Donya Currie is the editor of The Free Lance-Star's Healthy Life section and Healthy Life Virginia newsletter.

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Vegetarians and candy

This isn’t a post about the candy-eating habits of vegetarians, though that might be a fun one! But I want to let you know about an upcoming event for people interested in vegetarian cooking, and about two different perspectives on what to do with Halloween candy.

First, the candy: Local dentist Gregory Cox just announced in an email that his office will buy candy from kids for $1 per pound the week after Halloween. The kids get money, their teeth get spared some sugar, and Cox plans to ship the candy to troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. The buy-back will take place  Nov. 1-5 at his office at 410 Chatham Square in Fredericksburg, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

On the other hand…dietitian Jennifer Motl, a longtime columnist for Healthy Living, says that, as a person once nicknamed “Cookie Monster,” she’s a big fan of treats! Check out her column Sunday if you want ideas for putting a holiday candy-fest in perspective. My favorite line from the column: “Don’t waste calories on mediocre candies.” (My kids’ favorite line might be: “Unless they have a health condition such as diabetes, it might be worthwhile to give your children free rein with the candy for a few days.”)

As for that vegetarian event: On Nov. 6 Chef David Knapp– formerly of Jake & Mike’s in Fredericksburg — will demonstrate how to prepare a Root Vegetable Stew-Stuffed Pumpkin during the monthly gathering of the vegetarian group that meets at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fredericksburg, organizers said. The demonstration and a potluck veggie lunch will be held from 11:30 to 1 at the UUFF’s temporary building on Route 3. (The address is 5044 Plank Road). For more information, contact Gloria Lloyd at or Christine Carlson 786-3648.


  • earn points for prizes

    You certainly outdid yourself today. I’m seriously impressed

  • alec Simon

    Great post! How don’t know how willing kids are to depart with their halloween candy, even if it’s for money…