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Eat Dessert First with raw food Chef Crystal Bonnet

Have you had a chance to check out this week's episode with raw vegan Chef Crystal Bonnet? If not, you're really missing out!

From her bio: Crystal is a raw food chef, instructor, and cookbook author. As a plant-based and raw food nutrition program graduate at Matthew Kenney Culinary Academy and Pure Joy Academy, she’s learned the importance of the culinary aspect and nutritional elements of living foods. She shares this information with her students at Crystal Dawn Culinary so that they will have as much knowledge as necessary to understand raw foods and their health benefits. Crystal’s work within the plant-based culinary industry led her on many adventures, including the development of plant-based menus for new restaurants.

She designed and catered multiple health retreats in Canada and Europe before launching her raw chocolate and dessert business. Through her easy-to-follow and comprehensive classes, she shares the knowledge and skills home cooks need to incorporate healthy food alternatives into their lifestyles.

Crystal's energy is vibrant and there's no doubt how she lives her life is a significant contributor to that. As I said in my social media posts earlier this week, just talking with Crystal made me feel healthier!

This episode is chock full of info, so get out your notebook and grab a pen, you're going to be taking a lot of notes! (I know I did!)

3 appliances that you want in a raw kitchen:

  1. High speed blender

  2. Food processor

  3. Dehydrator

3 food categories you want in your raw food kitchen

  1. Nuts and seeds

  2. Spices

  3. Fresh, living produce

How to make a great dressing every time:

  1. Fat - oil, avocado, nuts, seeds

  2. Acid - vinegar, citrus

  3. Salt - liquid aminos, tamari, miso, dried olives

  4. Sweet - coconut nectar, fruit

To connect with Crystal:

Visit her website at

Get Crystal's Kimchi Hummus recipe and her sourcing list in the show notes (and while you're there, check out the episode!)

What was your top takeaway from this episode? Have you ever considered going raw? Are you considering it now after listening to this episode? Tell me in the comments below.

Want to hear more conversations about being a raw vegan? Check out these episodes too:

Episode 56 - The Power of Choice with Victoria Moran. Victoria follows a "high raw" way of eating and has a lot to say on how this plays into getting older.

Episode 53 - It's like an adventure with The Happy Vegan, Angel Walkine. Angel is a raw food vegan and coach, like Crystal, her energy and vibrancy is through the roof.


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Love the thoughts on the ingredients to make a great dressing. I have these in my kitchen! Cindy Rae

Kimberly Winters
Kimberly Winters
Oct 15, 2023
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awesome, Cindy! I love a simple homemade dressing, it tastes so much fresher and I know exactly what's in it!


Oct 15, 2023

There is such a lot to digest (pun intended) in that episode. Great post.

Kimberly Winters
Kimberly Winters
Oct 15, 2023
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ha! you're totally right 🤣🤣🤣

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