Three-thirty-itis got you feeling like you need a little somethin’ somethin’? Spending up large at the vending machine? Instead of reaching for another slice of cake, or sticking your hand in a packet of crispy M&Ms, spare a thought for the healthier options out there. And, contrary to popular belief, you’ll find that a lot of health foods are not only nutritious but also delicious—hurrah!
With this in mind, we’ve compiled a hit-list of Auckland health food stores that are jam-packed with goodies to get you through the day. Check out our picks of Auckland’s best health food stores and get set to overhaul your pantry.
Wise Cicada ticks all the boxes. You’ll find everything you need for your paleo, vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and/or raw diet. It's half grocer and half cafe—see, we knew lunch and shopping were meant to be. The best part has to be the abundance of snack foods, such as Loving Earth's raw organic chocolate, perfect to stock your desk drawer. Mid-afternoon treats just got a whole lot healthier (and tastier). Is it 3pm yet?
Scarecrow is your one-stop shop for all things healthy and pretty. The inner CBD hub is not only a health food store but also a café and florist. They stock some of our fave health prods, including Little Bird granola, Daily Organics kombucha and the tastiest coconut yoghurt around. Pop in on your way to work and grab goodies for the day ahead. Treat yourself to a bouquet of flowers while you’re at it, because baby, you deserve it.
Bulk Food Savings
If you find yourself at Wendy’s on Dominion Road, put that burger down pronto and head to neighbouring Bulk Food Savings. Here you’ll find bulk bins (hooray!) with an impressive range of beans, pulses, grains, flours, dried fruit and nuts. Living up to its name, it really is the place to grab a bargain in Auckland—health food style. We love their shelf of non-dairy milk, including chocolate hazelnut milk. Umm yum?
The perfect health food store for those beginning a holistic lifestyle. There's fresh produce at every corner, as well as a heavenly selection of snacks and crisps. But Naturally Organic isn't just a grocery store, it's a decked-out healthy cafe too, serving beaut organic coffee on the daily. Not to mention you can shop online and have your healthy food delivered to ya door. Nice one.
If you love all things Ceres Organics, then you need to get your smoothie-drinking self down to Ceres Whole Foods. You’ll find more produce, grocery, skin care and bulk bin foods than you can poke a stick at. The friendly folk here know their stuff—the team includes qualified naturopaths, nutritionists and a homeopath. They understand (and relate) to your nut butter obsession. They won’t even blink an eye when you buy 10 jars of almond butter for those late night cravings.
GoodFor Wholefoods Refillery
Reinventing the way us Aucklander's shop, GoodFor Wholefoods Refillery is exactly what the name suggests, nothin' but bulk bins and organic produce. From Spirulina powders for smoothies to an abundance of healthy grains, dried fruits and chocolate, this is the healthy food store you need in your life. FYI: They stock Little Bird Organic Macaroons, and there's even coconut oil and kombucha on tap.
The Cruelty-Free Shop
If you haven't popped into The Cruelty-Free Shop we recommend you do so, ASAP, it's got to be one of the best health food stores Auckland has to offer. Inside is absolutely jam-packed with organic goods. You'll find everything from animal care products to clothing and accessories, food and drink supplies, right through to homeware and beauty products. Back to the food though...There's gluten and dairy-free whoopie pies on offer. Holy smokes!
Dotted throughout Auckland are Huckleberry Farms (they’ve also recently purchased the one and only Harvest Wholefoods in Grey Lynn). Give yourself at least an hour to wander these treasure trove aisles. The stores are packed to the brim with all the goodies: kombucha, granola and all things coconut. Buy everything.
Perfectly stocked with organic meat, snacks and fresh produce, Commonsense Organics even supply an extensive range of natural cleaning and beauty products. You'll find all your favourite health food brands here from Fix and Fogg peanut butter to Tom and Luke snack balls. P.S. You've gotta get ya hands on some of the coconut deodorants.
The Natural Health Company
With three stores in Auckland, The Natural Health Company is a humble brand boasting an array of 100% natural products. Want to start taking a certain supplement but don't know which one has the least chemicals? Head here, they've got just about every natural supplement on the market. Not to mention delicious food, natural skincare and of course, the option to see a trained naturopath in one of the on-site clinic rooms. Who would've thought health food stores were Auckland's specialty?
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Image credit: Wise Cicada, Naturally Organic, Scarecrow, Ceres Organics, GoodFor