Feb. 6, 2012 at 4:18 PM ET
There are usually leftover bacon and eggs that were put out much earlier in the morning for the technical and stage crews, along with some peanut butter and bread, muffins and oatmeal raisin cookies. The latter are my weakness. On more than one occasion, the camera has cut to me after a break as I'm still trying to swallow the last bite of cookie. Those of you who have thought to yourselves, "That guy talks like he has marbles in his mouth," should know that they are not marbles, but oatmeal cookies.
When we run out of them upstairs, I've been known to appropriate some from our greenroom, pocketing a few with one hand as I smile and greet our guests with the other. One time, Dave Zinczenko of "Eat this, Not That!" fame, busted me in the act. The cookies apparently fall in the "not that" category. I made a note of it.
The one thing I don't consume during TODAY — which surprises many people — is coffee. I find that a lot of water helps wake me up, without the buzz. I love coffee, but usually reserve a double espresso as an afternoon pick-me-up before settling in to do the weekend “Nightly News.” Dairy is a no-no too during the show, as it can make it hard to a-nnun-ci-ate.
As for peanut butter and public speaking, not a good idea — think Rocky Balboa.
Tell us, what are your guilty pleasure eats during the workday?