Leslie's List: A Killer Breakfast Smoothie, Girl Power, and Songs from London

The best things to eat, do, and read this week.
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The best things to eat, do, and read this week.
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This to-do list is culled directly from my own calendar and interests. Most everything on the list can be done no matter where you live, but because I live in L.A., my "Do" each week will spotlight a unique L.A.-based event or activity. If you're inspired by any of these tips or have some of your own to add, I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!

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There's only one thing I really care about "doing" this week: The Women's March. I'll be attending the March in Downtown Los Angeles at 9 A.M. this Saturday, January 21st to support the simple, but fundamentally important message (regardless of who you voted for): That women's rights are human rights. If you'd like to join the walk in L.A., but don't have anyone to go with, or would just like to join me, send me a DM on Instagram—I'll be there with my boyfriend and his mom and would love your company! There's strength in numbers and women supporting women—and it may just change your life.

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Since the L.A. Marathon is only two months away, my runs have been getting longer and longer. This directly translates to me being hungrier and hungrier and having less and less time to get ready every morning. My usual go-to breakfast of toast with peanut butter and a banana wasn't cutting it anymore, so I took some time over the long weekend to recipe test and create a breakfast that hits all the necessary marks. I wanted it to be healthy (real ingredients and immunity-boosting), delicious, quick and easy to make, transportable (ie, eat-in-the-car-able), boosted with caffeine, and able to keep me full until lunch. To create it, I used the idea from a Goop smoothie to combine almond milk and coconut oil to make a creamy base, then added a bunch of other good stuff to tailor it to my needs. Here's what I came up with (I hope you like it as much as I do!). P.S., It's gluten-free, dairy-free, and has no added sugar (which is really just an accident since I have no problem eating any of those things, but I know can be a huge bonus to some people!).

Post-Workout Breakfast Smoothie
1 cup almond milk (You can also use regular whole milk but I like the earthy flavor the almond milk adds to it)
1 teaspoon coconut oil (to make it creamier when blended)
1 tablespoon almond butter (Add more if you need some extra calories)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cardamom
1 teaspoon turmeric (Optional. I'll add it after a run, since it has anti-inflammatory properties.)
1 teaspoon maca (Good for immunity and available here.)
1 teaspoon Ho Shou Wu (Good for hair and skin and also available here.)
1 large banana (2 if you want it to be extra-creamy, almost like a shake!)
2 tablespoons plant-based protein powder like pea protein (Or whatever protein powder you prefer. I used this because it was cheaper than the whey protein at the grocery store—$15 for a huge tub versus $20.) 
1 shot of espresso (I used my Nespresso machine)

Toss into a blender and blend till the banana is completely incorporated and it's frothy (I used a "Magic Bullet" and this all fit into the single-serving cup). It somehow comes out super thick and creamy. Enjoy!

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I have always played sports, but I've never been interested in reading about them or pretending to have the vaguest interest in football or baseball. That's why I even surprised myself when I read and loved Meter Magazine. Created and distributed by Tracksmith (which I wrote about in an Our World for their great running gear!), it's filled with inspirational and engaging pieces on running, wrapped in a beautifully designed issue. You can purchase the full magazine, or read some of their articles online—I particularly enjoyed this short article and video on the connection between running and home.

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If you watched West World, you probably saw the trailers for HBO's new show, The Young Pope. Now that it's out, the reviews are mixed (here's positive and not-so-positive), but I'm intrigued by the plot (the youngest and first-ever American pope takes his seat in the Vatican) and am looking forward to watching Jude Law and Diane Keaton's performances when I sit down with it this weekend.

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The London-based trio behind the indie/ electronic group The xx released their first album in five years last week after teasing the release with their singles, On Hold and Say Something Loving. The overall feel is somewhere between a workout playlist (with the song Dangerous) and an ethereal, dramatic post-breakup playlist (with Romy Madley Croft's Performance). The songs are interesting and varied enough that you can put it on in the background while hanging around the house (at least that's what I did!) or on your morning commute.