rich corn flour or “masa harina.”

Durable tongs

A good pair of tongs are always useful when cooking and a total necessity when transferring food in and out of the air fryer. These from William Sonoma are sturdy, heat-resistant, and dishwasher safe — perfect to meet all your practical needs!

(Visually pleasing!) measuring spoons

Being a dietitian I know the importance of portion control, so I do measure out high-calorie ingredients like oil. But I want my measuring spoons to be functional and look pretty. The delicate beauty and delightful sounding clink of porcelain measuring spoons makes me happy. Anthropologie has some gorgeous options, if you’re on the hunt for some.



Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer, author, journalist, and nutrition and fitness consultant. She specializes in culinary nutrition, recipe development, and sports nutrition. She’s the author of a series of e-cookbooks for MySportsRD. She’s also the author of First Bites: Superfoods for Babies and Toddlers and her newest book, Healthy Air Fryer Cookbook. Say hi on Twitter.