Grape Strawberry Yogurt Parfait made with the Magimix by Robot-Coupe Juice Extractor and Smoothie Attachment

Grape Strawberry Yogurt Parfait

The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook. ~ Julia Child

Fresh juices and smoothies definitely seem like “diet food” to me and truthfully, most days, I would rather have the steak. 😉  And while many of these drinks are healthy, others do have quite a few calories, carbs, and sugar, especially when they are made with several types of fruit.

However, I do know that overall, juicing is good for you and it’s important to your health to incorporate juicing into your diet, if at all possible.  If these beverages are going to make up even a small part of my diet, I prefer to make them at home so I have control of what ingredients are used, including organic fruits and vegetables, and I want to know how high the carbohydrate and sugar content is.

Beautiful organic produce and fruit

Beautiful organic produce and fruit

Several years ago when Mr. B was going through cancer, we purchased a stand-alone juicer.  It took up an incredible amount of counter space and required a lot of cleanup.  While it worked well, it was a monster, and now sits in storage along with other unused kitchen gadgets and appliances.

The attachments are used with the large bowl of the food processor

The attachments are used in conjunction with the large bowl of the food processor

When I was offered the opportunity to try the juice extractor and smoothie attachment for my Magimix by Robot-Coupe 4200XL 14-cup Food Processor, I was curious to see how it would work.  I love this food processor and it holds a prominent place on my kitchen counter.  I knew these attachments would be smaller and easier to deal with than the juicing giant that was relegated to the basement.  The juicing attachments for the Magimix are much smaller and easier to store and cleanup.

You push the food down through the basket

The fruits and veggies are pushed through a feed tube into the basket

When the basket is full, the food processor will let you know

When the basket is full, the food processor will let you know

This sure tastes better than V-8

This sure tastes better than V-8

There are actually two different attachments.  One is for more traditional juicing (mostly harder vegetables and fruits) and the other, the coulis maker, is primarily for softer fruits.  I decided to first try the juicing components and made a very healthy drink with all organic produce: carrots, an apple, celery, parsley, and kale.  These ingredients are great for detoxing (and we can all use a little of that every now and then).  The drink was quite good, with just a bit of sweetness from the apple and carrots.  When the basket becomes full of waste, the food processor will begin to shimmy across your counter, so it lets you know when you need to clean it before continuing with any more ingredients.

A very tasty detox cocktail

A very tasty detox cocktail

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