Posh Fruit Smoothie Bowls (V)

Smoothie bowls seem to be all the rage right now, and I completely understand why. The idea of blended fruits topped with nuts and seeds, and enjoyed with a spoon, is basically perfection! If you’ve tasted one I’m sure you understand, and if not, the eye candy you’ve most likely seen on instagram is enough confirmation of all the perfection that they are. (hashtag) #smoothiebowl. A fresh and trendy way to reinvent your basic fruit blend and elevate it to a whole new level, that not only looks gorgeous with the intricate arrangements of toppings, but offers plenty of health benefits as well!

Kind of my new obsession, served in a stemless martini glass and garnished with edible blooms for the posh factor.

Posh Smoothie Bowls | Posh Little Designs

Posh Fruit Smoothie Bowls (V)

a blend of strawberries, mangos, spinach and almond milk, topped with raw almonds, coconut flakes, chia seeds and blackberries. Packed with vitamins and antioxidants and naturally vegan, dairy and gluten-free. (makes 2)

Ingredients/Supplies.

Smoothie

3 cups frozen organic strawberries

1 cup frozen organic mango

1 cup fresh spinach leaves

1 cup almond milk

Posh Smoothie Bowls | Posh Little Designs

Toppings

16-20 organic blackberries halved

2 tablespoons raw almonds

2 tablespoons of chia seed

2 tablespoons raw unsweetened coconut flakes

edible flowers (find them in the herb section of your grocery store) for garnish

Posh Smoothie Bowls | Posh Little Designs

Posh Smoothie Bowls | Posh Little Designs

Blender or magic bullet

Two clear bowls or glasses for serving. I used stemless martini glasses for a touch of chic.

Posh Smoothie Bowls | Posh Little Designs

Instructions.

Place smoothie ingredients into your blender on high until completely blended. You’ll want your smoothie to be thick since you’ll be eating it with a spoon.

Evenly divide smoothie between each glass or bowl.

Posh Smoothie Bowls | Posh Little Designs

Place toppings on your smoothies in a row style design.

First add the blackberries (they’re a little heavy so be gentle,) then a row of almonds, followed by a row of chia seeds (use a small spoon to make your row of chia otherwise they’ll go everywhere) lastly a row of raw coconut.

Place your finished smoothie bowls in the fridge until ready to serve.

Posh Smoothie Bowls | Posh Little Designs

They’re a great make-ahead breakfast or post workout meal option. I personally love to have one when I finish a Pilates session.

Posh Smoothie Bowls | Posh Little Designs

Also a chic addition to any party menu. If you’re hosting a brunch, bridal or baby shower, these would be as said above, perfection.

I hope you enjoy this recipe just much as I do!

Happy almost Friday!

xo

This specific recipe for Posh Fruit Smoothie Bowl was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2015.

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2015.

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Festive Fruit Smoothies (V)

Festive Fruit Smoothies | Posh Little Designs

Halloween has to be one of the sweetest times of the year…that is in terms of candy. One of the candies commonly seen around Halloween really brings me back to my childhood. Yup, candy corn. We always had it in our house growing up and my mom still likes it, years later! Although I’m not known for eating handfuls of candy corn myself, I’m completely keen on the colors and love that I had those memories growing up. Which brings me to today’s post, that was of course inspired by candy corn but in a much more fresh and natural kind way.

I’ve taken the shades of yellow, orange and white commonly associated with the sweet treat, and matched it to fruits in the same colors to make healthy and fresh smoothies with much less guilt and a great way counterbalance all the sweets that will be consumed over the weekend.

In addition to these smoothies being healthy and fresh, the mini shot glasses they’re served in make them a fabulous beverage menu option for any Halloween party that you host over weekend! Complete with a tiny candy corn shaped fruit garnishes for a festive finishing touch!

Festive Fruit Smoothies(V)

Festive Fruit Smoothies | Posh Little Designs

Fresh fruit in shades of yellow (pineapple), orange (persimmon & orange) and white (coconut and banana) make up these smoothies as a play on candy corn. Naturally vegan, gluten-free and dairy free for everyone to enjoy! Each recipe makes 6 shot glass sized portions.

Y E L L O W

Festive Fruit Smoothies | Posh Little Designs

Pineapple Mango Fruit Smoothie

1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple cut into chunks

1/2 cup frozen or fresh mango (if fresh peeled and cut into chunks)

1/3 cup plain coconut milk yogurt

1/4 cup plain coconut milk

1/2 cup ice

Blender or magic bullet

Mini drinking or shot glasses

Funnel

Instructions

Place all ingredients into blender and blend together.

You can add a bit more of each ingredients to reach the desired consistency and bright color.

Pour into shot glasses using a funnel

Serve immediately, or chill in the fridge for up to 2 hours.

O R A N G E

Festive Fruit Smoothies | Posh Little Designs

Persimmon & Orange Fruit Smoothie

Ingredients/Supplies:

2 ripe persimmons rinsed and cut into chunks

1 large orange peeled and cut into chunks

1/2 natural/organic orange juice

3/4 cups of ice

Blender or magic bullet

Mini drinking or shot glasses

Funnel

Instructions

Place all ingredients into blender and blend together.

You can add a bit more of each ingredients to reach the desired consistency and bright color.

Pour into shot glasses using a funnel

Serve immediately, or chill in the fridge for up to 2 hours.

W H I T E

Festive Fruit Smoothies | Posh Little Designs

Banana Coconut Fruit Smoothie

1 ripe banana peeled and cut into chunks

1/4 to 1/3 cup fresh coconut from shell. Peeled and cut into chunks

1/3 cup plain coconut milk yogurt

1/3 cup plain coconut milk

1/2 cup ice

Blender or magic bullet

Mini drinking or shot glasses

Funnel

Instructions

Place all ingredients into blender and blend together.

You can add a bit more of each ingredients to reach the desired consistency and bright color.

Pour into shot glasses using a funnel

Serve immediately, or chill in the fridge up to 2 hours ahead.

Pineapple, Persimmon & Coconut (candy corn) Garnish (optional)

Cut 1 inch chunk of pineapple to resemble the bottom portion of the candy corn and skewer onto a toothpick.

Cut a 3/4 inch chunk of persimmon in a rectangular shape to resemble the middle portion of the candy corn and place on top of the pineapple.

Top with a half-inch chunk of coconut cut into the shape of a triangle.

Repeat these steps for each of the smoothies you’ll be serving.

Festive Fruit Smoothies | Posh Little Designs

These smoothies are a great option for kids and adults. I let my girls taste each of the flavors and they very much approved! Feel free to alter the ingredients to include your favorite fruits in these colors.

Happy Halloween! I’ll be taking my girls out trick-or-treating tomorrow and celebrating with family! How are you spending your Halloween weekend?

Much more to share soon!

xo

This specific recipe for Festive Fruit Smoothies was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2014.

Red White & Blue Fruit Skewers

This year’s 4th of July celebration is a bit last minute so I’m planing to keep the menu simple. Simple isn’t always an easy task for me because I may have a slight tendency to overdo things…but I’m reminding myself that the simpler I can keep it, the more time I’ll have with my guests and the less time I’ll spend in the kitchen. No brainer!

I really do love food in its natural state so I plan to serve up some fresh fruit from the market as one of our healthy appetizer options. Since we’re repping red white and blue for the 4th of July, I’m sticking with a festive color scheme in America matching hues. No alterations necessary and I can move the fruit directly from packaging to serving dishes in seconds.

Red White & Blueberries | Posh Little Designs

The fruit already looks gorgeous on it’s own, but displaying it in cute little dishes will make it look even more fabulous. You can even cut your fruit into shapes as I did using my star cutter and skewer them for a fun holiday touch. Hmm..I may just have to do this simple thing more often!

Red White & Blueberries

Red White & Blueberries | Posh Little Designs

Ingredients/Supplies

This fruit display is versatile so pick which ones you enjoy the most. I chose jicama because of its white color, but it’s quite starchy and almost potato like. Consider pears, or apples as an alternative.

2 cups raspberries -rinsed

1 half jicama peeled and sliced into 1/2 inch thick rounds

2 cups blueberries -rinsed

fresh lime wedge

Mini star cookie cutter

3 glass dishes for display

Metal skewers or toothpicks

Instructions

Squeeze lime juice over jicama and cut into mini star shapes using a cookie cutter, or cut into even matchstick slices, with a knife.

Red White & Blueberries | Posh Little Designs

Place rinsed and prepped fruit into individual dishes, and display in red white and blue order for your guests to enjoy!

Red White & Blueberries | Posh Little Designs

These can be made in advance and chilled in the fridge. Serve with skewers or attached to toothpicks as seen below for a quick and easy 1 bite appetizer.

Red White & Blueberries | Posh Little Designs

Fourth of July fresh, healthy and delicious.

Do you have fun plans for the holiday? If so, I’d love to hear them! Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday weekend.

Thanks for reading!

xo

This specific recipe for Red White and Blueberries was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2014.

Infused H2o

Today I’m sharing 2 new ways to add a little flavor and a lot of posh to your plain old water. Of course we all know how important water is for our bodies, but it’s so easy to grow tired of it. Especially when you drink it day in and day out as I do. But with just a few subtle additions, you most certainly won’t dread getting through those 8 glasses every day! Lightly flavored and so easy to customize, based on the fruits and veggies you love.

In addition to the refreshing flavors, infused water, which can also be known as detox water, has many health benefits. Depending on the fruits or veggies you choose to infuse, it can aid in weight loss, digestion and toxin removal, to name a few. Totally worth it!

I’ve enjoyed so many different flavors lately! My mom made a lemon and rosemary infusion that I loved and my most recent favorites are Mango + Lime + Cilantro, and Grapefruit + Rosemary. I usually drink a mason jar full after finishing up with pilates for the day.

Mango Lime Cilantro Infused Water | Posh Little Designs

Mango Lime Cilantro Infused Water | Posh Little Designs

Grapefruit Rosemary Infused Water | Posh Little Designs

If you’re not a fan of the herbs, feel free to just stick with just the fruits as they have a tendency to overpower.

Mango, Lime and Cilantro H2o

I just happen to really love these flavor combinations! The citrus notes paired with the mango’s sweetness and the freshness from the cilantro make such a delightful trio.

Mango Lime Cilantro Infused Water | Posh Little Designs

Ingredients/supplies

1 ripe small mango sliced.

1 lime sliced into rounds.

1 small bunch of cilantro.

1 pitcher that holds 24-32 ounces of water.

Purified water.

Instructions

Simply place the Mango into the pitcher and fill with purified water.

Place in the fridge and allow mango to infuse for at least 2 hours.

Add limes & cilantro at the 1 1.5 hour mark.

Serve in your favorite glasses and add a straw or 2 for a fun touch!

Mango Lime Cilantro Infused Water | Posh Little Designs

Mango Lime Cilantro Infused Water | Posh Little Designs

Grapefruit, Rosemary Infused H2o

This earthy citrus duo is surprisingly refreshing and addictive. 

Grapefruit Rosemary Infused Water | Posh Little Designs

Ingredients/supplies

1 small grapefruit peeled (to avoid bitterness) and sliced into rounds.

2 sprigs of rosemary rinsed well and patted dry.

1 pitcher that holds 24-32 ounces of water.

Purified water.

Instructions

Place grapefruit into the pitcher and fill with purified water.

Place in the fridge and allow grapefruit to infuse for at least 1 hour.

Add the rosemary at the 45 minute mark.

Serve in your favorite glasses and enjoy!

Mango Lime Cilantro Infused Water | Posh Little Designs

Grapefruit Rosemary Infused Water | Posh Little Designs

And of course this infused water not only tastes wonderful, but also looks marvelous when served at summer parties and gatherings, as the fruit and herbs add beautiful color in addition to flavor! Serve in mason jars, or glass vases and pitchers for and instant upgrade that your guests will love. The possibilities are endless!

Thanks for reading and happy Father’s Day weekend! More to share soon!

xo

These specific recipes for Mango, Lime and Cilantro infused water and Grapefruit Rosemary infused water were seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

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Make: Hearts Day Partfaits (V)

There’s nothing I enjoy more for breakfast or brunch than fresh fruit and yogurt. Even better, I love combining the two to create a what we all know to be the yogurt parfait. I usually make one in the mornings based on what fruit I have on hand, and I’m certainly not picky, but since Valentine’s Day is coming up quick, today’s version features a few sweet surprise ingredients both healthy and dairy free, just right for celebrating the day of love with the ones you love! And if the grated dark chocolate and homemade crumble wasn’t enough already, I’ve topped them with the tiniest, and cutest little heart picks made from fresh strawberries and toothpicks, for a whimsical finish.

Love at first bite.

Valentine-Parfaits-Vegan | Posh Little Designs

Hearts Day Partfaits (V)

The coconut milk yogurt is layered between fresh strawberries & raspberries and a homemade crumble that adds just the right amount of crunch and a grated dark chocolate topping as a decadent garnish. 

Ingredients/Supplies

Four 8 ounce containers of plain coconut milk yogurt (use regular dairy yogurt if you wish)

32 Fresh whole raspberries and 10 fresh strawberries, rinsed and patted dry.

A few squares of dairy free Dark Chocolate (I find mine at Trader Joes)

1 cup Homemade Oat & Pecan Crumble (see recipe below)

1 ziplock bag

Cheese grater (for chocolate)

4 small glass serving bowls or parfait glasses about 8oz.

1 mini heart fondant cutter.

Instructions

Slice strawberries into 1/4 inch thick pieces and cut into heart shapes using a heart fondant cookie cutter. Set aside 4 of the shaped strawberry for the heart toppers. (This is an optional step. If you don’t own a heart-shaped fondant cutter feel free to skip.)

Grate dairy free dark chocolate using a cheese grater, or similar and set aside.

Give yogurt a stir and then pour all 4 containers into the corner of a ziplock bag.

Cut the tip off the corner of the ziplock and begin piping an even layer of the yogurt into the bottom of each glass. Top the yogurt with a layer of the Oat & Pecan Crumble, lastly adding 6 of the fresh raspberries and 6 of the strawberry cutouts to the outer edge of each glass in a circular fashion. Top with an additional layer of yogurt, followed by an even layer of crumble. Finish with 2 fresh raspberries and 3-4 more strawberry hearts. Garnish with grated dark chocolate and one Strawberry Heart Pick.

The picks literally take just seconds to make. Simply cut the strawberries into shapes using your heart fondant cutter and insert one toothpick into the bottom point of each heart. Place inside the center or center back each parfait glass to enjoy the edible cuteness.

Makes 4 Servings.

Valentine-Parfaits-Vegan | Posh Little Designs

Homemade Oat & Pecan Crumble

Ingredients

1 cup of uncooked oatmeal

3 tbsp coconut oil

1 tbsp brown sugar

2 tbsp flour

1 tbsp chia seeds

1/3 cup chopped pecans.

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350.

Mix all dry ingredients together.

Pour melted coconut oil over the top of dry ingredients.

Stir ingredients together and pour onto a parchment or foil lined baking sheet.

Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes until golden.

Remove from oven and allow to cool, then it’s ready to be used as a topping.

Valentine-Parfaits-Vegan | Posh Little Designs

How cute would these be for children’s Valentine’s parties, or as the starter, or the first course for a romantic breakfast or brunch with your love?! Such a great way to kick off the holiday!

Enjoy and Happy hearts day friends! Remember to check back soon for more.

xo

This specific recipe for Hearts Day Parfaits was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2014.

Create: Berry Infused Sugar – DIY

Sugar is sweet on its own, but when paired with dried berries, and the most adorable printables I’ve come across to date, you have a lovely little DIY gift on your hands, just in time for Valentine’s Day!

The idea for this DIY was inspired of course by the one of a kind Valentine’s prints (see below) from Erisha of A Thing Created, who I’m always delighted to work with! How fabulous are her illustrations?! I love the way she incorporated the heart signage and paired the gingham skirt with the ankle strap heels using her fashion forward approach. Ahh, aren’t these prints just the epitome of sweet, chic and stylish?! And such a fun and modern way to dress up gifts and packages.

My bottles of sugar were immediately transformed into mini Valentine’s fashion moments when I attached them. Like a makeover for the bottles, which tied in beautifully with the red and pink shaded sugar. How fitting for Valentine’s Day and how perfect for the ones you love. These sugars paired with the prints are certainly pretty enough just sitting atop a counter, but they’ll be adored once tasted and used as a surprising replacement for anything that requires sugar! Posh indeed.

Berry Infused Sugar | Posh Little Designs

Berry Infused Sugar – DIY

Berry Infused Sugar | Posh Little Designs

Supplies/Ingredients

The sugar infusions only feature two ingredients and are naturally colored. They instantly add a posh twist to baking recipes such as cookies and cakes and also an extra bit of flavor to morning grains, or plain yogurt. 

4 washed miniature bottles with seal (8 inches tall). I found mine at Michaels $1.99 a piece.

4 cups organic white sugar (divided into 2 separate bowls).

1 cup dried strawberries & 1 cup dried raspberries (only use the kind that are crisp and freeze-dried) (divided into 2 separate bowls).

Magic Bullet or blender.

Strainer.

Funnel.

Instructions

Using a Magic Bullet or similar, blend strawberries until they turn into a fine dust (about 30 seconds).

Berry Infused Sugar | Posh Little Designs

Simply pour blended berry dust into 1 of the bowls of sugar and stir until incorporated.

Repeat these steps to make the Raspberry sugar, being sure to run the raspberry powder through a fine strainer to remove the seeds.

Berry Infused Sugar | Posh Little Designs

Place funnel into each empty bottle and pour infused sugar over top.

Each bottle will hold approximately 1 cup of the sugar and berry blend.

Once the bottles have been filled and sealed, they’re ready for packaging.

Makes 4 servings.

Berry Infused Sugar | Posh Little Designs

Berry Infused Sugar | Posh Little Designs

Valentine’s Packaging

Supplies

Valentine’s Printables from A Thing Created – Etsy

Scissors.

Hole punch.

Four 12 inch pieces of ribbon or bakers twine.

Embellishments (optional)

Instructions

Cut each printable into shape.

Using hole punch, punch one hole into the top left and top right side of each print.

Berry Infused Sugar | Posh Little Designs

Thread ribbon/twine through the front side of each printable and wrap around the upper neck of the bottle.

Berry Infused Sugar | Posh Little Designs

Tie tightly and attach any additional embellishments to the side opposite of the printables.

I added leftover glittered clothespins and mini labels to mine for a finishing touch.

Berry Infused Sugar | Posh Little Designs

Another option would be to actually write and personalize right on the valentine’s prints.

Berry Infused Sugar | Posh Little Designs

These babes are ready for gifting!

The Valentine’s printables are available for purchase in a variety of colors in Erisha’s Etsy shop for just $1.99 a piece! Such a fab deal and a darling and very fashion forward way to say Happy hearts day to friends and loves ones! Find them here. For inspiration and to see more of Erisha’s stunning art, visit A Thing Created.

And, if you loved today’s DIY, please check back shortly. I’ve got a Hearts day treat recipe to share, that features these berry infused sugars, and more packaging with the printables from A Thing Created.

And…of course, just a quick mention about Superbowl Sunday! I was absolutely delighted that my local team the Seahawks won Superbowl 48 for the first time in franchise history! Such an exciting moment for all of us fans!

xo

This specific DIY for Berry Infused Sugar was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2014.

Make: Pantone Fruit Smoothie

Radiant Orchid is the hue Pantone has chosen as color of the year for 2014. It’s a soft shade of purple that exudes happiness and joy and had me inspired at hello. I can already see this color making its way into weddings, fashion, decor and event design in the months ahead and I cannot wait to see how it’s used. I’m really looking forward to the pin-worthy imagery, DIY’s and trends that will be set this year with radiant orchid as the focal point. I also can’t wait to have some fun with the color myself, which is exactly how I’m kicking off 2014. After featuring a few heavy recipe posts late last year during the holiday season, I’m lightening things up with a fresh fruit smoothie, in shades of purple, influenced by none other than the Pantone color of the year.

Pantone Fruit Smoothie - PLD

Simple, fresh, feel good.

Pantone Fruit Smoothie (V)

The blackberries and blueberries both rich in antioxidants add color and tartness, while the vegan yogurt’s adds balance with its sweet flavor. No sugar added, dairy and soy free, vegan.

Pantone Fruit Smoothie - PLD

(Makes 3 Servings)

Ingredients

1 6 oz container of plain coconut milk yogurt

1 cup fresh blackberries (rinsed) (freeze half a cup for texture)

1/4 cup fresh blueberries (rinsed)

1/2 to 3/4 cup coconut or almond milk

4-6 ice cubes

a splash of orange juice

Pantone Fruit Smoothie - PLD

Instructions

Place all ingredients in a blender or magic bullet and blend away! Serve in a fancy glass and sip from a fabulous straw (these particular purple chevron straws are available in my Etsy shop).

For the blackberry and blueberry garnish, rinse them both and leaving them damp. Skewer one blackberry and one blueberry and place them in the freezer for 20 minutes. Garnish each glass.

Pantone Fruit Smoothie - PLD

Looking for ways to incorporate this recipe into the perfect party option? If you’re hosting a brunch or breakfast party, these fruit smoothies are a tasty beverage alternative.

Pantone Fruit Smoothie - PLD

You can also whip them up and serve at a spa themed afternoon with girlfriends, or children.

Pantone Fruit Smoothie - PLD

Here’s to a healthy, prosperous and inspired 2014!

Pantone image source: Radiant Orchid

xo

This specific recipe for the Pantone Fruit Smoothie is a Posh Little Designs original. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2011-2014