6 ways to keep biscuits at bay


Whether it’s morning or afternoon, there are days when we can't help reach for those treats to keep us going until our next meal.

We’ve put together our top tips so that you and your staff can make healthier snack choices and resist the pull of the biscuit tin:

1. Invest in a fruit bowl

There are companies which will offer to deliver fruit to your office and it's possible your business may wish to financially contribute towards this. Alternatively, staff can contribute a few pounds the a month and take turns to do weekly fruit shop.

2. Why stop at fruit?

Although fruit is a great replacement for those unhealthy sweet treats, there is much more choice out there for workplace snack-times. Why not encourage, your staff to try cinnamon spiced apple rings, dried fruit, plain popcorn, unsalted nuts or fruit yogurts? Visit the NHS Change 4 Life website for more swaps.

3. Why stop at food?

Not drinking enough can make you feel hungry. Make sure your staff have adequate access to drinking water or organise a Hydration challenge

Try fruity teas, a glass of cold low fat milk or blend a handful of fruit with milk for a fruity milkshake, sparkling water with fresh lemon or lime juice or no added sugar fruit squashes. 

4. The plainer, the better

To keep the saturated fat down, opt for plainer cakes and biscuits instead of chocolate-coated or cream-filled ones. Plain digestives have up to 2g less saturated fat per biscuit than the chocolate-covered variety. Similarly, a plain or jam-filled sponge instead of a sponge topped and filled with butter icing will save you about 5g of saturated fat and 100 calories per slice.

5. Shortbread beware

Go for biscuits that snap rather than crumble. Crumblier biscuits tend to have a higher fat content. For example, ginger nuts or rich tea are a better choice than shortbread fingers or malted milk. Check the food label if choosing ‘low-fat’ biscuits as they’re not always significantly different from the standard version but are often more expensive.

6. ‘Health halo’ foods?

Be careful of cakes and treats that carry a ‘health halo’. Flapjacks and other healthy-sounding treats, such as carrot cake or banana muffins, might seem better for you, but some contain up to 400 calories and 25 per cent of your guideline daily amount of saturated fat (20g for an adult). Watch out for thick layers of butter or cream cheese icing and always check the nutrition information on the packet.