Intelligent Eats is an Ottawa-based company specializing in Holistic Nutrition – the study of fresh, natural, quality foods and their impact on maintaining health and longevity, as well as in disease prevention and support for pre-existing* conditions.
In addition to supporting a change to a cleaner way of eating, Intelligent Eats specializes in supporting athletes, breast cancer/cancer prevention and support and auto-immune disease.
Lisa Ricciuti R.H.N., B.A., B.Ed.(OCT)
Lisa Ricciuti, owner of Intelligent Eats prides herself on the individual attention given to her clients and their very unique nutritional needs. Lisa is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (R.H.N.) and certified teacher. She taught primary education for 15 years and lives with her husband and 3 young children.
Everyone’s got a story, here’s mine…
Lisa’s passion for clean eating began when her husband began experiencing health problems related to dairy, food preservatives and additives. Doctors told him he could get by just fine on a daily regimen of Lactaid and Immodium to control his food allergies. Refusing to accept this, Lisa sought out a clean diet that eliminated dairy and consisted primarily of fresh, unprocessed, home-made foods. At the same point in time, she wanted to feed her newborn daughter foods free from pesticides, hormones and artificial ingredients. The rest is history. Three children later, a healthy husband, and passion about what goes into our bodies fueled her quest to understand the foods that harm and the foods that heal, and lead her to pursue certification in Holistic Nutrition.
Lisa’s second passion is sport. Playing competitive soccer as a teenager propelled her to remain active for the benefits sport reaps as part of overall well-being. This led to playing field hockey for Carleton University as a young adult and to run half-marathons on a regular basis as a personal challenge to this day. She also dabbles in sprint distance triathlon and also enjoys swimming and biking.
A thorough understanding about a disease or disorder often occurs when there with a personal experience involved. This makes the education imparted to clients more genuine, comprehensive and relevant. On this quest for awareness and education concerning food choices, Lisa would use her knowledge of food to control 2 other health-related conditions of her own – dense breast tissue and a possible autoimmune condition. That being said, Intelligent Eats derives its niche specialities from 3 main areas relating to personal experience and interests. Read on to see if you can relate. 😀
Meals (smoothies and soups)
Snacks (grain-free granola and gluten & nut-free granola bars)
Nutrition Nanny (meal preparation services)
Full at this time, please send e-mail for wait list
Individualized Nutritional Consultations
5 for $35, 6 for $40
All Intelligent Eats smoothies are designed to be macronutrient-balanced, meaning a combination of healthy fats, proteins and carbohydrates. All have low sugar content and carbohydrates are mostly from berries and greens, although some have banana and/or oats. They are gluten-free, anti-inflammatory and bursting with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Protein powders can be plant-based (generally made from organic pea and rice proteins) or whey-based (New Zealand whey isolate powder). Whey isolate is high in BCAAs, low in lactose and is digested quickly. This makes it an excellent choice for athletes, those trying to reduce inflammation, and those with compromised digestion.
medjool date • cacao powder • chocolate protein powder • almond butter • avocado • goji berries •
vanilla extract • almond milk • coconut water
Excellent post-workout nutrition. The combination of glucose and protein rejuvenates and builds muscle. Goji berries provide antioxidants to cells. Coconut water is a natural source of electrolytes.
Vanilla Fruit & Veg
spinach or kale • blueberries • strawberries • vanilla protein powder • ground flaxseed • strawberry EFA oil • cinnamon • almond milk
An all-round awesome mix of goodies. Low in sugar, antioxidants from spinach/kale & berries, healthy oils from flaxseed and EFA oil. A great choice as post-workout nutrition. Also provides cancer & immune support and is anti-inflammatory.
Cookies & Cream
medjool date • Vega vanilla protein powder • cacao nibs • chia seeds • almond butter • almond milk • coconut wate
A crowd and kid pleaser for sure. Glucose and protein make for great post-workout nutrition. Raw cacao is an excellent source of antioxidants, magnesium, potassium and iron. Dates can be subbed out for stevia for those looking to build immune function and reduce inflammation.
coconut milk • turmeric • ginger • pepper • cinnamon • frozen banana • plain or vanilla protein powder
Curcumin (turmeric) is best absorbed with pepper and fat as often seen in East Indian dishes with coconut milk, turmeric and black pepper. Turmeric and ginger are known for their anti-inflammatory properties and several studies have linked them to cancer cell apoptosis (death).
banana • oats • blueberries • almond butter • chia seeds • vanilla protein powder • almond milk • coconut water
A great breakfast balance with carbohydrates from oats and fruit, plant-based protein and fat from chia seeds and almond butter.
raspberries • cranberries • beets • lemon • avocado • plain protein powder • cinnamon • ground flaxseed • cinnamon • stevia • almond milk
Beets and lemon provide support to the liver’s phase 2 detoxification pathways. This is important in ridding the body of toxins such as excess estrogens and pharmaceutical drugs. Cranberries and raspberries provide polyphenols, antioxidants which support DNA, reduce inflammation and inhibit growth of blood vessels that feed cancer tumors.
Chocolate Mint Matcha
cacao powder • matcha green tea powder • avocado • chocolate or plain whey protein powder • mint extract • stevia • almond milk
Domatcha Green Tea is an excellent source of EGCG, L-theanine and chlorophyll. The catechins in green tea protect against free radicals and have been shown to inhibit breast cancer cell growth and metastasis. New Zealand whey powder promotes glutathione (a powerful antioxidant) production in cells.
pumpkin puree • carrots • avocado • almond butter • plain protein powder • pumpkin spice • cinnamon • vanilla • stevia • almond milk *organic peanut butter can be subbed for almond butter for a Peanut Butter Pumpkin Spice Smoothie…
Pumpkin and carrots provide vitamin A, supporting vision, the intestinal tract & immune system. Avocado and almond butter make it filling & creamy, and protein powder rounds out this macronutrient-balanced seasonal meal.
kale • granny smith apple • avocado • parsley • pineapple core • lime • liquid chlorophyll, stevia • coconut beverage
Fresh lime juice adds a bright kick to this drink. An entire granny smith apple, seeds & all is included for its nitriloside/B17 content. Nitrilosides are known to prevent cancer & inhibit the growth & spread of tumors. Green apple peels support protective genes in breast and prostate tissue. The digestive enzyme bromelain is found in pineapple core and has been proven to be a cancer cell killer.
Chaga Chocolate Mocha
chaga mushroom powder • cacao powder • espresso • almond butter • avocado • hemp hearts • stevia • coconut beverage
Chaga is a medicinal mushroom known to boost the immune system and reduce cancer cell production. Cacao provides antioxidants and avocado & hemp provide healthy fats. Espresso can be substituted for swiss water decaf or Dandy Blend.
Intelligent Eats Cranberry-Nut Granola is a gluten- and grain-free alternative to traditional oat-based granolas. It is low in sugar and the nut combination makes it high in healthy fats and proteins. It is ideal for anyone following an auto-immune paleo lifestyle or trying to reduce sugar consumption.
24 bars for $15
These granola bars are ideal for school lunches. They are a fresh alternative to packaged granola bars that are typically full of high fructose corn syrup, inflammatory oils, additives and preservatives. They are nut-free and sweetened with organic honey.