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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  • Baked Apple Oats 🍎 Steel-cut oats are very nutritious but can be time consuming. That’s why I love making this baked version, perfect for busy mornings. Slice, warm, top with a dollop if yogurt and start your day! Recipe over at MotiveNutrition.com 😋 Photo: @valiegb
  • Supercharged bananas 🍌Slice into rounds, drizzle with nut butter and sprinkle your favorite toppings (I’ve got coconut, cinnamon, cocoa nibs and bee pollen). Have fun with it! SO good.
  • Nothing like soup in this weather do you agree?! 🥣

This twist on chicken noodle soup is made with @iliosfoods white cannellini beans in lieu of noodles for an added protein and fibre kick. I especially like these legumes since they are full of flavor and are packed in glass jars rather than cans. Win-win! * Glass packaging allows you to see the product you are buying
* Glass has a smaller carbon footprint
* Glass jars are reusable. Use for storing sauces, smoothies, marinades or spices.
* Glass is naturally BPA-free (many cans still have BPA in their inner-lining). Women trying to conceive or pregnant and children should particularly try to reduce BPA exposure.

Head to the blog at the link in bio for the recipe for this warming and nourishing soup! #partner #ilios
  • Need a non-boring veggie side? 🙋🏻‍♀️These honey-roasted carrots with almonds are a must. // À la recherche d’une recette de légumes pas plate? Ces carottes rôties au miel et aux amandes sont un must! 
Trouvez la recette sur www.motivenutrition.com 🍯
  • Cheers to a 2020 full of JOY. 🥂 I hope this will be the driving force for all your decisions this decade. Whether it comes to food, exercise, people you spend time with...let JOY lead the way. ✨