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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  • Calling all chocolate lovers! This is such satisfying snack 💕 
normally, you would need to wait overnight for a chia pudding to thicken but the addition of dates + blending in this recipe creates a creamy texture you can enjoy immediately. Give it a try .
Ingredients
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11/4 cup unsweetened, vanilla almond milk
1/3 cup pitted dates (about 7-8) soaked in hot water until soft
1/4 cup white chia seeds
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 scoop (25g) protein powder
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Instructions
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Place all ingredients in a power blender and blend on high for 1 minute, until perfectly smooth.
Divide among four small jars and allow to rest 8 hours or overnight.
Top with fresh berries and serve.
  • Salad tip: always use a bigger bowl than you think 😅
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I never use a recipe when making a salad but mostly focus on getting tons of colour and different textures make for the best ones.  They tend to be huge but kitchen sink salads always turn out the best ⭐️hope you’re having a great day!
  • Do you make your own salad dressing? .
It's quick, easy and a simple way to ensure that you and your family get healthy fats from good quality oils, to make the most of your nutritious salads.
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I like to put my salad dressing together in a advance. I make a jelly-jar full at the beginning of the week and use it for lunches and dinners.
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Have fun with your dressings!
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All you need to remember is to use a 3:1 ratio of fat to acid. So 3 parts oil, 1 part vinegar or lemon juice.
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From there, you can add as many delicious ingredients as you like; mustard, shallots, spices, miso, honey, garlic....the sky is the limit!
  • Mango colada yogurt ✨ Blitz up frozen mango into a deliciously sweet purée, swirl it into yogurt and top with coconut shavings. Perfect snack on a snowy day am I right?
  • These polenta-crusted fish sticks are oven-baked, deliciously crispy and perfect for kiddos! 🥰Serve them up with your favourite tartar sauce and dinner.is.done. GO to motivenutrition.com and get the recipe!