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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  • This butternut squash pasta bake is just next level 😭 Creamy squash, cheesy spinach, crispy crumb topping...delish! Recipe is on the blog. ||
La recette pour ce plat de pâtes au four à la courge butternut est maintenant sur le blogue...et à essayer absolument. 
Photo: @valiegb
  • You know what to do 🙌🏼 Drinking more water, eating more plants, cooking from scratch, listening to your body and learning to discern hunger from habit....these are small steps that make a big difference.

These habits are simple, but they require planning, consistency and require rewiring our brains to form new habits. Which is hard.

And when things are hard, it’s natural to want to delay them. So we look for holy grails. For lottery tickets. But let me save you some time.👋🏻 Every time you delay making healthy change because your hunt for perfection gets in the way you lose the magic of compound interest on your health. No matter how small the habit you can contribute, start early and commit daily. 
The holidays are coming up. But there’s nothing that needs to start in Jan that can’t start today. Okay?💃🏻
  • Tag a muffin lover 💕 These Apple & Carrot Morning Muffins are hearty and de-lish.

The addition of almond flour keeps these muffins tender while giving them an extra kick of healthy fat and fibre, perfect for busy mornings. 
Recipe link in bio. Photo: @valiegb
  • Can meal prep be unhealthy? 
Yep, you read that right. As with all behiavours, it’s important to stay mindful of falling to extremes. This includes healthy practices like meal prep. 🥗

On the one hand, meal prep is a wonderful way to alleviate the stress of weeknight dinners. On the other hand, it can become yet another way to exert extreme control over the diet, leaving someone very anxious should they not have the time.😞 I’ve always believed that the key to health is in home cooking. Meal prep should be used not to avoid the cooking process during the week altogether, but to make it quicker and more enjoyable. Chefs spend time prepping before a service not to avoid cooking, but to be able to put together a meal efficiently and mindfully focus on flavours.

As you prep this weekend, remember to leave yourself room to mix and match and to improvise and have some fun in the kitchen 💃🏻
  • Chickpea, Egg & Avo Salad 🥗 (Psst...hit SAVE so you can make it at your next meal prep)! In case you missed it, here are the deets on this week’s recipe 🙌🏼 For the dressing:
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
1 teaspoon honey
1 scallion, minced
1/2 lemon, juiced
2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt and pepper
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

For the salad:
4 eggs
1 can or jar (398mL) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 avocados, diced
1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced
1 green onion, sliced
1/2 cup roasted bell peppers, diced
4 cups chopped lettuce such as Romaine or Frisee
Instructions

Place all the ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl. Whisk to combine and set aside.
Place the eggs in a small saucepan and cover with cold water. Place over high heat, cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, remove from the heat and let sit 12 minutes. Rinse the eggs under cold water, peel and set aside.
Family-style option: In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients for the salad, including eggs, chickpeas, avocado, tomato, onion, roasted peppers and lettuce. Add the salad dressing, toss and serve.
Make-ahead lunch option: If preparing this recipe in advance, layer the salad ingredients in a container, with the dressing on the side. When ready to eat, simply drizzle the dressing, toss and enjoy.

For the printable-version, go to the link in bio or to: www.motivenutrition.com 🥑