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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

5 Lunches, 5 Ways: An AvoFresh challenge and giveaway

The first (and only) time I did my parenting duty as class helper, I spent recess with the kids.  I wedged my backside into a kiddy chair next to them and - while silently praying the chair didn't break or permanently attach itself to my person, thus requiring surgical removal - I joined them for morning tea, rather than hang with the adults in the staff room.

Partly out of an eternal need to be accepted by the cool kids, mostly because I was curious what other mothers sent to school to sustain their kids while their little minds were being shaped.

I remember one child, she of the gorgeous flowing golden locks, she of the porcelain skin and bright blue eyes, such an insightful and intelligent 5 year old....oh ok, she was also the kid who said to Miss-then-5:
 
"Miss5, your Mum is pretty".
 
See, insightful.  Clearly she was my favourite child in the class (at times, even above my own child who has still not yet advised me of her opinions on my looks, beyond pointing out stray white eyebrow hairs).
 
While the other kids had various packaged and home made snacks, this girl was eating an avocado.

I was impressed.  I made a mental note to congratulate her mother.
 
Why wasn't my kid eating an avocado...instead of dipping her carrot sticks in the sand pit and licking them?
 
I vowed to get my kid away from the sandpit and eating avocado too, by any means necessary.
 
And so it was with much 'Eye of the Tiger' style Rocky music playing in my head that I accepted the AvoFresh '5 Lunches, 5 Ways Challenge'.
 



Day 1:  Covert lunching - pizza style

Miss7 has a slight aversion to green foods because she associates them with healthy foods (spinach, broccoli, avocado, celery, apples etc.) and therefore they don't make her preferred list of consumables.

So I buy Spinach wraps - they are wraps therefore they are fine to eat, never mind the fact that they are GREEN.  The girl is a walking, talking contradiction.  Drives me nuts.
 
Spread the AvoFresh on, whack on some grated cheese and toast that sucker until it's bubbly and crisp.  Let it cool, chop it up into symmetrical triangles (I'm totally OTT about symmetry), and put it in the lunch box.  Before returning 20 seconds later to steal a piece.

Voila, cold pizza for lunch.  What kid doesn't love pizza?
 

Day 2: Covert snacking - cake, cake, cakity cake!

Grab your chosen chocolate cake recipe - or if you're inherently lazy like me, the packet chocolate cake mix that requires the least steps and ingredients.  Add a whole tube/container of AvoFresh or a whole mashed avocado to the mix before baking.
 
Truth be told, I also add the cooked, pureed stem of a broccoli too - it's the healthiest part, full of vitamins and minerals, and both the avocado and the broccoli just melt into the chocolate cake mix.
 
It's cake. It's chocolate cake. It's scoffed before anyone can say "hey has anyone seen the bottom half of the broccoli?".
 

Day 3: Dip..it's not guacamole.  It's dip.

One thing Miss7 can't resist is some dip with her carrot, celery, cucumber and capsicum sticks (now that her taste buds have matured beyond sand pit sand).
 
Now you could go all Martha Stewart and make your own....or you could grab your kid's flavour of choice (Cheese and Chives, in Miss7's case), and simply add the AvoFresh to amp up the health factor (you're such a good parent like that).
 

Day 4: Sushi - it's what all the cool kids bring for lunch

Little miss walking talking contradiction never seems to see the avocado in her beloved sushi.  I'm a complete tight arse and refuse to pay $6.50 for a child sized portion, therefore I make my own (and prey it won't fall apart).  Simply squeeze liberal amounts of AvoFresh all over the rice.  As long as there's mayo and chicken, Miss7 couldn't care less about the green avocado.

Don't even get me started on the seaweed...
 

Day 5: Mexican style...ole!  Wait, that's Spanish.  Nevermind.

By this stage I deserve the last of the AvoFresh for myself.
 
Give the kid the leftover chocolate cake with avocado and broccoli, because OMG that's two veg and you're clearly an awesome parent committed to their health and development.  Toss in the sushi scraps from yesterday, since of course it all fell apart.  Morning tea and lunch, sorted.

On to me.  Open the AvoFresh - I love the Seasoned squeezey tube because it makes fart noises when you near the end of the tube, and I'm a bit infantile like that.
 
Open a bottle of wine.

Sit down and toast your awesome parenting for the week, while enjoying AvoFresh and wine....I'm going to call it a Mexican fiesta followed by a quick Siesta after all that wine.

If you want to be all classy, you can use corn chips to transport the AvoFresh from the tube to your mouth.  If you want to save on carbs, you can just do what I do - cut out the middle man and squeeze that sucker straight into your mouth.

Classy.


So I'm not going to give you all the details on why AvoFresh is healthy and awesome and all natural.  You can get all that info here on their website.

Instead, I'm going to give you something even better...
 
 
Win a $100 Woolworths Giftcard thanks to AvoFresh 
Ole! Or whatever the correct word is

You can get a lot of AvoFresh and wine with that, my friends.  And also a packet of wipes to mop up the spillage from trying to co-ordinate squirting the AvoFresh directly into your mouth after a few glasses of wine.


For your chance to win

  • Subscribe to this blog so that I can convince myself someone other than my mother is following me.  I'm not fussy which option you choose, but they are all up there on the top left of the screen.
  • Comment below with whether you're a scooper or a squeezer (it's not like that y'all...we're talking about your preferred AvoFresh packaging and dispensing method)

For additional entries, Tweet and/or Facebook Share the following link:

I want to win a $100 Woolworths Giftcard thanks to AvoFresh and @Parental_Parody  http://goo.gl/EdFPd
 

Entries close midnight (WST) Saturday 20th October


The Fine Print
- Entry is open to Australian residents only
- Maximum three (3) entries per person: 1 x comment 1 x Twitter share 1 x Facebook share
- Winner announced on the blog Monday 22nd October
- Winner has seven (7) days to respond before I console myself with more wine and AvoFresh fart noises,
  before carrying out a redraw.



200 comments:

  1. Squeezy FTW!! Unless scooping is cheaper...

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  2. I am a super dooper scooper but could be converted :-)

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  3. I'm a scooper- I know the squeezer is probably good too, but with scooping, it feels like I am using a "real" avocado!

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  4. I just subscribed :)
    I think I have a new item on my shopping list!

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  5. I'm a scooper. Tried Avo Fresh a little while ago. Quite expensive. Think I prefer fresh Avocados myself.

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  6. I'm a scooper and I follow you on Twitter and Facebook.

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  7. I'm proud to be a scooper :) shared on FB & tweeted

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  8. Definitely scooper - I loooooooove this stuff!!!

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  9. I'm a scooper. :-) Liked you on FB too.

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  10. I'm a scooper and I follow you on GFC, facebook, twitter and networked blogs.

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  11. I tweeted on twitter
    https://twitter.com/twcourt/status/255862858817101825

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  12. I shared on facebook.
    http://www.facebook.com/linda.courtney.376/posts/245126525610849

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  13. Kelley @ magnetoboldtooOctober 10, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    I follow you everywhere and now sending MPS out to get some tubed avo fresh so I can reinact this blog post. You are THAT awesome.

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  14. i'm a squeezer lol. i shared on fb aswell and liked your page :)

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  15. I'm a squeezer of AvoFresh and my grandkids! Liked and shared on Facebook

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  16. Im usually a scooper but think I'll try AvoFresh next time I'm at the shops....My 4 year old loves Avocado and Nutella on sandwiches - ewww I know! shared on facebook

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  17. I'm a scooper.... I love the lumps!
    Liked and shared on FB

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  18. Scooper and masher. However do prefer fresh over avofresh, especially when on a budget and I love avocado.

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  19. Definitely a scooper as squeezing may cause blockages...

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  20. Easy peasy avo squeezy! :D

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  21. I'm a scooper, as far as avocados are concerned, it just feels more natural : D

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  22. Scooper! Shared on Facebook with other scoopers!

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  23. Squeezer - and every last drop!

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  24. I'm a scooper, but my husband's a squeezer. I like to think it as a marriage of equals ;)

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  25. Scoopers here in this house through and through when only scoops will do.

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  26. I don't mind either, as long as I can eat it. Any which way! I am mad for avocado too. Especially on toast melted over tuna. I buy them in packs for five from my local fruit shop. I could eat them until my stomach explodes!

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  27. Imam a scooper for all avocado related things!

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  28. We are a scooper in our family - and our boys will eat avocado as long as its on a sandwich with chicken, lettuce, cheese and mayonnaise!

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  29. Oh and I have followed your blog via email for sometime, now on google connect and networked blogs ;)

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  30. Definitely a squeezer, I can't go past the novelty of squeezing food out of a tube, there's something weirdly fun about it! Do you think it would accompany whiskey as well as it does wine? haha

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  31. A squeezer here, love it!!!
    following by email :)

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  32. shared on twitter
    https://twitter.com/Gherkkerry/status/256124552143306753

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  33. I shared on facebook.


    I follow you by email.

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  34. I'm a follower, liked on FB and twitter and shared and tweeted :) I do both but probably prefer scooping :)

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  35. I'm a scooper, whether it be fresh Avocado or Avofresh. Nothing better then Avo and vegemite on toast for breakfast. Oh i'm an email and GFC follower

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  36. Shared on Twitter as well https://twitter.com/Leimaycherry/status/256184752716009472

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  37. Love this question...it's like asking if you're a folder or a scruncher!! I'm definitely a scooper. LOVE AVO fresh because it doesn't go off like a normal avocado when you open it up and try to use it later!! Oh... and to answer my first comment - I'm a folder. ;)

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  38. I am a subscriber via email

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  39. I'm definitely a scooper. I love avocado in salads, especially with a bit of fried bacon(less healthy though it may be!)and squeezed just isn't the same!

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  40. Shared on FB!https://www.facebook.com/sharer/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.parentalparody.com%2F2012%2F10%2F5-lunches-5-ways-avofresh-challenge-and.html%3Fspref%3Dfb&t=5+Lunches%2C+5+Ways%3A+An+AvoFresh+challenge+and+givea...

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  41. Tweeted on Twitter as well!
    https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?original_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.parentalparody.com%2F2012%2F10%2F5-lunches-5-ways-avofresh-challenge-and.html&text=Parental+Parody%3A+5+Lunches%2C+5+Ways%3A+An+AvoFresh+challenge+and+givea...&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.parentalparody.com%2F2012%2F10%2F5-lunches-5-ways-avofresh-challenge-and.html%3Fspref%3Dtw

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  42. I am defiantly a scooper, ill just eat the avocado as soon as i cut it in half!! their so delicious.

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  43. A squeezer! What a great product and giveaway :)

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  44. Shared on Facebook too

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  45. I'm most definitely a scooper. I love the fact that I can also indulge with Seasoned & Spicy.

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  46. A scooper- but must admit I haven't tried squeezing! russellcathryn at yahoo .com dot au

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  47. I follow you through GFC, email and on facebook. I'm not a stalker... I hope ;)

    I'm a squeezer! It's easier, and i'm lazy.

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  48. Definitely a scooper, I love squishing a mound on my hot buttered toast.

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  49. Squeezer here.

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  50. Scooper and masher!! Following and sharing, great article, never would of thought to sneak healthy food in especially to cake!! Well done I will definitely be trying that!!

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  51. Squeezer all over my sandwiches

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  52. A bit of both depending on the occasion

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  53. Scooper. Squeezing freaks me out a little.

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  54. Have shared on facebook

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  55. facebook follower and i like to scoop!

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  56. I've been converted from a scooper to a squeezer because it is so easy to carry with you for a snack on the go

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  57. Definitely a scooper though I may be converted once I try the squeeze pack!

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  58. Definitely a scooper here!

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  59. Jac @ Common Chaos ChronicleOctober 15, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Squeezer. For sure!

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  60. Lara @ This Charming MumOctober 15, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Scooper for me! And I'm about to share via FB and twitter :)

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  61. Squeezer :) nothing like a good squeeze!!!

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  62. Shared on FB

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  63. Scooper...more authentic :)

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  64. Scooper - I can convince myself that i am scooping out of a 'real' avocado then!

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  65. Squeezer. Being a scooper will require putting on glad-wrap. Not interested.

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  66. I like to scoop - can never get the last bits out of any bit of tube whilst I can lick the tub clean ;)

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  67. Squeezer! A lot easier and less messy :)

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  68. Facebook shared here http://www.facebook.com/dianne.childs.39/posts/546076852074912

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  69. Love the idea of squeezing it on my sandwiches!

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  70. Totally converted to a squeezer... squeezing husbands buttocks while making homemade pizza together in the kitchen.. oh you mean avo?? Definitely squeezing.. so conveinent and doesn't go brown!!! Mega plus there!! Sandwiches, dip, pizza, nachoes.. it goes on everything!!!

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  71. Twittered: https://twitter.com/LittleBentoBlog/status/258386329325408257

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  72. I am a scooper for sure!

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  73. Just subscribed...I'm a scooper!

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  74. definately a scooper, it'd be weird squeezing avo from a tube?!

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  75. Squeeze as done with ease less mess
    t.boult@hotmail.com

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  76. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/JesseBelles/status/258478667909435392
    t.boult@hotmail.com

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  77. Scooper, can't imagine squeezed avo ... I like mine chunky!

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  78. tweeted https://twitter.com/AngBoy74/status/258488251428524032

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  79. Depends if you're in a rush or not....but generally im a 'scooper' hehe

    And shared on facebook <3

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  80. https://www.facebook.com/pitchy84/posts/428563020527040

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  81. Oh and following through Facebook and email <3

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  82. Charmaine CampbellOctober 17, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    I'm a scooper, but thinking of converting to squeezer now!

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  83. Charmaine CampbellOctober 17, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Have shared on FB, thanks

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  84. Charmaine CampbellOctober 17, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Have tweeted, thanks. https://twitter.com/CharCampbell4/status/258524717642809344

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  85. I am a Scooper, then I can make it as soft or chunky as I need it to be!

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  86. Shared on facebook https://www.facebook.com/alison.wilson.127201

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  87. I'm a squeezer - hubby introduced me to it. So much less waste!

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  88. Tweeted https://twitter.com/ally_dione/status/258537127321665536. Will subscribe when I work out this new fangled technology!

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  89. definitely a scooper, I prefer the fresh product!

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  90. shared on Twitter @narellerock https://twitter.com/narellerock/status/258724695686410240

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  91. shared on FB https://www.facebook.com/narellerock/posts/425301794198859

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  92. My gob is always open at the ready for some squeezing action

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  93. shared on fb https://www.facebook.com/kyabells.81/posts/382806305129680

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  94. I'm a squeezer. I'll do my very best to avoid ...... doing stuff, and the scooping is just too much work, if I'm being totally honest.

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  95. Shared via Twitter @popeyes_girl_22

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  96. subscribed
    I'm a scooper :)

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  97. Facebook shared ----->>> http://www.facebook.com/jasmine.nelson.507/posts/10151183307066390

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  98. Definitely a scooper. No other way.

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  99. tweeted ---------->>> https://twitter.com/jasmine_07/status/258793544800673793

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  100. scooper all the way

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  101. shared on Facebook :) http://www.facebook.com/barbara.nelson.167/posts/430337183691281

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  102. im a scooper how else do you eat frsh avo and enjoy it so much mmm fresh

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  103. shared on twitte
    rhttps://twitter.com/jjam8094/status/258805363271421952

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  104. https://twitter.com/jjam8094/status/258805363271421952

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  105. shared on facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/JODYLORETTA/posts/414475291951947

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  106. Subbed via email. I'm a scooper :) Sharing on facebook and twitter shortly!

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  107. tweeted ------- https://twitter.com/beejay_61/status/259039959636381696

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  108. I'm a Scooper in the kitchen and a Squeezer in the bedroom. Sorry, too much information?

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  109. Shared on twitter https://twitter.com/unwitterer/status/259135785322835968

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  110. Definitely a scooper! And then I lick the spoon ;)

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  111. I'm an AvoFresh squeezer! Yes I'm lazy, but honest about it. (shared on fb).

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  112. I am a scooper because it feels more decadent.............dealing with a broken leg at the moment, had 5 operations and now the screws have broken and I have to have another operation.......been going on for 5 years.........massive drama but I'm so over it.

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  113. Scooper I think. But I don't mind the odd squeeze every now and then :-P

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  114. A squirter all the way!

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  115. A squirter all the way

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  116. FB commented too!

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  117. definately a scooper!

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  118. A Avo a day would be bliss,
    Definitely something not to miss.
    Scoop or squeeze I must pick,
    Squeezing would do the trick!!

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  119. Never tried squeezing, will have to give it a go

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  120. Scooper! daryakhomich@y7mail.com. Follow you via e-mail and FB!

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  121. squeezer - i draw faces and castles so my kids eat what is underneath too!!

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  122. Shared on Facebook (Karen Freeman)

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  123. Shared on Twitter here:
    https://twitter.com/klftpg/status/259522778657615872

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  124. Scooper here.

    Following on Google friends connect

    Tweeted on twitter

    https://twitter.com/Jupiter707/status/259555911549468672

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  125. I'm a squeezer... I like things as easy as possible.

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  126. A squeezer, lasts longer :)

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  127. subscribed and i am a squeezer i love going round and squeezing things i once squeezed a melon nd it squashed in my hand

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  128. Suscribed. Like. Good. Mexican im scooper. And like in. Mexico, arriba. Arriba! Vamonos. Hehehe

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  129. Oh I hear you. I'm anti glad-wrap. It's too tricky. That stuff has curled up and adhered to itself before I can even get it off the roll. Congrats Natalie - you have the winner of the $100 Woolworths Giftcard!

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