Afternoon Tea: How ‘small and dainty’ can pack a big calorie punch

Afternoon Tea Week: August 8

Afternoon Tea is a lovely treat. A beautiful assortment of small, crustless sandwiches and dainty sweet delicacies – think warm scones with clotted cream, macaroons and mini cakes. For an extra special occasion, add a glass of sparkling Prosecco. No surprise that Afternoon Tea is proving to be such a fashionable social event.

It’s the tiny portions that trick us into thinking we’re not eating very much. But what seems like a small indulgence can pack a deceptively high calorie punch.

Said Nutracheck’s nutritionist, Emma Brown: “Afternoon Tea has a lot going for it in terms of offering very small portions, but what most people probably don’t realise is how quickly the little items add up, and you can easily consume all of your daily calorie allowance in one sitting.

We’ve put together a traditional Afternoon Tea – and it comes in at a huge 1,737 calories. That’s 87% of a woman’s daily allowance. It also contains 85.9g of fat, which is 123% of the daily allowance.


• 2 smoked salmon and cream cheese finger sandwiches on wholemeal bread – 230 cals & 12.6g fat

• 2 ham & wholegrain mustard finger sandwiches on wholemeal bread – 178 cals & 7.6g fat

• 2 egg mayonnaise & watercress finger sandwiches on malted brown bread – 186 cals & 6g fat

• 1 fruit scone with strawberry jam & clotted cream – 561 cals & 31.3g fat

• 1 mini macaroon – 56 cals & 2.7g fat

• 1 mini fairy cake – 109 cals & 5.6g fat

• 1 chocolate tiffin square – 185 cals & 11.5g fat

• 1 cheesecake square – 123 cals & 8g fat

• 1 glass of Prosecco – 93 cals & 0g fat

• Cup of tea with semi skim milk – 16 cals & 0.5g fat

Total: 1,737 cals & 85.9g fat

Said Emma: “Clearly Afternoon Tea is meant to be a treat, it’s not something most of us indulge in every day so that’s fine! But it’s just worth understanding the calorie impact if you are watching your waistline. You might want to offset this with some lighter eating the next day.

Afternoon Tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon. The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o’clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner.


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