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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  • Five Days To A #HealthyShelfie 📸

Your eating environment has a HUGE impact on your eating decisions. 
That’s why you MUST take the time to mindfully setup your kitchen in a way that promotes nourishing choices at home. (a.k.a. Stop worrying about “WILLPOWER” and focus on environment instead.) I put together a fun (and free!) 5-day email challenge 🎉 during which I will walk you through simple steps to a healthier eating environment at home. 🏡 
By the end of the challenge, you will have created a nourishing nook in your kitchen, ready for its close-up! #healthyshelfie 📸

Who’s IN?! 🙋🏻‍♀️ Hit the link in bio to get started 🥑
  • Nothing more magical that what movement can do for the body and mind 🤩 Tell me: What cute things do your kids say?!👇🏼👇🏼 P.s. she also calls elbows « Elmos » and blueberries « blue babies » and I don’t want to correct her 😬
  • Two Quinoa Tips ✌🏼 ☝🏻Tip #1: Rinse out your quinoa before cooking it to wash away the saponins, which are a natural coating that will otherwise make it bitter. (Rinse until sudds disappears). From there, cook in a 2:1 liquid to quinoa ratio using your favourite recipe. ✌🏼 Tip #2: Do not let your toddler pour the water over quinoa unsupervised. 😂  #500mlwater #everywhereExceptThePot #RealLife
  • 1-2-3 Mix-and-match meal prep 👋🏻 Meal prep can feel overwhelming when you first start. Especially since many jump into it head first with a full menu of brand new recipes and wind up spending countless hours in the kitchen (not how you want to spend your weekend, I know!) If you’re a newbie to meal prep, warm-up to it. Truth is, any amount of prep you do...will help! So start small, and build the skill gradually. Just stay CONSISTENT! You can do it 🙌🏼 Here’s a simple structure I recommend starting with: 🥔 Prep 1x starch-rich food (black rice, quinoa, sweet potato, baby potatoes)
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🍗 Prep 2x protein-rich foods (HB eggs, shredded chicken, baked tofu cubes)
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🥗 Prep 3X veggies (roasted broccoli, grilled veggies, chopped crudité) . 🍳 Breakfasts (optional): overnight oats, frittata muffins, parfaits 🥕 Snacks (optional): energy bites, hummus

Once this is done, you can mix and match components to create quick meals, or shave time off your recipes.  For instance, my dinner tonight was a a black rice and salmon bowl, with an Asian dressing and chopped veggies. All the prep work was done (rice, chopped veggies), all that I needed to do was bake fish, add some thawed frozen mango and drizzle the dressing...done in 15 minutes! ‘ 💁🏻‍♀️. Share below what your 3-2-1 mix and match menu will be this weekend👇🏼
  • Slow roasted grape tomatoes 🍅 
Tomato season is in FULL swing. Which means you can find me eating tomatoes every day, every way from now until October.  Picked up these beautiful grape tomatoes at the market today and decided to slow roast them. Simple and delicious!  They make the perfect accompaniment for just about anything.

How-to:
Place them on a rimmed baking sheet with a good drizzle of olive oil, salt, pepper and some fresh garlic. Give the pan a nice shake to coat the tomatoes.

Bake low and slow in a 200F degree for about 2 hours. Remove from the oven and let cool to room temperature before touching them (so the juices settle inside!) Enjoy with grilled fish, alongside some pesto-scrambled eggs or with some tangy goats cheese.