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Best Organic Food Stores in Melbourne

Today on the blog we share top picks for local organic stores across Melbourne. Organic produce, food items and household goods are free from herbicides, pesticides and other harmful chemicals and make a great choice for the environment and personal health.

The Environment Working Group (EWG) shares a great resource on pesticides in food, identifying twelve foods with concerning amounts of pesticides - often dubbed ‘the dirty dozen’. Going organic, especially when shopping for the ‘dirty dozen’ items can be of great benefit. Choosing to shop organic also helps you to focus on what fruits and vegetables are in season, meaning fresh and vibrant produce for your pantry.

This May is Supermarket-Free Month, making it the perfect time to visit your local organic food store. Some of our favourite organic food stores in and around Melbourne include:

Aunt Maggies Organics - Malvern

Aunt Maggies Organics have several locations across Melbourne - in Malvern, Fitzroy and Carlton. They stock a range of items from fresh organic produce, to pantry and baking goods, and eco-friendly household cleaning products.

Where: 72 Glenferrie Road, Malvern

(They also have stores at 188 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy and Shop 7/8 Lygon Court, Carlton)

More Info: Aunt Maggies

Eastfield Natural Food Store - Croydon

Eastfield Natural Foodstore stocks a variety of fresh, organic and biodynamic foods. They also have a selection of supplements and eco-beauty products in the back part of the store. People travel far and wide to shop here, so you can be assured the quality and range of produce is top-notch. The store itself is very small, so leave the pram at home - this one is best for baby carriers only. After you have visited be sure to stop by Soul Pod Foods for a good coffee and a delicious treat! 

Where: Eastfield Natural Foodstore - 41 The Mall, Croydon South

More Info: Eastfield Natural Foods

Golden Age Vegetarian and Health Food Mart - Box Hill

This quaint but friendly health food store stocks a wide range of Taiwanese vegetarian and vegan produce and foods.

Where: 18B Rutland Rd, Box Hill

More Info: Golden Age Vegetarian and Health Food Mart

Green Mumma Organics - Rippleside

Green Mumma Organics really are a one stop shop if you're out in Geelong or on the Bellarine Peninsula. They stock a wide range of organic goodies from essential oils and fresh organic produce to nourishing smoothies, delicious takeaway meals and healthy snacks - there's something for everyone.

Where: Green Mumma Organics - 169 Melbourne Rd, Rippleside

More Info: Green Mumma Organics

Hello Charlie - Bundoora/Online

Hello Charlie stocks all your essential baby needs, plus something for mummy too! Hello Charlie stock a wide range of excellent organic, sustainable and eco-friendly products - safe for baby, mumma and the environment. You can shop online at hellocharlie.com.au - and you have the option to collect your order direct from their warehouse in Bundoora, or to have your items delivered.

Where: 4/30 The Concord, Bundoora

More Info: Hello Charlie

IHerb - Online

For the largest range of supplements and eco-beauty products online be sure to check out iHerb.

Joe’s Organic Market - Northcote

Joe's Organic Market is open 7 days and offer a range of organic produce and package goods. There is even a small vegan cafe on site.

Where: 64 Victoria Rd, Northcote

More Info: Joe’s Organic Market

Miss Spelt’s - Healesville

Miss Spelt’s Grains and Goodies are located in Healesville, so they make for the perfect spot to pop in after a nourishing breakfast at Healesville Harvest (Yarra Valley Harvest). The store itself is quiet small, so not really suitable for prams. Miss Spelts stock a range of organic goods; from eco-beauty essentials to personal items to frozen pies!

Where: Shop 1/2/232 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville

More Info: Miss Spelts

Natural Balance - Mornington

Natural Balance can be found on the main street of Mornington. They stock a wide range of organic goods and vitamins. There is plenty to do while you are in Mornington too - find out more on the blog!

Where: 148 Main St, Mornington

More Info: Natural Balance

Organic Empire - Mount Evelyn

What can't Organic Empire do? They sure are true to their name - an empire of all things organic! Organic Empire is a beautiful farm store with fresh organic produce, nutrition and health books, eco-beauty products and a range of local goodies. They run cooking classes too, which mummy green highly recommends! With a heavy presence online, Organic Empire also has an e-store with delivery available, for when you're too busy to venture out.

Where: 138 Monbulk Road, Mount Evelyn

More Info: Organic Empire

Organic Food and Wine Deli - Melbourne

If you're exploring Melbourne, the Organic Food and Wine Deli is a great place to stop by for a bite to eat, or to pick up some organic produce and a sweet treat.

Where: 28 Degraves St, Melbourne

More Info: The Organic Food and Wine Deli

Sherbrooke Health Foods - Belgrave

Sherbrooke Health Foods (or ‘Hilltribez Natural Health’) is a small heath food store offering a range of supplements, eco-beauty goods, organic produce and assorted health food items. They even run raw food workshops!

Where: 1658 Burwood Hwy, Belgrave

More Info: Sherbrooke Health Foods

The Common Good Store - Hawthorn

The Common Good Store stock a large range of organic and gourmet goodies to fill your pantry. From organic vegetables to cleaning products, you can always find what you need here. There is a large range of vegan, dairy free and gluten free products in stock, and the staff are always extra helpful.

Where: 77 Church St, Hawthorn

More Info: Common Good Store

The Cruelty Free Shop Melbourne - Fitzroy

One of Melbourne’s most loved organic goods stores, The Cruelty Free Shop stocks some of the most well known vegan, organic and health-food brands. From your pantry, to household cleaning, vitamins, gifts and beauty needs there is a big range in store.

Where: 124 Johnston St, Fitzroy

More Info: Cruelty Free Shop

The Staple Store - Ripponlea

The Staple Store houses all your organic needs from personal items and specialty teas through to dried fruits and nuts.

Where: 19 Glen Eira Rd, Ripponlea

More Info: The Staple Store

This Is Life Family Wellness Emporium - Elwood

This Is Life Family Wellness Emporium is just as the name suggests - an emporium of wellness for your whole family. From holistic health services (such as chiropractors, nutritionists, naturopaths), to workshops and a wellness store this place is well worth a visit!

Where: 109 Brighton Rd, Elwood

More Info: This Is Life

Wholefoods Store - Frankston

Wholefoods in Frankston stock a range of organic produce, condiments, eco-beauty products and a wide range of specialty teas. 

Where: 28 Wells St, Frankston

More Info: Wholefood Frankston

Wholefood Merchant - Ferntree Gully

Looking for a one-stop-shop to buy all your essentials? Somewhere that caters to you as a vegetarian, vegan, gluten free or paleo mum? Be sure to check out Wholefood Merchants in Ferntree Gully. Wholefood Merchants are the largest stockists of health food products in the outer eastern side of Melbourne. They offer allergy friendly everything and anything from fresh produce to eco-cleaning products to organic beauty items to baby food. As a bonus, Wholefoods Merchants also have a vegetarian cafe, where you can enjoy a treat and a nice coffee before embarking on your shopping journey.

Where: 3/794 Burwood Highway, Ferntree Gully

More Info: Wholefood Merchants

YourGrocer.com.au - Online

Featuring stores such as Aunt Maggies Organics, Dench Bakery and produce from the Queen Victoria, South Melbourne and Prahran Markets, Your Grocer is a convenient way to purchase your organic goods from the comfort of your own home.

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What I Ate Wednesday

For the first few months after giving birth to Itty Bitty Green (earlier this year) I was not eating well at all. We were relying on takeaway and microwave meals most nights to get us through those newborn foggy days. In hindsight I would never do that again! It made both my husband and I feel so much worse (on top of the standard sleep deprivation) and probably made my postpartum recovery even longer (even though I was lucky to have a relatively straightforward birth with no complications and very little pain medication required). The next time around I will do a little meal prep, and I will also purchase home delivery meals to see us through the first few months. There are some great organic options on offer nowadays, rather than your standard "lean cuisine" type junk. 

Once the newborn fog had cleared us I started to take control of what I was eating again - back to healthy, natural foods that would nourish my body (aside from the one night a week we get to indulge in takeaway - everyone needs that one night!). I made a meal plan (which was especially important for myself, given that I was partially breastfeeding and often eating at home) and stuck to it.

Even though I have started gradual weaning at nearly 11 months postpartum (to prepare for my return to work), feeding bub still makes me extra hungry!

I thought I'd share with you what I ate today (Wednesday). I am a creature of habit, so for the most part this is normally what I eat every day - apart from lunch (if I am going out, and I also like to change up options every few days) and dinner (which usually changes each night).

Breakfast: Bowl of buckwheat cereal topped with fresh blueberries, strawberries and peaches and a dollop of organic vanilla yoghurt. Two slices of sourdough toast with vegemite. Small cup of grapefruit juice. One large cup/mug of green or peppermint tea. 

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Morning snack: Whole apple, sliced with organic vanilla yoghurt to dip. Wholemeal roll with almond butter or marmalade jam (no peanut butter in this household due to bubba's allergies). Half bottle of water.

Lunch: Bowl of quinoa with mixed vegetables, mini roma tomatoes, canned salmon and kidney beans (you can certainly have lentils instead if preferred). Cup of peppermint tea (optional). Bottle of water. 

Afternoon snack: Half very ripe banana (other half for baby!). Handful of dried fruit (such as apricots or cranberries) and mixed nuts (cashews and walnuts are my fave! No peanuts in this household due to bubba's allergies). Half bottle of water. 

Dinner: Spelt pasta served with tomatoes, spinach, zucchini, carrots, celery, green peas, chickpeas and a splash of balsamic vinegar (served with mince beef for husband's dish!). Bottle of water. Two squares of Lindt dark chocolate with almonds for dessert.

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Bon Appetite!     

She's a Smooth(ie) operator - Our Top Smoothie Recipes

Now you can't get that awful song out of your head, can you? Sorry for that (it was by an artist named 'Sade', released in 1984...think tragic 80s pop for those who don't know). Anyway, I digress. Now that spring is upon us, and warmer weather isn't too far away, we've decided to refresh our smoothie recipe collection. I thought we'd share our standouts:

Banana, Mango and Pineapple Smoothie

Add one frozen banana, one diced mango and one small tin of diced pineapple (with juice) to the blender. Pour in a half a carton of coconut water (or you can add almond mylk if you're not keen on coconuts). Blend until smooth and serve. 

Chocolate Banana Smoothie

Blend until smooth one frozen banana, one and a half cups almond mylk, one tablespoon peanut butter, one teaspoon maple syrup, one tablespoon chia seeds, two tablespoons cacao powder and four medjool dates. 

Berry Smoothie

Add one cup of frozen blueberries, half cup frozen strawberries, one kiwi fruit, three medjool dates and one cup of almond mylk to blender. Blend until smooth and serve.

Classic Green Smoothie

Blend two handfuls of baby spinach, one frozen banana, one kiwi fruit, one small tin diced pineapple (with juice), two medjool dates, half cup almond mylk, one teaspoon maple syrup, and one cup ice. Blend until smooth and serve.

Enjoy your smoothie in the sun with a nice book while the little one's play! They might even love to try an unsweetened (minus maple syrup) version in their sippy cups!