Refrigerator Look Book: Jihan Thompson

The Oprah Magazine health editor has a dietary open mind, an incredible food-prep ethic, and a smart approach to packing her work lunches.

Jihan Thompson As health editor at The Oprah Magazine, Jihan Thompson spends the majority of her days researching new foods, diets, and workouts.

As a result of so much exposure to different types of food, Thompson, who’s mostly pescetarian and sometimes eats chicken and red meat, has made it her prerogative to change up her eating habits.

“My philosophy is really to switch it up,” she says. “Why not try a new dish or something different? It’s good to get a lot of variety in there.”

The fickle-minded foodie is currently on a salad kick, but she plans to tackle juicing as her next dietary venture. (After she decides which blender to buy. A whole other research project!)

Here’s what she’s chowing down on at the moment:

Your fridge is pretty! What do you make with the two clear jars filled with stacked veggies? Those are actually salads in the jar. I saw it on Pinterest. I’ve been wanting to make it for a while. I put salad dressing on the bottom with layers of red peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, raisins, and walnuts. Then I’ll top it off with mixed greens. It’s a whole lunch. The jars are actually pretty deceptive. It’s a huge serving.

Jihan Thompson Wow! I have to try that. I’m drawn to the 1% low fat milk from Duane Reade. Does that mean you’re okay with dairy? I am okay with dairy, but I don’t drink a lot of milk. After I workout, I’ll drink a small glass of chocolate milk as a way to refuel. We did a fun story on all the different types of milk. I love almond milk as well.

I see a bottle of champagne hiding in the back. How do you incorporate drinking into a healthy lifestyle? I think you can do everything in moderation. Once in a while on the weekends I’ll have a mimosa.

That’s fair. I notice a lot of great, fresh veggies. What do you do with them? I have kale, baby spinach, and arugula. I squirt the lemons on the kale with a little cheese. The spinach and arugula are mostly for lunch salads.

You sound like you’re on top of your lunches. What do you eat for breakfast? I see Light & Fit yogurt… My go-to is a slice of bread with peanut butter on it, as well as a yogurt. I’ve always been a toast person in the morning. I recently switched off bagels to whole grain toast. I love carbs.

Since I’m not seeing any meat, where do you get your protein? There’s actually a plate with steak on it that I have marinating. I also love salmon, shrimp, and chicken breast. I always marinate meat the night before.

Again, you’re really on the meal planning. I’m impressed. Last question: I don’t see any green juices in here. Are you a member of the juicing craze? That’s actually the thing I’m going to get into next! I’m researching what kind of juicer to buy. If you were to look in my fridge next month, you’d see a lot more greens! —Jamie McKillop

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