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Snacks: Learn the Secrets of Healthcare Professionals

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Their jobs often include giving us advice on what we should do for better health. But what do health professionals reach for when a snack attack hits?

I asked some local New Orleans healthcare professionals to dish on their favorite healthful snacks -- and their favorite not-so-healthful snacks. Their answers will help you eat like a pro and remind you that even the most health-conscious among us have guilty pleasures to resist.

Amanda Cheramie, Dietitian

  • Healthy snack: Plain Greek yogurt with a drizzle of honey, topped with a crunchy anything-I-have-in-the-cabinet.
  • Guilty pleasure: Chocolate chip oatmeal raisin cookies, and my mom's homemade iced Italian fig cookies.

Dr. Carl 'Chip' Lavie, Cardiologist

  • Healthy snack: Low-fat, no sugar added yogurt, topped with fresh fruit and nuts.
  • Guilty pleasure: Salty chips - and not the reduced-fat chips!

Dr. Christine Keating, Physical medicine and rehab specialist

  • Healthy snack: Peanut butter sandwich on whole grain bread.
  • Guilty pleasure: White chocolate macadamia nut cookies.

Dr. Pat Quinlan, CEO, Ochsner Clinic Foundation & International Services

  • Healthy snack: Protein-rich iced coffee with skim milk, a shot of coffee concentrate and a scoop of whey protein.
  • Guilty pleasure: Great cheese. But portion control is a problem - it's too hard to stop!

Dr. W. Brooks Emory, Internist, pulmonologist

  • Healthy snack: Fresh fruit - especially apples and bananas.
  • Guilty pleasure: Doughnuts.

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