Updated: Aug 23

The stress of the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a rise in demand for snacks and preserved foods,. Health consciousness has taken a back seat for some consumers with regards to regular diet and exercise, as lockdown restrictions have thrown their regular schedule into disarray.

When it comes to snacking we're all guilty of grabbing the most convenient option over the healthy one. But being clued up on how to make good nutritional choices will make choosing snacks that are better for you easy.

What comes to mind when you hear the word 'snack'?

Cheese and crackers, nuts, chips and dip, a small chocolate, a sweet biscuit or maybe a muesli bar, are all popular choices. How can something so little have such a big impact?

Firstly the Cheese and Crackers, this is a popular one just before sitting down to dinner.

A single serve of a popular "healthy" cracker made with brown rice yields 130 calories, 4.5 grams of fat. Pair this with a serving of cheddar cheese (114 calories and 9 grams of fat)

and a serving of brie (95 calories, 8 grams of fat) and you've got a snack that delivers 339 calories and 21.5 grams of fat.