Setting “SMART” healthy eating goals is a great way to help you feel and look your best. “SMART” stands for goals that are: specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic and time-framed. Setting “SMART” goals can also help you achieve bigger goals you may want to set for yourself over time.
Use these 10 “SMART” goals below to get your inspired. Then visit the My Goals tool found on EaTracker. Pick from many ready-made goals or write your own goal!
1. Do you skip breakfast? Try this goal:
Every day this week, I will eat breakfast that has all 4 food groups (e.g. a whole grain bagel, peanut butter and banana slices with a glass of milk).
2. Are you trying to eat more fibre? Try this goal:
Eat brown rice or whole wheat pasta instead of white rice or white pasta at least once this week.
3. Are you trying to eat more vegetables? Try this goal:
Eat a dark green vegetable every day this week (e.g. spinach, broccoli, Romaine lettuce, bok choy, swiss chard, peas).
4. Are you trying to cook and eat at home more? Try this goal:
Make one new healthy recipe for dinner this week.
5. Interested in cooking a “meatless meal” with beans more often? Try this goal:
This weekend I will find and try a new recipe using beans (e.g. kidney beans, navy beans, soy beans).
6. Trying to eat out less often? Try this goal:
I will pack my lunch from home 3 days this week rather than eating out.
7. Want to get more active? Try this goal:
Go for a walk with a friend for 15 minutes 2 times this week.
8. Trying to manage your weight? Try this goal:
Avoid second helpings during meals and snacks every day this week.
9. Want to make healthier meals at home? Try this goal:
Use less fat when cooking (e.g. bake, broil, steam and stir-fry) this week.
10. Want to make healthier drink choices? Try this goal:
Use skim, 1% or 2% milk instead of cream in my coffee this week.
Set and track your goals with EaTracker
EaTracker is a free online tool created by Dietitians of Canada that makes it easy for you to track your eating habits and physical activity. It also has a My Goals tool to help you set and reach your goals.
With the My Goals Tool you can:
Choose from a list of ready-made goals or write one yourself.
Get weekly emails from EatRight Ontario with tips and motivational messages!
Log in weekly to track your progress.
Get support with your goals by talking to the dietitians at EatRight Ontario at 1-877-510-510-2.
Start today! Sign up for EaTracker yourself or call EatRight Ontario to get started. Best of all, it’s free!
You may also be interested in:
Your guide to setting healthy living goals
10 “SMART” physical activity goals
Last Update – October 18, 2017