My story

When people ask me how I got started in my career, I simply tell them that many years ago, I won the food culture lottery. Because when you’re born into an Italian family, there’s no other way of putting it.

I grew up learning to pick perfect produce, spending Sunday afternoons shelling beans, eating fresh and in season, gardening, curing, canning and tip-to-tail cooking so no crumb would go to waste. Today these sound like trends, but to me, they were routine. A routine I now feel pretty grateful for since it fostered in me a deep appreciation for wholesome ingredients and great food at an early age. Needless to say, my passion for food began long before my professional career. Food, cooking and the family table, this trio is where my heart was.

My brain on the other hand has always been wired for science, fact and reasoning. So nutrition, the study of nutrients, body, diet and disease, became a natural academic choice.

After two degrees in human nutrition, nearly a decade of clinical experience, a business and baby,
I have never been more convinced of the NEED to spread word about nutrition’s preventative potential and the importance of cultivating a positive relationship with food at an early age. In a world where lifestyle-related diseases top mortality charts and where diet culture and body dissatisfaction take root as early as childhood, I count my blessings for having won that lottery many years ago and feel it my duty to share that fortune with you.

Motive Nutrition began as a blog and has evolved into a business I am proud to say allows me to join my two passions, food and nutrition, in order to achieve my purpose; to help people like you eat well, feel their best and make peace with their plate.

My hope is that someone along the way, whether through MN counselling, our blog, or our online programs, you feel inspired and motivated to take charge of your health and create a positive food culture in your home and for the generations to come.

Thank you for being here.
Salute,

Vanessa

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CREDENTIALS

Member of l’Ordre Professionnel des Diététistes du Québec

EDUCATIONS

B.Sc. in nutrition at the University of Montreal
Masters of Science in nutrition

Our philosophy

LIFE IS SHORT. LET’S EAT WELL AND FEEL GREAT.
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  • Make everyday Valentine’s Day 💕 
If you’re like most of our clients
who enjoy a piece of good dark chocolate every day, try melting it down and drizzling it over some fruit. Berries are great but we also love this with clementine wedges. A simple switch that can change your experience! Because fondue for one is always fun 😊 #heartshapedeverything
  • Goals...kill them with kindness 👊🏼
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❤️Self-compassion will ALWAYS win the race against self-criticism. 🙌🏼 So rather than beat yourself up for what you could have done better, pay attention to how far you’ve come, dust yourself off and give yourself the pep talk your best friend would have. 🥑At MN we search for the barriers, or as we call them wellness walls, most likely to get in the way of your goals. Sometimes it’s lack of nutrition understanding or insufficient meal planning but often times, it’s self-limiting behavior. A.k.a: YOU are your biggest wall. ☺️ If you need coaching to get your health on track and get out of your own way, come and see us for an assessment! 
Details below 👇🏼 ☎️ 514-447-2475
📧 support@motivenutrition.com
  • 3-ingredient chocolate tahini hearts ❤️
These will definitely melt someone’s heart this Valentine’s day 🥰
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The caramel is SO simple to make and since it is tahini-based, you can use dairy-free chocolate chips to make these completely #dairyfree if needed. ❤️
Full recipe over at the link in bio. Tag your Valentine below to give them a hint 😉!
  • Apple Nachos 🍎
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Say hello to your new favourite snack 👋🏻 And oh-so easy.  Thinly slice an apple, drizzle with almond butter and sprinkle with cinnamon, coconut, hemp seeds and any other toppings you enjoy. Boom 💥 -
Nachos aux pommes 🍏 
Vous cherchez une collation saine et raide? Tranchez une pomme finement, garnissez de beurre d’amandes et saupoudrez de cannelle, noix de coco et graines de chanvre. Un hit assuré 😋
  • These sweet potato nachos are 🔥
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If you’re looking for an #MNapproved Superbowl recipe, this is the one. Enjoy & happy game day!
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INGREDIENTS
1 medium sweet potato, about 300 g
Extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt
1 green onion, thinly sliced
1 jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1 clove garlic, minced
Juice of 1/2 lime
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 cup of corn
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup sliced kalamata olives
Fresh cilantro
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INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, place the rack in the center of the oven and line 2 large bakings sheets with parchment paper.
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FOR SWEET POTATO CHIPS
Using a mandolin on the thinnest setting, slice the sweet potato into even disks.

Place the slices evenly on the two baking sheets, brush lightly with olive oil and season with salt. Bake one sheet at a time for 10 to 12 minutes, watching the chips carefully so they do not burn. They will be ready when they are dry and the edges start to curl. Remove from the oven and repeat with second sheet.

For the salsa: In a small bowl, combine the jalapeño pepper, onion and cherry tomatoes with 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Season with salt and set aside.

For the black beans: In a small bowl, mix black beans, garlic, cumin and lime juice, mashing the beans slightly. Season with salt and set aside.
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FOR THE NACHOS
Place the chips in a uniform layer on a baking sheet. Garnish with the cherry tomato salsa and follow with black beans, corn, olives and grated cheese.
Bake 5 to 7 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve with additional jalapeno slices to taste.