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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  • 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 🥑
  • Fill your fridge with a rainbow of veggies and fruit, keep healthy snacks at eye-level in the pantry and always ALWAYS be sure to have enough containers to pack your lunch in. Because it’s the small tweaks in our environment that make all the difference 🙌🏼
  • Who wants THIS in their lunchbox? 🙋🏻‍♀️ Chickpea, avocado & eggs come together with a zesty vinaigrette for a hearty and healthy packed lunch you’ll be thrilled to sit down to. 
If this salad is speaking your language, get the recipe on the blog now 🥗 
www.motivenutrition.com
📸: @valiegb
  • Ever tried oat mylk? 
Or as my daughter calls it, « oatmeal milk » ☺️ The slightly sweet flavour and creamy consistency makes oat milk a delicious option for dairy-free lattes and recipes alike, from muffins to pancakes. -
Unlike most mylks, oat milk provides a healthy dose of gut-friendly fiber. 💃🏻 Note though, that any homemade mylk will not provide calcium or vitamin D as fortified commercial versions do, so make sure you’re meeting your needs elsewhere.
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Oat milk is simple to make yourself and way cheaper than homemade nut milk. -
All you need is a 4:1 ratio of water to oats. - 4 cups filtered water
- 1 cup rolled oats
- Optional add-ins: Vanilla, cinnamon, dates for sweetness

How-to:
Place the oats in water in a bowl to soak for two hours or overnight. Drain and rinse well.
Transfer oats to a power blender with 4 cups water and blend on high for 1 minute until perfectly smooth. Add a dash of vanilla extract or cinnamon. Using a fine-mesh cheese cloth, strain the milk into a glass jar. 
Fasten with a lid and store in the fridge. 
Keeps up to 3 days. 
The oat pulp can be used for energy bites, in muffins or in cookies 🍪
  • Want a peek inside a dietitian’s pantry? 🥑

I am BEYOND excited to introduce: The Well-Stocked Kitchen: a 5-step guide on how to healthfully stock your kitchen 🎉

This new online guide is dedicated to helping you create a nourishing and organized home environment, complete with a list of pantry essentials and a virtual kitchen tour. - Kitchen tour 👀
- List if essential ingredients and their benefits 🌟
- List of our favourite products and brands ☺️
- And a 5-step process for creating a healthy, organized home environment 🌟🥑 Hit the link in bio!