Grape Strawberry Yogurt Parfait made with the Magimix by Robot-Coupe Juice Extractor and Smoothie Attachment
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.
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.
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.
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.
This looks positively awesome! Yum!
Mmmm does this look good! I don’t eat diet food just to eat diet food and I don’t drink smoothies if they don’t taste like dessert! This parfait looks so much like dessert well I would eat it all up, too! I dream of owning a Robot Coupe….
I love my Magimix by Robot-Coupe food processor. It’s one of my favorite appliances in the kitchen.
BTW, this smoothie does taste just like a dessert, but it’s also not overly sweet, which is the way we prefer desserts.
Looks great! It must be very delicous, mmmm…
Oh my word, I need to get this Magimix. It can take up all my counter space with pleasure! Great post!
LOL! Thanks, Maria. You should ask for one for Christmas. 🙂
We all know that having a nourishing glass of either fruit or vegetable juice every morning helps make our day. No doubt, yours was a great review of this excellent juicer – Magimix. keep it up.
Thanks for your post! I am considering the magimix so I found the info you posted very helpful. I have two questions for you:
1. Have you ever tried making almond or peanut butter with it? I have an old Cuisinart and to get my butters smooth the machine has to work for like 10 minutes and I’m afraid I’ll burn the motor.
2. When you juice does it leave such large pieces of fruit/leaves in the basket like in the picture above? (It looks like the apples were in huge chunks.) Did your juicer extract more out of the fruit and veggies?
3. Have you ever tried grinding flour from wheat berries?
To answers your questions:
1. I made peanut butter in another food processor (an older Cuisinart) and yes, it does take a few minutes to get it completely smooth. If you are worried about burning up the motor, I would pulse it rather than run the motor constantly. It will take longer, but it’s easier on the motor. The Magimix Robot-Coupe is a heavy duty food processor, so I would not be worried about making nut butters in this food processor. They are designed to be a workhorse in the kitchen. With that said, pulsing in between running the motor at full tilt is not a bad thing to do anyway.
2. Yes, there are some large pieces of fruit and vegetable skins and pulp that get left behind in order to extract the juice. A good juicer will extract a bit more, but there still is quite a bit “leftover” that is separated from the juice. Our juicer has a big wastebasket that is attached and it fills with the skins, seeds, peels, etc. If you already have the Magimix food processor or are considering purchasing it, this attachment would do a nice job without having to purchase an additional machine. If you think you are going to juice quite a bit for health reasons (every day or several times a day), then you might want to look at a good juicer, too.
3. I have not made flour from wheat berries, but would prefer to do it with a grain mill. To make it in larger quantities, I would not want to use the food processor, but I’m sure to do it for a small amount would be fine. Once again, I would use the pulsing mode until the grains were chopped fine and then go ahead and run the motor to finish until the flour is smooth.
I hope this helps.