The avo lifestyle of
Holly Powers and family

GETTING TO KNOW HOLLY

Holly and her husband, Christopher, playfully battle with daughter, Matti, and young son, Thomas, for the delicious avocados.

Originally from an Oregon farming town, Holly developed a love for avocados thanks to the farm workers who introduced them to her community. Now she uses them in salads, sandwiches, and smoothies — including one that combines them with yogurt and frozen grapes. “Sometimes [the kids] don’t even know they’re there,” she says.

They never run out of avocados. Ever! “They’re kind of a constant snack — a forever presence in our grocery list,” Holly says.

They never run out of avocados. Ever! “They’re kind of a constant snack — a forever presence in our grocery list,” Holly says.

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Lifestyle Avocado Images

BY: HolLY POWERS

Photographer Holly Powers translated her love of avocados into this series of images featuring her in-laws and kids playing with avocados — literally. An avocado replaces the golf ball as her father-in-law swings; Matti discovers an avocado on the shores of Key West instead of finding a seashell; and in a bike basket full of tennis balls, an avocado blends right in. All the images reflect the avo lifestyle Holly and her family lead.

Watch and Learn

A photographer and mother of 5 boys, this New Mexico mom teaches about living an active lifestyle by example.

Leah Juarez was at the hospital about to deliver a baby boy when an email came saying she was a winner in the Avocados from Mexico photo contest. The wedding and family photographer in Albuquerque, New Mexico was thrilled. But delivering her and husband Reymundo’s fifth son was, by far, the day’s highlight.

She’ll teach her newborn, like her other sons, about having an active lifestyle and good nutrition. “With the kids, it’s monkey see, monkey do. If they see you eating an avocado, they want what you have,” Leah says.

The family frequently heads to the local water park or sightsees on foot during vacations together. “We have to think of [exercise options] that appeal to all ages,” she says, noting her boys range in age between 3 months to 9 years.

A Minnesota native, Leah, almost 30, had never tasted an avocado until her family moved to New Mexico during her sophomore year of high school. “Now, it’s a staple,” she says. She substitutes avocado for mayo on sandwiches. “It’s a condiment or a meal itself,” she says, adding that her boys eat avocados by the slice.

One of her favorite preparations is a cucumber and avocado salad. “I just add lemon juice, soy sauce, and chili powder or curry,” she says. “It’s creamy, and you don’t feel like you’re missing anything.”

The avocado joins the other fruits the family grows on six fruit trees in their yard, says Leah, who cans and preserves the fruits she harvests. “With a big family, you have to think of things you can do to save money and still eat well.”

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Lifestyle Avocado Images

BY: LEAH JUAREZ

Leah Juarez’s contest-winning avocado photo features her husband, Reymundo, showing son Elijah, 5, how to slice avocados: “My husband is cutting the avocado, and Elijah is using a toy play set. He’s learning how to cut like daddy, and the idea was to learn to eat nutritious foods like daddy.”

Alpine Avocados

Avocados are in the kitchen — and the heart — of this teacher.

Winner of the Avocados from Mexico photo contest Stanislav Juga, PhDr, German teacher and lover of avocados, believes in knowing languages besides one’s native tongue: “In addition to the German language, I can speak Slovak, Polish, and Russian. Foreign languages are important.” Likewise, when it comes to selecting foods for a healthy diet, he goes beyond his Czech heritage.

Juga just discovered avocados within the past few years, and now he counts the luscious, green fruit as an important part of a his diet that includes fish, meat, fruit, and vegetables. “We start[ed] to learn to handle [avocados],” he says. “We use it in fruit or vegetable salads. And we love avocados in the spread on bread. It is delicious, healthy, and fresh!

“Avocado is the queen of fruits in our diet, so I photographed [it] with enthusiasm,” says Stanislav, an avid cyclist who bikes, hikes, snaps photos, and swims on occasion.

The fruit fits naturally into how he lives his life: “A healthy lifestyle is a way of daily life: a proper diet, proper movement and fresh air; healthy housing; [a] good night’s sleep … and optimism and [a] smile on [the] face.”

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Lifestyle Avocado Images

BY: STANISLAV JUGA

In his winning image, lush, green scenery makes a complementary background to the avocados that his daughter, Hana Jugova, 24, displays with a smile. And she’s not the only one smiling: A hand-drawn smiley face decorates the big, round seed left inside one of the avocados she’s holding.

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